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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
Crown Prince Frederik has been forced to cancel plans to attend the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish study finds fewer than expected allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines 

A study conducted in Denmark has found far fewer allergic reactions than expected to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccinations against Covid-19, broadcaster DR reports this morning.

In the study, researchers in Southern Denmark looked at 199,377 people in the region who had received their first dose of one of the two vaccines. A total of 61 people in the study were admitted to hospital due to an allergic reaction following vaccination.

Of these, a total of three people were unable to receive their second dose of the same vaccine as a result of the allergic response.

Local politicians speak out over social media abuse

Politicians in local councils and municipalities have largely confirmed that they are subject to extensive abuse on social media in response to a survey conducted by DR.

Around 60 percent of 634 local councillors who are active on social media told the broadcaster they had been harassed online.

“It could be your hair colour, gender, breasts, body type, it could be the party you are a member of, because you have a different opinion… that means you are a ‘Liberal whore’,” local politician Charlotte Drue Aagaard of the Liberal (Venstre) party told DR.

Striking nurses take part in demonstration

With thousands of nurses currently on strike across the country after a new collective bargaining agreement was rejected earlier in the year, a demonstration is planned today at which they aim to underline their calls for fairer pay.

The left-wing Red Green Alliance party has called for a break in parliament’s summer holiday in order to find an agreement between the nurses’ union, DSR, and the regional and municipal authorities which pay their salaries.

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Crown Prince Frederik cancels Tokyo Olympics trip

Crown Prince Frederik, the heir to the Danish throne, has cancelled his planned trip to the Olympic Games in Tokyo after coming into close contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19.

The Crown Prince, who last month stepped down as an active member of the International Olympic Committee, was scheduled to take part in the games’ opening ceremony on Friday.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Shorter Master's' degrees, sanctions against Russia, and deficiencies in the Danish Armed Forces are among the top news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Denmark plans to shorten Master’s degrees to save money 

Next week, the government will present a plan to cut costs for some Master’s degree programmes by lopping off the second and final year, newspaper Politiken reports. But both labour unions and industry representatives worry it risks turning out under-prepared graduates. 

The changes would affect half of all master’s students in Denmark, according to Politiken, and 70 percent of students in humanities and social sciences.The intent is to funnel the savings into “medium-term professional courses” including nursing, teaching, and social work.

“We are very concerned that university education will be degraded,” says Sara Vergo, chairman of the trade union Djøf, which represents students and workers in “social sciences, business and law.”  

READ MORE: How to save money as a student in Denmark

Denmark pushes for more sanctions against Russia 

Foreign minister Jeppe Kofod says he and his EU counterparts from other countries have agreed to further ramp up sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. 

Likely targets are tightening restrictions against Russian oligarchs and imposing sanctions on Russian exports that are vital to the economy and military industry, Kofod tells newswire Ritzau. 

“These are sanctions that hit Putin’s regime and the people around him,” he added. 

The European Commission’s foreign affairs chief told Reuters that the new sanctions will be designed to target “more relevant sectors of the Russian economy and continue to target individuals responsible for the war of aggression against Ukraine.” 

The EU’s foreign ministers will convene again in mid-October to finalise the new sanctions package. 

READ MORE: 10 ways EU countries aim to cut energy bills and avoid blackouts this winter 

Tire-kicking reveals deficiencies in Danish Armed Forces 

On Wednesday, defence minister Morten Bødskov outlined the results of an investigation into the facilities and equipment of the Danish Armed Forces — and both have been found lacking. 

“We need billions of investment just to continue the current defence,” Bødskov said at a press conference. 

A correspondent for broadcaster DR wrote that the audit confirms what many in defence have reported for years — mouldy barracks and “hopelessly old IT equipment.” 

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