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TODAY IN DENMARK

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

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 Monday

Flights to and from Italy grounded due to air traffic controller strike 

As many as 600 SAS airlines passengers who planned to travel between Italy and Denmark on Monday will be rebooked, Danish news agency Ritzau reports. 

Four SAS arrivals and departures and two from Ryanair at Copenhagen airport have been cancelled as a result of the strike in Italy, in which air traffic controllers are off the clock from 8 am to 8 pm. 

“We rebook everyone, but it is difficult,”  Alexandra Lindgren, SAS’s spokesperson in Denmark, told Ritzau. “It may take some time.” Affected SAS passengers should expect regular updates by text and email and don’t need to reach out to the airline. 

This follows last Thursday’s baggage handlers’ strike at Copenhagen airport, in which workers protested for more control over scheduling. 

Half of Denmark fully vaccinated  

As of Sunday, 50 percent of the Danish population is fully vaccinated for Covid-19, the Ministry of Health tweeted. Zealand, the region in which Copenhagen is located, leads the pack at a rate of 54.4 percent. 

Recent decisions have opened vaccinations to Danes 12-15 years of age (around a third of whom have already signed up for their jabs) as well as people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Over 2,939,901 residents are now protected from the coronavirus, according to Ministry of Health data. 

READ MORE:One in three children in Denmark accept Covid-19 vaccine invitation

While it’s a proud benchmark, there’s still substantial progress to be made before public health officials will feel comfortable. 

“We must ensure that 85 percent of the population is fully vaccinated against corona before it is autumn,” said Viggo Andreasen, an associate professor at Roskilde University and researcher on mathematical epidemiology. “It cannot completely give us herd immunity to the Delta variant – it’s so contagious.” 

“But it will be able to prevent major epidemics,” Andreasen added. 

Sunday was the eighth consecutive day without a Covid-related death in Denmark. Across the country, 59 people are hospitalised with the virus, 10 of whom are in intensive care and six on respirators. 

READ MORE: Denmark to change Covid-19 vaccination guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding women

More restrictions for Danes traveling to Germany 

Due to the recent uptick in Covid cases, the German government has re-categorised Denmark as a risk area for infection. 

Danish residents entering Germany will now need to present proof of vaccination, previous infection, or a negative test, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. The Danish coronapas will do the trick. 

You’ll also need to register online, at www.einreiseanmeldung.de, before you’ll be allowed entry. 

German tourists returning home after ten or more days in Denmark must register online as well. Germans will need to present their vaccine certificated, proof of previous infection, or a recent test (less than 48 hours old for rapid tests and 72 hours for PCR tests). 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

No extra booster dose, school to trial four-day week, PostNord to document failed deliveries, and mortgage arrears on the rise. Here are some of the main stories from Denmark.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Covid-19: Denmark decides against additional booster this winter

No additional booster vaccination against Covid-19 will be offered this winter, the Danish Health Authority confirmed on Wednesday.

Together with an expert advisory group, the Health Authority has considered whether to offer vulnerable groups an extra booster vaccination against Covid-19 this winter.

People at higher risk of serious illness with the virus including those over the age of 85 will not be offered a further booster this winter, the authority has decided.

Denmark offered a booster in autumn 2022 to all people over the age of 50 and younger people considered vulnerable to the coronavirus.

The booster was backed up by data suggesting it improves protection against hospitalisation with Covid-19 by 74 percent, according to the Danish Health Authority.

Danish vocab: boosterstik – booster dose

Defense Minister hospitalised after dizzy spell

Denmark’s defense minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, was examined at the Rigshospitalet hospital in Copenhagen on Wednesday after a spell of dizziness and a headache.

“Fortunately, there is nothing serious to report and I am feeling well again,” Ellemann-Jensen said in a Facebook post. “I, therefore, expect to be back in work clothes again tomorrow, and then of course I will pay extra attention to my health in the near future.” 

On Monday, Ellemann-Jensen was in the  Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv together with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (S) and Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, with the three meeting the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyj.

Danish vocab: et ildebefindende – a malaise 

Danish school to trial four-day week

Pupils and teachers at Aalborg Cathedral School are to launch an experiment with a four-day week after the summer holidays, exchanging six days of their summer holidays for six Mondays off over the autumn term to see if it brings improved well-being. 

“We have been inspired by those workplaces which operate with four-day working weeks. Then we talked about whether we could do something similar, because there is a lot of pressure on both staff and students,” Christian Nielsen Warmin, the school’s headteacher, told the Danish broadcaster TV2

Danish vocab: bedre trivsel – improved well-being

PostNord to consider photo documentation of failed deliveries 

Denmark’s PostNord postal service is considering making postal workers document failed deliveries to reduce the level of customer complaints. 

The company’s CEO in Denmark, Peter Kjær Jensen, said he believed that it was rare for postal workers to claim to have tried to deliver a package without even visiting the property, but acknowledged that many people in Denmark felt angry when they receive a message about a failed delivery despite being home all day. 

“We have very few of these cases, but they do exist. And we have also had postmen who are not skilled enough, or who have misunderstood how parcels are delivered correctly,” he said. 

The company is currently trialling photo documentation in Stenløse, Ølstykke and Veksø, with postal workers required to take a photo of the package that has been delivered without direct customer contact in order to document the delivery, or take a picture of the building’s entrance to prove that they have visited.

“Customers will be able to access the image via our app if the package fails to be delivered,” Jensen said. 

Danish vocab: dygtig – skilled

Danish mortgage arrears increase as costs go up

A higher number of Danish homeowners are finding it difficult to meet the repayment schedule on their mortgages, new figures show.

Data from the interest organisation from banks, Finans Danmark, shows that the “arrears percent” or restanceprocent was 0.14 percent in the third quarter of 2022, a small increase compared to preceding quarters.

That means homeowners on average did not pay 1.4 kroner in every 1,000 kroner they were due to pay on their mortgages during the quarter.

It is understandable that late 2022 presented challenges for homeowners, an analyst said in comments to the Ritzau newswire.

Danish vocab: restanceprocent – the percentage of homeowners in arrears

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