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

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Monday
A soldier from Denmark mans the airport in Kabul. Photo: Us Marines/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish military plane evacuates further 70 people from Kabul 

A Danish Hercules plane on Sunday lifted off from Kabul airport carrying close to 70 people, Denmark’s defence minister Trine Bramsen, said in a statement on the ministry’s Twitter account on Sunday, saying those on board had been “primarily from the Danish list” of Danish citizens and those with Danish residency. 

“Thanks for the extraordinary effort, which was carried out by the defence forces and other agencies”. 

The flight follows an earlier Hercules flight which carried about 80 people on board. 

Denmark’s bar council criticises judge in Danish People’s Party EU fraud case for social media posts  

The chair of Denmark’s bar council has said that Søren Holm Seerup, the judge who this month found Danish People’s Party deputy leader Morten Messerschmidt guilty of defrauding the EU, put his impartiality in question through his Facebook posts on the case. 

“In our eyes, the judge, with his actions, has gone beyond the bounds of how judges should behave,”  Martin Lavesen wrote in an article in the Berlingske newspaper. “Whether in doing this, he has disregarded the law, we should not pretend to a judge, but with his likes and comments, the judge has put himself in a position where the outside world is now left with a doubt as to whether the judge has actually been impartial.” 

After the verdict in the so-called Meld case, Ekstra Bladet reported that Seerup has ‘liked’ a post from former Member of Parliament and Minister Søren Pind which cast doubt on whether Messerschmidt should remain vice president of his party.

Other newspapers have found several occasions where Seerup ‘liked’ posts about the Meld case years before he was asked to judge on it. On Friday, Messerschmidt appealed the judgement at the Special Court of Appeal.

Danish pharma company testing efficacy as a booster dose 

The Danish pharma company Bavarian Nordic has shown that its vaccine generates a strong immune defence against coronavirus in early studies, now it is investigating its efficacy as a booster vaccine, given as a third dose to people who are already vaccinated.  

A phase one trial of 45 people has demonstrated up to 12 times higher levels of antibodies than in people who have previously been infected, higher than among the existing vaccines. 

According to a statement to the stock exhange, a study is now underway among 210 people in Germany, of whom 150 must be adults who are considered immune.

Autumn weather to creep in over Denmark this week 

Monday and Tuesday may be the last days of the summer, so enjoy them! From Wednesday, the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), expects rain, cloud wind and lower temperatures. After that, the temperatures will probably be between 15 and 20 degrees for the rest of the week.

“There will be clouds and rain from the north on Wednesday, and it will also start to blow something. It will definitely feel a little more autumnal,” Bolette Brødsgaard, one of the institute’s meteorologists, told Ritzau. 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Lower fees for using Visa-Dankort abroad, more parents choosing private midwives, and record inflation are among the top news stories in Denmark on Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

In case you missed it: here’s who is eligible for monkeypox vaccines 

Denmark will now offer monkeypox vaccinations to all men who have sex with men and have multiple sexual partners. Previously, the shots were only given to people who had been in close contact with a confirmed case.

It’s important to emphasize that anyone can get monkeypox from close contact, not just men who have sex with men.

READ MORE: Monkeypox: Denmark to offer vaccination to at-risk group

Denmark sees highest inflation since 1983 

Consumer prices have climbed 8.7 percent since July 2021, according to figures from the government agency Statistics Denmark. It’s the highest rate of inflation the country has experienced since 1983.

Skyrocketing prices for food, electricity, and fuel are driving the change to price indices, newswire Ritzau reports. 

READ MORE: Will house prices in Denmark ever fall? 

Danske Bank lowers fees for purchases abroad 

An order goes into effect Wednesday requiring Danske Bank to charge customers less when paying in foreign currencies. 

Earlier this year, the Competition Council determined both Danske Bank and Nordea added unreasonable surcharges to purchases abroad — 1.5 percent within the EU and 2 percent for the rest of the world. 

As per the Competition Council’s findings, Danske Bank must drop the currency exchange surcharge altogether within the EU and reduce the rate to 1.5 percent outside the bloc. 

Danske Bank has already appealed the decision and will argue their case before a judge at the Copenhagen District Court.

READ MORE: Danish banks raise interest rates but many remain negative 

Business booms for private midwives 

Demand for private midwives has increased steadily over the past five years as cuts to the public system have left midwives there overburdened, broadcaster DR reports

The number of parents-to-be applying for subsidies for private midwives jumped 17 percent from 2020 to 2021 alone, data from health insurance agency Sygeforsikring Danmark show. 

Parents cite a desire for more personalised attention, DR finds. In particular, new parents are eager for more frequent pre-natal scans and more help breastfeeding after baby is born. 

READ MORE: Denmark presents plan to hire 100 more staff at maternity wards