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

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
A family board a train in Thisted, Denmark. Photo: Niklas Jensen/Visit Denmark

Denmark could use up CO2 budget in 10 years: report 

Even if its current targets of a 54 percent reduction in emissions by 2025 and 70 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 are met, Denmark will have used up its entire remaining CO2 budget by 2036, a new report from the environmental campaign group Greenpeace has found. 

If CO2 emissions continue as they are today, the CO2 budget will already be exhausted by 2031.

Tarjei Haaland, climate and energy policy adviser at Greenpeace, said that calculations shows how much work Denmark will need to do to meet its climate goals. 

“Our conclusion is that it is far too late to go to net zero in 2050. We will have exhausted the budget long before 2050, which we usually talk about.” 

Danish government’s own Covid-19 vaccine to start human trials next year. 

The Covaxix vaccine, developed by Denmark’s state infectious diseases agenct Statens Serum Institut (SSI), is ready to be tested on humans in phases 1 and 2 in 2022, after several delays.

According to Anders Fomsgaard, chief virologist at SSI, the agency has now awarded a contract to a US manufacturer. 

“As we no longer have any production of vaccines in Denmark, it must be produced in the USA, and that means you are in a queue right now to have it produced,” he told Ritzau.

The trials will take place at Hvidovre Hospital outside Copenhagen. The vaccine has been ready for a year and was originally planned to be tested on humans in late 2020 or early 2021.

Second Afghan gets onto Danish flight from Kabul despite entry ban

A second man has been arrested after arriving in Copenhagen on a Danish evacuation flight from Kabul via Pakistan. The man has been charged with violating a ban on his entering Denmark after he was deported after serving a sentence for a crime. 

The arrest came two days after a man was arrested on Sunday after arriving in Copenhagen despite having an entry ban. The man did not have a passport or other ID papers on him and had used his brother’s name to get on board the plan. 

Danish train company sees passenger numbers rebound 

Danish train company DSB had 28.4m customers in April, May and June last year, up from 20.7m in the same period last year, but still far behind the 46.6m it had in the same period in 2019 before the pandemic struck. 

Denmark now no longer requires travellers to reserve a seat to travel on regional trains, but it is still mandatory on InterCity and the fastest InterCityLyn trains.

Danish pandemic now in slight decline 

The so-called “reproduction number”, which determines whether the epidemic is increasing or decreasing, has fallen to 0.9 following four weeks when it has been stable at around 1, meaning the epidemic is in slight decline. This means that every 10 people who get infected with Covid-19 in Denmark on average go on to infect nine more. 

“Strong! A clear result of the vaccination effort,” health minister Magnus Heunicke wrote in a tweet announcing the number. “Now let’s get to the finish line. That is why @SSTSundhed is moving out with the vaccines for educations, workplaces and vulnerable housing areas.” 

A further 1,340 cases of Covid-19 were registered in the 24 hours to 2pm on Tuesday, the highest number since May 21st. 

Record number of Danish residents had summer ‘staycation’ this year 

Danes hired summer houses in the country for a combined three million overnight stays in July this year, three percent more than July last year, and a new record, according to the latest figures from Statistics Denmark.

The number of overnight stays made by Danes in the country’s summer houses was more than double what it was in July 2019, before the pandemic started.

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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