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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the 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 news on Tuesday
Far fewer people in Denmark need false teeth now than they did in the 1980s. Photo by Superkitina on Unsplash

New record number of people in jobs 

New records for high employment and low unemployment seem to be set on a regular basis at the current time, and this week is no different.

For the seventh month in a row, the number of people in employment on the Danish labour market has increased.

The total number of wage earners increased by 7,000 in July, giving a record-high total of 2.85 million people in work. The figures come from national agency Statistics Denmark.

Additionally, numbers from the end of July show that 51,000 more people were in jobs compared to just before the Covid-19 pandemic.

READ ALSO: Are international workers the answer to Denmark’s labour shortage?

US to lift travel ban for fully vaccinated passengers from Europe

Fully vaccinated travellers from Europe will be able to visit the United States from the start of November after the White House announced on Monday it was lifting is travel ban after 18 months.

Effectively the change means vaccinated travellers from Europe will be able to once again visit the US.

US nationals living in Europe and their close family members had been able to travel home across the Atlantic despite the ban but the strict rules had caused misery for many.

Full detail on this story here.

Government criticised over ‘favouritism’ of Danish women in Syrian prison camps

The government could face questions over a decision to repatriate a woman with dual nationality from a prison camp in Syria.

Government policy is to refuse to repatriate anyone with dual nationality if they are in the camps, which are used to accommodate former Isis militants and sympathisers such as spouses, and their children. Only women with no other citizenship than Danish are considered for repatriation by the government.

But after broadcaster DR reported that one woman with dual citizenship was allowed to return to Denmark, while four others must remain at the camps, the lawyer for the women accused the government of double standards.

“The entire primary argument of the government is gone. You can’t say that one persone with dual citizenship is okay to come home while others can’t,” the lawyer, Knud Foldschack, told DR.

Natural teeth last longer in Denmark 

More senior citizens in Denmark have their own teeth than in past years, according to a study by the University of Copenhagen and the National Institute of Public Health, reported by newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad.

Over a 30-year period from 1987-2017, researchers asked a representative selection of people aged over 16 years about their dental health.

In 1987, around 51 percent of people aged 65-74 did not have their own teeth. That proportion fell drastically to around 6 percent in 2017.

“People have a healthier lifestyle, even though there are still plenty of unhealthy habits,” professor emeritus Poul Erik Petersen of the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Odontology told Kristeligt Dagblad.

“Tobacco consumption has also fallen considerably. It was everyone’s business (to smoke) at the end of the 1970s and 1980s, but is now steeply decreasing,” Petersen added.

Fears of major bankruptcy in China ripple to Denmark

 Stock market instability, related to concerns Chinese property giant Evergrande could go bankrupt, has reached Denmark.

The Danish stock market C25 closed 1.43 percent down on Monday, news wire Ritzau reported.

“The nervousness is because we have previously underestimated the effects that can come after a major bankruptcy,” Sydbank’s senior stock market analyst Jacob Pedersen told Ritzau.

The company, China’s second-biggest developer, has debts of $300 billion.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Gale force winds and hail, 'automatic' organ donation, and whether to inform landowners of possible PFAS contamination are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Gale force winds, hail in forecasts 

Denmark can look forward to blustery weather this week, according to the latest forecasts by the Danish Meteorological Institute. “A grey and wet January is drawing to a close and it looks like the month is slamming the door with a bang,” DMI meteorologist Anesten Devasakayam writes. 

On Monday, January 30th, areas across the country will experience strong winds, Devaskayam says, as well as occasional hail. The wind is expected to keep pace as the week progresses, with brief reprieves on Tuesday and Thursday. 

READ MORE: Essential rain gear for a wet Danish winter (and spring, summer, autumn) 

Government reluctant to inform landowners of possible PFAS contamination 

Opposition parties say it’s unacceptable for the Danish Regions and national government to drag their feet on informing people their land could be contaminated with PFAS, ‘forever chemicals’ linked to health problems including cancer. 

The Regions, which are responsible for environmental cleanups in Denmark, have identified 16,000 plots they suspect are contaminated with PFAS due to industry activity. However, they have yet to inform the people who live there. That’s because the Regions plan to test each plot individually before reaching out — a process that could take decades without a dramatic increase in funding, according to broadcaster DR. 

Food grown in contaminated soil accumulates PFAS, and the Regions have identified many gardens and allotments that might be affected.

“When the Regions have this knowledge, I also think we need to inform the population whether it is their garden or farmland or a kindergarten that is located where there may actually be severe contamination,” Mai Villadsen of the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) told DR. 

READ MORE: PFAS found in organic eggs in Denmark 

Minister of Health: everyone in Denmark should automatically be organ donors 

Currently, Danes have to ‘opt in’ for organ donation —and fewer than one in three do, according to the National Board of Health. 

Health Minister Sophie Løhde contends that Denmark should join many other EU countries that have in recent years switched from opting in to organ donation to opting out. 

She says a ‘soft’ variant of the opt-out system could mean everyone automatically becomes organ donors after they turn 18, but family members still have the final say if the deceased hasn’t made their wishes explicit. 

However, the Danish Ethics Council, a government advisory body, believes in maintaining the opt-in status quo. 

“The right to control oneself and one’s own body is an important principle of health care. Therefore, our recommendation is that we stick to the principles that exist today,” says the council’s Leif Vestergaard. 

You can change your organ donation status here on sundhed.dk. In 2022, 21 patients in Denmark died waiting to receive an organ. 

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