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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
One of Copenhagen Zoo's new lion cubs shows off its roar. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

Politicians to discuss return of mink farms 

After all mink breeders were last year forced by the government to close down their farms, discussion are beginning as to whether the industry could return to Denmark in 2022.

All fur farm minks in Denmark were culled late last year and the practice banned until 2022 after an outbreak of Covid-19 in the animals at several farms led to concerns over mutations of the virus.

READ ALSO: Danish PM Frederiksen to be questioned over Covid-19 mink culls

The mink industry was subsequently given a gigantic compensation package. Parliament’s environment and food committee will meet today to discuss whether to extend the current ban or allow the industry to return, news wire Ritzau reports.

Industry interest organisation Danske Mink said it hopes for a clear orientation from infectious disease agency SSI.

We’ll have more on this story in an article today.

Greenland foreign minister axed over independence remarks

Greenland’s pro-independence foreign minister Pele Broberg was demoted on Monday after saying that only Inuits should vote in a referendum on whether the Arctic territory should break away from Denmark.

Prime Minister Mute Egede, who favours autonomy but not independence, said the ruling coalition had agreed to a reshuffle after a controversial interview by the minister of the autonomous Arctic territory.

More on this story here.

Citizenship: which rules can result in denial of applications?

Denmark tightened its citizenship requirements earlier this year, adding a number of conditions to existing rules that can prevent applications meeting requirements.

Previous convictions including unconditional sentences and 3,000 kroner fines, debt to the state and recent welfare support are among the things that can cause denial of an application.

Language requirements, permanent residency, employment history and time spent living in the country are also all subject to precise criteria.

We’ve put together this overview of the rules which can prevent an application being approved.

New lions at Copenhagen Zoo 

A litter of lion cubs was recently born at Copenhagen Zoo. We’re happy to admit here, by the way, that we’re unsure of the correct collective term for a group of baby lions. ‘Pride’ refers to more than one family, presumably? Let us know if you have the answer.

The zoo has announced that the four new lions count two males and two females. They will be kept with their mother in an enclosure until older, two-year-old lion cubs at the zoo are moved to other locations in the world later this year, broadcaster DR writes.

All four lions, which were born around three weeks ago, are fit and healthy.

Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Ritzau Scanpix

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Mette Frederiksen's visit to Ukraine, refugee status for all Afghan women and girls, and more fallout at the psychiatric center in Field's case are among the top news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Zelensky thanks Denmark after Frederiksen’s visit to Mykolaiv

Danish PM Mette Frederiksen visited a hospital in the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Defense minister Jakob Ellemann-Jensen and foreign minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen were also in tow, video from the Kyiv Independent shows. 

“I naturally thanked Denmark for its military support, for significantly strengthening our artillery and for its willingness to join the tank coalition,” Zelensky said in his nightly address to Ukraine. 

“We talked about tanks today, and I don’t want to go into detail about it, but I really think that in the near future we can get some equipment one way or another,” he added. 

Defense minister Ellemann-Jensen has previously said there are no plans to send Danish tanks to Ukraine. Of Denmark’s 44 Leopard 2 tanks, 14 are currently deployed in Estonia. 

READ ALSO: Danish government leaders meet with Zelensky in Mykolaiv

Danish Refugee Board: all Afghan women and girls get asylum in Denmark 

A new report from the European Union Asylum Agency that details the treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan has spurred the Danish Refugee Board to offer refugee status in Denmark based on gender and national origin alone. 

With the policy change, Denmark joins Sweden in granting Afghan women and girls asylum on the basis of their gender, which previously wasn’t considered enough evidence for an asylum claim. Since August 2021, approximately 10 Afghan women and girls have had applications for asylum refused, the Board said — those cases will now be reopened. 

The policy change will also impact five pending asylum applications, the Board said, and 30 Afghan men whose applications were rejected will be reconsidered for asylum as well.  

We’ll have a full article on this story on our website this morning.

READ ALSO: Denmark reverses residence decisions for hundreds of Syrian refugees

Field’s shooting: Psychiatric center receives injunction for failures 

Amager Psychiatric Center, where the suspected Field’s shooter was receiving treatment soon before the attack, has received court orders to change its practices. 

An inspection by the Danish Patient Safety Authority found deficiencies in the treatment the suspected shooter received and similar issues in the records of randomly selected patients. 

“The center has been ordered to ensure systematic follow-up of treatment, to ensure coordination of medical treatment with patients’ own doctor or psychiatrist, and to ensure adequate record keeping,” news agency Ritzau writes. 

READ MORE: Danish health sector losing psychiatrists to private practice

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