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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

A grey and wet start to Friday is forecast before brighter weather later in the day.
A grey and wet start to Friday is forecast before brighter weather later in the day. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

New Covid-19 travel rules take effect 

Relaxed rules for travel out of Denmark, backed by a parliamentary majority earlier this week, take effect today.

One of the most important changes sees the end of the colour coded ‘traffic light’ system by which the foreign ministry guidelines for travel to countries around the world was aligned with the Covid-19 infection situation in those countries.

As of today, that system is revoked and the ministry guidelines return to being purely security-based. This also means no more colour guideline changes will be published on Friday afternoons, something we have been used to reporting each week for a while now.

New rules for travel into Denmark take effect later this month, on October 25th.

We have full detail on how the rules and guidelines are changing in the two articles below. 

Airlines to drop face mask requirements 

Several airlines operating in Scandinavia are to lift requirements for passengers to wear face masks on some routes from Monday, news wire Ritzau reports.

Passengers on domestic flights or flights within Scandinavia with SAS and Norwegian will no longer have to wear a mask.

Norwegian low cost airlines Flyr and Widerøe are also set to lift face mask requirements according to Norwegian news wire NTB. 

Road directorate warns of heavy traffic

The Danish Road Directorate (Vejdirektoratet) expects heavy traffic at major motorway exits near larger cities, as well as on the western section of the Funen motorway E20, where ongoing roadworks to widen the motorway currently means there are sections with reduced speed limits.

With the scheduled autumn break for many sectors beginning today, more cars are expected to take longer journeys over the weekend.

Over 10,000 register Covid-19 as occupational injury

New data from Labour Market Insurance (Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring) show that more than 10,000 people in Denmark have registered occupational injuries caused by Covid-19.

More than half of those claims came from people who work in the healthcare sector, such as hospital and care home staff.

Others to register occupational injuries related to the coronavirus work at schools, abattoirs and for the police, according to Ritzau. 72 percent of claims came from women.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Object recovered near Nord Stream pipeline, Field’s shooter charged, possible ban on biker gang and other news from Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Denmark recovers object near sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline

Denmark has recovered a cylindrical object spotted near the sabotaged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Danish Energy Agency said yesterday, adding it was a “smoke buoy”.

The agency said in a statement that the object had been recovered at a depth of 73 metres and that a “representative of the owner, Nord Stream 2 AG, was present during the salvage”, news wire AFP reports.

According to the energy agency, the recovery was completed on March 28th.

“Investigations indicate that the object is an empty maritime smoke buoy, which is used for visual marking,” it said in a statement, adding that “the object does not pose a safety risk.”

Danish vocabulary: at bjærge — to salvage

Suspect in Field’s shooting charged with murder

A man suspected of killing three people in the Field’s shopping mall in Copenhagen last July has been charged with murder and attempted murder, the prosecution service said on Wednesday.

“The 23-year-old man is accused of killing three people, a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man”, it said in a statement.

The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has also been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder.

Arrested outside Field’s just after the July 3rd shooting, the man, who has a history of mental health illness, has been detained in a closed psychiatric ward.

Investigators believe the attack was planned, Danish media have reported.

Danish vocabulary: anklagemyndighed — public prosecutor

Justice ministry considers ban on biker gang

The Ministry of Justice is weighing its options over a potential ban on the biker gang Satudarah, broadcaster DR reports.

The biker group is linked with organised crime and is a rival to other groups including Hells Angels and Bandidos.

“They constitute a serious danger and serious threat to society and to Danes. We will therefore use all imaginable resources we can within the rules of the constitution,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told DR.

Denmark’s constitution protects the right to public gathering, but the country’s laws allow the police to order criminal groups to be dissolved. The law was used against the Loyal to Familia gang in Copenhagen in 2021.

The municipality in West Jutland city Esbjerg this week used a different law to ban Satudarah from using a specified address in the town as a clubhouse.

Danish vocabulary: rockere — biker gang members

Copenhagen Zoo hopes to ignite panda romance

Copenhagen Zoo has begun a new strategy to encourage mating — giving the prospective couple more time to get to know each other.

The Danish capital’s zoo decided to put the bears in the same enclosure a month earlier than usual so they can get acquainted while temperatures remain cooler, so they don’t bicker when the mating season begins.

“This year’s panda date is under way,” the zoo wrote on its website.

The zoo also published images showing the pandas keeping a respectful distance and mostly glaring at each other, showing “there’s not exactly love in the air (yet).”

On loan from China for 15 years, Mao Sun and Xing Er arrived in Copenhagen in spring 2019 and since then all attempts to breed have been unsuccessful.

“We are trying an approach that has been successful with our polar bears and brown bears, we are putting them together now, even though Mao Sun will not be ready for several weeks,” veterinarian Mads Frost Bertelsen said in a statement reported by AFP.

Danish vocabulary: at parre sig — to mate