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TODAY IN DENMARK

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.

An illustration photo of an iPad. Rival parties want Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to hand over her devices to police so that deleted texts related to the country's mink scandal can be retrieved.
An illustration photo of an iPad. Rival parties want Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to hand over her devices to police so that deleted texts related to the country's mink scandal can be retrieved. Photo by Henry Ascroft on Unsplash

Covid-19 rapid test centres open in several cities 

Last week’s announcement that rapid Covid-19 testing facilities will be reopened becomes effective in several cities today as private contractor Falck opens test centres in Aarhus, Herning, Horsens and Ringsted.

The decision to bring back rapid testing with a capacity of up to 100,000 tests per day was made in response to increasing daily Covid-19 infection numbers in Denmark in late October.

Further centres in Roskilde, Køge, Frederikshavn, Thisted, Hobro, Viborg, Randers, Holstebro and Silkeborg are scheduled to open this week.

Parties want PM Frederiksen to hand over computer and iPad to police

The opposition Liberal party as well as parliamentary allies the Social Liberals (Radikale Venstre) want Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to hand over her computer and iPad to the police, according to newspaper Politiken.

Frederiksen is under increasing pressure over deleted SMS messages related to last year’s decision to cull all of Denmark’s fur farm mink, and rival politicians say all of the PM’s devices – not just her phone – should be handed over to give police the best chance to retrieve the messages.

“Police should have exactly the tools that are needed to retrieve the SMS messages,” Social Liberal justice spokesperson Samira Nawa said to Politiken.

READ ALSO: Danish prime minister promises ‘answers’ over deleted mink texts

Maersk profits up as global supply chain disrupted

Danish shipping giant, AP Moeller-Maersk, says its profits were up sixfold in the third quarter as the coronavirus pandemic and global supply chain problems caused container prices to soar. 

“Maersk delivered record earnings” in the third quarter, chief executive Søren Skou said according to news wire AFP.

“Results in Q3 were driven by high freight rates in an exceptional market situation,” the group said.

Tuesday to stay dry in most areas

Dry weather is forecast in most of Denmark today with some parts seeing glimpses of the sun.

West Jutland and the island of Bornholm are the most likely regions to see rain, with up to 12 millimetres forecast in the latter.

A southerly wind is expected and temperatures will be around 9-11 degrees Celsius.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A Danish school evacuated due to a sickening smell, Nigeria prosecuting Danish soldiers in piracy case, and a ringing endorsement for fourth Covid-19 jabs are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Unpleasant smell’ that sickened children at Danish school is unexplained 

 An Aarhus-area school was evacuated on Thursday after a mysterious smell appeared to be related to new headaches, coughs, and runny noses in students and teachers, newswire Ritzau reports. 

Suspecting some kind of chemical spill, school management reached out to emergency services — but police, the fire brigade and emergency medical responders were unable to identify the cause, according to a tweet by the East Jutland Police. 

However, authorities were able to rule out a chemical spill, police tell broadcaster TV2, and the investigation is ongoing. 

ICYMI: Recent Covid-19 booster jab offers good protection, Danish agency says 

People who received the most recent round of Covid-19 boosters are at significantly lower risk for hospitalisation, according to a recent analysis by the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency. 

Having a second booster (for most, that would be your fourth dose) provides “around 75 percent better” protection against hospital admission than just three doses, writes Bolette Søborg, senior medical consultant at the SSI, on the agency’s website. 

READ ALSO: Can you get a second Covid-19 booster in Denmark if you are not in a risk group? 

Nigeria to prosecute Danish soldiers involved in piracy case 

This week, Copenhagen District Court began to hear the case against a Nigerian man authorities say is a pirate who participated in an attack on a Danish vessel off the coast of Nigeria in November 2021. 

But now, Nigeria has announced its intention to prosecute the Danish soldiers involved in the same incident, in which four Nigerian nationals were killed. 

“We demand that Denmark release the remaining Nigerian in Danish custody. We demand an apology from Denmark to Nigeria for the behavior of the frigate,” says Nicholas Ella, director of the legal department in Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign affairs, according to newspaper Weekendavisen.  

Ella describes the firefight as the “direct murder of people on the boat,” Weekendavisen reports.

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