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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.

House sales in Denmark in 2021 surpassed those in 2020.
House sales in Denmark in 2021 surpassed those in 2020. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Trial scheme enables queuing for Covid-19 vaccine and test at same time 

Private contractor Carelink is today launching a trial in which members of the public can take a Covid-19 test at the same time as receiving a vaccination against the coronavirus.

The company is to try out the extra queue at its centre in Kolding, with the aim of making it as easy as possible to get vaccinated.

It is hoped the convenience of “killing two birds with one stone” will encourage people to get vaccinations and boosters.

“They can get a rapid test and a vaccination at the same time,” the company’s director Brian Rosenberg told broadcaster DR.

House sales in ‘extraordinary’ 2020 were eclipsed in 2021

Although 2020 was dubbed an “extraordinary” year for house sales and prices due to factors related to the Covid-19 pandemic, but even higher numbers of sales were posted in 2021, according to real estate site Boligsiden.

112,782 homes were sold last year, a five percent increase on 2020. The number is also the highest since 2005, Boligsiden said in a press release.

Apartments, houses and villas all saw an increase in sales compared to 2020, although fewer summer houses or holiday homes were sold.

Unemployment at lowest level for 13 years 

The increased number of people in full time work, amid a national labour shortage, has pushed unemployment to a new record-low level.

Unemployment fell from October to November 2021 by 6,900 to 80,600 persons, according to Statistics Denmark data.

As such, 2.8 percent of Denmark’s workforce was out of employment in November, the lowest percentage since 2008.

READ ALSO: More foreign nationals have full time jobs in Denmark than ever before

Denmark frees three Africa piracy suspects and holds one

Three suspected pirates held by the Danish navy after a shootout off the Nigerian coast will not be prosecuted in Denmark, but a fourth, who was injured, remains under investigation, officials said yesterday.

All four men, of unknown nationality, were arrested in the Gulf of Guinea in late November after an exchange of fire with a Danish navy ship, the Esbern Snare.

The three had been detained on a Danish navy vessel while the fourth suspect was injured in the shootout and had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Ghana, but has now been taken to Denmark where he remains under investigation, officials said.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums. 

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