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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

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

Museums in Denmark can reopen from Monday.
Museums in Denmark can reopen from Monday. File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Restrictions on cultural sector to be eased

The government last night confirmed the re-opening of cultural institutions, which have been closed due to Covid-19 since December 19th.  

A maximum of 500 people will be allowed into indoor venues including theatres, cinemas, museums and conference centres. Amusement parks are also allowed to reopen.

The new rules come into effect on January 16th.

Some of the restrictions introduced in December remain in place: Bars and restaurants still have to close at 11pm and the sale of alcohol remains be banned from 10pm to 5am.

The extended restrictions are now scheduled to expire on January 31st.

We’ll have full detail of the changes in an article on our website today.

READ ALSO: Denmark confirms change to coronapas validity period

Fourth Covid-19 vaccine dose to be offered to at-risk groups

A fourth Covid vaccine dose for highly vulnerable people has meanwhile been proposed by the government.

Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said the move marked a “new chapter” in the fight against the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Denmark will offer the fourth dose to “the most vulnerable citizens” — notably those diagnosed with serious ailments who received an initial booster during the autumn, Heunicke said at yesterday evening’s press briefing.

Health authorities said those concerned would be contacted by early next week.

Denmark donates 400,000 Covid-19 vaccine doses to Lebanon

Over 400,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been donated to Lebanon, the Danish foreign ministry confirmed to news wire Ritzau late on Wednesday.

The doses are considered to be surplus to the Danish vaccination programme.

“Denmark is in the fortunate situation that we have more Moderna vaccines in stock than we need, so the only right thing to do is send them out,” Health Minister Magnus Heunicke said.

The choice of Lebanon as the recipient was made in consultation with the EU. The Middle Eastern country is stricken by corrupt government and severe economic collapse, alongside the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and trauma from a catastrophic explosion at Beirut’s harbour in 2020.

Immigration minister at EU hearing over Danish treatment of Syrian refugees

Minister for Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye is today at the European Parliament in Brussels, where he will attend an EU civil rights committee over Denmark’s policy of sending some Syrian refugees back to the Damascus region.

The EU’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has summoned Tesfaye to the hearing.

In mid-2020, Denmark became the first European Union country to re-examine the cases of about 500 Syrians from Damascus, which is under the control of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, claiming “the current situation in Damascus is no longer such as to justify a residence permit or the extension of a residence permit”. 

Despite a wave of Danish and international criticism, the government and Tesfaye’s ministry has refused to budge.

READ ALSO: ‘I can’t go back’: Syrian refugees in Denmark face limbo after status revoked

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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.