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

A stormy looking Øresund on January 27th.
A stormy looking Øresund on January 27th. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT/Ritzau Scanpix

Opposition parties want to scrap travel rules 

The Liberal and Conservative parties have called for Covid-19 rules for travel to Denmark to be scrapped, arguing they could damage tourism.

Domestic restrictions are to be scrapped from next week, but the Epidemic Commission has advised the government to retain entry testing and quarantine rules into next month. The government is yet to announce its decision on travel restrictions but has asked the other parties to put forward their views.

“We in the Liberals believe that the remaining entry rules should be removed. We do so based on it hitting the tourism sector very hard and hitting our airports very hard,” Liberal tourism spokesperson Anni Mathiesen told news wire Ritzau.

Ministry announces commission for minority women

A commission is to investigate honour-related social control in minority communities in Denmark, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration has announced in a statement.

The commission will be asked to make recommendations on how women from minority backgrounds can be given equal freedoms to those with Danish ethnic heritage.

Women and girls who “live an everyday life in which their rights and freedoms are limited and the family’s honour is put first” are the focus of the commission, according to the ministry statement.

The commission includes men and women of minority backgrounds and is chaired by Social Democratic mayor of Holbæk Christina Krzyrosiak Hansen.

Dead whale from Kolding to be autopsied in public

A dead North Sea beaked whale which was removed from Kolding Fjord earlier this week is to be autopsied.

The autopsy is to take place at the city’s harbour and will be open to the public. Researchers from several universities as well as the Fiskeri- og Søfartsmuseet (Fishing and Maritime Museum) in Esbjerg.

An official from the museum said the whale had been sick before stranding in the harbour, according to broadcaster DR.

READ ALSO: Danish zoo quietly dissects new lion (2016)

Denmark to pull troops out of Mali after junta demands

Denmark announced yesterday it would withdraw a newly deployed contingent of 100 troops from Mali after repeated demands, which Copenhagen denounced as a “political game” by the military junta.

The Danish soldiers arrived in Mali earlier this month to join European special forces supporting Bamako’s anti-jihadist operations. The junta, which came to power in a coup in August 2020, first asked Denmark to withdraw the forces on Monday, following a deployment it said had been undertaken without consent.

“The coup generals sent out a public statement reiterating that Denmark is not welcome in Mali,” Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said.

“Of course we do not accept that. That is why we have also decided… to bring our forces home,” he told a press conference.

“We are there at the invitation of Mali. The coup generals, in a dirty political game, have withdrawn that invitation.

“Unfortunately, it is a game we see because they do not want a quick way back to democracy,” Kofod added.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Murder at a luxury Copenhagen hotel, changes to laws on Ukrainian refugees, and new Covid surveillance strategies are among the top news stories in Denmark this Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Danish government wants to make Ukrainian refugee “start date” more flexible 

As the law currently stands, Ukrainians who happened to have left their home country — perhaps for vacation or business — just before war broke out could have trouble gaining residence in Denmark. 

The Danish government have announced plans to change the ‘cut-off date’ for when people must have left Ukraine to be considered war refugees from February 24th to February 1st. 

Parliament will consider the amendment to the current “Ukrainian law,” which grants two years’ residence to refugees who meet certain stipulations, including when they fled the country. 

READ ALSO: Denmark plans ‘Ukraine towns’ to accommodate war refugees 

Without widespread testing, how will Denmark predict next Covid wave? 

With Denmark’s once-wide network of public Covid test sites nearly gone, the State Serum Institute — Denmark’s infectious disease agency — is piloting a new program that it hopes will detect upticks in infections.

Ten thousand blood donors and the members of their households will be randomly chosen to participate in the “PCR Home Test Study,” the SSI says. Those who agree to participate will receive test kits from the government and will be asked to self-test once a week for a month, registering each sample in TestCenter Denmark’s app and sending it to the SSI for processing. 

If a new wave is detected, the SSI will consider recommending boosters for groups at high risk, director Henrik Ullum told Danish newswire Ritzau. 

If the program is successful, it could be deployed to monitor other respiratory viruses, such as the flu, Ullum added. 

READ ALSO: Which Covid self-tests should you buy (and avoid) in Denmark? 

Danish man pleads guilty to bow and arrow attack in Norway 

Espen Andersen Brathen the 38-year-old Danish man accused of using a bow and arrow outside a supermarket and stabbing five to death with a knife in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg last October, pleaded guilty to all charges yesterday. 

Although the attack was initially thought to be an act of terrorism, three experts who observed him assessed that Brathen was experiencing paranoid schizophrenia, newswire Agence France-Presse reports. Both the prosecution and defense agree that a psychiatric commitment, rather than a prison sentence, is appropriate. 

Murder at luxury Copenhagen hotel 

The NH Collection on Strandgade — home to the “Feel Safe at NH” campaign during the Covid pandemic — was the site of what authorities describe as a brutal murder on Sunday.  

A 28-year-old man suffered head injuries in a room in the NH Collection, where rooms start at 3000 kroner a night, and died of his injuries Monday evening. Police have one man, a 20-year-old, in custody for the crime and are seeking a 24-year-old Dutch citizen as an alleged accomplice. 

Authorities also suspect the 20-year-old currently in custody in another crime three hours after the incident on Strandgade — a gruesome knife attack at an “apartment hotel” in Silkegade. According to charges read at a preliminary hearing in court yesterday, the second victim was stabbed repeatedly, his cheek was ripped open, and an ear was cut off. 

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