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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

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

Denmark's Crown Princess Mary will mark her 50th birthday by breaking ground at a new section at Copenhagen Zoo.
Denmark's Crown Princess Mary will mark her 50th birthday by breaking ground at a new section at Copenhagen Zoo. File photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix

Hospital backlog due to coronavirus 

While Covid-19 restrictions ended yesterday, the effect of the pandemic on everyday operations at hospitals will still be apparent for some time. Thousands of people are now on hospital waiting lists extended as a result of strain on the health system, broadcaster DR reports.

Both operations and consultations are now subject to long waiting lists, DR writes.

The Central Jutland health authority has around 20,000 postponed operations. That is approximately the amount normally undertaken in one month.

Health authorities reconsider Covid-19 vaccinations for children

The Danish Health Authority is considering whether to continue vaccinating children aged 5-11 against Covid-19, newspaper Politiken reports.

The authority’s director Søren Brostrøm told Politiken there were two reasons for reconsidering the current policy to offer vaccination to children in the age range.

“Partly because Omicron is a different thing to Delta and gives fewer hospital admissions. Partly because a change in season is on the way and the infection curve will peak because of high immunity in the community,” Brostrøm said.

We’ll have further detail on this in an article today.

Foreign minister to visit Lithuania

Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod will today meet Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis. The Danish minister is in the Baltic country for two days and is scheduled to give a press briefing this afternoon.

Four Danish F-16 fighter jets last week arrived in Lithuania after the country appealed for a greater NATO presence due to Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine, news wire AFP reported on Friday.

Crown Princess Mary to break ground at new Copenhagen Zoo facility

Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary recently celebrated her 50th birthday and is set to mark that milestone by today breaking ground at a ceremony to mark the construction of a new section for Australian wildlife at Copenhagen Zoo. The area will be given the name “Mary’s Australian Garden”.

The Crown Princess is also scheduled this afternoon to open a new centre at the University of Copenhagen.

Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s cold out there today…

The Danish winter sometimes feels like it’s never going to end, and it will naturally be cold outside on February 2nd.

It’s not all bad news, with sunshine forecast across the country today with Jutland in particular in with a good chance of some brighter weather. Some clouds and showers will appear in Zealand this afternoon, while there will also still be moderate winds.

Temperatures will be between 1 and 4 degrees Celsius.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.”