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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.

Denmark welcomed significantly more little ones into the world in 2021 compared to the preceding year, according to a report.
Denmark welcomed significantly more little ones into the world in 2021 compared to the preceding year, according to a report. Photo by Lingchor on Unsplash

Government to present new plan for media funding 

A new budgeting plan for media including national broadcaster DR will be presented today by the minister for culture Ane Halsboe-Jørgensen.

One point of the plan will be to demand streaming services pay 5 percent of their turnover in Denmark as a “cultural contribution”, according to DR.

The government wants to spend the money on production of Danish media content by creating a larger public service pool and increased subsidies funding Danish films.

2021 was a baby boom year for Denmark

Last year was a busier one than usual at Danish maternity wards, DR writes.

All health authorities in Jutland and on Funen, as well as the Greater Copenhagen region, registered a significant increase in births compared to 2020.

Kolding Hospital in southern Jutland is highlighted as an example: Kolding saw 3,622 more babies born in 2021 than in 2020. That increase – 8.4 percent – represents almost a full extra month of births, DR writes.

Transport minister in bother over CO2 report

The minister for transport Benny Engelbrecht will today face questions from parliamentary counterparts over figures relating to CO2 emissions in a government infrastructure plan.

Engelbrecht has been accused of withholding crucial information relating to the climate impact of major road projects in an agreement that was voted through with the help of other parties in 2021.

The issue was first reported by media Ingeniøren.

Verdict expected in trial over planned school shooting

A judgement is expected today in the trial of a man from North Jutland who is suspected of planning a series of shootings at schools across the north and central Jutland regions.

Charges were brought against the man in December. According to the charge sheet, he had already taken several concrete steps towards being able to carry out the shootings including gaining a firearms licence and a permit to store weapons in his home. He then acquired two pistols.

Should he be found guilty, a sentence is also expected to be pronounced today. The man has denied the charges.

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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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