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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.

vets and animals protesting in Copenhagen
Danish vets on Tuesday protested in Copenhagen against a new EU directive related to antibiotic treatment of animals. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

PM to meet with German Chancellor Scholz 

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is today in Germany, where she will meet for the first time with recently-appointed Social Democratic Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The two government leaders are scheduled to discuss issues including environmental policies and the security situation in Europe. A press briefing is expected to be given this afternoon.

Sweden scraps Covid-19 restrictions

It is now possible to travel across the Øresund Bridge without any Covid-19 related travel checks with Sweden ending the majority of its coronavirus restrictions.

That also means face masks and Covid health passes will no longer be required in the Nordic country.

Travellers from outside the EU and Nordic region will still have to provide a valid Covid-19 health pass on entry to Sweden, but arrivals from Denmark are not affected by this rule.

Our Swedish edition has full details on the end of Covid-19 restrictions in Sweden.

Left wing parties withdraw from agreement to relocate university programmes

The left-wing Red Green Alliance and environmentalist Alternative party no longer support a parliamentary deal to move higher education programmes out of the bigger cities and relocate them in provincial areas, media Uniavisen reports.

Both parties voted for the agreement last summer.

They have now changed their stance on the plan, with both parties saying funding for it is inadequate.

Police seize 25 million illegal cigarettes

The national special crime unit, National Enhed for Særlig Kriminalitet, said in a statement yesterday it had seized a huge number of illegal cigarettes in a joint operation with police across Jutland as well as tax authorities.

A series of raids and addresses were carried out at 16 different addresses in central and eastern Jutland, the police unit said. Five men and one woman were arrested. The operation has been linked to organised crime in Aarhus.

25 million cigarettes as well as 13 tonnes of processed tobacco and cigarette production equipment were confiscated by the police.

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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.