Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Here's a roundup of the latest news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Friday
Storm Nora is set to lash Denmark. File Photo: (Foto: © Keld Navntoft/Ritzau Scanpix)

Storm Nora on the way

From around 9pm tonight Storm Nora will hit Denmark with winds expected to reach hurricane strength. 

Some rail services are expected to be suspended between 9pm until Saturday morning. This was confirmed by Banedanmark, the company which operates Denmark’s rail tracks and stations. 

The hurricane warnings apply to the southern part of the country: southern areas of Jutland, Funen, and Zealand all have the warning in place, as does Baltic Sea island Bornholm.

READ ALSO: Denmark braced for arrival of new winter storm

Foreign affairs council summoned to emergency meeting 

Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod has summoned an emergency meeting of parliament’s foreign affairs council, Udenrigspolitisk Nævn. 

The agenda for the meeting is the Russian military buildup around Ukraine. 

The role of the council is to advise the government on foreign policy and security issues. The government is obliged to consult with the council before making major foreign policy decisions.

Football union has investments in Qatar 

The Danish Football Association, DBU, has been one of the leading voices in highlighting human rights issues in Qatar, the host nation for the World Cup which will take place later this year. 

But the association has investments in the Gulf country, news wire Ritzau reports. 
 DBU has 0.1 percent of its investments portfolio sunk into Qatari state bonds, a bank and an energy company, according to Ritzau. 

The investments are managed on behalf of DBU by Danske Bank. DBU asked the bank to sell the investments as soon as it became aware of them, a spokesman told the news wire.

Danish football league returns to action 

Professional football in Denmark has a long winter break in its annual calendar. That break comes to an end today with teams returning to action this weekend and fans back in stadiums. 

The 12 Danish Superliga clubs go into the Spring part of the season having rested and made adjustments to their squads over the winter break. 
 AGF Aarhus face Sønderjyske in the first match tonight at 7pm.

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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.