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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.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday
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Denmark okays gas pipeline connecting Norway and Poland

Work on a subsea pipeline between Norway and Poland aimed at reducing Warsaw’s dependence on Russian gas has resumed after being suspended for environmental reasons, Danish state-owned firm Energinet said yesterday.

In 2021, the Danish Environmental and Food Appeals Board withdrew the permit for the 210-kilometre Danish section of the Baltic Sea pipeline, citing concerns about animal species.

The pipeline will supply Norwegian gas to Poland, which in 2019 announced it would not extend its contract with Russian giant Gazprom beyond 2022.

Injured Danish journalists evacuated from Ukraine

Journalist Stefan Weichert and photographer Emil Filtenborg of Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, who were on Saturday shot and injured while reporting in Ukraine, have now left the country, their employer writes.

Weichart was hit in the shoulder and Filtenborg in both legs and his lower back.

“We are happy, tired and a bit sore. We were there to cover the war and the consequences for civilians. So it’s a nuisance to be part of the story. This isn’t about us,” Filtenborg told Ekstra Bladet.

Their exact location and plans to return to Denmark have not been made public.

READ ALSO: How you can help Ukrainian media

Danish weapons arrive in Ukraine

Weapons Denmark said it would give Ukraine have arrived in the Eastern European country, broadcaster DR reports.

Defence minister Morten Bødskov confirmed to media yesterday afternoon that the weapons had reached Ukraine.

“It was both an impressive and fast effort. To those who helped: your effort means a lot. You make Denmark proud,” the minister said.

The Ministry of Defence yesterday released a video of a carrier aircraft loaded with 2,700 shoulder-mounter anti-tank weapons.

Danish universities cut ties with Russian and Belarusian universities

Universities in Denmark will not continue partnerships with higher education institutions in Russia or Belarus, they announced yesterday. The decision was made in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

“This means, including other things, that there will be no exchange of academic staff or students going forward. It also means that conferences and other scientific meetings on Russian and Belarusian ground will be without participation of researchers employed by Danish universities,” they said in the statement.

Russian and Belarusian students and staff already at Danish universities will be able to continue as before the war.

“At Danish universities we distinguish between the Russian state and Russian citizens,” the statement read.

Thick fog in parts of Jutland and Funen

Thick fog is reducing visibility in parts of southern Denmark, particularly Jutland and Funen, this morning.

Visibility can be reduced to under 100 metres, met office DMI said.

The fog is forecast to lift during the morning.

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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.