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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

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 Friday
Children playing in spring weather in Denmark on Thursday. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Immigration minister to table special law for Ukrainians 

Immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye is expected today to propose to parliament an emergency “Ukrainian law”.

The law will be designed to ensure that refugees from Ukraine can quickly enter the Danish labour market and go to schools and have access to services.

A political agreement today will be followed by parliamentary procedure, with the deal to be voted through in the coming weeks.

The EU yesterday agreed to lift visa rules for Ukrainians fleeing the war, but Denmark has an opt-out on this area of EU law and must therefore pass its own law. Tesfaye said this week that Denmark’s law would not offer inferior conditions to Ukrainians than the EU rules.

READ ALSO: Denmark wants special residency law for Ukrainians

Defence ministers to meet in Denmark

The British and Swedish defence ministers, Ben Wallace and Peter Hultqvist, will meet with their Danish counterpart Morten Bødskov in Denmark today.

“There is war in Europe. Rarely has it been so important so show that we stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies,” Bødskov said in advance of the meeting.

The three countries are all participants in the Joint Expeditionary Force, a UK-led defence partnership which can include, as necessary, all of the Baltic and Nordic countries as well as the UK and Netherlands.

Danish artists sells signed prints to raise money for Ukrainian children

An artist from Vejle has raised over a million kroner by selling signed prints and giving all the proceeds to Unicef’s work to help children affected by the war in Ukraine.

The artist, Ole Aakjær, yesterday put the signed print of his piece ‘The Whalesong’ on sale online. 2,344 copies were sold in the first day, according to broadcaster DR. The price is 600 kroner, meaning over 1.4 million kroner was raised.

All 600 kroner of the sale price goes to Unicef, with Aakjær donating paper, printing and packaging costs.

“I’m completely overwhelmed, because we’ve touched on an issue people are very concerned with,” the artist told DR.

You can see the print here on Aakjær’s Facebook page. It will be on sale until 3pm today.

Covid-19: 13,378 new cases on Thursday but some results not submitted

13,378 new cases of Covid-19 were registered by health authorities yesterday from 53,727 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of 25 percent.

The actual number of positive tests is higher, because 18,000 test results were not submitted due to a technical issue, the Danish Health Authority said.

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 fell by 43, to 1,643. Many of these are in hospital for reasons other than Covid-19, but have also registered a positive Covid-19 test.

39 are currently in intensive care and 16 are receiving ventilator assistance.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement