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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

A post box inside the Danish parliament
A post box inside the Danish parliament, photographed on Monday March 7th, 2022. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Wounded Danish journalists back home from Ukraine

Two Danish journalists who sustained gunshot wounds in Ukraine on February 26th have returned home to Denmark after being evacuated via Moldova, one of them said yesterday.

“We are back home and we’re still undergoing care”, Stefan Weichert told news wire AFP in an email.

Weichert, a reporter, and photographer Emil Filtenborg Mikkelsen were shot while on assignment for newspaper Ekstra Bladet near the north-eastern town of Okhtyrka, some 50 kilometres from the Russian border.

Their car was targeted by unidentified attackers.

The two freelancers have lived in Ukraine for several years.

Filtenborg posted a story on Instagram on Monday showing him in his hospital bed in Denmark.

“I’ve had a rest, I’ve had my surgery. I’m calm and well in Denmark”, he wrote, adding a photo of the bullet fragments removed from his back and legs.

Ukraine war prompts Denmark to pull plane for UN Mali role

Denmark yesterday said it would not be sending a military cargo plane to help UN peacekeepers in Mali, earmarking the aircraft for NATO duties instead because of the Ukraine war.

“We are keeping our C130 — a Hercules transport plane — at home so that it can be ready to respond to any request from NATO,” Defence Minister Morten Bødskov told a press conference.

The Hercules had been scheduled to join MINUSMA, the UN’s peacekeeping deployment in Mali, on a deployment running from May to November.

The government described the decision as a “delay,” but gave no further details.

Denmark has contributed to the Mali mission since 2014, committing a transporter to its operations three times, most recently in 2019.

International Women’s Day to be marked in Denmark

International Women’s Day will be marked in many parts of Denmark today with events including demonstrations and speeches.

Feminist organisation Danner, which supports women who have been victims of violence, has arranged a torch procession in Copenhagen, which takes place this evening.

In Aarhus, Gender Museum Denmark (formerly Kvindemuseet) has arranged a day-long programme with events taking place across the city, while entry to the museum is free throughout the day.

Demand for district heating up amid gas uncertainty

Many people in Denmark are contacting heating providers hoping to switch from individually gas heating in their homes to the district heating (fjernvarme) network, broadcaster DR reports.

The war in Ukraine has created demand from customers wanting to move away from gas heating, according to the report.

Customers are concerned over high prices, where their gas comes from and whether supplies will continue in future, DR writes.

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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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