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High fuel prices in Denmark
High fuel prices in Denmark on March 8th. European talks over a potential import ban on Russian oil have sent petrol prices up in Denmark. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Norway’s prime minister visits Denmark 

Norwegian prime minister Jonas Gahr Støre is today in Copenhagen to meet with Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen.

The two government leaders are scheduled to meet over lunch before giving a press briefing. The war in Ukraine will be high on the agenda, with Norway having initiated major divestments of its Russian assets.

The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, last week estimated that its Russian assets had been reduced to a tenth of their value due to the war in Ukraine and sanctions imposed on Russia.

Mette Frederiksen to officially apologise to Greenlanders

The prime minister will today give an official apology on behalf of Denmark to Greenlanders who in the 1950s were subjected to a social experiment that had profound consequences for their lives.

In the early 1950s, a group of 22 children were moved from Greenland to Denmark and cut off from their families in an attempt to bridge the cultural gap between the Scandinavian country and its then-colony.

In Denmark, the children were deprived of contact with relatives and once they returned to Greenland they were not reunited with their parents but instead put in an orphanage. Many of them would never see their families again.

Frederiksen will today apologise to the surviving members of the group at an event at the National Museum. The Greenland prime minister Múte B. Egede and the two Greenlandic members of the Danish parliament will also be present.

READ ALSO: Denmark to pay compensation to Greenland’s ‘experiment children’

First photos from the Moon to be auctioned in Denmark

The first NASA photographs taken on the Moon, including the first shot of an “Earthrise” and Buzz Aldrin walking on the surface, will be auctioned off in Copenhagen today.

“One of my favourite photos from this fantastic collection depicts a photo of Buzz Aldrin taken by Neil Armstrong, and you can actually see Neil Armstrong being reflected in Buzz Aldrin’s visor”, Kasper Nielsen, the head of the Bruun Rasmussen auction house’s valuation team, told news wire AFP.

A total of 74 unique NASA photographs are up for sale, including 26 taken on the Moon during the Apollo missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

“Of course, the highlight is the Apollo mission reaching the Moon for the first time” on July 20th, 1969, said Nielsen.

Bruun Rasmussen — which was contacted by a foreign collector who wanted to sell the photos and who has asked to remain anonymous — has estimated the collection at 1.4 million kroner, or almost 190,000 euros.

Each photograph is up for sale individually.

Covid-19: 15,475 new cases on Tuesday

15,475 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the latest daily update yesterday. 61,641 PCR test were administered, giving a test positivity rate of around 25 percent, in line with the positive proportion generally recorded so far in March.

The number of people in hospital who have Covid-19 has fallen a little since the beginning of the month and dropped by 42 yesterday, to a total of 1,602. The figure includes people who have a positive Covid-19 test but are in hospital for other reasons.

27 people with Covid are currently admitted to ICU wards, with 13 receiving ventilator treatment.

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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.