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The National Museum of Denmark displaying Ukrainian colours
The National Museum of Denmark displaying Ukrainian colours on Thursday. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Asylum centre opens for Ukrainian refugees 

With asylum centres in Denmark now taking in an increasing number of refugees from Ukraine, a new facility has been opened by the Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) in South Jutland town Toftlund. The centre can accommodate 120 people, broadcaster DR reports.

The building has been used as an asylum centre in previous years, from 2015-2017.

Latest data shows around 700 Ukrainians have so far fled to Denmark since the Russian invasion of their country late last month.  Over 2.5 million Ukrainians have so far been displaced by the war, with the majority having travelled to neighbouring countries, particularly Poland and Moldova.

School children across Denmark to sing for peace

Elementary school children across the country will assemble at 10:30 this morning to sing three Danish songs about peace.

The school songs, which will be televised by DR, are intended to bring children from all over Denmark together around peace and singing.

DR will also speak to children about their thoughts and experiences hearing about war in other parts of Europe in present times.

A benefit concert organised by DR and fellow broadcaster TV2 is meanwhile scheduled to take place in Copenhagen on Saturday evening.

Aarhus and Aalborg break off ties with Russian cities

‘Friendship town’ ties between Russian cities and Jutland’s two largest urban centres, Aarhus and Aalborg, have been scrapped by the Danish cities following the invasion of Ukraine.

The friendship ties, which had already been put on hold due to Russia’s record on LGBT+ rights, have now been broken off for good, local media report.

That means the end of agreements between Aarhus and St. Petersburg and Aalborg and Pushkin.

The Aarhus city council has reportedly agreed to look for a friendship town in Ukraine to replace St. Petersburg.

Weather: Dry and crisp weekend forecast

Friday’s daytime temperature will be around 7-8 degrees with sunshine in most parts of the country, where it will also be dry. The rest of the weekend could be 1-2 degrees warmer, according to meteorological agency DMI.

Evenings will see temperatures drop to around 2-3 degrees Celsius.

Winds will be a little stronger than in recent weeks, with a mild to moderate southeasterly breeze.

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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.