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Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen arriving in Nuuk, Greenland,
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen arriving in Nuuk, Greenland, March 15th 2022. Photo: Christian Klindt Sølbeck/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark wants hardest possible sanctions against Russia

New EU sanctions against Russia are expected to be announced today. Finance ministers from member states are scheduled to meet in Brussels.

“I will use today’s meeting to underline that the Danish government wants the hardest sanctions possible against Russia,” Finance Minister Nicolai Wammen said prior to the meeting.

News wire Reuters reports that the fourth round of sanctions on Russia, which come in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, are likely to affect the country’s status in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Proposal for healthcare reforms to be presented

The government is expected to present its plans for reforms to the healthcare sector today. The presentation will be led by Health Minister Magnus Heunicke.

The reform will be intended to address several struggling areas of the health system related in particular to an increasingly older population, according to broadcaster DR. Reforms to healthcare have been delayed several times.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen initially signalled a reform was on the way in autumn 2020, at the opening of parliament for that year. A delay was most recently announced at the beginning of January 2022.

Prime Minister to apologise in Greenland

Currently in Greenland, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is to make an official apology while on the soil of the autonomous territory for a social experiment conducted by Denmark in the 1950s.

In 1951, 22 Inuit children between the ages of five and eight were sent to Denmark, which was Greenland’s colonial power at the time but has since gained autonomy.

In Denmark, the children were not allowed to have any contact with their own families. After two years, 16 of the group were sent home to Greenland, but placed in an orphanage. The others were adopted by Danish families. Several of the children never saw their real families again.

Frederiksen last week apologised in person to the surviving members of the group in Denmark, and will now express the same sentiments while in Greenland.

Danish police and military conduct exercise near Copenhagen Harbour

If you are in Copenhagen and spot a high military and police presence near the harbour today, don’t be alarmed.

Copenhagen Police and the military are conducting an exercise in the area today, the police said on Twitter.

The exercise will take place between 9am and 4pm and will involve military helicopters and ships.

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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.