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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

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

The Øresund Bridge
The Øresund Bridge will be closed for emergency service exercises on Wednesday. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Briefing on special law for Ukrainian refugees

Several Danish ministries including the immigration, education and employment ministries will take part today in a briefing following last night’s approval by parliament of a special law which will allow Ukrainian refugees to work and go to school in Denmark.

The law eases the process for Ukrainians compared to the normal asylum system, and is designed to enable them to start work and school as soon as possible after coming to Denmark.

It allows for a two-year residence permit with the option of a one-year extension.

We’ll have more detail in an article on our website today.

READ ALSO: Ukrainian refugees in Denmark can apply for residence ‘from this week’

Øresund Bridge to be closed for emergency service exercise

The Øresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden will be closed to traffic from 7:45pm until 11pm this evening as emergency services conduct exercises in the tunnel section of the crossing.

Trains will still operate during the period, but on a reduced schedule.

Authorities are to practice their response to a major accident in the tunnel during the exercise, according to broadcaster DR.

Municipalities to meet at summit

Representatives from the 98 Danish municipalities are to meet at a summit today, with municipal leaders to discuss issues including welfare and sustainability.

The war in Ukraine is also likely to figure highly on the agenda, with municipalities responsible for the task of finding accommodation for Ukrainian refugees who come to Denmark.

The national organisation for municipalities, KL, will give a press briefing later today.

Covid-19: 9,585 new cases on Wednesday

Offical data shows that 9,585 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Wednesday. 45,777 PCR tests were administered, giving a test positivity rate of around 21 percent.

1,503 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark, 26 fewer than on Tuesday. A large proportion of these are not in hospital because of the coronavirus, and are in hospital for other reasons.

26 people with Covid-19 are in ICU care and 9 are on ventilator treatment.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.”