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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

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

An early spring day in Denmark.
An early spring day in Denmark. File photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Guidelines issued for Ukrainians applying for Danish residency under special law 

Danish authorities have issued guidelines to people from Ukraine who want to apply for residence in the Nordic country under a special law which was passed by parliament on Wednesday evening.

The “Ukrainian law” – officially, the Special Act on Displaced Persons from Ukraine – 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.

We explain how to apply for residence under the special law in this article.

Former PM’s new party could be voted into parliament

The Moderates, the new political part formed by ex-prime minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen after he left the Liberals, are close to having enough support to see them enter parliament at the next election, according to a new poll.

The opinion poll, conducted by Epinion on behalf of DR Nyheder and Altinget, gave the party 1.9 percent of the overall vote. 2 percent is the normal threshold for parties to gain parliamentary representation after elections. The poll carries a statistical uncertainty of 0.7 percent.

Rasmussen has said he believes the Moderates, who will have a first-ever annual congress in June, can achieve a good election result once the party has candidates on ballots.

READ ALSO: OPINION: Why do the names of Danish political parties have to be so confusing?

Weather: sun returns at full strength

Yesterday’s grey and drizzly weather makes way today as the sun returns, continuing the general pattern of bright weather so far in March.

Dry and sunny weather is forecast for all of Denmark with the exception of the odd localised shower.

Temperatures could reach up to 12 degrees Celsius and will be warmest in the south of the country.

The sunny weather is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Covid-19: 8,326 new cases on Thursday

Offical data shows that 8,326 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Thursday. 39,507 PCR tests were administered, giving a test positivity rate of 21 percent.

1,453 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark, which is 50 fewer than on Wednesday. A large proportion of these are not in hospital because of the coronavirus, and are in hospital for other reasons. 392 are patients at psychiatric wards.

29 people with Covid-19 are in ICU care and 7 are on ventilator treatment.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement