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

A file photo of spring buds in Denmark.
A file photo of spring buds in Denmark. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

E-boks is now mit.dk 

The secure digital mail service E-boks is today replaced by mit.dk with a new app, also mit.dk, also going live today. The two platforms are used to store and respond to digital mail from public authorities.

The new platforms for official mails, which are also used for some private companies, are intended to “strengthen the communication and interaction between citizens and society”, according to the mit.dk website.

The Danish Agency for Digitisation is responsible for the secure public digital communications platforms.

First school day in Denmark for Ukrainian children

The first group of Ukrainian children start school in Denmark today after coming to the Nordic country following Russia’s invasion of their homeland.

Toftlund School in South Jutland today welcomes 26 children from Ukraine aged 6-16 years, broadcaster DR writes.

Ukrainian children will initially join subjects such as maths, English and P.E. – subjects in which the language barrier is easier to overcome – while also taking lessons in the Danish language and culture, according to DR.

Employment numbers up for twelfth month in a row

Preliminary figures from Statistics Denmark show that the number of wage earners in the country increased in January by 4,000 to 2,919,000.

That is a record number of people in employment in the country and is also twelfth consecutive month in which the figure has increased, news wire Ritzau writes.

157,000 more people are in work now compared to a year ago.

Eriksen’s national team return delayed after catching Covid

Christian Eriksen’s return to the men’s national football team, nine months after suffering a cardiac arrest playing for his country, will be slightly delayed because he has Covid-19, the Danish football federation announced Sunday. 

“Unfortunately, Christian Eriksen has tested positive for coronavirus and will therefore not be with the men’s team on Monday,” DBU said on Twitter.  

“It is expected that he will be able to join the training camp during the week” before the two friendly matches against the Netherlands and Serbia on March 26th and 29th. 

READ ALSO: Danish footballer Eriksen returns to national squad after on-pitch cardiac arrest

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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. 

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