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Does Denmark give money to people who let Ukrainian refugees stay at their homes?

Many people in Denmark have offered to give Ukrainian refugees a temporary place to stay after they arrive in the country. Local authorities determine whether to provide financial support to households which take people in.

Children from Ukraine attending school on the island of Langeland, Denmark
Children from Ukraine attending school on the island of Langeland, Denmark, March 23rd 2022. Municipalities can choose to remunerate families who act as hosts for newly arrived Ukrainian refugees. Photo: Tim Kildeborg Jensen/Ritzau Scanpix

The amount of financial assistance given to households who choose to provide Ukrainian refugees with a place to stay following their arrival in Denmark is determined by local municipalities.

The amount actually given varies and can be zero, broadcaster DR reports on Thursday.

Esbjerg Municipality pays 200 kroner per day to residents who allow a Ukrainian refugee to stay in their basement or spare room, DR writes.

In Haderslev, on the opposite south Jutland coast, no assistance is given for providing board to Ukrainian refugees.

Sønderborg pays 250 kroner per day for adults and 150 kroner per day for children, while Tønder, like Haderslev, does not offer remuneration.

Further north from the border with Germany, in Fredericia, the municipality offers 60 kroner per day for adults and 40 kroner for children. In Vejle, the amounts are 30 kroner and 15 kroner respectively. Kolding gives what is described as “acute help” directly to Ukrainians, with the amount dependent on the size of the family, DR reports. A woman with two children is given 200 kroner per day to spend on essential items.

All municipalities are permitted to pay up to 500 kroner to private host families up to 500 kroner per refugee. The funding comes from the state under a March 10th political provision, but individual municipalities decide whether to offer financial support and how much it will be.

The mayor of the Haderslev Municipality, Mads Skau, told DR the local authority was concerned about the size of the administrative task which might be involved in setting up financial compensation for host families.

“We can see from other municipalities that it cause misunderstandings and be a demanding administrative task. We have to administrate taxpayers’ money correctly without it being called into question,” he said.

Administrative tasks could involve checking to protect against fraudulent use of the system or that money is correctly distributed.

Organisation Bevar Ukraine Haderslev told DR that over 400 Ukrainian refugees are currently staying at private homes in the municipality.

Skou said that the municipality was ready to step in and provide board to those staying privately if families felt unable to continue with their arrangements.

In Esbjerg, host families are required to fill in declaration forms giving details of who will be staying with them and for how long.

Under the March 10th political provision, municipalities can provide for persons who have fled from Ukraine. This can be done by offering public facilities or reaching agreements with private individuals who can offer accommodation and meals.

Municipalities decide the extent they want to use private individuals to help with the task of finding accommodation. They can offer financial recompense but people offering to share their homes cannot demand payment for doing so.

The provision is valid until April 4th, DR writes.

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How Ukrainians can apply for residence and work permits in Denmark

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Rapping, breakdancing Ukrainians win Eurovision in musical morale boost

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest Sunday with an infectious hip-hop folk melody, boosting spirits in the embattled nation fighting off a Russian invasion that has killed thousands and displaced millions of people.

Rapping, breakdancing Ukrainians win Eurovision in musical morale boost

Riding a huge wave of public support, Kalush Orchestra beat 24 competitors in the finale of the world’s biggest live music event with “Stefania”, a rap lullaby combining Ukrainian folk and modern hip-hop rhythms.

“Please help Ukraine and Mariupol! Help Azovstal right now,” implored frontman Oleh Psiuk in English from the stage after their performance was met by a cheering audience.

In the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, the triumph was met with smiles and visible relief.

“It’s a small ray of happiness. It’s very important now for us,” said Iryna Vorobey, a 35-year-old businesswoman, adding that the support from Europe was “incredible”.

Following the win, Psiuk — whose bubblegum-pink bucket hat has made him instantly recognisable — thanked everyone who voted for his country in the contest, which is watched by millions of viewers.

“The victory is very important for Ukraine, especially this year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Glory to Ukraine,” Psiuk told journalists.

Music conquers Europe

The win provided a much-needed morale boost for the embattled nation in its third month of battling much-larger Russian forces.

Mahmood & BLANCO  performing for Italy at Eurovision 2022

Mahmood & BLANCO perform on behalf of Italy during the final of the Eurovision Song contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

“Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe!” he wrote on Facebook.

“This win is so very good for our mood,” Andriy Nemkovych, a 28 year-old project manager, told AFP in Kyiv.

The victory drew praise in unlikely corners, as the deputy chief of the NATO military alliance said it showed just how much public support ex-Soviet Ukraine has in fighting off Moscow.

“I would like to congratulate Ukraine for winning the Eurovision contest,” Mircea Geoana said as he arrived in Berlin for talks that will tackle the alliance’s expansion in the wake of the Kremlin’s war.

“And this is not something I’m making in a light way because we have seen yesterday the immense public support all over Europe and Australia for the bravery of” Ukraine, Geoana said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the win “a clear reflection of not just your talent, but of the unwavering support for your fight for freedom”.

And European Council President Charles Michel said he hoped next year’s contest “can be hosted in Kyiv in a free and united Ukraine”.

‘Ready to fight’
Despite the joyous theatrics that are a hallmark of the song contest, the war in Ukraine hung heavily over the festivities this year.
 
The European Broadcasting Union, which organises the event, banned Russia on February 25, the day after Moscow invaded its neighbour.
 
“Stefania”, written by Psiuk as a tribute to his mother before the war, mixes traditional Ukrainian folk music played on flute-like instruments with an invigorating hip-hop beat. The band donned richly embroidered ethnic garb
to perform their act.
 
 
Nostalgic lyrics such as “I’ll always find my way home even if all the roads are destroyed” resonated all the more as millions of Ukrainians have been displaced by war.

Kalush Orchestra received special authorisation from Ukraine’s government to attend Eurovision, since men of fighting age are prohibited from leaving the country, but that permit expires in two days.

Psiuk said he was not sure what awaited the band as war rages back home.

“Like every Ukrainian, we are ready to fight as much as we can and go until the end.

Britain’s ‘Space Man’

Ukraine beat a host of over-the-top acts at the kitschy, quirky annual musical event, including Norway’s Subwoolfer, who sang about bananas while dressed in yellow wolf masks, and Serbia’s Konstrakta, who questioned national healthcare while meticulously scrubbing her hands onstage.

Coming in second place was Britain with Sam Ryder’s “Space Man” and its stratospheric notes, followed by Spain with the reggaeton “SloMo” from Chanel.

After a quarter-century of being shut out from the top spot, Britain had hoped to have a winner in “Space Man” and its high notes belted by the affable, long-haired Ryder.

Britain had been ahead after votes were counted from the national juries, but a jaw-dropping 439 points awarded to Ukraine from the public pushed it to the top spot.

Eurovision’s winner is chosen by a cast of music industry professionals — and members of the public — from each country, with votes for one’s home nation not allowed.

Eurovision is a hit among fans not only for the music, but for the looks on display and this year was no exception. Lithuania’s Monika Liu generated as much social media buzz for her bowl cut hairdo as her sensual and elegant
“Sentimentai”.

Other offerings included Greece’s “Die Together” by Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord and “Brividi” (Shivers), a duet from Italy’s Mahmood and Blanco.

Italy had hoped the gay-themed love song would bring it a second consecutive Eurovision win after last year’s “Zitti e Buoni” (Shut up and Behave) from high-octane glam rockers Maneskin.

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