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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.

Denmark is to present 10 new national parks
Denmark is to present 10 new national parks. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Homes increased in value by average of 165,000 kroner in 2021 

If you are a homeowner in Denmark, it’s likely that your asset increased in value last year.

Statistics Denmark figures show that the overall wealth tied up in Danish real estate increased by 239 billion kroner in 2021. That is an average of 165,000 per property.

Value increases vary considerably by region, however. The Greater Copenhagen area saw the biggest value increases, while they were lowest in North Jutland.

The increase in value by percentage in North Jutland was the highest in Denmark, however.


New national parks to be unveiled

Environment minister Lea Wermelin and counterparts from other political parties will today present the locations of ten new Danish national parks.

The selection of the ten new protected natural areas is part of an 888 million-kroner state investment in nature and biodiversity.

Some of the new national parks have already been revealed, with locations in Randers, Gribskov in North Zealand, Almindingen on the island of Bornholm, Stråsø in western Jutland and Tranum in the Jammerbugt region already locked in.

Christian Eriksen could make national team return against Dutch

Christian Eriksen has recovered from a bout of Covid-19 and could make his return to the Denmark team on Saturday, nine months after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match, coach Kasper Hjulmand said yesterday.

“The most likely scenario is that he starts on the bench against the Netherlands,” Hjulmand said.

“We’ll see how it pans out in Amsterdam. But he’s 100 percent available for selection at home,” with Denmark hosting Serbia on March 29th after Saturday’s away match against the Dutch.

The star playmaker suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening game of the European 
Championships against Finland in Copenhagen last June.

Covid-19: 6,291 new cases on Wednesday

Offical data shows that 6,291 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Wednesday. 13,551 PCR tests were administered, continuing a gradual fall-off in the number of tests administered each day.

The test positivity rate from Wednesday’s data drop is around 46 percent.

1,297 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark. That is 60 fewer than on Tuesday and over 200 fewer than a week ago. A large proportion of the patients are not receiving treatment for the coronavirus and are in hospital for other reasons.

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

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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.