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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.

Palads cinema in Copenhagen
Palads cinema in Copenhagen appears to have been spared from demolition. File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Parties to speak to press about heating bill cash help

The Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities will today give a so-called ‘doorstep’ briefing to press along with the political parties that signed the recent deal for cash payouts to homes hit by high heating bills resulting from energy price increases.

A majority in parliament on February 11th voted to give a one-off sum of 3,750 kroner to 320,000 eligible Danish households. The money is not expected to be paid out until later this year.

Mette Frederiksen has subsequently stated that the deal was not sufficient to address the energy price problem for Danish homes.

READ ALSO: Denmark’s energy bill payouts delayed until end of summer

Denmark willing to send 800 NATO troops to Baltic states

The government said yesterday it was making a battalion of 800 troops available to NATO in Baltic countries to counter any Russian threat there following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Denmark has already deployed some 200 military personnel and fighter jets to Estonia and Lithuania, and sent a frigate to the east of the Baltic Sea.

“We are already significantly present on the ground, but we are ready to do more,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said at a press conference.

The battalion is on standby, but NATO must make an official request for the soldiers to be sent, the prime minister added.

Demolition of iconic Copenhagen building cancelled

Palads, a former theatre and cinema in central Copenhagen distinctive for its pastel-coloured paint job, has been spared from demolition by the city municipality.

The city council’s infrastructure section decided five years ago to tear down the 104-year-old building to make way for extensions to Vesterport rail station.

Those plans have now been thrown out and the building’s owner, Nordisk Film, is now applying for a permit to modernise the cinema, newspaper Berlingske reports.

Eriksen scores on return to Copenhagen stadium

Men’s national team midfielder Christian Eriksen last night scored on his return to Parken stadium in Copenhagen, where he suffered a cardiac arrest last year.

Eriksen, wearing the captain’s armband, struck in the 57th minute to round off Denmark’s 3-0 friendly win against Serbia in the stadium where he collapsed and nearly died in a European championship match against Finland last June.

“To come back to Parken and score a goal with the welcome I received, and still receive, is something that gives you goosebumps. It makes me incredibly happy,” Eriksen told Danish television at the end of the match.

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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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