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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

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Work on the Lynetteholmen artificial island construction project
Work on the Lynetteholmen artificial island construction project off Copenhagen on March 28th. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT/Ritzau Scanpix

Covid-19 health pass decommissioned for use in Denmark

The coronapas, Denmark’s Covid-19 health pass used to document vaccination, test or infection history status, has been deactivated for use in the country because there are no longer any rules requiring its use, the Ministry of Health said in a statement yesterday.

The EU health pass section of the app can still be used for travel to countries that still have vaccination or other Covid-19 health pass rules.

Restrictions requiring the coronapas in Denmark were mostly removed in February, though recommendations for it had remained in place at hospitals and in the care sector. These recommendations have now been lifted.

The Smittestop contact tracing app was also recently taken out of commission in Denmark.

Denmark’s economy ‘strong’ after growth in 2021

The Covid-19 crisis does not appear to have severely damaged Danish state finances or those of private individuals, according to a new report by Statistics Denmark.

Growth of 4.7 percent in 2021 was the highest since 1994, according to the stats bureau.

Finance Minister Nicolai Wammen commented on the result, saying it evidenced Denmark’s strong economic position through the pandemic.

“Today’s numbers hammer home the point that the Danish economy is very strong after 2021,” he told news wire Ritzau.

Permission to fly Ukrainian flag extended

Permission to fly the Ukrainian flag in Denmark has been extended to May 15th, the Ministry of Justice confirmed yesterday.

Special dispensation to fly the Ukrainian flag anywhere in Denmark was initially given on March 2nd and has already been extended on one occasion.

Denmark does not normally allow individuals, businesses or public institutions to fly any flags other than its own unless authorities grant permission.

This does not apply to the Greenlandic, Faroese or other Nordic nations’ flags or the EU and UN flags, which can be flown freely without special permission.

Covid-19: 4,411 new cases on Wednesday

Official data shows that 4,411 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Wednesday. 26,460 PCR tests were administered, giving a test positivity rate of just under 17 percent. Testing levels are now a fraction of those seen earlier in the pandemic.

1,189 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark. A large proportion of the patients are not receiving treatment for the coronavirus and are in hospital for other reasons.

22 people with Covid-19 are currently in ICU care and 8 are receiving ventilator treatment.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.”