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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

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 a young person studying carpentry in Denmark
A file photo of a young person studying carpentry in Denmark. Fewer people are completing vocational studies than 10 years ago. Photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Ritzau Scanpix

Fewer young people complete vocational education 

Vocational education programmes (erhvervsuddannelser) in Denmark are seeing fewer young students complete their courses, according to Statistics Denmark.

In 2021, 23.1 percent of all people aged 25 who had complete an education programme had done so via a vocational programme.

That represents a significant drop over the last decade. The proportion in 2011 was 38.3 percent.

Conversely, more people are completing upper secondary school (gymnasium) compared to previous years.

New asylum centre to open in South Jutland

A new asylum facility is to be opened in Augustenborg, located in Sønderborg municipality close to the German border. The centre will be able to accommodate 370 Ukrainian asylum seekers, broadcaster DR writes.

A former psychiatric hospital is to be converted into the new centre, which is the fifth to be opened in the region in recent weeks.

Other new asylum facilities in South Jutland have opened in Tønder, Esbjerg, Aabenraa and Haderslev, with the Augustenborg addition bringing capacity for asylum seekers in the region to 2,320, DR writes.

58 municipalities and business organisation make plans to hire Ukrainian refugees

Representatives from 58 of Denmark’s 98 municipalities, along with the Confederation of Danish Industry (Dansk Industri, DI), a major interest organisation for companies, are set to meet today to discuss new networks between businesses and local authorities.

The networks will be intended to help find jobs for Ukrainian refugees and help businesses fill vacant jobs.

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees are now in Denmark with 1,500 so far granted residence permits, the first step to entering the labour market, news wire Ritzau writes.


Covid-19: 2,266 new cases on Monday

Official data shows that 2,266 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Monday.

The positive cases were found among 13,462 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of around 17 percent. Generally, testing levels are now a fraction of those seen earlier in the pandemic.

1,064 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark. This total is on a downward trend, having reached over 1,500 in early March, though it is 43 more than the previous day’s number. Inpatient numbers can be higher on Mondays due to fewer patients being discharged over the weekend.

A large proportion of the patients are not receiving treatment for the coronavirus and are in hospital for other reasons.

18 people with Covid-19 are currently in ICU care and 7 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.”