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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Ukrainians can now work while waiting for their residence applications to be processed, while employment is up and MitID is causing backlogs at service centres in the main news stories from Denmark on Friday.

A cherry blossom in Aalborg in 2020
A cherry blossom in Aalborg in 2020. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Ukrainian refugees can work while awaiting work permit processing

Ukrainian refugees are from today permitted to work in Denmark while awaiting the outcome of their residence and work permit applications.

They do not need a permit to begin working, only a receipt showing proof they have submitted an application. This means they can begin working as soon as their applications are in.

Parliament in March passed a special law aimed at speeding up the process of issuing residence permits for Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Denmark sine the Russian invasion of their country began on February 24th.

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

Danish residents have difficulties with new digital ID

The new digital ID system, MitID, is causing strain on local citizens’ services (Borgerservice) due to the large number of people experiencing technical difficulties switching from the older NemID, broadcaster DR reports.

A large number of users of MitID have approached Borgerservice desks for assistance with the switch, which can require users to update their personal ID information in the digital system.

Long waiting times mean people in some areas are now waiting several weeks for an appointment with Borgerservice according to DR.

All banks are now asking customers to switch to MitID before NemID is phased out on June 30th.

READ ALSO: How non-Danish passport holders can switch from NemID to MitID

Employment figures continue to set records 

The number of employed people in Denmark has increased for the 13th consecutive month, setting a new record, news wire Ritzau reports.

February saw the number of people in paid work reach 2,929,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous month. The data comes from Statistics Denmark.

Since January 2021, the number of people in employment has increased by 166,000.

The private sector hired 10,000 additional people in January, although the number of people working in the public sector decreased by 1,000.

Weather: up to 17 degrees on Friday

Sun and pleasant spring temperatures have dominated weather forecasts this week, and Friday is no different.

A high pressure front over Scandinavia is responsible for the agreeable weather. Today will be dry with temperatures reaching a balmy 17 degrees Celsius.

A mild northeasterly wind will cool things down a little in coastal areas.

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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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