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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Quarterly results from Denmark’s biggest energy firm, free vaccinations for Ukrainians and new rules at Tivoli Gardens are among the main news stories from Denmark on Friday.

Construction work off Copenhagen
Construction work off Copenhagen on Thursday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish energy player to publish results

Ørsted, the biggest company in the Danish energy sector, will today present its results for the first quarter of 2022.

A major talking point is likely to be Ørsted’s contracts with Russian state gas company Gazprom. Ørsted has previously said it cannot break off its contract with Gazprom, but will not renew it when it expires in 2030.

Russia earlier this week switched off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria after the two countries refused to pay for the deliveries in rubles, which would have been in breach of EU contracts which stipulate payments in dollars or euros. Ørsted has not accepted Gazprom’s demand for payment in rubles.

READ ALSO: Danish energy company says it will cut ties with Gazprom in 2030

Tivoli Friday concerts resume with new rules

When Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli tonight opens its doors for its regular “Friday Rock” (Fredagsrock) concert, it will be using a new booking system for the first time.

Guests heading to Tivoli tonight to see nineties pop act Aqua will need a reservation for the concert stage in addition to their regular entry ticket.

The new rule has been introduced in response to incidents of crowd trouble during the Friday concerts this spring.

READ ALSO: Why are there crowd disturbances at Danish tourist attraction Tivoli Gardens? 

Ukrainian refugees to be offered free vaccinations 

Refugees who arrive in Denmark from Ukraine are to be offered free vaccinations by the Danish health service, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Vaccination against measles, diphtheria and polio will be offered, health minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed in a Twitter post.

The vaccinations are intended to protect both Ukrainians and the Danish public, given that the diseases are contagious.

“Ukraine has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe. That can bring a risk for the individual, but also for public health in Denmark,” Heunicke said in the statement.

Weather: Friday to be dry with some cloud

The stable sunny weather Denmark has enjoyed lately continues today, albeit with a few more clouds in the sky.

South Jutland and Funen in particular will see more cloudy skies this afternoon that has been the recent pattern.

Temperatures will be 10-14 degrees Celsius with northerly and westerly winds up to moderate strength. A light frost is possible during the night.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

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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