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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

A new Minister of Justice, a Russian plane violating Danish airspace and an emerging tennis star are among the news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday
Denmark announced a ministerial reshuffle on Monday after former justice minister Nick Hækkerup's resignation. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Tesfaye appointed new justice minister to be appointed after surprising exit of Hækkerup 

Immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye has been named the new Minister of Justice after predecessor Nick Hækkerup announced on Sunday that he was stepping down from what is perhaps the most high-profile position in the Danish government after the prime minister.

“I have recently felt a growing desire to be challenged in new ways. I have been in politics full time for over 20 years,” Hækkerup wrote in a Facebook post.

Kaare Dybvad Bek moves from housing and the interior to take Tesfaye’s brief in immigration. 

We’ll have full details of the government reshuffle in a report on our website today.

Denmark and Sweden summoning Russian envoys over airspace breaches

Denmark and Sweden are summoning Russia’s ambassadors after a Russian spyplane violated the air space of both countries, their governments said yesterday.

Officials said the plane entered Danish airspace on Friday evening east of the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm before flying into Swedish airspace.

“The Russian ambassador is summoned to the foreign ministry tomorrow,” Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod tweeted on Sunday, referring to a “new Russian violation of Danish airspace”.

The Swedish foreign ministry also said the Russian ambassador would be summoned in Stockholm.

Kofod added it was “totally unacceptable and particularly worrying in the current situation”, alluding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions with NATO, where Denmark is a member.

READ ALSO: Denmark accuses Russian spy plane of violating airspace

Health authorities to make assessment of mink fur industry 

The national disease control agency State Serum Institute (SSI) will today publish its assessment on whether it in the interest of public health to allow mink fur farming in Denmark again.

The sector was controversially shut down by the government in late 2020 due to concerns related to Covid-19 mutations in animals kept at the mink fur farms. At the time, Denmark was one of the world’s biggest mink fur producers.

Mink farming is currently suspended until the end of 2022 on public health grounds, but 15 former farm owners have registered for a scheme that allows them to resume the trade should it be permitted again in future.

READ ALSO: One percent of mink breeders apply for money to resume business

Danish teenager Rune wins first ATP tennis title in Munich

Danish tennis hope Holger Rune collected his first ATP title on Sunday when Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp retired during the first set of the final in Munich. 

Rune, 19, was 4-3 down in the first set when his opponent retired after feeling chest pain, making him the first Danish winner on the men’s ATP tour since Kenneth Carlsen in 2005.

“This was probably the worst way to win a final,” said Rune, ranked 70th in the world.

Rune did not drop a set all week but his standout moment was the second round victory over world number three Alexander Zverev — his first win over a Top 10 player.  

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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.