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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

The Indian prime minister visits Denmark, extra police on the roads on Funen and an unexpected stock market dip are among the main news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

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Expect to see more police cars on Funen this week. File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Indian prime minister Modi visits Denmark 

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is in Denmark today on an official visit during which he will meet both Queen Margrethe and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

Modi’s visit is the first by an Indian government leader for 20 years. It signals improving ties after an extended period of cooled diplomatic relations between the two countries over Denmark’s refusal to extradite one of its citizens wanted by India for supplying arms to a rebel group in the 1990s.

India is currently in the midst of an extreme heat wave with temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius in some parts of the vast South Asian country.

Funen police to practice driving skills

If you live on Funen (Fyn), there’s a good chance you’ll see more blue flashing lights than normal today, tomorrow and on Thursday.

Funen Police is giving driving instructions to officers practicing their responses to callouts.

Much of the driving will take place at a special facility at Ellested, but some driving on public roads is also included to add realism to the exercises, broadcaster DR writes.

Police have not stated the exact roads the practicing police cars will use.

Danish stock index falls 8 percent due to ‘human error’

A human error was yesterday responsible for an 8 percent dip in the Danish C25 stock index, bank Citigroups told financial media Bloomberg News.

“One of our traders this morning made an error during a transaction. Within a few minutes, we identified the error and corrected it,” Bloomberg quoted the bank as stating, according to news wire Ritzau.

Several European stock exchanges are reported to have been affected by the issue, which caused a short term dip in prices.

Weather: Dry and sunny Tuesday with mild May temperatures

The calm and stable weather that characterised the end of April has so far continued into May, with more sunny and dry conditions expected today.

A couple of showers in the eastern part of the country may break up the drier weather, however.

The wind will be mild to moderate, but a little more fresh along the coasts. This can bring temperatures down to around 10 degrees Celsius from the 16-17 degrees expected in the rest of the country.

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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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