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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Monday

A bus fire in Copenhagen, more than 100 arrested at climate protests, and a major shake-up at Herlufsholm are among the news stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Monday
Copenhagen firefighters stand at the ready in this file photo from 2017. Photo: Mads Joakim Rimer Rasmussen/Scanpix 2017)

Bus on fire in Copenhagen 

Firefighters were wrestling with a “major fire”  Copenhagen at 7 a.m. Monday morning, Danish broadcaster DR reports. 

According to officials, a bus caught fire near Nordre Fasanvej and Godthåbsvej, which put the blaze near Frederiksberg hospital. The fire was extinguished by about 7:50, according to a tweet from Hovedstadens Beredskab — the Hovedstaden Emergency Preparedness department. Commuters should still expect traffic delays, they say. 

Herlufsholm fallout continues 

The board of the prestigious Danish boarding school is making moves after a TV2 documentary that premiered last week revealed a culture of violence and rampant bullying. 

The board determined Saturday that school principal Mikkel Kyellberg should resign and the prefect system overturned, Danish newswire Ritzau reports. 

“It is fundamentally wrong and fraught with risks of bullying, violence and unhealthy power relations to put big children in charge of educating and sanctioning smaller children, Minister for Children and Education Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil wrote on Facebook. 

Despite the board’s actions on Saturday, Herlufsholm continues to be “under supervision” by the Danish Agency for Education and Quality, which has been in effect since December, Rosenkrantz-Theil adds. 

Karsten Suhr, chairman of Denmark’s Private Schools, proposes studies of the culture at all Danish boarding schools out of an abundance of caution after the revelations on Herlufsholm, Ritzau reports. 

READ ALSO: Culture of bullying and violence revealed at elite Danish school 

About 110 arrested in weekend climate demonstrations

More than 100 protestors were arrested during Friday and Saturday’s demonstrations by the climate movement Extinction Rebellion, Ritzau reports. 

While most of Saturday’s protest went as scheduled, Jesper Bangsgaard of the Copenhagen Police told Ritzau, about 35 protestors sat down at the intersection of Holbergsgade and Holmen’s Canal. About 10 were arrested in what are called “deprivations of liberty,” preventative arrests or administrative arrests in which police can only detain someone for 6 hours, compared to 24 hours with a normal arrest. 

According to Ritzau, “the deprivations of liberty have taken place on the basis of the Police Act in order to maintain peace and order. For that reason, police can detain people even if they are not suspected of anything criminal.” 

Those who weren’t arrested were fined under the Traffic Act or another law that translates awkwardly to English, the “Public Order Order.” 

According to Extinction Rebellion Danmark’s Twitter account, 139 were arrested on Friday alone. 

Say goodbye to the sun — again 

The Danish Meteorological Institute hopes you enjoyed the weekend’s idyllic weather, because it’s on its way out. 

Monday promises to be the last “nice day with sunshine,” according to meteorologist Klaus Larsen. Expect clouds, but little rain, on Tuesday and erratic weather Wednesday. 

“There will be some sunshine, and at times it will be more cloudy,” Larsen says of Wednesday. “Showers can also be expected, but only in the southern part of the country is there a prospect of more persistent rain, and then it will be between 13 and 18 degrees.” 

Thursday is also expected to be a mixed bag with some sun, cloud cover, and perhaps a little rain in the south. 

Thursday evening — the night before Great Prayer Day — is set to be a chilly one, between 5 and 10 degrees. Great Prayer Day itself should be between 10 and 15 degrees, the DMI predicts, with scattered showers and only very few appearances from the sun. 

READ ALSO: Denmark’s Great Prayer Day: 7 things to know 

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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.