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Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Tuesday

Police stepping in on Herlufsholm, help for industry amid an uncertain fuel supply, and reinforcements for midwives are among the top news stories in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: a roundup of the news on Tuesday
A new mother and midwife at a private birth clinic play with a baby in this file photo from 2015. Photo: Niels Ahlmann Olesen/Ritzau Scanpix

Help for industry amid uncertain fuel supply 

The Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen) is set to debut a new program to help Danish companies that aren’t guaranteed to receive gas if the fuel crisis worsens, news wire Ritzau reports. 

“The current geopolitical situation may mean that a number of companies are without access to gas and therefore have to stop or scale down their production,” a Tuesday morning press release from the agency says. 

“The aim is to find out how the business pool can support gas-reducing measures in companies in the short term in an effective and rapid way.” 

The Energy Agency says about 40 companies make up the list of “unprotected gas customers,” which together account for 20-25 percent of Denmark’s gas consumption. They’ll be eligible for grants from the Enterprise Fund, which supports “energy efficiency improvements and green transformation,” according to the agency. 

Police step in on Herlufsholm debacle 

Yesterday afternoon, the police announced they’ll assess whether laws were broken in the events described by TV2’s documentary on elite Danish boarding school Herlufsholm. 

Current and former students are invited to report their experiences at Herlufsholm, including for example physical or psychological abuse, according to a statement from the South Zealand and Lolland-Falster Police. They emphasize that psychological abuse became a criminal offense under Danish law beginning April 1st, 2019. 

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

Midwives to receive reinforcements 

A hundred new midwives will join the ranks of the public health system, as per an agreement between the government, the Socialist People’s Party, the Social Liberals, the Red-Green Alliance, the Alternative party, and the Christian Democrats. Additionally, the government has earmarked 80 million kroner over the next three years for local recruitment and retention — hopefully in the form of bonuses to midwives, Lis Munk, chairwoman of the Midwives’ Association, tells Ritzau. 

Another element of the agreement is that first-time mothers will be guaranteed the right to a two-day hospital stay, which will go into effect in early 2023 at the latest, Danish broadcaster DR reports. If the parents choose to return home after 24 hours, they’ll have the right to a home visit the second day after birth.

But according to Munk and the Midwives’ Association, it’s far from enough — while they welcome the agreement, she says that at least 200 new midwives are needed according to their calculations. 

“Nowadays, women in labour may well find that there is neither a room nor a midwife for you when you need one,” Munk added. “And then you end up being alone for a large part of the birth.”

READ ALSO: Why is Denmark going through a baby boom? 

Denmark charges suspected Nigerian pirate

Denmark has charged a suspected Nigerian pirate captured after a deadly shootout in the Gulf of Guinea with endangering
the lives of its sailors, prosecutor Per Fiig announced on Monday according to news wire AFP.

The 39-year-old who lost a leg in the clash with the Danish navy last November faces up to eight years in jail.

Danish authorities said four other pirates were killed and one more went overboard from the Danish frigate Esbern Snare on an anti-piracy patrol in international waters off West Africa.

READ ALSO: Danish navy kills four pirates off Nigeria during PM visit to region

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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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