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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

A blustery Ascension Day, monkeypox vaccinations, and treatment for Ukrainian war wounded are among the top news stories this Thursday in Denmark.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday
Festivalgoers race to snag good spots at the first day of the Jelling music festival on Wednesday. Photo: Mette Mørk/ Ritzau Scanpix

Glædelig Kristi Himmelfartsdag, or happy Ascension Day! This public holiday in Denmark is tied to a Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’s ascent to heaven — some children call it flyvedag, or ‘fly day.’ Expect store closures and busy roads as people hurry to holiday homes.  

READ ALSO: How do Denmark’s public holidays stack up against the rest of Europe?

Outdoor plans today? Time to re-evaluate 

Denmark can look forward to scattered showers and spotty cloud cover on Thursday, but the Danish Meteorological Institute issued a specific caution to would-be picnickers — don’t try to eat your Ascension day lunch outside due to impressive winds across the country. 

Denmark purchases more monkeypox vaccines, though risk remains low 

After Denmark’s first two cases of monkeypox were identified this week, 200 vaccinations for the virus are set to arrive tomorrow. 

Magnus Heunicke, Danish minister of health, added that the government plans to purchase an additional 2,000-3,000 vaccines, though the risk to the general population remains very low. 

“It is not about a community vaccine, but targeted at close contacts,” Heunicke said. 

READ ALSO: Monkeypox in Denmark: what causes it, and is it serious?

Denmark open to receiving more Ukrainian war wounded 

Health minister Heunicke tweeted that Denmark is willing to host and care for up to 200 people who need hospital treatment due to the war in Ukraine — “both soldiers and civilians.” 

To date, Denmark has received ten such patients, Heunicke adds. In early May, a publication by the Danish Medical Association wrote that only “a handful of patients” affected by the Ukraine conflict had been hospitalised in Denmark, with war casualties only “a few of these.” 

According to The Kyiv Independent, Lithuania is preparing to receive wounded Ukrainian soldiers for “rehabilitation” over the coming weeks. 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Eighty-six weekend flights cancelled and a major setback for Copenhagen's artificial peninsula project are among the top headlines in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Cancelled flights reflect dire staff shortage 

This past weekend, 86 flights to and from Danish airports were cancelled, according to Danish airline news outlet Check-in.

By their calculations, that meant that 10,000-12,000 passengers were left at the gates. Half of the cancellations were by the beleaguered SAS, which nixed 42 flights in and out of Copenhagen alone. 

“We currently have high sickness absence, [technology issues and a late flight from a partner airline, ed.] and we already have a tight staffing situation, Alexandra Lindgren Kaoukji, SAS spokesperson in Denmark, told Check-in.  

READ ALSO: What are your rights if your flight is cancelled in Denmark? 

New Herlufsholm chairman: culture creates ‘problems for the weak,’ while ‘the strong’ manage

The latest wrinkle in the Herlufsholm scandal is the appointment of Jon Stokholm, former Danish Supreme Court Justice, as chairman of the board. 

The 71-year-old told newswire Ritzau that he believes Herlufsholm’s emphasis on individualism was where the school went wrong. 

“Such a culture creates problems for the weak,” Stokholm said. “The strong will cope.” (This seems an unusual way to describe students at a school struggling with bullying.) 

READ ALSO: Danish royal children withdrawn from controversial boarding school 

Artificial peninsula project Lynetteholm faces major setback 

Copenhagen’s dreams for a self-financing Lynetteholm, the new Copenhagen district to be built on a manmade peninsula in the harbour, have shattered like a ‘broken Kinder egg,”  mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen told broadcaster DR

New number-crunching by the ministry of transportation reveals that the profits from selling plots of land on future Lynetteholm, which promised to fund the creation of a metro connection and an eastern road ring, are likely to fall far short of that figure. 

The project was designed to solve three problems in one fell swoop — its creators say Lynetteholm will ameliorate the Copenhagen housing shortage, reduce congestion in the rest of the city and protect the mainland from storm surges in the face of climate change. 

READ ALSO: Danish parliament gives go ahead to giant artificial island off Copenhagen

Pollution linked to 10 percent of Europe’s cancer cases 

The European Environment Agency released a report today that concludes more than 10 percent of all cancer cases in Europe are preventable — because they can be tied to pollution. 

“Together, exposure to air pollution, carcinogenic chemicals, radon, UV radiation and passive smoking can account for over ten percent of the cancer burden in Europe,” the EEA wrote in a statement. 

Cancer cases due to exposure to radiation or chemical carcinogens can be reduced to “an almost insignificant level,” environment and health expert at the EEA Gerardo Sanchez told reporters last week. 

Of special interest to Danes, who sometimes eschew sunscreen during the summer months, should be the EEA’s calculation that four percent of European cancer cases are linked to natural UV radiation from the sun. 

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