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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 Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement 

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