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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Long wait times for public healthcare, cigarettes going out of vogue among the youth, and an unlikely win for Danish footballers are among the top news stories in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday
Teammates congratulate Jens Stryger Larsen after last night's victory-sealing goal against the Austrian national team. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Excessive waiting times for non-acute exams, treatments 

The Danish regions, which are responsible for the local administration of healthcare, are still buried in a backlog from the pandemic and last year’s nursing strikes, according to a survey by newspaper Jyllands-Posten. 

Patients in the Gødstrup area of Central Jutland face a waitlist almost four years long for an MRI scan of the head, while if you need a neurological exam in the region of Southern Denmark it could take 56 weeks for your turn. 

In the greater Copenhagen area, patients are experiencing excessive delays for orthopedic and gastrointestinal surgeries, as well as treatment of eye issues. 

“We had thought we could shave the waiting lists down before the end of the year, but we have to admit that it looks more and more difficult,” chairman of the Danish regions Anders Kühnau told J-P. “One of the biggest problems is the lack of staff.” 

READ ALSO: Why does Denmark take so long to authorise foreign medical professionals? 

Fewer young Danes smoke cigarettes, analysis reveals 

Over the last four years, the proportion of Danish teens and early 20-somethings that smoke cigarettes has taken a nosedive, according to the National Institute of Public Health. 

The proportion of teens aged 16 to 19 that smoke has fallen 37 percent, for a current total of 15 percent of that age group smoking daily or occasionally. One in four 20- to 24-year-olds is a regular smoker in Denmark, down 26 percent over the last four years. 

“The new figures are proof that the political and local initiatives really make a difference,” Mette Lolk Hanak, head of prevention at the Danish Cancer Society, told newspaper Politiken. “Now it is important that we hold on and continue the work.” 

READ ALSO: EU rules dampen Danish government plan to ban future cigarette sales 

Danish national football team defeats Austria 

Danish spectators who waited out an hour and a half long power outage in Vienna were treated to an unexpected victory at the Nations League. 

Denmark beat the Austrian team 2-1, with credit going to substitute Jens Stryger Larsen for the goal that cinched the win. Larsen hadn’t been on the football pitch for 218 days, broadcaster DR reports, after a conflict with his Italian club Udinese. 

Denmark now leads the section with 6 points. 

Sweden puts the breaks on further investment in SAS 

The beleaguered Scandinavian Airline Service won’t receive any more cash infusions from the Swedish state, meaning their share in the company is likely to fall, newswire Ritzau reports. 

Currently, Denmark and Sweden each have a share of 21.8 percent in SAS. 

Billions in debt, SAS plans to ask its creditors to accept shares in the company in order to cancel their debts, Ritzau reports. 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Sex education, steamy weather, and Salman Rushdie topping the Danish best sellers list are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Rain ahead (finally) but no heat relief 

Parts of Denmark could see much-needed rain as early as Monday evening, but you won’t be able to swap out your fans for umbrellas just yet. 

The heat won’t abate for another few days in spite of rain on the forecast, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. Expect temperatures from 25 to 30 degrees through the end of the week. 

READ MORE: How 2022 compares to Europe’s hottest summers 

Salman Rushdie book tops Danish best seller list 

Danes in droves have ordered Salman Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” after the author narrowly survived a stabbing at a book reading on Friday, newswire Ritzau reports. 

The book, which caused Iranian clergy to issue a fatwa or death order for the Indian author in 1989, is listed as the top-selling book on, Denmark’s largest online book store, as of Monday. 

Danish Red Cross breaks record for families sent on summer holiday 

Nearly 1,000 children and parents in Denmark went on summer vacation courtesy of the Red Cross this year, the charitable organisation wrote in a press release. 

This summer saw higher demand for the Red Cross’s holiday camps due to the difficult economic situation, says Marie-Louise Gotholdt, head of the Red Cross in Denmark. Fortunately, the organisation was able to meet that demand and all families that applied were able to enjoy some holiday fun at one of the Red Cross’s 21 camps across Denmark, the release said. 

Students demand sex education in all secondary education

While sexual education is mandatory in Danish primary school, that guidance doesn’t necessarily continue for all students later in their secondary education. But advocacy from student groups including the Danish High School Students’ Association has pushed minister of children and education Pernille Rosenkrantz-Theil to change that, a press release from her office says. 

Rosenkrantz-Theil has proposed compulsory sex ed in all youth education, including secondary school. Student advocates say it’s vital to empower students to change the culture around sex in Denmark. 

“We have just received new consent legislation. It is absolutely crucial that if we are to ensure a real cultural change, it is our generation that must take the lead,” says Ingrid Kjærsgaard, former president of the Danish High School Students’ Association. “It requires that we also get a space in our educations to talk about how to ensure consent and respect boundaries.” 

READ MORE: Danish parliament passes landmark bill to reform law around rape