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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

NemID back in service, consequences for Herlufsholm, and the prime minister's push to put more children in foster care are among the top stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday
High school grads from the Øregård Gymnasium revel in Copenhagen's Storkespringvandet. Photo: Emil Helms/ Ritzau Scanpix

NemID back to normal — mostly 

After five days in which about a third of users were unable to access NemID, things returned to working order on Saturday, according to NemID’s parent company Nets. 

However, some pages and services that require a NemID login may still have problems, Nets says. That’s because some subscribe to a “special service” at Nets that is still being repaired, though they hope to have these back online as well today. 

Brace for the Tour 

A steady stream of events this week will build up to the start of the Tour de France on Friday. Today, the Tour’s general director Christian Prudhomme will join Copenhagen mayor Sophie Hæstorp Andersen and Tivoli CEO Susanne Mørch Koch in discussing plans for the three stages in Denmark. 

Tomorrow, Danish children will take the driver’s seat and interview several of the riders at Bella Center. Expect the kind of insightful questions your nine to fourteen year old asks. 

Copenhagen will host a 13 km time trial on Friday. 

READ ALSO: MAP: Details of 2022 Tour de France (and Denmark) revealed

Frederiksen wants…more children in foster care? 

Last year, 6.6% fewer children were removed from their families and taken into state care, the lowest number in a decade, according to Statistics Denmark. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen sees this not as cause for celebration, newswire Ritzau reports, but cause for concern. 

In her 2020 New Year’s speech, Frederiksen pushed for more children should be removed from their parents in favor of more stable living environments. 

“Today, some parents get too many chances. Perhaps in the best sense,” Frederiksen said. “But when a 12-year-old is removed from the home, there are often 11 bad years behind. it.” 

Specialists, including Mette Spring, head of Aarhus’s Family Center, disagree with Fredericksen’s take. “For both children and parents, it will almost always be a joy if we can support a well-functioning family life. It can be with various preventive measures – for example, family treatment,” Spring told Ritzau. 

READ ALSO: Danish Social Democrats want more vulnerable children to be placed in foster homes

Mass exodus, sanctions at Herlufsholm 

The fallout from the TV2 documentary on elite boarding school Herlufsholm continues — in an extraordinary move, the entire board announced its resignation on Saturday, according to a school press release. 

Additionally, Denmark’s royal family has decided to pull both Prince Christian and Princess Isabella from the school. 

The Danish Agency for Education and Quality is working to finalise a package of sanctions for Herlufsholm. The measures could include requiring the school to return the state subsidies it has received since December 8th, 2021 — the day agency officials visited to discuss conditions at the school with management, dormitory teachers and students, newswire Ritzau reports. 

Denmark gives Herlufsholm approximately 50 million kroner a year in subsidies, according to newspaper Berlingske. 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Skyrocketing wait times for psychiatrists, splitting monkeypox vaccine doses, and the 7-Eleven ransom are among the top news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

It takes a year to see a psychiatrist in Denmark 

New data from sundhed.dk analysed by broadcaster DR show an average wait time of 63 weeks to get in with a psychiatrist. 

Wait times for mental health care have climbed dramatically over the last several years. In 2018, the average wait to see a psychiatrist was 23.6 weeks, DR reports, while in 2021, the wait was 37.4 weeks. That’s a 68 percent leap from 2021 to 2022. 

Regional differences in wait times are dramatic — in North Jutland, patients wait an average of 84 weeks. 

Minister of health Magnus Heunicke has refused to sit for an interview with DR on the status of a 10-year plan to improve access to mental healthcare. 

READ MORE: Depressed in Denmark: How to find a therapist in the ‘world’s happiest country’ 

Danish officers will train Ukrainian forces in UK 

Within the next six months, 130 Danish instructors will arrive in the United Kingdom to train Ukrainian soldiers who have “no or limited military experience,” according to newswire Ritzau. 

“We have undertaken to train up to 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in Great Britain, and I am pleased that Denmark will participate in that project,” Ben Wallace, the British minister of defense, said at a press conference in Copenhagen Wednesday afternoon. 

Danish minister of defense Morten Bødskov says the country has also extended an offer to train Ukrainian soldiers in Denmark — for example, in de-mining. 

Russia’s ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, sees the assistance to Ukraine as “delaying peace,” he wrote in an email to broadcaster TV2. 

Danish drugmaker objects to plan to split monkeypox doses 

Bavarian Nordic, the company behind the monkeypox vaccine, has spoken out against the US Food and Drug Administration’s plan to split single doses of the drug into five smaller doses under certain circumstances, according to reporting by the Washington Post. 

The FDA signed off on the plan on Tuesday in an effort to extend a limited supply of doses to a greater population. 

The US isn’t the first country to attempt to get creative with the dosing of the vaccine. According to Bavarian’s instructions, the monkeypox vaccine should be administered over two shots separated by at least 28 days, but the UK has begun offering only a single shot. 

If countries decide to give one shot now, they have a long time to offer the booster and still achieve the same durability advantage. There is plenty of data to support one shot,” Paul Chaplin, managing director of Bavarian Nordic, told news outlet Science in July. 

READ MORE: Danish LGBTQ+ group welcomes monkeypox vaccination decision 

7-Eleven mostly back on grid after ransomware attack

About 169 of 7-Eleven’s 176 Denmark locations are back up and running, according to a statement from the convenience store company on Wednesday evening. 

However, convenience stores at train stations (where you can buy a transport card) only accept Dankort at the moment. All operational stores outside of train stations currently accept Mobile Pay and cash, and many can take Visa, Mastercard, and Dankort. 

7-Eleven has also confirmed that the outage was due to a ransomware attack — hackers demanded money to return access to the company’s data and systems. 

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