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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 Friday

Prince Joachim’s reaction to his children losing their titles, a potential MitID security weak spot, and other news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘No timeframe’ for fixing Nord Stream pipelines

Nord Stream’s operator said yesterday it was unable to immediately assess damage to pipelines linking Russia to Europe, threatening an indeterminate outage. That came after Sweden detected a fourth leak and NATO decried “acts of sabotage”. 

Nord Stream’s operator said it “intends to start assessing the damage to the pipeline as soon as it receives necessary official permits”, news wire AFP reports.

It said access could be allowed “only after the pressure in the gas pipeline has stabilised and the gas leakage has stopped”. 

“Until the completion of the damage assessment, it is not possible to predict the timeframe for restoration of the gas transmission infrastructure”, the operator said.

NATO declared the damage was “the result of deliberate, reckless and irresponsible acts of sabotage” and said it supported investigations to determine the origin of the damage.

READ ALSO: Could Baltic Sea gas pipe leaks affect Denmark’s election timeline?

Prince Joachim not happy after children lose titles

In a rare episode of public drama in the Danish royal family, Prince Joachim, the Queen’s second son, yesterday went to the media to express his disappointment over the decision to remove the titles of ‘prince’ and ‘princess’ from his children as of next year.

Prince Joachim’s four children will no longer be princes or princesses but will retain their other titles as Count or Countess of Monpezat, the royal palace announced on Wednesday. The decision was taken by Queen Margrethe.

“It’s never fun to see your children harmed in this way. They themselves are in a situation they don’t understand,” Prince Joachim told newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

In a longer interview with another newspaper, BT, the prince said the decision to change the children’s titles had been moved forward.

“This whole idea was take my children’s identity from them when they each reach 25 years of age… I was given five days’ warning when the decision was brought forward,” he said.

‘Simple hack’ can breach MitID, media reports

Media Version2, a supplement of engineering journal Ingeniøren, reports that a coding trick can enable hackers to easily identify the usernames of MitID users.

The MitID digital ID system is gradually replacing NemID as the online ID used in Denmark for access to public service platforms, online banking and shopping online.

READ ALSO: MitID takes over as default option on Danish platforms

The Danish Agency for Digitisation (Digitaliseringsstyrelsen) told Ingeniøren that it would investigate the issue.

NemID will be turned off for secure platforms like banking and public services on October 31st. After this date, only MitID can be used to log on.

Other platforms, like online shopping, will still accept NemID for now. The old system will be fully decommissioned on June 30th, 2023. 

Cancer charity wants to ban solariums for under-18s

The Danish Cancer Society (Kræftens Bekæmpelse) says that increasing numbers of young people are using solariums in Denmark and that regulation is therefore needed on the area.

A report from the charity finds that 16 percent of young people aged between 15 and 25 use tanning salons, an increase from 10 percent two years ago.

“This calls for us needing an age limit of 18 years for use of solariums. Because if this continues, we will have more cases of skin cancer in future,” project manager Peter Dalum told news wire Ritzau.

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