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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Harsher penalties for football 'hooligans,' whether high schools should stop serving alcohol, and a Danish journalist deported from Russia are among the top news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday
Should Danish teens be served alcohol at school parties? Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

Stadium shenanigans will bring tougher penalties 

After a spate of violent clashes between rival fans at Brøndy football stadium that have seen spectators and police hospitalised, police are instituting a double penalty zone in an attempt to restore order. 

“Unfortunately, our experience is that some matches turn an area that is peaceful on a daily basis into a conflict zone, because certain fan groups actively seek confrontations, violence and unrest,” police inspector Mogens Lauridsen wrote in a Wednesday press release. 

If you’re convicted of a crime — namely violence, vandalism and serious disturbance of public order—in the stadium or surrounding streets between Thursday morning at 10 AM and Friday morning at 4 AM, your punishment could be doubled. 

READ MORE: From the archives: Aarhus football fans caught with fireworks in shoes

Authorities want to stop boozy parties at school 

The Danish Health Authority is asking the principals of high schools and vocational schools to ban all alcohol at school between the start of the year and autumn holidays and alcohol over 5 percent year-round. 

(Remember, there’s no real legal drinking age in Denmark. You can buy alcohol under 16.5 percent in shops starting at the age of 16, while you have to wait until 18 to buy stronger spirits. At bars, drinks above 2.8 percent can only be served to 18-year-olds and up.)

It’s part of an attempt to shift alcohol culture in Denmark for young people, but some see a potential ban as both dangerous and unrealistic. 

Madeleine Steenberg Williams of the Danish High School Students’ Association says that preventing schools from serving alcohol at parties will do little more than push students to drink elsewhere with less adult supervision. 

READ MORE: Denmark advises no alcohol consumptions for under-18s 

Danish journalist deported from Russia 

Matilde Kimer, a correspondent for broadcaster DR, will not be welcome in Russia until 2032.

Kimer was informed she would no longer be allowed in Russia, where she has served as a correspondent for 13 years, due to “security and defense reasons” after she arrived in a Moscow airport Monday morning. 

Kimer is in good company — 41 journalists and media workers from United Kingdom outlets, including the BBC, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sky News have been expelled from Russia this summer. 

Foreign minister Jeppe Kofod plans to ask the Danish embassy in Russia to address Kimer’s deportation with Russian authorities, he tells DR. Until and unless the decision is reversed, Kimer will be spending more time in the Ukraine, DR says. 

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TODAY IN DENMARK

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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