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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Flu shots for kids, waiting times for MitID assistance and other news from Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday
Parents of young children, particularly babies, should be vigilant for both flu and RSV this season, according to Denmark's infectious disease agency. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

How to get kids vaccinated for flu in Denmark 

Starting next week, vaccination centres will be available to give flu shots to kids between the ages of two and six. That’s expected to make vaccinations easier on parents, since flu shots were previously only available through a limited number of general practitioners — meaning parents often had to call several doctors before making an appointment. 

To date, less than ten percent of eligible kids have been vaccinated for the flu since it became available October 1st, far below health officials’ target of 75 percent, according to broadcaster DR. 

Risk assessment: ‘continued increase’ in RSV cases in Denmark

RSV, or ‘respiratory syncytial virus,’ generally causes the symptoms of a mild cold. It can, however, be dangerous for very small children, particularly babies under six months of age, who may need to be hospitalised. 

The latest risk assessment from the State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency, shows a ‘continued increase’ in cases of RSV over the last several weeks. 

The SSI’s report says RSV will likely continue circulating among children under 6 months in the coming weeks, but that lower case counts than the recent highs are expected. 

The agency rates the risk of the current outbreak as ‘high’ for babies under six months, ‘moderate-high’ for children under 24 months, and ‘low’ for everyone over two years old. 

Struggling with MitID? Good luck 

After Denmark’s old identity verification service NemID was shut down for use with banks, online shopping, and some social services on November 1st, the transition to MitID hasn’t necessarily been smooth sailing. 

The wait time for assistance with MitID through citizen service has climbed to 16 days, newspaper Politiken reports. The National Association of Municipalities says the increased wait times are due to increased demand, as well as the fact that many employees have been handling elements of the election process. 

READ MORE: How non-Danish passport holders can switch from NemID to MitID 

Field’s shooter was turned away for psychiatric treatment 

The suspect in the shooting at Field’s was refused psychiatric treatment, a member of the task force investigating how Denmark’s mental health infrastructure handled his case told Politiken in an interview. 

Broadcaster TV2 and Frihedsbrevet report that the 22-year-old was rejected from a programme called Opus, designed to treat young people with early-onset psychosis and schizophrenia, because he had already shown symptoms of psychosis during a prior hospitalisation. 

READ MORE: Danish task force concludes no single reason for Field’s shooting 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

A bomb threat at Copenhagen Airport, negotiations inching toward a broad government, and a lawsuit over negative interest rates are among the top news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Plane evacuated at Copenhagen airport after bomb threat 

Officials at Copenhagen Airport received a bomb threat shortly before a plane arrived from Poland on the evening of December 5th, Espen Godiksen of the Copenhagen police tells newswire Ritzau. 

Passengers were cleared from the plane and 30-40 of the 71 people aboard the craft were held at the airport until 7:40am the subsequent morning for police to examine their checked luggage, according to broadcaster TV2.

No explosives have been found, but Godiksen says police will remain on site for “a long time.” Godiksen declined to comment on the seriousness of the threat. 

READ MORE: Tips for short-haul foreign travel from Denmark this Christmas 

A strong ‘maybe’ from Liberals to joining government 

Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, chairman of the Liberals (Venstre), now says his party is “maybe” on the path to joining Mette Frederiksen and the Social Democrats in a government that includes both red and blue bloc parties. 

According to TV2’s political commentator Noa Redington, Jensen is likely being coy about the prospects of a central government. 

The parties and their leaders “are probably further along in the process than we know at the moment,” Redington says. “It would be strange if they are not finished before Christmas.” 

However, there’s still time for everything to “collapse,” Redington says. “Then we’re back to square one.” 

READ MORE: Danish Liberal party demands ‘high ambitions’ from Social Democrats 

Watchdog sues Jyske Bank over ‘unreasonable’ negative interest rates

The Danish Consumer Ombudsman plans to take Jyske Bank to court for charging negative interest rates on certain types of accounts — such as pension funds and children’s savings — that penalise customers for withdrawing money early. 

Since 2020, most Danish banks have charged negative interest on some accounts, effectively charging customers to store money. Many banks ended the policy in August of this year amid record-setting interest rate hikes, though Jyske Bank kept theirs negative. 

The Ombudsman’s office will make the case that bank should refund improperly-charged negative interest rates to customers. Jyske Bank denies any wrongdoing. 

READ MORE: End of negative interest rates at (some) Danish banks 

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