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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Refunds to commuters whose trains run late, young people faring better than expected during lockdowns, and nowhere to put Denmark's dead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday
Late trains mean transport company DSB owed commuters millions of kroner in 2022. Photo: Emil Helms/ Ritzau Scanpix

Are you eligible for a refund from DSB for late trains? 

DSB, the Danish State Railways company, shelled out 24.3 million kroner last year to compensate commuters for late trains, the company tells newspaper Berlingske

It’s part of their “commuter travel time guarantee” programme, which refunds commuters directly to their NEMkonto (government-designated bank account) when their trains to work run late a certain percentage of the time. 

Eligibility requirements are available in Danish here

READ MORE: What you need to know about new public transport prices in Denmark 

Study: certain mental health conditions didn’t surge among young people during lockdowns 

New research from the University of Copenhagen suggests Covid lockdowns didn’t increase overall levels of certain mental health conditions in young people, as psychiatrists and policy makers had feared. 

A mental health survey asked about 25,000 Danish 18-year-olds about key metrics of their behavior, including symptoms of self-harm, eating disorders, and suicidal thoughts. It found no population-level changes comparing before, during and after lockdowns. 

“Some groups have gotten worse during the lockdown, while others have benefitted from it” perhaps due to decreased social and academic pressure,” Stine Danielsen, a PhD student at the University of Copenhagen, told broadcaster DR. “So overall we end up with no change.” 

However, representatives for SIND: National Association for Mental Health emphasize that lockdowns did exacerbate mental health conditions for many who struggled before the pandemic.

“Suddenly there were no longer any communities they could be a part of,” Mia Kristina Hansen, chairwoman at SIND, told DR. “They might have been isolated already, and they just became even more so when everything shut down.” 

READ MORE: Why does it take so long in Denmark to see a psychologist or therapist?

Danish undertakers overloaded, lack space for ‘occupied’ coffins 

The State Serum Institute, Denmark’s infectious disease agency, noted a “significant” increase in deaths in this winter, which experts put down to the ‘triple epidemic’ of Covid, the flu, and RSV. Now, Danish undertakers say occupied coffins are piling up with nowhere to store them. 

DR reports a nationwide overload of bodies waiting to be interred. Undertakers are forced to drive from chapel to chapel searching for a refrigerated space to store the body until the funeral. 

Currently, undertakers are able to use unheated chapels as a stop-gap measure. “But when we get to the other side of 10 degrees, we’ll need refrigeration, and then we’ll have problems,” undertaker Claus Markvardsen told DR. “We may well have some unfortunate experiences.” 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Object recovered near Nord Stream pipeline, Field’s shooter charged, possible ban on biker gang and other news from Denmark on Thursday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Denmark recovers object near sabotaged Nord Stream pipeline

Denmark has recovered a cylindrical object spotted near the sabotaged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the Danish Energy Agency said yesterday, adding it was a “smoke buoy”.

The agency said in a statement that the object had been recovered at a depth of 73 metres and that a “representative of the owner, Nord Stream 2 AG, was present during the salvage”, news wire AFP reports.

According to the energy agency, the recovery was completed on March 28th.

“Investigations indicate that the object is an empty maritime smoke buoy, which is used for visual marking,” it said in a statement, adding that “the object does not pose a safety risk.”

Danish vocabulary: at bjærge — to salvage

Suspect in Field’s shooting charged with murder

A man suspected of killing three people in the Field’s shopping mall in Copenhagen last July has been charged with murder and attempted murder, the prosecution service said on Wednesday.

“The 23-year-old man is accused of killing three people, a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 46-year-old man”, it said in a statement.

The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, has also been charged with 12 counts of attempted murder.

Arrested outside Field’s just after the July 3rd shooting, the man, who has a history of mental health illness, has been detained in a closed psychiatric ward.

Investigators believe the attack was planned, Danish media have reported.

Danish vocabulary: anklagemyndighed — public prosecutor

Justice ministry considers ban on biker gang

The Ministry of Justice is weighing its options over a potential ban on the biker gang Satudarah, broadcaster DR reports.

The biker group is linked with organised crime and is a rival to other groups including Hells Angels and Bandidos.

“They constitute a serious danger and serious threat to society and to Danes. We will therefore use all imaginable resources we can within the rules of the constitution,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told DR.

Denmark’s constitution protects the right to public gathering, but the country’s laws allow the police to order criminal groups to be dissolved. The law was used against the Loyal to Familia gang in Copenhagen in 2021.

The municipality in West Jutland city Esbjerg this week used a different law to ban Satudarah from using a specified address in the town as a clubhouse.

Danish vocabulary: rockere — biker gang members

Copenhagen Zoo hopes to ignite panda romance

Copenhagen Zoo has begun a new strategy to encourage mating — giving the prospective couple more time to get to know each other.

The Danish capital’s zoo decided to put the bears in the same enclosure a month earlier than usual so they can get acquainted while temperatures remain cooler, so they don’t bicker when the mating season begins.

“This year’s panda date is under way,” the zoo wrote on its website.

The zoo also published images showing the pandas keeping a respectful distance and mostly glaring at each other, showing “there’s not exactly love in the air (yet).”

On loan from China for 15 years, Mao Sun and Xing Er arrived in Copenhagen in spring 2019 and since then all attempts to breed have been unsuccessful.

“We are trying an approach that has been successful with our polar bears and brown bears, we are putting them together now, even though Mao Sun will not be ready for several weeks,” veterinarian Mads Frost Bertelsen said in a statement reported by AFP.

Danish vocabulary: at parre sig — to mate