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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

A wild pony in Denmark's Mols Bjerge National Park on January 25th 2022.
A wild pony in Denmark's Mols Bjerge National Park on January 25th 2022. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Epidemic Commission suggests move towards Covid-19 recommendations instead of restrictions 

Following reports yesterday that Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is likely to announce that Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted at the end of this month, the Epidemic Commission, which advises the government on management of the pandemic, issued recommendations last night.

The Commission said it recommends the end of current Covid-19 restrictions on January 31st, but that entry test and isolation rules for travel to Denmark are extended. Travel rules should be based on the model used until rules were tightened in late December, the Commission said.

The Commission also stated that “the tools used to manage to epidemic will be to a greater extent more general recommendations and requests instead of rules and requirements”.

We’ll report any further announcements from health authorities and the government as they come in.

Delegation from Rwanda visits Copenhagen

Danish authorities are today hosting a delegation from Rwanda, which according to broadcaster DR’s report consists of a single representative from the African country.

The visit follows an agreement between the two countries last year to cooperate on asylum and migration questions and conduct political consultations related to development, DR writes.

Amnesty International last year condemned the Danish government after it struck the migration agreement with Rwanda, taking a possible first step towards sending asylum seekers to the latter country while their claims are processed.

Foreign ministry advises against travel to Ukraine

The Danish foreign ministry yesterday evening designated Ukraine “orange” in its country travel guidelines, meaning it advises against all non-essential travel.

The background for the decision is the tense situation between Ukraine and Russia. The Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk regions have been on the Danish travel advisory for some time due to armed conflict going back to 2014, but that has now been extended to the rest of the country.

Although the rest of the country is considered to be stable at the current time, that could change quickly according to the Foreign Ministry assessment.

Mink commission to publish report in June

The Mink Commission, an official inquiry into the government’s November 2020 decision to cull all mink at fur farms across the country and ban the industry, will publish its final report in June.

The Commission confirmed that schedule following a meeting at parliament on Tuesday, news wire Ritzau reports.

Leading politicians including Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen along with senior civil servants have been interviewed by the commission in a months-long inquiry. The order to cull minks, issued in response to concerns over a Covid-19 mutation in the animals, was found to be illegal shortly after it was enacted.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.”