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Oct 18, 2020

Denmark Now: Week 41 Recap

Jaroš Vyhňák
Calming COVID-19, raging US election, questionable trade deals between the UK and EU, and much more.

Coronavirus update

When it comes to the current situation with the COVID-19, Denmark is not as affected by the coronavirus as several other countries. Infection rates in many European countries are skyrocketing right now, and many nations are closing down again to limit infection. But in Denmark, the number of infected is fairly stable, the contact number is around 1. This means that the increase of the infected is less likely. Once we will get below 1, the number of infected should decrease. But how come that Denmark survives almost unscathed?

Trust in the system

When Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen appears on many of Denmark's TV screens, she speaks to people that trust her and her government.

That trust has made it easier to change the habits towards the more corona-safe ones - working from home, putting on masks, or canceling weddings - than in other countries where trust is not as strong. And it shows in the infection rates.

Danes generally have a belief that the authorities want the best for them is partly due to the fact, that the welfare system is built over several generations. They are brought up with the state taking care of us when they become ill or unemployed.

Denmark had crucial timing in COVID-19 response.

Denmark wasn't one of the first countries that had to deal with the COVID-19. In comparison to Italy, Denmark had enough time to judge the situation and act by issuing a lockdown.

The lockdown model adopted was of the more drastic kind: the country's cultural institutions and schools closed, and many were sent home from work. This choice might have been over-cautious, but it helped to flatten up the curve quite early and avoid flooding the hospitals with the patients.

Danish healthcare system

Whatever we think about the Danish healthcare system, the fact that it is freely accessible is a big help.
If you have to pay for treatment or to be tested, fewer people use it. And consequently, it would be complicated to distribute protective equipment and many other necessities.

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US election - Today would be a win for Joe Biden

As the presidential election in the United States is coming closer, there has been conducted numerous opinion polls.
If the election were today, 52% of people would vote for Joe Biden, whereas 43% would give their vote for the current president Donald Trump. 5% of those asked stay uncertain.

Lines represent weighted averages, points represent polls (%)

And the fights are escalating.

That's what Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said at an election rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday night local time.

We are in a situation where over 210.00 people have died, and what does he do? Nothing. He still does not wear a mask.

Joe Biden has also broken the news with the information about his campaign funding. While Joe Biden limped financially after Donald Trump in the spring, he seems to be strongest in the final sprint. In September, Joe Biden and the Democrats raised 383 million dollars - 2.4 billion DKK - for his election campaign

The democratic presidential candidate also said that he will cancel the tax breaks for wealthy Americans and businesses introduced by President Donald Trump.

According to Biden, his economic policies will create millions of new jobs and thousands of billions in tax revenue.

The election is scheduled for the 3rd of November.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Ritzau Scanpix

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Situation in Belarus

Belarus wants opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya extradited for attempting to overthrow the "constitutional order".

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya had to seek refuge in neighboring Lithuania in August after a controversial election in Belarus, where President Alexander Lukashenko has proclaimed victory with 80% of the vote. Which resulted in thousands of Belarusians taking the streets in protest.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has since demanded the resignation of the president. In this connection, she has formed a special council to work for a peaceful transfer of power. Since then, several members of the council have been arrested.

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya also wants to launch a nationwide strike. This will happen on the 25th of October, unless Likashenko resigns, stop the violence in the country, and releases the political prisoners. 

"If our demands have not been met on the 25th of October, the whole country will take to the streets, peacefully. On the 26th of October, all companies will go on strike. All streets will be blocked and all state-owned stores will no longer have any sales”. 

Belarus has been marked by demonstrations since the presidential election on the 9th of August.

Stock Photo: Vladimir Simicek / AFP

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What is happening with the UK these days? Aside from tackling COVID-19 as any other country in the world. The UK is currently in the transition period leaving the European Union. And there is a lot to discuss.

October 15 was the date set by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, as the deadline for concluding an agreement with the EU. But there is no agreement ready, and Mette Frederiksen can not immediately see an easy way to agreement.

Downing Street said on Friday that official negotiations over a future economic partnership were "over" and the UK should "get ready" to trade with the EU from 1 January without a specific agreement.

Boris Johnson has accused the EU of resisting the UK's preferred outcome of a deal that is being used for Canada. The deal of common friendship and free trade.

The prime minister has said the UK should now be prepared for the alternative of a much more limited relationship, based on the EU's existing arrangements with Australia.

However, this would see tariffs applied on goods crossing the channel once the UK leaves the EU's single market at the end of the year, pushing up the cost of imports and exports.

Read more about the Brussles meeting

Read more about Canada-Style trade deal

Read more about Australia-Style Brexit

Denmark's most expensive house has been sold

Denmark's most expensive house has been sold for the staggering amount of 150 million kroner.
The house was built in 1920 and has 21 rooms and seven toilets, according to information from the Building and Housing Register.

The house is right next to the water, and the whole land counts up to 10,404 square meters, which is 1,5 of the standard football pitch.

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Jaroš Vyhňák
I came to Denmark in August 2015 with a vision. I wanted to study, work, receive some government support, get a degree, and leave back to the Czech Republic. Aside from studying, nothing went according to plan. It took me many months to settle down the way I wanted to, and somewhere in the process, I fell in love with this country. Now I would like to give something back. Not only did I fall in love in Denmark, but also with Latin dances, which became my life passion. Aside from that, I enjoy a good beer, even better company, and other basic things in life.‍
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