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DENMARK CORONA WEEK 18 –
DANES RETURNING FROM CORONA VACATIONS 

Corona-vacation in Denmark is now ending and many Danes are returning to work. Many have spend more time with the closest family, than ever before. We asked, what Danes have learned about relationships from the months of corona? Before corona did 35% of all Danes travel alone or with friends to other countries for vacation. Around 71 % had also or only vacation in Denmark. The Danes vacation is in there own houses, a rented summerhouse, camping, beach-hotel, vacation-centers or Airbnb. Many families have been having corona-vacation together in Denmark. Many have talked about there relationships The corona-vacation have for some been a time for reflection. Many have felt the corona-times was a meeting with uncertainty, insecurity, fear and loss of control. A study by the University of Aarhus have measured, that 29% of younger people between 16 and 29 feels lonely. Before corona was it only 10-12% of the young people, that felt loneliness. That is more than the double. However 70% of Danes follows general authorised psychologists advice to get connected with others. Numbers shows, that more people walks in nature, start a creative project at home, jog, and communicate more over internet with friends or family. Humans are group animals. Happiness comes from connectedness to others, and the care we have for each other. In crisis do we best by helping each other and be strong together. The Danish government has advise recommended Danish population to stay away from countries with more than 50 contaminated per 100.000 inhabitants.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 17 –
DANES DO NOT NEED TO WEAR MASKS

Different from the most of Europe do Danes not want to wear a mask. From August have Danish Health Authorities recommended, all to wear masks at special places, such as in public transportation and during rush-hour. Only 20-25% in the trains are actually wearing the masks, even during rush-hour. In Denmark, there is only 1 dead in the last week. The authorities do not think it makes sense to make everybody wear the mask. The DSB transportation do also take the situation relaxed. The authorities fear a new corona way after the summer holidays, which is the background for the masks a public transportation points. #lovelife …our stories without commentary

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 16 –
WHAT DID THE DANES LEARN FROM THE CORONA CRISIS

We have been around in Denmark and asked, what people have learned so far from the corona-quarantin Surprisingly many answer positively and strongly about there life and priorities: Featuring Mads Langer, students, a Copenhagen padagogleader and more. 25% of all Danes are now tested. #lovelife…our stories with no speak broadcasted around the Globe See full story bellow: People in Denmark are starting to walk closer and reflecting, what they learned from the time in quarantine. 25% of all Danes are now tested.  In Denmark have the health authorities also demanded rubbing alcohol everywhere – in all shops and public spaces. There are now only 18 people in the hospitals and only 2 in respiratory. 1 died in the last week.  We have been around in Denmark and asked, what people have learned so far from the corona-quarantine. Since April 7 have the corona numbers gone down. The Danish Health Authority expects the corona numbers to go up in August and September and are still advising people to be careful. Besides Europe are only 6 countries so far admitted to entering Denmark. People in Denmark are beginning to see the sun at the end of the corona tunnel, even though it is still around. End Corona in figures (31/7): Denmark 615  dead. 4 dead since 19/7 / 1.120.675 tested Greenland:  All well. Faroe Island: All well. Sweden: 5.730 ( The 19/7: 5.619 dead) Norway: 255.  (19/7: 255 dead ) Italy: 35.132 (19/7: 35.042. dead) Spain: 28.443 (19/7:  28.420) US: 152.055 (19/7: 114.119) World: 676.795 (The 19/7: 604.963. dead)

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 15 –
HAPPINESS MUSEUM OPENS IN DENMARK

It is opened by the Happiness Research Institute, that aims to give guests insight into the history of happiness, the anatomy of smiles and why the Nordic countries are the superpowers of happiness. Denmark is repeatedly ranked in the top spots for well-being, happiness and quality of life, therefore is the obvious home for the world’s first museum which focuses on creating a better framework for good lives.    The museum is interactive and visitors can get involved in experiments with chocolate and light therapy and thought experiments The museum will for instance showcase contributions from people around the world, who have submitted items that remind them of happy moments in their lives. A harmonica that he played on, when he met his wife. A Finalist medal from finishing a marathon in Santiago, Chile. And other stories about happiness, that came from focusing on happiness and being with the ones we love, achieving what we want.  What creates happiness for a human being? The Happiness Museum hopes the many stories will make us happy – and that each guest comes out of the museum wiser about happiness, happier and more motivated to make the world a better place. It is a small museum – but the visitors get to think about the big things in life. The museum is curated by the Happiness Research Institute – the think-tank established in 2013 following the increasing political focus on quality of life – including the UN Happiness Resolution and the World Happiness Report.  The Happiness Museum and the Happiness Research Institute are led by Meik Wiking, author of the three international bestsellers The Little Book of Lykke, The Little Book of Hygge and The Art of Making Memories, which have been published in more than 50 countries. The museum will be open all year – inspiring to be happy.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 13 –
STUDENT CELEBRATIONS IN DENMARK

In spite corona, there is one tradition, that could not be taken away from students in Denmark. The celebrations after finishing examines and 12 years of school. In general starts Danes school at age 6 and become students at age 18. People can stop school after 10 years, but 75% study for 12 years, finishing with the hat and horse wagon ride. The students have some celebrations, that are only seen in Denmark. Trucks are changed to party wagons. The wagon drive and visit all the students homes and parents. The truck becomes a small party discotheque and as the students visit more and more homes, they also get more and more to drink – and the party has made some special traditions. The hat witnesses the traditions and also challenges taking place. Every time you pass a tradition, you can make a mark in the hat. For instance dancing in the fountains in the city or drinking beer in a special way. Many loveable things happen this week. For instance can your friends bite in the hat and wish you luck. The harder and more visible the bite is, the more luck and success will you get in your life. You can get special marks if you jump in the water – with only the hat on. The traditions have developed since 1930, when more and more people took a longer education, to qualify yourself to study at the university. At that time was it less than 5% of students, compared with today. Today 75% of all Danes have the 12 year student education, which is higher than ever. In 2009, 10 years ago, was it 70%, 5% less. 55.000 every year. In this perspective from 1930, until today, have Denmark changed from being industrialized producing country, to a knowledge society. 43% of the further university education in Denmark takes place in English.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 12 –
MIDSUMMER BON FIRES ALONG COAST

In spite corona, there is one tradition, that could not be taken away from students in Denmark. The celebrations after finishing examines and 12 years of school. In general starts Danes school at age 6 and become students at age 18. People can stop school after 10 years, but 75% study for 12 years, finishing with the hat and horse wagon ride. The students have some celebrations, that are only seen in Denmark. Trucks are changed to party wagons. The wagon drive and visit all the students homes and parents. The truck becomes a small party discotheque and as the students visit more and more homes, they also get more and more to drink – and the party has made some special traditions. The hat witnesses the traditions and also challenges taking place. Every time you pass a tradition, you can make a mark in the hat. For instance dancing in the fountains in the city or drinking beer in a special way. Many loveable things happen this week. For instance can your friends bite in the hat and wish you luck. The harder and more visible the bite is, the more luck and success will you get in your life. You can get special marks if you jump in the water – with only the hat on. The traditions have developed since 1930, when more and more people took a longer education, to qualif​y​ yourself to study at the university. At that time was ​it less than 5% of ​students, ​compared with today. Today 75% of all Danes have the 12 year student education, which is higher than ever. In 2009, 10 years ago, was it 70%, 5% less. 55.000 every year. In this perspective from 1930, until today, have Denmark changed from being industrialized producing country, to a knowledge society. 43% of the further university education in Denmark takes place in English.

DENMARK CORONA MONTH 5 –
CHANGED VACATIONS

Students in Denmark are having their vacations changed due to corona. At the end of 2019, 63% of Danes between 18 and 27 planned to travel outside of Denmark. That number has fallen and Copenhagen Airport is unnaturally quiet for this time of year. Danes’ most popular travel destinations in 2019 were Spain, Germany and Italy. Then Norway, Greece, Sweden, France and Turkey. Today, the activity in Copenhagen airport is very quiet most of the time. Denmark is the most visited Scandinavian country with 45%, compared to Sweden, Norway and Finland. Most tourists comes from Germany, Norway and then Sweden, UK, USA and 23% from other countries. Half visit the country and half Copenhagen. The government inspires people to take vacation in Denmark to set the economy in motion and help the tourism industry. All small ferries the the many small islands in Denmark are free this summer. In 2019, 31% of all Danes had a vacation in a summer house in Denmark. In 2020, summer house rentals and purchases are setting new records. The corona distance advice has also made it difficult for young people to meet each other. Normally you can find wild, fun or small music festivals, but many now meet with friends in the countryside and smaller places, where talking together becomes more important.
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DENMARK CORONA WEEK 11 –
TIVOLI OPENS WITH NEW APP

To keep distance have Tivoli in Copenhagen places teddy bears in rollercoasters and in 3 days created the words first corona-app to avoid queues in front of the 32 rides. The famous Pjerrot was on hand to open Tivoli Gardens, after two and a half months of closure due to the coronavirus. Opening this days has taken many creative solutions and innovation, in order to satisfy Denmark’s social distancing requirements. Since March, the only children in Tivoli have been Copenhagen’s kindergartens, allowed to use the space for free during the day. Now, the iconic Tivoli Youth Guard is back playing for guests as they walk around the 177 year-old amusement park which is also the world’s second oldest. -One creative solution to ensure social distancing is maintained is the use of teddy bears on every other bench on the world’s oldest rollercoaster, in order to space thrill-seekers out.  -Guests can interact with smiling Tivoli employees behind specially decorated plastic shields. -Tivoli also developed the world’s first amusement park entry app, in order to ensure there are no queues and hot spots of visitors.  The app was developed by a team of 20 under Jonas Buhl Gregersen in Tivoli’s IT department in just 3 days, and was rigorously tested to make sure it could serve its purpose. In the app, you simply choose which ride you’d like to try – answer how many you are then you can go and buy an ice cream or watch until the app beeps and tells you it’s time to make your way back to the ride for your turn, where you beep in. Tivoli has 32 rides altogether and visitors seem happy to try them with the new app system.  Jonas Buhl Gregersen expects that Tivoli will continue to use the app after the coronavirus restraictions are lifted.  Tivoli normally welcomes over 5 million visitors a year, with over a million of these coming from cruise ships. Due to the coronavirus closure, visitor numbers this year are historically low. The record for visitors inside Tivoli was set during World War II when 112,802 people visited in one day in 1943. Normally Tivoli limits capacity to 34,000, but under the current restrictions that is down to 8,200.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 10
DRIVE-IN FOOTBALL

The Danish football league started this weekend without an audience, so Danish Club FC Midtjylland came up with a creative way of ensuring their fans were able to get close to the action. Drive-in Football has now been invented for the first time in the world in Denmark for the national football league, which returned to action last weekend. Cars were honking as the players arrived to warm-up. FC Midtjylland is currently in first place in the Danish League. People could see the match on big screens and hear the commentator over the radio on a dedicated channel/frequency. 2000 cars with around 8000 fans attended the drive-in event, that was sold out in 95 minutes via an app. The car-horns were supposed to help FC Midtjylland (Mid-Jutland), but the visiting team Horsens dominated in the empty stadium. After 36 minutes, Louka Prip from Horsens made it 0-1, from a long pass. The car horns suddenly went very quiet. FC Midtjylland created a lot of pressure, but never made it to a goal. The club remains 9 points clear at the top of the league ahead of last year’s champions, FC Copenhagen, with one game to play before the championship round. Here, the top six clubs split from the rest, carrying their points forward for a 10-game mini-league to decide the division’s eventual winner. Favourites are FC Midtjylland and FC Copenhagen. Normally the tournament ends at the beginning of June, but due to the coronavirus will it end the 29th of July with the final European League qualification matches.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 9 –
DRIVE-IN CONCERT

Drive-in concerts are a big thing now. But we spoke to the musician who performed the world’s first drive-in concert on April 24th 2020, where the music was transmitted directly into the cars parked at the event, via a dedicated frequency. Award-winning musician, Mads Langer, was on his European tour when the coronavirus broke out. His drive-in concert in Aarhus brought the Danish artist, famed for his intimate music style and engagement with the audience, international attention. The concert had room for over 500 cars with 4 people in each car and had an audience of around 2000 people. The audience was given access to a web-meeting (Zoom), so that they could get up close to Mads on stage. It also meant that Mads had some faces to perform to. Though he says it felt like he was performing to 4 people, not the thousands that attended. The Zoom link up provided a unique opportunity for Mads to ask the audience questions, on everything from the coronavirus to how his music had helped develop people’s romances. One fan was even invited on stage to perform a socially distanced dance she had choreographed to his music.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 8 –
PHASE 2 – RE-OPEN

Phase two of re-opening has started in Denmark, with shopping malls, restaurants and the football league all open to the public. Malls like Lyngby Mall, just north of Copenhagen, are to keep all surfaces and public areas clean and to provide hand gel for shoppers. The guidelines from the Danish Healthy Authority is still a 2-meter distance between people and a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. But Danes are finding it hard to keep that distance in reality and the number of hospitalised in Denmark saw an increase last week. Lyngby Mall has introduced a ‘road system’ which shoppers must follow in order to walk in the same direction and to keep a distance. It also has to count people entering to ensure it doesn’t go over 3300 people. The success of continued social distancing in this phase is vital to ensure that major attractions like Tivoli, Zoo, along with high schools and universities, can potentially re-open on 8th June.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 7 –
MISSING SCHOOL

As the Danish school system now opens back up for children up to the age of 15, older students are beginning to feel the isolation after more than 8 weeks of lockdown. The traditional gymnasiums in Denmark, for students between 16 and 19, as well as universities will remain closed for now and no date has been announced for when they’ll reopen. This means that many older teens are missing out on traditional coming-of-age events and life experiences that will shape their futures, as a result of the coronavirus lockdown and its continued impact on Danish society. One such teen is 16-year-old Nina Garde from Copenhagen. She invited us into her 24/7 classroom (her bedroom) at home to share some of her challenges in being a teenager in isolation. She says she finally understands what people mean when they tell her “you never get back to being 16”

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 6 –
TIVOLI OPENS GATES FOR FREE FOR KIDS DURING CORONA

Imagine being dropped off to spend your day in childcare and having an entire amusement park as your playground. That’s what children from some of Copenhagen’s newly reopened kindergartens are now getting to experience. Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, has opened its gates for free to kindergarten children during the coronavirus crisis. The much loved attraction in the heart of Copenhagen is normally the most-visited theme park in Scandinavia and the 5th in Europe but is currently closed to visitors. The Danish government recently announced that children up to the age of 11 could return to childcare and school, but with special requirements including more space for social distancing and a focus on outdoor learning. Copenhagen is one of Europe’s most-densely populated capital cities, so creative ways to spread out the city’s children have been found. Tivoli Gardens, which will celebrate its 176th birthday this August, is hoping to open again to the public sometime in May, but this is not confirmed. In the meantime, it will continue to welcome its special VIPs and contribute to the reopening of Danish society in this innovative way

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 5 –
QUEEN MARGRETHE II´S BIRTHDAY
DENMARK SINGS OVER THE INTERNET

At 12pm on April 16th 2020, over 200,000 people gathered online to sing Happy Birthday to Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II, who turned 80 under lockdown. And even more joined in with the traditional Danish birthday song from balconies, gardens and the otherwise quiet streets of Denmark, to celebrate their popular monarch. Queen Margrethe II, who succeeded to the throne upon her father’s death in 1972, is a renowned and respected artist, with many notable works in scenography and painting. She even illustrated the Danish edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, impressing the author himself, whilst working under the pseudonym Ingahild Grathmer. The Danish Monarchy is the oldest continuous monarchy in the world. Queen Margrethe II’s heritage can be traced back more than a thousand years to a king born in the year 900. The traditions of communal singing in Denmark go back to the 1800s, when new songs brought Danes together under a common national identity. And during World War II, communal singing events were an important way to keep the spirits up. The sing-a-long for Queen Margrethe’s 80th birthday this week was in fact the largest communal singing event since World War II. Danes sing together at family gatherings and celebrations throughout the year, a tradition which has led to nightly organised communal singing during the coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown. Each night at 7pm, Danes sing together to remind themselves that they stand together, apart, in order to stop the spread of the virus. Within the last 5 years, 76% of all deaths in Denmark have been in the over 70s age group, or from people with serious illness. Because of their risk from the coronavirus, elderly residents are currently under curfew. The daily singing performance outside this particular care home in Copenhagen, by Nikolaj Schiøtz Winding, is the high point of the residents’ day

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 4 –
PANDAS TOGETHER

In Copenhagen ZOO is Male Xing Er and female Mao Sun are now joined together for the first time hoping to make Mao Sun pregnant. The two pandas got 36 hours to make it, because a panda female only get virgil ones a year. All hearts stood a little still, because the animals can kill each other and be very aggressive. The first meeting vent very well. Mads Bertelsen, Head of Animal Operations, Copenhagen ZOO is very happy, because they seem to get along so well. Things have for the last two days continued to develop really well, and they have been tumbling around sensibly and trying each other out a little. There is only between 12 to 36 hours per year, where there is a chance that pandas will mate, and that is now. It is now 1 year ago Male Xing Er and female Mao Sun arrived from Chengdu Panda Base to the new Panda cage house in Copenhagen Zoo. In order to find the right time to mate female Mao Sun with male Xing Er, have the experts Chinese from Chengdu Panda Base worked closely with Mads Bertelsen, Head of Animal Operations, Copenhagen ZOO. Usually, they live separately, but the female hormone curves over the past weeks and are very close to ovulating and within the next few days is the right time to get a mating. Things have gone really well, and they have been tumbling around sensibly and trying each other out a little and even got really close. Copenhagen ZOO is closed due to the corona crisis and it makes it even more peaceful and tranquil for Male Xing Er and the female Mao Sun to make it. It is very rare for pandas to mate, but also to give birth to youngsters, so it is an exciting time in Copenhagen Zoo right now. If all goes well, birth will take place in the month of August. The Panda’s will stay for 14 more years in Copenhagen Zoo, if all goes well. The panda House cost 160 million-kroner ($24.2 million). It was opened by The Danish Queen Her Majesty The Queen Margrethe II on 31. marts 2019.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 3 –
ONE WAY WALKING

The Danish government has made one way path around the public lakes. The hope is the people keeping distance will make opening possible in 2 weeks. A fee on 1500 kr/€200/USD 216 can be given to people or couples that do not walk clockwise around and keep 2 meter distance. So far nobody has got a fine. The government will also open up society a little in 2 weeks. The hope is to open up for the children first. The opening will be slow, so the number of sick people can be controlled. No one knows exactly how. In Denmark no one blames the chinese people for the outbreak. The hope is, that it will never happen again, if we join forces and walk the same way.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 2 –
BEING ALONE TOGETHER

This is only week 2 after the break-out in Denmark and most people have stayed in-door for 1 ½ week. The development of corona is still uncertain, but people are trying to get use to be alone at home. Many have now started to talk and sing over the internet. In week 1 did the shops close and the first person died. In the middle of week 2 is 34 dead in Denmark and 20.799 in the whole world. In Denmark in increase of 8.7% in 2 days. In a summerhouse sits corona- or flu virus victim Kristoffer Schou, hoping to get better, trying to describe how it feels might to have the corona virus, when you are all alone. People working with the stock market have in average lost 25% in Denmark. Christian Thygesen is a professional bank and stock analyst. For him is the working situation however normal. He says that “it’s been a huge change, that we were not ready for, but it is working amazingly well already in week 2.” Musician Annika Askman experiences the situation bringing people closer together. Every evening at 7 people in Denmark sing out of their windows – connecting in a new way. Every week we follow a group of people during corona.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 1 –
BREAK OUT

Empty ferries from Germany, Sweden, Norway and England are now seen in a country with 72 small and big islands with inhabitants. Empty ferries from Germany, Sweden, Norway and England are now seen in a country with 72 small and big islands with inhabitants. The first people with corona in Denmark came from a ski vacation in Northern Italy. No tourists are now visiting Hans Christian Andersen’s statue The Little Mermaid or Nyhavn with historic restaurants and bars, where among Hans Christian Andersen used to live and work. Only a few local Danes are seen walking without masks from or to their home or important job. The government has ordered people to keep a 2 meter distance from each other, which most people then do in Copenhagen. The first week is full of new regulations every day and support programs for business. Also during the first week Denmark do not have enough good corona-testing equipment, so only the very sick are being tested. The first died this week-end in Denmark. Saturday passed a 81 year mann away, who was already sick. Yet 6 more elder people have passed away in Denmark, this first week of the corona break out in Denmark. So far the borders are closed until the 13. of April