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LOVELIFE –
Denmark vs Wales
LOVELIFE –
Denmark vs Russia

Denmark has had a turbulent European Football Championship because of Christian Eriksen’s heart attack. Denmark had lost the two first matches and should now face Russia.

Denmark could however still advance as 2nd in the group of 4 with both a win over Russia and help from Belgium winning over Finland.
Belgium and Denmark were favourites before the tournament to advance from the group to the ⅛ finals.

The loss of Eriksen demanded Denmark to find a new way to play, which should be tested against Russia.

The fairy tale came true and Denmark turned the ugly situation into a beautiful 4-1 win over Russia and Belgium also won 2-0 over Finland.
Danish fans vent from worried to ecstatic celebrating the victory.

The game was played on the homeground of Denmark Parken Stadium.
Denmark had 25.000 spectators and Russia only 5.000, because of corona regulations.

Denmark will travel to Amsterdam on Friday and face Wales on Saturday in hope to get to the quarterfinals.

The European Championship is for the first time held in 12 cities around Europe.

LOVELIFE –
ERIKSEN HONOURED AT GRAFFITI WALL IN EURO VILLAGE

Made before the Russia match and after a relieving visit by Christian Eriksen.

LOVELIFE –
ERIKSEN HONOURED AT GRAFFITI WALL IN EURO VILLAGE

A tribute to Christian Eriksen has been created in the Football Village in Copenhagen.
A graffiti wall with a painting of Christian Eriksen and the Danish tribute sentences “Gold to Denmark – again” and “Come on Denmark” has been added with thousands of supporting and respectful sentences to Christian Eriksen recovery.
Thomas Andersen, that normally works in a bank also wrote to Christian Eriksen: “You fought for us, now we are going to fight for you” His friend Jesper Engvang, engineer, 25 also wrote for good recovery and health.
All fans hope to see Christian Eriksen back after Saturday’s heart attack during the first Danish match against Finland in the Danish homeground stadium “Parken”.
A group of 13-14 year old boys playing in the Football Village’s little footfall field, was also moved and felt a deep respect for Christian Eriksen. 14 year old Måns Bank Olsen would write “Pray for him…yeah”. and his 13 year old friend Sofus Holm Henriksen believes “he is going to come back very strong, because I believe in him”.
The wall was made Sunday after the match by international Danish graffiti artist Mix Madsen. Media and people have used the wall to express and show the reactions after the dramatic event Saturday. A way to communicate and heale people’s feelings. Christian Eriksen is now in good spirit and is going through tests.
The Football village in Copenhagen is part of UEFA’s EURO set up and The special themes in EURO Copenhagen Football village’s are street, park and beach – and now also Christian Eriksen.

LOVELIFE –
Migratory birds – 2021

“Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird!” is the theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day

The covid pandemic has given the migratory birds a break

Bird flu is a pandemic that the migratory birds seem to carry from West africa and East Europe to North Europe and the Arctics

During a short period in spring, the female panda is in heat

Fishing and tourism eating mussels and oysters are also a hard competition for the migratory birds

The Wadden Sea is the single most important stop in Europe for the migratory birds

The Wadden Sea is a 5 star hotel stay for the migratory birds

Right now in May is the peak time for migratory birds

LOVELIFE –
Copenhagen’s cherry tree bloooming welcomes spring

At Bispebjerg Cemetery in Copenhagen the Cherry Trees are blooming

The cherry trees are blooming during the spring opening of corona and form a long, pink tunnel

The blooming Cherry Alley on Bispebjerg Cemetery was visited by 150.000 people

During Corona more people have had time to think and reflect on what is important to us

LOVELIFE –
Denmark Opens Cafes, Stores and Museums

Café´s, restaurants,shopping malls and museums are re-opening in Denmark.
Many places, like the National Gallery, require a valid Corona Pass for admission.

Story:
A welcomed opening in the spring of Copenhagen, Denmark, Indoor serving on cafes and restaurants, big shopping malls and museums are now opening up after corona in Denmark. Mask and hand gel are still advised.
The French Cafe on Eastbridge at the lakes is a popular local place. The regular visitor Kristian Skriver Borg enjoys the come back to a coffee and break at the lake, after dropping off the son at the school.
The big shopping malls on more than 5000 m2 also opened.
Illum, that sells many brands and are very popular among tourists and locals
The National Gallery also opened with a tent, where you could show the corona pass.

All entrance need a corona pass, that you get with our result on mail.
You can print it out, and show it with ID. Marie-louise Dunker, Deputy Director and Head Communications welcomes the opening after a long winter with 3D exhibition. It will take a while before people actually dare to go out. On The French Cafe are they happy to see all.

LOVELIFE –
Panda´s in heat at Copenhagen Zoo – 2021

One of the big events in Copenhagen Zoo right now, is it´s two pandas Xing Er and Mao Sun.

During a short period in spring, the female panda is in heat. In the beginning it went well… …but then he got tired The first attempt at mating ended when both panda´s got tired.

The plan is to keep trying to get the pandas to mate while it is still possible.

STORY:
The spring season is also the season for Copenhagen ZOO is Male Xing Er and female Mao Sun to meet and try to get Sun pregnant.
Corona pass was needed to see, if the Panda’s was making it. In the beginning all was fine.
However the temperature cold of and according to Copenhagen ZOO Mads Frost Bertelsen did the animals get a little annoyed with each and there was also a bit of roaring, However the Copenhagen ZOO staff did not need to seperate theme.
Mao Sun cooled of in the pool and Xing Er lay exhausted on a balcony.
The plan is to try again while it is still possible, but in fact do Xin Er and Mao Sun still flirt.
Copenhagen ZOO stills believes they can figure out a way to make it happen the natural way.

LOVELIFE –
People help collect Corona Waste In Nature

More than 167 tonnes of waste was collected by volunteers.
The annual collection is arranged by The Danish Society for Nature Conservation


More than 156 tonnes of waste from fast food, bottles and other everyday waste has been collected by the Danmarks Naturfredningsforenings (The Official Danish Society for Nature Conservation) and partners like Environment Point Organizations and diving clubs in one week. Waste after many of the rest of us. Ideas about mortgaging fast food and other things are considered necessary – not only in Denmark, but the rest of the world. The Danish Nature Conservation Agency hopes for a nature without everyday waste in 2050. Corona has left a record amount of fast-food packaging. Fortunately, the number of collectors also set a record with 185,000 – who were down and collecting, for example, 1.5 million cigarette butts. The Danish Nature Conservation Agency started the annual collection and campaign for a nature without waste in 2006…

LOVELIFE –
“CORONA HAIR” SET NATIONAL HAIR-CUT RECORD

Hairstyles have changed during corona, creating so-called “corona-hair.”
Haircut shops in Denmark will open again April 6 after 4 months shut-down.

Carls’ Barbershop is placed in the center of Copenhagen feels that the first wave of corona in 2020 was hard, but the four month long second wave since Dec. 21 “has really been hard, it’s been a long, long time”, says barber Norm MaCLeoD, that is part of a team of 7 barbers in the “old classic” barbershop.

However bookings set new records in Carl’s Barbershop and the rest of the country. According to figures from the booking system Hairtools, which is used by 1,500 hair salons across Denmark, have almost 120,000 people booked time for a haircut in less than 24 hours, and that is a national record.

The record-breaking interest in booking an appointment with the hairdresser comes after corona shut down all and many haven’t got a professional hair-cut since. This has left many desperate with so-called “corona-hair”.

Thousands of mistreated haircuts on people of all ages are shared on the internet’s social media – trying to find a smile to their new home-made “corona-hair”.
In many ways are “corona hair” a new identity showing who you are at home and as a person “natural”. Before corona, could the hair help you tell, if you forinstance were a structured or a creative person – or a mix of all. All hair was a signal.

However today, during Corona and without the hairdressers, the home-working Danes have accepted the “home-hair”, the private hair, the hair telling who you are, that in a bad-cut version is called “The Corona-hair”.

Denmark is starting re-opening more and more possible every 2 weeks from April 6. A corona-pass will tell if you are vaccinated and can enter public places. All Danes are expected to be vaccinated in August 2021.

LOVELIFE –
Panda in snow in Copenhagen ZOO

Zoologisk Have København / Copenhagen Zoo made some fun recordings of the pandas playing in the snow. We edited the fun together with Chinese and Danish reactions on TV, webnews, Instagram and Facebook. It got millions of reactions on Weibo platform in China and many her other fantastic viewed platforms, that might not be known in Denmark, apart from ZOO’s Instagram and Facebook. Story text: First snow of 2021 recently also thrilled two Chinese Giant Pandas Maosun (Female) and Xing Er (Male) in Denmark’s Copenhagen Zoo. For their special treats, Copenhagen Zoo built Nordic style snowmen for the two pandas respectively. Inside the snowmen, the Zoo staff also hid secret snacks (carrots) for them to find. Special papaya oil was put onto the scarf of snowman for luring the pandas. However, it seems unnecessary for vivacious Maosun, who rushed directly to the snowman at her first sight. She was rolling in the snow while playing with her companion snowman which was smashed into powder by her in a few minutes. The Panda video attracted thousands of fans’ inter-actions under Copenhagen ZOO’s social media page such as Instagram and Facebook – Videos supplied by Zoologisk Have København / Copenhagen Zoo Editing & distribution: vnr.TV by Kongshaug Productions. XinHua News Kongshaug Productions … be seen more

LOVELIFE –
SNOW COMES WITH THE NEW YEAR

Denmark started the new year with beautiful snow over the landscapes.
The landscape in Humlebæk, North of Copenhagen turned all white.
Humlebæk, North of Copenhagen is a beautiful area with many families living in houses, that is working in the capital Copenhagen.
The area has horses, ecological farming and a natural park.

The snow in Denmark is often easy to play with.
The snow is near the melting point and the snow is called Packing snow.
Packing snow, because you can easy to pack the snow and make snowballs or even a snowmen.

In Denmark there is a big tradition for playing in the snow.
The small hills are perfect for short rides with a sleigh s down a little hill.

Corona is still keeping many families at home, so many used the snow to get a break from the routine in the home and come out and sleigh in the snow on one of the small hills.

Climate temperatures are also changing in Denmark – creating more snow.
When CO2 makes the temperature warmer will there be more steam and water in the atmosphere.
So, when the temperature goes down to C 0 degree again, will it snow.
However the snow comes later in the winter, than during Christmas and January.
In 1873 was the January winter temperature C -0,4, today is it C 1.6, which also is the highest since 1873.
Experts says, as the ground gets more and more cold in February and March will there be more snow.

There is also a record high 8 mm more rain now, than in 1873, which is 10% more.
But as the temperature gets closer to C. 0 during the winter, will there be more snow – in the future.

Snow is also a beautiful beginning of the year, and gives hope for a good year.
A hope that is needed right now in Denmark with Corona is setting new records of death and restrictions.
Many people are working from there, as corona hits record high, but the snow gave a good break in the corona routine.

LOVELIFE –
NEW YEARS WISHES

Happy New Year

In A year dominated with corona are the New Years Eve wishes also dominated by corona.

Travel from Denmark to China was cancelled.

The Christmas holiday season has made the numbers of dead go up every day.

In Denmark with 30 per day.

Denmark got 1.226 dead on the 29/12
10 days before 1.007 dead

The first vaccines are now being delivered, but It will take most of 2021 to vaccine all

Happy New Year

LOVELIFE –
CORONA CHRISTMAS: SANTA IN SNOW GLOBE AND LOVE IN THE SKY

Christmas was all dressed up, inspite corona

Due to corona has Santa Claus in Denmark been was placed in a big glass bowl.

It is  Aalborg Zoo in the northern part of Jutland, that has been extra hard hit by corona.

Many mink farmers and families have lived isolated for months but is now finally able to meet Santa Claus, even though he sits inside a glass bowl

A heart symbolizing “love” was projected up in th clouds

Tivoli Copenhagen

In the capital Copenhagen was projected A heart symbolizing “love” up​ ​on the clouds. Love is the theme during corona-Christmas in Tivoli, the second oldest amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens. 

Big hearts were placed in front of the Nimb from 1909, that used to be an old Chinese Bazar. Nimb now got 3.700 lights on the facade.

The corona rules are making Christmas very different this year.

Many have not seen their family and only 10 can be together at the same time.

Outside you do not have to wear a mask, but during Christmas are people urged to social distancing and appropriate conduct, as well good hygiene. 

All in all more than 1 million lights was set up in Tivoli 

On the trees all over the garden, more than 300.000 lights have been set up.

The light design has been spread out, so people also need to spread out to see them.

Corona in Denmark is right now going up again, on one day are more than  2.200 new corona cases reported.

You can not by at any enter Tivoli or Aalborg ZOO without having bought a ticket over the internet.

All close at 22.00 in the evening.

New corona rules will be made again for the Christmas holidays, that start on the 23. of December and end January 4th. 2021.

Merry Christmas 

LOVELIFE –
UNESCO  Children’s Day of Creativity

Today LEGO created the Earth from children’s constructions around the world.

We may take the creative freedom for granted in the West, Middle East and Far East. But we all have groups around us, that takes it away. Help the children’s creativity and future, every day.

#lovelife…our stories with no speak.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 23 –
FOOD NATION

At a time when organic food products are increasingly in China has Denmark increased it’s delivery of

pork and milk powder to China. An amount that has increased even more after the flue and Corona

pandemics.

Danish has since 1970 produced organic food. Denmark was the first in the world, that in 1987 implement

a national legislation on organic food production.

High demands in the whole food chain from farmer to production, analyse and the consumer has earned

Denmark a reputation as the leading nation for organic food production and know-how.

International rules are defined in Denmark.

Denmark was the first country in the world to get its own organic law. In 1990 Denmark got its national

organic label the “Ø-label”.

The state-controlled ´Ø-label´ confirms that the whole food-chain from farmer to consumer compliance

with organic regulations ensured by Danish authorities.

Such controls play an important role in maintaining a high level of trust among both consumers and in the

trading between Chinese and Danish food authorities.

Today, the Danes organic food products have a bigger share of the retail market than anywhere else in

the world, including sales in online stores.

Over three decades has the Danish authorities created the conditions for nurturing organic innovation and

growth.

This not only benefits the Danish, but also Chinese consumers.

The very first international danish food productions was butter and bacon, that has been produced since

the late 19th century. In China is also the organic milk powder and various pork meat famous all over

China.

Safe food production is an increasing demand in China, which opens up for even more food-chain

cooperation between Denmark and China.

80% of the chinese decisions makers thinks, that it is a “very, very important factor” that they know where

produce and solutions come from, according to the Danish food authorities “Foodnation”.

A DNA in the the Danish Food industry is the close collaboration between universities, the food industry

and authorities.

This collaboration has created international standards for food quality and safety that is important in the

future

With threats of pandemics and more is it becoming more and more important, that food producers provide

healthy, safe accessible food.

To create a better future, a more sustainable future plays the agriculture and food production an important

role in taking the next steps and reaching that for all humans in the world.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 22 –
DANES PARTY TOO MUCH

Young danes party to much. Corona is spreading in Copenhagen again.

Every 5th getting corona is under 29.

Restaurants must now close at 22. Guests inside need to wear a mask getting up, walking foreinstance to the toilet or bar. Only if you sit down can you take off the mask.

Young people are advised to stay together with friends in there class and sportclub. Not to move around in social circles and meet new people.

The new rules starts Thursday the 17th. September and last until October 1., 2020.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 21 –
CRAYFISH EVENT IN TIVOLI

Danes and Swedes love to eat crayfish in August and September.

In China are crayfish breeders producing 1,3 tons of crayfish every year. China is also delivering these celebrations in the Nordic countries, like here in Tivoli, Copenhagen in Denmark.

The corona situation makes it possible in the Nordic countries to hold a crayfish party accompanied by the young musicians from The Tivoli Guard, as well as the 400-year-old clown Pjerrot. Pjerrot helped the atmosphere to be cosy.

The clown Pjerrot has been a popular part of Tivoli since its beginning in 1843.

Pjerrot also served the Danish snaps, that is like Baijiu, however not made from rice, but is made from potatoes. It is called snaps and also akvavit.

In Denmark snaps is an important part of the ritual of eating of crayfish and fish in general.

The ritual of the crayfish is that first you crack the shell and break up the tail, so you can eat the meat inside.

Then second, you drink the strong snaps by hitting the glass on the table, and drink it bottom up.

Then third you sing “Helan Går”, meaning “the whole goes”. Meaning, that you drink the whole glass.

The snaps has an alcohol average of 45%, which helps Pjerrot lighten up the atmosphere.

The tradition really brings family and friends together in cosiness, like you feel during Tete, or Thanksgiving in the US.

In Denmark the cosiness is called “hygge”. “Hygge” is the word for enjoying being together and having a good time with other people, whoever they are.

In China the crayfish season starts in March, but in the nordic countries the crayfish season starts in August. The crayfish in the Nordic countries live in small lakes and rivers.

In the Nordic countries the tradition is biggest in Sweden, Finland and then Denmark.

A crayfish is ready to eat, after it has been boiled in spices like chili and you can see the crayfish tail start to curl.

In many ways the tradition is something that many chinese also would enjoy doing as well.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 20 –
FIRST WEEKS WITH MASKS IN DENMARK

The Health Authorities demanded last week all to wear a mask at public transportation places, such as bus-stations, trains etc.

The fine is €200 and after a week in Denmark.

The number of tourists visiting Denmark is only 34% less than last year.

Many notice that The Danes gives good guidance in protection against COVID 19.

70 to 100 people in Denmark get the covid-disease every day, but only 1-2 die every week.

It is getting colder and the Health Authorities hope the mask will make people safe, where they have to be closer together.

All other places in Denmark do not need to wear a mask. Nightclubs can stay open until 2, but can not let anyone inside after 23.

The masks rules will continue until October 31.

DENMARK CORONA WEEK 19 –
NEW LAW IN DENMARK: WEAR MASK

All Danes are now forced to wear a mask in public transportations.

The new regulations are law until August 31.

It is the first time you have to wear masks in Denmark, during corona.

You have to wear it in all busses, taxis, ferries and trains people will be refused to enter.

The rule is only applicable at public transport places. People can still enter without a mask at shopping centre; restaurants, private parties and more. However, The Danish Health Authorities recommend that you wear a mask or keep your distance in all places.

If you feel sick mentally or physically wearing a mask, can you refuse. You do not need to bring a medical document to prove that you are sick.

If there is a doubt, the doubt benefits the passenger and you are allowed to enter without a mask.

If you refuse for no physical or mentally reason, can the police be notified and fine you with 2800 dkr or app. €200.

The supply of masks is now finally sufficient. It needs to be the one-time-use-only masks.

The price is also brought down from 15 dkr/ €2 per mask, to only 4 Dkr, or €0.5.

Denmark and Norway are among the western countries with the lowest number of sick and dead. The numbers of sick vent up in August, but the numbers are dropping again nu.

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.

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.
— #lovelife…our stories broadcasted across the globe

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