Danish News Round-Up: Covid-19 costs quadrupled in 2021

The Corona bill is on the table, and it is huge, according to data just published by Statistics .

In 2021, expenditure on COVID-19 totaled DKK 20.1 billion – almost a tenth of the DKK 270.8 billion spent on the health care system in Denmark, which in itself has increased by DKK 25.5 billion.

That’s almost exactly four times the 5.1 billion spent in 2020.

Vaccination and testing costs
While the actual treatment of corona patients cost only 0.9 billion kroner, 12.5 billion was spent on testing and tracing against 1.7 billion in 2020.

While the cost of vaccinations amounted to 4.4 billion kroner.

10.8 percent of GDP
Expenditure on hospitals increased by 3.1 billion to 116.8 billion, and there was an increase in the cost of dental care.

In total, the health care system ended up spending 10.8 percent of GDP.

Reports of child sexual abuse reached their highest level in 2021
Last year, 1,455 sexual crimes were committed against people under the age of 20 in Denmark, according to a new report from Børns Vilkår and Trygfonden. Børns Vilkår’s leader Rasmus Kjeldahl believes that this record high number can primarily be attributed to an increase in reports of abuse as a result of the consent-based rape legislation introduced in 2020. But increasing rates of online bullying and stalking may also be at stake. . There is at least some way to go before all children’s in Denmark is ensured, Kjeldahl added.

Proportion of young people who smoke is falling
The proportion of young people in Denmark who smoke fell in the period 2017-2021: By 37 per cent among 16- to 19-year-olds and 26 per cent among 20- to 24-year-olds. Since the tobacco laws were tightened in 2021, cigarette prices have risen and have become young people’s biggest deterrent to smoking, according to Niels Them Kjær, project manager at the Danish Cancer Society. Nevertheless, every fourth 20- to 24-year-old still smokes, either regularly or occasionally, leaving room for even stricter legislation in the future.

New law makes it easier to buy homes in the countryside
The has passed a new law that gives Danes the opportunity to take out loans with a state guarantee for housing in rural areas. In the past, applications to villagers have been subject to a disproportionately high rejection rate. “With this bill, we are correcting a mistake in the loan market, which has been in force for several years,” said the Unity List’s Henning Hyllested. “It is not fair that some people with an otherwise good economy get ‘no’ to a loan for a dream house, simply because the house is the wrong place.” Danes can take out the state-guaranteed loans from 1 July onwards.

The Crown Prince kicks off the widely visited Royal Run
A record 92,000 participants ran in this year’s Royal Run on June 6, including several members of the . The Crown Prince Couple – Frederik and Mary – and their four children participated in races across five Danish cities, where the eldest son Christian beat his father on the 10 km long stage through . The Royal Run is set to return in 2023.

The number of traffic-related deaths fell in 2021
Despite high traffic volumes, the Danish Road Directorate has stated that 2021 had the lowest number of accident-related deaths and injuries since registrations began almost 100 years ago: 130 and 2,607, respectively. In line with this decline, there were also fewer fatalities with motorists, cyclists and alcohol-related accidents. Minister of Transport Trine Bramsen attributes this to increased traffic safety, but has emphasized the need to reduce the number of traffic accidents further. The Danish Road Directorate has 29 named plans to improve traffic safety in the coming years – especially among cyclists.

The proportion of young active Danes fell in 2020
Statistics from have revealed that the proportion of young Danes in part-time fell to 32.1 percent in 2020, a decrease from 38.2 percent in 2008. Young people living in big cities work less than those who live far away from them and girls working. more often than boys. Overall, part-time jobs in supermarkets make up a third of young people’s jobs.

Increase in the percentage of over 50-year-olds working in the public sector
Data from Statistics Denmark show that the proportion of people over the age of 50 working in the public sector has grown. Across the sub-sectors, the municipal labor force has experienced the largest percentage increase with 38.8 per cent consisting of over 50-year-olds in 2020. This is 3.2 percentage points more than in 2010, which means that people will remain in the Danish labor market for longer time. Statistics Denmark also reported an increase of 5 percent in the proportion of public employees who have other ethnic origins than Danish, as well as a steadily high proportion of female workers in the municipal and regional sub-sectors.

outbreak cost three Danes their lives in May
Three elderly people lost their lives to a listeria outbreak in Denmark in May, it has been confirmed. About 15 infections were registered across the country – a significantly higher number than the usual four a month. Luise Møller, an epidemiologist at the , says that the increased number of cases indicates the presence of contaminated food on the market, for which the institute is working hard to identify the source. To avoid listeria, it is recommended that cold cuts and cold-smoked fish, two high-risk foods, be eaten as fresh as possible. The elderly and pregnant women should be especially careful.

Students may soon earn more while receiving financial support from the state
Since the New Year, students in Denmark have been able to pick up several hours at work without fear of losing financial support from the state: their Statens Uddannelsesstøtte (SU). Earlier this month, the Folketing decided to raise the ceiling for how much student employees can earn, while they are still entitled to SU, by DKK 4,000. Therefore, they will soon be allowed to earn DKK 17,876 per month in higher education compared to the current DKK 13,876, and those in upper secondary education will be set their limit at DKK 13,178 instead of DKK 9,178.

Source: The Nordic Page

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