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Copenhagen bykonge: My heart bleeds

In the more than two and a half month, the Danish borders has been closed.

15. June open, but only for the German, Norwegian and icelandic tourists - and only if they have booked at least six nights on the outskirts of Copenhagen. And it irks the capital's mayor and bykonge in 10 years, Frank Jensen (S).

Frank Jensen of regret over today's announcement. Photo: Ritzau Scanpix

In a posting on Facebook writes Jensen, that his 'heart bleeds' after today's press conference in the prime minister's office:

'I am full of understanding, that you can not just open the floodgates and that covid-19 is still among us, but my heart bleeds for the city's hotels, restaurants and attractions. Tourism is a big profession in the capital city, which employs nearly 40,000 people, and absent the tourists, so are the jobs threatened'.


the borders have been closed due to coronakrisen. When they open once again, foreign tourists as the only place in the country not to book accommodation in Copenhagen. Frank Jensen does not hide the fact that he totally disagree with the decision:

'It is for me, frankly, hard to understand, that the tourists are not allowed to stay overnight in Copenhagen (...) all in All, I think it is a very annoying day for the city's business community. A well-functioning capital is essential for the whole of Denmark', he writes.

however, It is not only the decision to keep Copenhagen outside of the equation, Frank Jensen is unhappy with. Also the decision to keep the border closed to our Swedish neighbours, I regret the lord mayor.

'I'm also annoyed that the limit to our Swedish friends in Skåne were not opened in this instance. Here, the prime minister in the view that working on a regional solution, and I welcome that. We have close ties to the swedes, and is a single integrated labor market', he writes on Facebook.


At today's press conference in the prime minister's office said Mette Frederiksen (S), that the decision to keep the borders closed for the swedes due to coronaudviklingen in the country.

- We are in different places compared to the corona. We have a strong desire to find a solution. It can be a regional solution, said the prime minister.

Frank Jensen has been lord mayor of Copenhagen since 1. January 2010.

FACTS: German and Norwegian tourists must comply with certain rules

In the more than two and a half month, the Danish borders has been closed, but now opened the borders for the German, Norwegian and icelandic tourists from 15. June.

This is Swedish and Finnish tourists the provisional unwelcome.

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* Entry in Denmark will at random be asked to take a test for the corona virus at border crossings.

* They are welcome, if they own a cottage or have a girlfriend in Denmark.

* Entry is also welcome, if they have booked at least six nights - however, it must be outside of Copenhagen.

* There is keen mobile test stations in the rest, where there are many people and tourists gathered. It must be possible for employees in shops, in parks, in restaurants and the like to be tested.

* It happens in order to monitor progress and detect any new smittekæder.

* It will not be a requirement for entry into Denmark, to allow the testing, and that's not going to be testing at all border crossing points or all the popular sommerområder every day.

* Foreigners who come to Denmark, will get information about the Danish guidelines.

* If a foreign tourist tested positive for the coronavirus, he will be covered by the national board of Health's recommendations concerning, for example, selvisolation.

* If a foreigner wishing to enter, exhibit obvious signs of disease, as for example cough, signs of fever or similar, it would be rejected at the border.

* the Police will check whether the persons, wishing to enter in Denmark, fulfil the conditions for entry.

* If a foreigner wishing to enter in Denmark, do not meet the entry conditions, the person will be rejected.

* There will need to be presented a rental on a cottage, hotel, campsite or similar.

Source: the Government.

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