Covid-19: Danes rediscover the scent of freedom


The country is the first in Europe to completely lift the restrictions put in place. At the risk of leading to a new outbreak of contamination.

In Copenhagen

Tuesday 1er February, midnight and one minute. At Norre Bodega, one of Copenhagen’s popular pubs, the atmosphere is festive. The crowd capsized, resuming The Final Countdownlegendary song of the group Europe, and throws his masks in the air while laughing.

Between hugs and swigs of beer, Mette, Marianne, Brian and Kaspar savor the first minutes of the lifting of health restrictions after 710 days of the pandemic. “Freedom at last!exclaims Mette, the only antivax in the group of students. No need to be tested every time to go to the bar, restaurant, concert, cinema or museum!

“We will have to live with”

A few hours later, in the morning, some 5.8 million Danes wake up relieved to resume their lives before. Their country is the first in Europe to completely lift the restrictions put in place to deal with the health crisis. “Denmark will again be an open society, completely open, on 1er February”announced last Wednesday the Prime Minister…

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