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US Students Killed Just Before Planned Return From Denmark

They died when a jet ski crashed into their boat: police

(Newser) - Two American college students have died in a tragic boating accident while studying abroad in Denmark. Linsey Malia, 21, of Easton, Mass., and Leah Bell of Covington, La., were killed Saturday when a jet ski crashed into a boat carrying them in Copenhagen Harbor, reports Mass Live . Six others, including... More »

Patient's Last Wish Granted: a Cigarette and a Glass of Wine

Hospital makes an exception to its no-smoking policy

(Newser) - A 75-year-old man received bad news after being admitted to Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark last week, but his nurse did what she could to make his final hours good ones. Carsten Flemming Hansen was suffering from a ruptured aortic aneurysm, and doctors told him he was too sick to... More »

More Bad News for Uber, This Time in Europe

Company is ditching Denmark after stricter new law governing taxis

(Newser) - Uber is ceasing operations in Denmark in April thanks to a new law that requires taxi services to follow stricter guidelines. New regulations include mandatory seat sensors and costly fare meters, reports Reuters . Additionally, a cap on the number of licenses doled out each year would make it impossible for... More »

Boy With Metal Detector Hits WWII-Era Jackpot

Danish teen and dad find German WWII fighter plane, remains of pilot

(Newser) - Young boys tend not to forget fantastical stories told by their grandpas, especially if those stories involve downed World War II fighter planes. Klaus Kristiansen of Denmark apparently couldn't get the tale his own grandfather had told him out of his head—that an aircraft had crashed behind their... More »

Top Chef Names Dishwasher Co-Owner of Restaurant

Ali Sonko becomes partner in Noma in Copenhagen

(Newser) - The best chefs will tell you the success of a restaurant depends not on the chef, but on the entire staff, including the dishwashers. Chef Rene Redzepi is clearly among that group. When his Noma restaurant in Copenhagen received the first of four Best Restaurant in the World awards in... More »

Famed Astronomer's Remains Have High Levels of ... Gold?

Famously wealthy, eccentric scientist appears to have been surrounded by gold

(Newser) - Tycho Brahe was an unusual man. The Danish astronomer from the late 1500s who laid the foundation for modern astronomy was extremely wealthy, had a pet moose, and according to a new analysis of his hair and bones, was also—literally—full of gold, reports the University of South Denmark... More »

Danish Doctors: If He's Under 18, Don't Circumcise

They think a male should be able to make the decision for himself

(Newser) - "To be circumcised should be an informed, personal choice," or so thinks the Danish Medical Association, which on Friday issued its recommendation that no boy under age 18 in the country be circumcised. Going that route then leaves the door open for the male to make a decision... More »

Danish Tourist Accidentally 'Bodyslammed' Croc, Survives

Results, however, were predictable

(Newser) - A Danish backpacker is recovering in the hospital after running afoul of a freshwater crocodile at Lake Kununurra in northern Australia, the Guardian reports. Johnny Bonde, 27, was leaning over a bank to take a photograph of a snoozing crocodile when he lost his balance and, in his own words,... More »

'Super Grass' to Reduce Methane Emissions From Belching Cows

Researchers say they're able to genetically modify the grass for easier digestion

(Newser) - The grass is about to get greener thanks to DNA technology out of Denmark. Researchers say they've genetically modified a "super grass" that is easier on cow's stomachs, thereby helping them digest the grass more easily and thus belch out less methane gas, reports the BBC . (No,... More »

It's Better to Be a Girl in Algeria Than the US

The makeup of Congress doesn't help

(Newser) - Norway, Slovenia, Israel, Algeria, and Kazakhstan are among 31 countries where it's better to be a girl than the United States of America, according to the "Opportunity Index" in a new Save the Children report on the welfare of girls worldwide. Denmark was in first place and Niger... More »

5 Countries May Make Seniors Go Back to School

To keep their skills current and the Nordic region a major player in global arena

(Newser) - A recently published 36-page report outlining proposals to improve working life in the five Nordic countries—Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden, and Norway—has a proposal that Quartz says contains a "startling" word: "mandatory." Poul Nielson, a Danish politician given the task last year of preparing a labor... More »

10 Countries With the Highest Quality of Life

Finland bests the rest

(Newser) - The US is in the top 20 countries with the highest standard of living—but don't let that go to your head. The Social Progress Index says that at No. 19, America is a "disappointment" given its huge economy, per Business Insider . The ranking is based on three... More »

10 Most Peaceful Countries on Earth

Iceland, Denmark, Austria are on top

(Newser) - Congratulations, America: You sit 103rd on a list that ranks countries by their peacefulness, in a report compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace . The ranking is based on 23 factors including involvement in conflicts at home and abroad, crime, terrorist activity, political stability, levels of militarization, and relations... More »

Being Transgender Will Soon No Longer Be a 'Disorder' in Denmark

The change goes into effect January 1

(Newser) - Having "run out of patience" with the World Health Organization, Denmark on Jan. 1, 2017, will become the first country to no longer define being transgender as a mental illness, the Independent reports. Currently, the WHO classifies being transgender as a mental or behavioral disorder. And, although the organization... More »

This Tiny Viking Pendant Could Rewrite History

It suggests Danes became Christians earlier than thought

(Newser) - Denmark's Dennis Fabricius Holm got off work early on March 11 and decided to go for a stroll with his metal detector near the town of Aunslev. "Suddenly I hit upon something," he tells national broadcaster DR , per the Local . "Ever since I turned over the... More »

Supermarket That Sells Only Expired Food Now Open

Copenhagen's WeFood hopes to cut down on staggering food waste

(Newser) - "Is that milk past its 'sell-by' date? Drink it anyway." So proclaimed the headline of a recent op-ed for the Los Angles Times on the topic of whether "expired" food is OK to eat. Most Americans don't seem to think so: A 2013 study co-authored... More »

Girl, 17, Faces Punishment for Fending Off Attacker

Pepper spray is illegal in Danish city

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl who was attacked in Denmark may end up facing punishment herself. The teen says a man pushed her to the ground and started trying to undress her on Wednesday night in central Sønderborg when she used pepper spray on him and got away, the Local reports,... More »

Denmark OKs Law to Seize Migrant Assets

Anything worth over $1.5K will help pay for asylum seekers' housing, expenses

(Newser) - Those seeking asylum in Denmark with more than $1,500 in assets can now expect to part with anything above that amount thanks to a new law. Advancing what the country's PM has deemed "the most misunderstood bill in Denmark's history," Danish lawmakers voted 81-27 Tuesday... More »

Lifeguard Didn't Know He Was Saving Heir to Throne

Nick Malcolm rescued Denmark's Prince Christian, 10, from perilous Aussie riptide

(Newser) - A lifeguard on Australia's Gold Coast saved a 10-year-old boy from rough waters Thursday, except it wasn't just any 10-year-old boy: It was Denmark's Prince Christian, on vacation with his family, 7 News Australia reports. The young heir to the throne was caught in a riptide at... More »

Frosty Denmark May Seize Syrian Refugees' Assets

Proposal would allow authorities to seize cash, valuables

(Newser) - Denmark is looking to get tough with Syrian refugees via a controversial proposal being considered that would allow the Danish government "to search clothes and luggage of asylum seekers—and other migrants without a permit to stay in Denmark—with a view to finding assets which may cover the... More »

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