Residents of Finland, Iceland, Germany, Norway and Sweden can therefore enter Denmark as long as they claim to have a partner in the country. However, the relationship must be stable, that is, lasting more than six months. Furthermore, it must have been lived in person and not exclusively online or by telephone. After the protests by the opposition, who consider these rules too rigid (and harmful to privacy), the Minister of Justice Nick Hækkerup announced that shortly for the reunification it will be sufficient to complete a self-certification.
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Thousands of couples will take advantage of the opportunity to reunite. Among them also the octogenarians Inga Rasmussen (Danish) and Karsten Tüchsen Hansen (German), who became famous all over the world because, since the closure of the borders for the coronavirus epidemic in March, they met every day to have a chat or drink a drink at a safe distance, each on their side of the Aventoft border line.
Karsten Tüchsen Hansen and Inga Rasmussen are keeping their love alive, despite the closed border between their countries.
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Denmark’s decision comes at a time when several European governments are considering easing isolation measures vis-à-vis other countries and a return to normal in the Schengen area with the opening of internal borders. After the openings between the Baltic countries on May 15, Germany has proposed that it be soon allowed to travel to 31 countries on the European continent. Free movement, also supported by Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, could begin on June 15 and would concern in addition to the other states of the European Union, the United Kingdom and the four states of the Schengen area that are not part of the Union, that is Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
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