Covid-19: Iceland reopened universities, Denmark and Finland plan to do so before the fall

Although not all Nordic countries closed their primary schools in mid-March, when the first restrictive measures for coronavirus were enacted, they decided, except for Iceland, that institutes and universities remain closed, with the exception of laboratories and research work. field.

Iceland started the first phase of the deflation on May 4 with the resumption of public life, which included a slow and gradual reopening of universities.

The seven camps at the University of Iceland have been open since then, but with some restrictions, due to the rules of hygiene and social distance, as well as the concentration of people in public spaces.

In Denmark, according to the standardization plan presented by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, its opening is included in the fourth phase, scheduled for August, although a date has not yet been specified.

The good evolution of the epidemic in Denmark and the pressure from the opposition caused Frederiksen to announce an expansion of the second phase, which includes the total opening of research activities that require physical presence, which will be allowed from Wednesday, in addition to of classes and oral exams in some subjects and the return to the workplace of university employees, except in Copenhagen and its area of ​​influence, since it is the main center of the epidemic in the country.

Finland is preparing to reopen university education in September, but there is great uncertainty about whether the next school year will start normally or whether the current restrictions will be maintained, although the improvement in the situation in recent weeks allows for some optimism.

In mid-May, the Government ordered the reopening of schools and kindergartens, but recommended that all universities and other institutions of higher education continue with distance education, at least until the beginning of the next school year.

In Norway, several universities, such as Oslo and Trondheim, will continue to teach ‘online’ in the fall and have already suspended exchange programs for foreign students in the first semester, while others have done it only with students from outside Europe.

However, since late April, access to laboratories and testing facilities is permitted, provided that it is “absolutely necessary” to complete education and if it is acceptable under sanitary rules, in artistic matters, science, technology, health, design and audiovisuals.

Finally, in Swedish universities there is a situation of uncertainty, since they remain closed, since the 18th, on the recommendation of the authorities.

Universities, such as those in Stockholm or Uppsala, maintain distance learning until August 30 and have not yet made a decision about next year, although they have shown a desire to reopen doors in the fall.

Other universities have extended their teaching over the internet, such as Gothenburg (until October 31) and Malmoe (until November 8).

Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 335,000 deaths and infected more than 5.1 million people in 196 countries and territories.

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