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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

A plan to end use of Russian gas, unrest caused by a far right extremist in Sweden and huge profits for Lego are among the main news stories from Denmark on Tuesday.

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The Danish government presents a new energy reform plan. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark presents reform including plan to end use of Russian gas

A new economic reform plan to be presented by the government today will set out a roadmap for Denmark to phase out its use of Russian gas.

“The proposal will address issues including how Denmark can accelerate conversion to green energy and become more quickly independent of Russian gas,” the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed in a statement on last week.

One element is a plan to convert 400,000 individually gas heated homes to an alternative

The proposal will contain an additional four parts as well as the plan related to gas heating.

READ ALSO: Denmark to present plan that could end use of Russian gas

Danish anti-Islam extremist pauses activities in Sweden after provoking unrest

Several days of unrest in Sweden, sparked by a far-right group’s burning of the Quran, have injured at least 40 people, police said yesterday, calling for more resources to deal with the violence.

Protests have turned violent in several Swedish cities since Thursday, leaving 26 police officers and 14 civilians injured, police said at a press conference on Monday. About 20 police vehicles were burned or damaged. 

Officials in several Muslim countries have condemned the move that sparked the protests: the burning of the holy book by the leader of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam group Stram Kurs (Hard Line), the Danish politician Rasmus Paludan who also holds a Swedish passport. Swedish police say they are monitoring both the Paludan demonstrations and vandals linked to local organised crime gangs, according to broadcaster DR.

Aiming to drum up support ahead of September elections in Sweden, Paludan has declared a “tour” of Sweden, planning to visit cities and towns with large Muslim populations with the intent of burning copies of the Quran as the faithful mark the holy month of Ramadan.

Paludan intends to stand in the September poll but does not yet have the necessary signatures to secure his candidacy.

News wire Ritzau reported on Monday that Paludan has confirmed a week’s break from his Quran burnings, which he calls “election meetings”, saying that Swedish police were incapable of protecting him from angry protestors.

READ ALSO: Danish far-right extremist demonstrations cause riots in Sweden

Lego owners post four-fold increase on profit in 2021

The Kirkbi company, which owns the Lego corporation, registered profits of 27 million kroner in 2021, quadrupling the fortune they registered a year prior, Ritzau reports.

Kirkbi is headed by Lego owners Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen and his three children, Sofie Kirk Kristiansen, Thomas Kirk Kristiansen and Agnete Kirk Thinggaard.

Lego earlier posted results showing a huge sales increase for last year, giving the company a pre-tax profit of 17 billion kroner.

Weather: Easter holiday weather to continue this week

The sunshine and mild spring temperatures which most of Denmark was able to enjoy during the latter part of the Easter holiday is forecast to continue into this week.

Dry weather is predicted for Tuesday as well as the possibility of the highest temperature so far this year.

Most of Jutland will see around 17-18 degrees Celsius this afternoon although regional variations should be expected.

East-facing coasts will feel colder due to the combination of a mild easterly wind and still-cold sea temperature.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Police give more details on the Copenhagen shooting, SAS negotiations could end today and cooler summer weather are among the main stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Copenhagen shooting suspect known to mental health services 

Police in Denmark have confirmed the gunman who killed three people and wounded several others in a shooting at the Field’s mall in Copenhagen on Sunday, was known to mental health services. Police said they believe he acted alone and there was no sign of terrorism.

The three killed have been identified as a Danish woman and man, both aged 17, and a 47-year-old Russian citizen residing in Denmark.

Another four were injured in the shooting: two Danish women, aged 19 and 40, and two Swedish citizens, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman.

Field’s shopping mall won’t open until at least next Monday, according to its website. Most roads have now opened, apart from the area right around Field’s and the shopping mall car park.

Trains and the metro are also running as usual to and from Ørestad Station, which is located at Field’s.

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SAS negotiations deadline today

SAS hope to find a solution in their negotiations with the airline’s pilots about their salary and working conditions by midday today. Talks resumed on Sunday morning before the extended deadline of midday on Monday. If an agreement can’t be reached, it could mean that up to a thousand pilots will go on strike.

The pilots are employed by SAS’s parent company, SAS Scandinavia, and have announced strike action because they are not satisfied with their salary and working conditions at SAS.

In addition, the pilots are dissatisfied with the fact that instead of re-employing old SAS pilots, priority is given to hiring new pilots on cheaper agreements in the two subsidiaries SAS Link and SAS Connect.

On Saturday morning, when the parties stated that they would continue the negotiations up until and including Monday at 12 noon, there was hope of being able to land an agreement.

People in Denmark can save millions of litres of petrol with more bike rides

People living in Denmark are known for their love of cycling but it is hoped the Tour de France will encourage even more people to choose their bike over their car.

Calculations from DI Transport show that if people in Denmark started cycling 10 percent more instead of using the car, then 7.7 million litres of petrol and 4.8 million litres of diesel could be saved each year.

“If you replace the car with the bike, it is just a win-win on all fronts. You save petrol costs and get more exercise, and at the same time you help the climate and reduce congestion on the roads”, Karsten Lauritzen, industry director at DI Transport said.

Cool summer weather coming Denmark’s way

Although Monday starts with sunshine, it will quickly turn to cloud with some rain, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Monday’s temperatures will vary between 17 and 20 degrees. It’s a similar picture for the rest of the week, with DMI forecasting cooler temperatures and showers. Thursday is predicted to be the warmest day of the week, where temperatures may reach over 20 degrees but with some rain.

“It is not exactly the best beach weather if you are on a west-facing coast”, according to Bolette Brødsgaard from DMI, due to the strong westerly winds from Wednesday onwards. However she adds that “every day it will be possible to get something good out of the weather – it is after all summer. It’s just a matter of finding a shelter or keeping an eye on the radar when it rains.”

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