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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

An incoming green tax reform, military build up in Køge and more sunny spring weather are among the main news stories from Denmark on Wednesday.

Køge Harbour
Køge Harbour photographed on March 1st. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Tax reform to be presented 

The government is today set to present its proposed green tax reform. The reform is expected to include a new CO2 tax which the government says will reduce Danish greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 million tonnes.

Danish climate targets state that the country must reduce emissions by 20 million tonnes by 2030. Plans already in place could see around half of that target achieved, meaning additional measures are still needed.

The tax, climate and business ministers are all slated to take part in a press briefing today to present the tax reform.

Military moves in at Køge Harbour

The harbour at the town of Køge south of Copenhagen will see a large military area established today as Denmark prepares to send a battalion of 800 soldiers to Lithuania, broadcaster DR writes. The battalion will be sent under the auspices of Nato.

READ ALSO: Denmark to send 800 Nato troops to Latvia

Parliament must formally approve the decision to send troops, with a vote scheduled for tomorrow. The military is meanwhile preparing for the mission by moving hardware to Køge over the next week, according to DR.

Neither the army nor Køge Havn has officially commented on the military harbour, which DR reports will be in place until April 27th.

Government unveils energy plan to be ‘free from Putin’

The government presented yesterday a roadmap to end its dependence on Russian gas by boosting renewable energy, biogas and its own gas production to become “free” from President Vladimir Putin.

While the European Union has so far refused to ban Russian oil and gas over the Ukraine war, the 27-nation bloc aims to cut its gas imports from the country by the end of the year.

Individual member countries have also unveiled plans to cut their use of Russian fossil fuels.

The plan presented by the Danish government includes moving half of the 400,000 households that are heated with gas to district heating networks or electric heat pumps by 2028.

READ ALSO: Denmark announces major plan to replace gas heating in homes

Weather: Dry and sunny on Wednesday

Another pleasant spring day is on the way today. All of Denmark will be dry with just a few localised clouds, mainly in West Jutland.

Temperatures will be a mild 16-18 degrees Celsius but easterly winds will make things feel somewhat cooler on eastern coasts.

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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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