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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Additional locations for Ukrainians to submit residence applications, parties upset at postal voting in the upcoming EU defence opt-out referendum and criticism of the government's planned CO2 tax are among the main news stories in Denmark on Thursday.

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Pollensæsonen for pil strækker sig fra slutningen af marts frem til slutningen af maj, Randers tirsdag den 5. april 2022.

New locations open for Ukrainians to apply for Danish residence 

Ukrainians in Tønder, Esbjerg and Varde municipalities in South and West Jutland can today and tomorrow submit applications for residence locally.

An extra borgerservice (residents’ service) centre is to open in Esbjerg and will be able to accept applications from Ukrainians in the three local municipalities. The nearest location up to now was Odense.

Three members of staff from the Danish Immigration Service (Udlændingestyrelsen) will be on location in Esbjerg to accept the applications.

READ ALSO: How Ukrainians can apply for residence and work permits in Denmark

Far right and far left parties criticise referendum postal voting

The left wing Red Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) and right wing Danish People’s Party, usually political opponents, are united in their EU scepticism and both want Danes to vote ‘no’ in an upcoming referendum which asks whether Denmark should scrap its EU defence opt-out.

READ ALSO: Why does Denmark have four EU ‘opt-outs’ and what do they mean?

Postal voting is already underway in the referendum, which takes place on June 1st. But the two parties have criticised the postal option because the final bill relating to the opt-out is yet to be tabled in parliament.

Some details of the bill – for example, relating to the guarantee of a new referendum in future should an EU army be formed following a Danish ‘yes’ vote – are yet to be finalised.

Expert says ‘not much climate’ in government’s CO2 tax

A new CO2 tax on companies presented yesterday by the government is unlikely to have a major impact on emissions, according to an expert from the University of Copenhagen.

“There’s not a lot of climate (relief) in this,” Lars Gårn Hansen, a professor in environmental economy who sits on the Danish Economic Councils, told news wire Ritzau.

The CO2 tax plan will see companies taxed according to the amount of carbon dioxide they emit. Some companies will pay less than others depending on their sector and an EU quota scheme.

READ ALSO: Denmark proposes uniform CO2 tax for most businesses

“Potentially, the (benefit) for Denmark will be that some CO2 emissions that occur in Denmark will just pop up in other countries,” Hansen said.

“Our [the economic council, ed.] assessment is that the climate benefit is limited and uncertain in the short term and non-existent in the long term,” he said.

Weather: More sun and clear skies on Thursday

The current sunny spring weather continues today with plenty of sun throughout the day, although some clouds could appear in the sky this afternoon.

Temperatures will be between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius, though winds will continue to make things feel cooler on east-facing coasts, with around 10-12 degrees forecast here.

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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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UPDATED: What we know so far about the Copenhagen mall shooting

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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