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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Ukrainians can now work while waiting for their residence applications to be processed, while employment is up and MitID is causing backlogs at service centres in the main news stories from Denmark on Friday.

A cherry blossom in Aalborg in 2020
A cherry blossom in Aalborg in 2020. File photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Ukrainian refugees can work while awaiting work permit processing

Ukrainian refugees are from today permitted to work in Denmark while awaiting the outcome of their residence and work permit applications.

They do not need a permit to begin working, only a receipt showing proof they have submitted an application. This means they can begin working as soon as their applications are in.

Parliament in March passed a special law aimed at speeding up the process of issuing residence permits for Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Denmark sine the Russian invasion of their country began on February 24th.

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

Danish residents have difficulties with new digital ID

The new digital ID system, MitID, is causing strain on local citizens’ services (Borgerservice) due to the large number of people experiencing technical difficulties switching from the older NemID, broadcaster DR reports.

A large number of users of MitID have approached Borgerservice desks for assistance with the switch, which can require users to update their personal ID information in the digital system.

Long waiting times mean people in some areas are now waiting several weeks for an appointment with Borgerservice according to DR.

All banks are now asking customers to switch to MitID before NemID is phased out on June 30th.

READ ALSO: How non-Danish passport holders can switch from NemID to MitID

Employment figures continue to set records 

The number of employed people in Denmark has increased for the 13th consecutive month, setting a new record, news wire Ritzau reports.

February saw the number of people in paid work reach 2,929,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous month. The data comes from Statistics Denmark.

Since January 2021, the number of people in employment has increased by 166,000.

The private sector hired 10,000 additional people in January, although the number of people working in the public sector decreased by 1,000.

Weather: up to 17 degrees on Friday

Sun and pleasant spring temperatures have dominated weather forecasts this week, and Friday is no different.

A high pressure front over Scandinavia is responsible for the agreeable weather. Today will be dry with temperatures reaching a balmy 17 degrees Celsius.

A mild northeasterly wind will cool things down a little in coastal areas.

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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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