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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

A possible housing law change for Ukrainian refugees, a hospital giving chairs to A&E patients and declining local concerns over buried minks are among the main news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Pandas at Copenhagen Zoo on April 24th. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Minister to table amendment to Ukrainian refugee law 

Minister for Immigration and Integration Mattias Tesfaye will today table a proposed change to the special law passed last month for refugees from Ukraine. The law simplifies the application process for Ukrainian refugees seeking work and residence permits in Denmark after fleeing the Russian invasion of their country.

READ ALSO: Ukrainian refugees can work in Denmark before receiving residence permit

The government is to propose a change to the law that will allow Ukrainians granted residence to live in underprivileged areas formerly termed “ghettos” by the Danish government. Housing laws restrict the number of refugees who may live in such areas.

The immigration ministry yesterday said it had a majority backing for a change to the law, with conservative parties as well as the closely-aligned Socialist People’s Party (SF) in support of the government plan.

READ ALSO: Ukrainians in Denmark could soon move into underprivileged housing areas

Hospital gives Accident & Emergency patients chairs instead of beds

The Accident & Emergency department (Akutafdeling) at the regional hospital in Randers has introduced a new system in which patients are given a chair rather than a bed on arrival, broadcaster DR writes.

The use of chairs is part of a ‘fast track’ system to reduce the amount of time patients spend in the hospital and relieve strain on busy staff, according to the report.

“When you are given a chair with us, you aren’t necessarily given hospital clothing and many of our patients therefore feel less sickly,” a nurse a the department who helped develop the scheme, Andreas Sand Nørgaard, said to DR.

“There are some work procedures we have improved. We don’t need to clean as much, we don’t need to move beds around and the patients have a better experience,” he added.

The Danish Society for Patient Safety (Dansk Selskab for Patientsikkerhed) approves of the system and would like to see other hospitals trial it according to DR.

Fewer local residents concerned about mink mass graves

Neighbours of areas in West Jutland appear to be increasingly unconcerned about pollution from nearby locations which were used to bury thousands of minks which were culled in late 2020 due to concerns about Covid-19 mutations.

READ ALSO: Denmark to exhume millions of minks culled over virus

Just 20 residents signed up for town halls over the issue for neighbours of the Nørre Felding and Kølvrå sites, DR reports.

The low number of attendees reflects declining concerns that the buried mink can pollute local areas affecting things like drinking water, a local residents’’ representative told DR.

Weather: Dry and sunny start to week

 Forecasts from last week suggested that today would begin with rain, but that now seems unlikely following a somewhat grey and drizzly Sunday.

The weather this week is expected to continue to benefit from a high pressure front over Scandinavia which is giving is blue skies and low precipitation.

Temperatures will be a little lower than last week at 10-14 degrees Celsius, but it will be sunny and dry with a mild northerly wind.

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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.”