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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

New stone throwing incidents in Sweden, possible cash boosts for students and Denmark moving forward with a prison agreement with Kosovo are among the main news stories on Wednesday.

File photo of a spring garden in Denmark
File photo of a spring garden in Denmark. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Concerns over new spate of stone throwing at Danish cars in Sweden 

New episodes of stone throwing targeted at cars on the road between Ystad and Malmö in Sweden – used by many Danish motorists heading to the island of Bornholm – have resulted in eight reports filed to Swedish police in April, including three from Danes.

Last summer and autumn saw as many as 140 instances of stone throwing, mostly targeted at Danes on their way to or from Bornholm.

“It’s naturally unsettling for us to hear about stone throwing because you can’t avoid thinking about it when you drive through Sweden,” a representative from a society for Bornholm ferry passengers told broadcaster DR.

Police in Sweden recently closed investigations into last year’s episodes but are prepared to reopen inquiries, the broadcaster writes.

READ ALSO: Swedish police investigate spate of motorway attacks on Danish cars

Hotel sector makes up for lost ground after pandemic 

A large number of overnight stays lost by the Danish hospitality sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 were recovered in 2021, according to new data from Statistics Denmark.

Commercial accommodation in Denmark recorded 52.4 million overnight stays last year, an increase of 16 percent compared to 2020.

Danes themselves are responsible for a large proportion of the increase with many people deciding to holiday domestically. 35.1 million Danes stayed “away at home” at hotels and other accommodation in 2021, 21 percent more than in 2020.

Political parties keen on financial support for students hit by high price of goods

Minister of Finance Nicolai Wammen will today discuss financial support for people in Denmark hard hit by ongoing price increases impacting the cost of food and other everyday goods.

Several parties want focus to be on students in particular, DR reports.

The Socialist People’s Party (SF), a close political ally of the government, said it wants to give students a one-off cash payment of 2,000 kroner.

An increase to a tax deduction for commuters was announced yesterday in response to high fuel prices.

Denmark signs treaty to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo

People with criminal convictions who are to be deported from Denmark in connection with their convictions could find themselves serving their sentences in Kosovo after Denmark yesterday signed a treaty to rent 300 prison places in the Balkan country.

“Our expectation is that the practical side of things can be ready in the first quarter of 2023,” Justice Minister Nick Hækkerup told news wire Ritzau. Hækkerup called the agreement with Kosovo “absolutely marvellous”.

Although inmates will serve their sentences in Kosovo, they will have the right to live under the same conditions as prisoners on Danish soil. As such, adaptation and renovation of the Kosovan prison facility will take place before the deal becomes active.

The treaty is also subject to final approval from the Danish and Kosovan parliaments. It follows an agreement in principle between the two countries late last year.

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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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