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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Military hardware on the way to Ukraine, more discussions on an asylum facility in Rwanda and Carlsberg's results after leaving Russia are among the main news stories from Denmark on Thursday.

Hans Zimmer playing in copenhagen
Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning composer Hans Zimmer dressed in the colours of Ukraine and his partly Ukrainian orchestra on stage at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen on April 27th. Photo: Torben Christensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark to send military vehicles to Ukraine 

Denmark is to send armoured military transport vehicles to Ukraine along with anti-tank mines and mortar grenades, broadcaster DR writes.

The hardware is part of a donation worth 600 million kroner promised last week by Mette Frederiksen during a visit to Kyiv.

It is currently clear whether the equipment being sent by Denmark has yet left the country.

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Parties to discuss Danish asylum facility in Rwanda

Parliamentary parties are today summoned to a meeting with immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye to discuss Denmark’s ongoing plans to put an offshore asylum processing facility in central African country Rwanda.

The government has been in discussions with Rwanda over the plan.

A spokesperson from the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR earlier this week said that the agency “does not view the idea of outsourcing asylum, whether to Rwanda or another country, as a responsible or sustainable solution.”

Britbox launches in Denmark

Britbox launches in the Nordics today. The BBC-ITV joint venture into streaming will include plenty of programmes from both broadcasters’ archives and original programming made for the platform. 

Many of the titles included in the service have previously been available in Denmark on DRTV or TV2 Play. Four Britbox titles are reported to be exclusive to the service, however.

The service joins existing streaming giants like HBO and Netflix on the Danish market. 

Carlsberg sales increase despite Russia withdrawal

Danish brewing giant Carlsberg increased its turnover in the first quarter of 2022 despite withdrawing from a large part of its global market in Russia, the company said in results reported by news wire Ritzau.

Sales from its Russian division the first quarter were subtracted from the result, with that part of Carlsberg up for sale.

Q1 saw Carlsberg post a turnover of 14.9 billion kroner, 27 percent more than the first quarter of 2021.

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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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