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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Quarterly results from Denmark’s biggest energy firm, free vaccinations for Ukrainians and new rules at Tivoli Gardens are among the main news stories from Denmark on Friday.

Construction work off Copenhagen
Construction work off Copenhagen on Thursday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish energy player to publish results

Ørsted, the biggest company in the Danish energy sector, will today present its results for the first quarter of 2022.

A major talking point is likely to be Ørsted’s contracts with Russian state gas company Gazprom. Ørsted has previously said it cannot break off its contract with Gazprom, but will not renew it when it expires in 2030.

Russia earlier this week switched off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria after the two countries refused to pay for the deliveries in rubles, which would have been in breach of EU contracts which stipulate payments in dollars or euros. Ørsted has not accepted Gazprom’s demand for payment in rubles.

READ ALSO: Danish energy company says it will cut ties with Gazprom in 2030

Tivoli Friday concerts resume with new rules

When Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli tonight opens its doors for its regular “Friday Rock” (Fredagsrock) concert, it will be using a new booking system for the first time.

Guests heading to Tivoli tonight to see nineties pop act Aqua will need a reservation for the concert stage in addition to their regular entry ticket.

The new rule has been introduced in response to incidents of crowd trouble during the Friday concerts this spring.

READ ALSO: Why are there crowd disturbances at Danish tourist attraction Tivoli Gardens? 

Ukrainian refugees to be offered free vaccinations 

Refugees who arrive in Denmark from Ukraine are to be offered free vaccinations by the Danish health service, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Vaccination against measles, diphtheria and polio will be offered, health minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed in a Twitter post.

The vaccinations are intended to protect both Ukrainians and the Danish public, given that the diseases are contagious.

“Ukraine has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe. That can bring a risk for the individual, but also for public health in Denmark,” Heunicke said in the statement.

Weather: Friday to be dry with some cloud

The stable sunny weather Denmark has enjoyed lately continues today, albeit with a few more clouds in the sky.

South Jutland and Funen in particular will see more cloudy skies this afternoon that has been the recent pattern.

Temperatures will be 10-14 degrees Celsius with northerly and westerly winds up to moderate strength. A light frost is possible during the night.

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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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