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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

A new Minister of Justice, a Russian plane violating Danish airspace and an emerging tennis star are among the news stories in Denmark on Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday
Denmark announced a ministerial reshuffle on Monday after former justice minister Nick Hækkerup's resignation. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Tesfaye appointed new justice minister to be appointed after surprising exit of Hækkerup 

Immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye has been named the new Minister of Justice after predecessor Nick Hækkerup announced on Sunday that he was stepping down from what is perhaps the most high-profile position in the Danish government after the prime minister.

“I have recently felt a growing desire to be challenged in new ways. I have been in politics full time for over 20 years,” Hækkerup wrote in a Facebook post.

Kaare Dybvad Bek moves from housing and the interior to take Tesfaye’s brief in immigration. 

We’ll have full details of the government reshuffle in a report on our website today.

Denmark and Sweden summoning Russian envoys over airspace breaches

Denmark and Sweden are summoning Russia’s ambassadors after a Russian spyplane violated the air space of both countries, their governments said yesterday.

Officials said the plane entered Danish airspace on Friday evening east of the Danish Baltic island of Bornholm before flying into Swedish airspace.

“The Russian ambassador is summoned to the foreign ministry tomorrow,” Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod tweeted on Sunday, referring to a “new Russian violation of Danish airspace”.

The Swedish foreign ministry also said the Russian ambassador would be summoned in Stockholm.

Kofod added it was “totally unacceptable and particularly worrying in the current situation”, alluding to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising tensions with NATO, where Denmark is a member.

READ ALSO: Denmark accuses Russian spy plane of violating airspace

Health authorities to make assessment of mink fur industry 

The national disease control agency State Serum Institute (SSI) will today publish its assessment on whether it in the interest of public health to allow mink fur farming in Denmark again.

The sector was controversially shut down by the government in late 2020 due to concerns related to Covid-19 mutations in animals kept at the mink fur farms. At the time, Denmark was one of the world’s biggest mink fur producers.

Mink farming is currently suspended until the end of 2022 on public health grounds, but 15 former farm owners have registered for a scheme that allows them to resume the trade should it be permitted again in future.

READ ALSO: One percent of mink breeders apply for money to resume business

Danish teenager Rune wins first ATP tennis title in Munich

Danish tennis hope Holger Rune collected his first ATP title on Sunday when Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp retired during the first set of the final in Munich. 

Rune, 19, was 4-3 down in the first set when his opponent retired after feeling chest pain, making him the first Danish winner on the men’s ATP tour since Kenneth Carlsen in 2005.

“This was probably the worst way to win a final,” said Rune, ranked 70th in the world.

Rune did not drop a set all week but his standout moment was the second round victory over world number three Alexander Zverev — his first win over a Top 10 player.  

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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.”