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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

The Indian prime minister visits Denmark, extra police on the roads on Funen and an unexpected stock market dip are among the main news stories in Denmark on Tuesday.

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Expect to see more police cars on Funen this week. File photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Indian prime minister Modi visits Denmark 

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is in Denmark today on an official visit during which he will meet both Queen Margrethe and Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen.

Modi’s visit is the first by an Indian government leader for 20 years. It signals improving ties after an extended period of cooled diplomatic relations between the two countries over Denmark’s refusal to extradite one of its citizens wanted by India for supplying arms to a rebel group in the 1990s.

India is currently in the midst of an extreme heat wave with temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius in some parts of the vast South Asian country.

Funen police to practice driving skills

If you live on Funen (Fyn), there’s a good chance you’ll see more blue flashing lights than normal today, tomorrow and on Thursday.

Funen Police is giving driving instructions to officers practicing their responses to callouts.

Much of the driving will take place at a special facility at Ellested, but some driving on public roads is also included to add realism to the exercises, broadcaster DR writes.

Police have not stated the exact roads the practicing police cars will use.

Danish stock index falls 8 percent due to ‘human error’

A human error was yesterday responsible for an 8 percent dip in the Danish C25 stock index, bank Citigroups told financial media Bloomberg News.

“One of our traders this morning made an error during a transaction. Within a few minutes, we identified the error and corrected it,” Bloomberg quoted the bank as stating, according to news wire Ritzau.

Several European stock exchanges are reported to have been affected by the issue, which caused a short term dip in prices.

Weather: Dry and sunny Tuesday with mild May temperatures

The calm and stable weather that characterised the end of April has so far continued into May, with more sunny and dry conditions expected today.

A couple of showers in the eastern part of the country may break up the drier weather, however.

The wind will be mild to moderate, but a little more fresh along the coasts. This can bring temperatures down to around 10 degrees Celsius from the 16-17 degrees expected in the rest of the country.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

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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