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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
A woman wearing a face mask in a Danish supermarket. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Correction to face mask rule

Extended face mask requirements came into force last week, and the stark change was clear to see in supermarkets from Brædstrup to Copenhagen.

But it’s not just shops that now require the use of the protective equipment. All indoor public places are encompassed, and that means authorities had to set out guidelines for their use at universities, schools and childcare facilities.

Initially, guidelines stated that school children, teachers and childcare staff are not required to wear a face mask while at schools or childcare facilities, but that teachers and childcare staff are now permitted to do so if they wish.

This has now been corrected by the Ministry of Children and Education, which said in a statement that teachers and childcare staff (pædagoger in Danish) are not required to wear visors while at schools or childcare facilities, but may do so if they wish. However, they are not allowed to wear face masks at all, because these prevent children from seeing adults’ facial expressions.

Far right party in negotiations over cartoons

Far right anti-immigration party Nye Borgelige (New Right), which has a handful of seats in parliament, wants to print cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in Danish newspapers in response to Islamist violence and murders in France, sparked after a teacher was killed for showing the cartoons to his students.

Danish media have generally been supportive of the plan, in keeping with Denmark’s tradition of upholding free speech – even if the message is disagreeable – but some have hesitated to agree to print the cartoons out of safety concerns for their staff.

Nye Borgelige is now in talks with French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo over getting permission to print the cartoons before moving forwards with the plan to print them in Danish newspapers.

700,000 electric cars by 2030?

The government is trying to find ways to achieve climate goals it set itself last year, which are beginning to look increasingly unattainable. But a goal of 700,000 electric cars on the roads could become a part of the road forward if a new government target is added, according to newspaper Information.

The figure of 700,000 looks on initial glance to be a compromise between environmental, business and economic assessments on how to reduce fossil fuel use in the private transport sector.

READ ALSO: Denmark could make fossil-fuel cars cost more in effort to hit climate goal

Half a million kroner raised for mother after loss of daughter

In a story so terrible it doesn’t bear thinking about, over 500,000 kroner have been raised in support of the mother of a five-year-old girl who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run incident in Copenhagen last week. The little girl lost her life when she and her mother were run over by a car in Frederiksberg. The mother survived the crash.

Since then, a collection started by parents from the kindergarten attended by the girl have raised funds to help her mother to get the help she will need. The original target for the collection was 25,000 kroner, DR reports.

A 21-year-old man who fled the scene of the accident was arrested a few days later and is now remanded in custody. He is suspected of aggravated manslaughter.

Private company launches fast-response Covid-19 tests

Falck, a private company which operates healthcare, assistance, safety services and emergency assistance, is to offer coronavirus tests which provide answers within 15 minutes.

The tests, which work by detecting antigens, are to be offered for the price of 299 kroner at six testing centres in Denmark, DR reports.

“Private individuals can come to our six test centres across the country and get a test with an answer within 15 minutes,” head of quality Martin Belzer told DR.

The fast-response tests are, however, less sensitive than the regular PCR tests used in the normal Danish testing system, the broadcaster writes. A professor and specialist from Copenhagen's Rigshospitalet told the broadcaster he would “not initially recommend” the private test.

Denmark has registered record numbers of new cases of coronavirus in recent days.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Pædagog: qualified childcare or social care worker
  • Lyntest: fast (coronavirus) test
  • Elbil: electric car

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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.”