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

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Friday
Black Friday in 2019. Photo: Ida Guldbæk Arentsen/Ritzau Scanpix

PM apologises for handling of mink crisis 

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has personally apologised for the handling of the mink crisis.

A mutated version of the new coronavirus prompted the government to order the cull of millions of minks bred on farms, although it later emerged that the order was illegal.

Frederiksen was visiting a mink farmer in the municipality of Kolding, whose animals were euthanized despite being healthy.

You can read more in our report.

Government presents vaccination plan

The government presented yesterday evening its plan for distribution of a forthcoming Covid-19 vaccine.

Senior citizens, people in risk groups and front-line workers will be given first priority when vaccine availability is initially limited.

The vaccine will be free and voluntary for everybody, the government confirmed.

A Danish Covid-19 vaccination programme is expected to begin at the end of this year or beginning of 2021.

We’ll have a full report on our website later this morning.

Black Friday to take place over several days

It’s the last Friday in November, which normally means Black Friday in Denmark as it does in many other countries.

Coronavirus restrictions have encouraged many stores to extend offers over a number of days, in an effort to prevent congestion, DR reports.

Elgiganten, the country’s biggest electronics retailer, has placed Black Friday over a number of days. That is in line with a government recommendation for the retail sector to avoid major single-day offers.

‘Cyber conscripts’ complete training in Danish military

When a military parade today celebrates the completion of training for people completing military service, a small group of 15 conscripts will be the first ever to have certified completion of cyber military service.

The ‘cyber conscripts’ receive training in how to defend Denmark from online threats as part of their regular military training.

The group of 15 are the first to have completed the training. The cyber defence option within military service is running on an initial three-year trial, Ritzau writes.

Mist and frost expected on wintry weekend

Cool, misty and foggy weather with brief sunny spells are forecast for this weekend. Some areas may also see frosty mornings. Tonight’s temperatures are expected to be between -2 and 5 degrees Celsius, according to meteorological agency DMI.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Frivillig: voluntary (adj.), volunteer (noun)
  • Værnepligt, værnepligtig: military service, conscript
  • Detailhandel: retail



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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.”