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

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 Tuesday
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Danish schools to partially reopen next week

Danish schools will reopen next week four children up to fourth grade, the government confirmed at a briefing yesterday evening.

The decision follows a steady reduction in Covid-19 infection numbers in Denmark since the turn of the year.

“This is a very small, very controlled, pinprick operation we are conducting here in Denmark,” health minister Magnus Heunicke said.

Here’s our report.

Last Danish minks to be culled

In November last year, the government took the dramatic step of ordering every mink on Danish fur farms to be culled, and later banned the industry for a year. That followed concerns over the discovery of mutated forms of coronavirus at some mink farms. The decision developed into a scandal and will cost the Danish state an astronomical amount in compensation.

READ ALSO: Denmark to spend billions on compensation deal for mink farmers

Today marks the deadline for completing culling of the animals.

“I don’t think enough there was enough of a fight to protect mink breeding in Denmark. The focus has been on compensation the whole time,” mink breeder Erik Vammen told broadcaster DR.

Postal service posts bests results since 2009

A jump in demand for parcel shipping was a major factor in the best annual results for postal service Postnord in over a decade, news wire Ritzau reports.

The Swedish-Danish company was formed in a merger in 2009, and this year’s results are the best it has registered since then.

Earnings of just under 1.3 billion kroner were brought in by the company in 2020, dwarfing the 200 million kroner profit in 2019.

Coldest temperature of winter so far

It’s February 2nd, a date immortalised by the film Groundhog Day. The annual North American custom revolves around predicting the arrival of spring. In the movie, Bill Murray’s lead character relives the same day over and over.

While lockdown and national Covid-19 restrictions may make that concept feel a little closer to home in 2021, we can at least take comfort in the fact that spring will indeed arrive sooner or later, just as the lockdown eventually will be lifted. At the moment, that is scheduled to happen on February 28th.

Last night was the coldest of the winter so far, with temperatures dropping as low as -12.7 degrees Celsius in central Jutland, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. That is also the lowest temperature since 2018, a year in which a freezing late winter was followed by a glorious hot and sunny summer.

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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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