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

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 Monday
Empty seats at a Danish football stadium on Sunday- Photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix

Government to present possible phasing out of Covid-19 restrictions

The government and other political parties will today receive recommendations from an appointed expert group on which coronavirus restrictions can be phased out and which must be extended at the current time, broadcaster DR reports based on a Facebook post by the prime minister, Mette Frederiksen.

Current restrictions are scheduled to expire on February 28th and the government had previously said it would present a plan for restrictions after that date on Wednesday this week, after receiving mathematical modelling for the possible development of the epidemic in various scenarios.

Meanwhile, the health minister, Magnus Heunicke, has said that some easing of restrictions will be on a national level, and some will be locally implemented.

Minister to defend new epidemic law

Heunicke is to answer questions in a parliamentary hearing following critical stories relating to the new Epidemic Law, which is expected to be passed by parliament tomorrow, DR writes.

Under the new law, restrictions of an “interventionist nature” implemented during a pandemic will require a parliamentary vote and cannot unilaterally be placed by the health minister.

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But recent reports that the government failed to pass on Danish Health Authority recommendations to parliament has now resulted in the Conservative and Liberal parties calling for tomorrow’s vote, which would pass the new law, to be postponed, DR writes.

More mild weather this week

Sunny and dry weather is forecast today, in a sign if mild weather to come throughout this week.

Monday is expected to see temperatures between 8 and a spring-like 14 degrees Celsius. Onshore winds will cool things down in coastal areas.

The dry and mild temperatures should continue throughout the week, according to DMI’s forecast.

Employment fell in December

The number of employed people in Denmark fell in December 2020 after six months of increasing employment month-by-month, according to newly-released figures.

3,000 fewer people were in work in December compared to November last year, according to season-corrected data from Statistics Denmark.

It should be noted that December was the month in which the current strict coronavirus restrictions were first introduced.

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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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