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

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 Thursday
People demonstrate against planned deportations of Syrian refugees at Copenhagen's City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen). Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines can now be chosen voluntarily

A new scheme comes into use today allowing people being vaccinated against Covid-19 to choose to have the vaccine from either AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson.

The vaccines from the two companies have both been withdrawn by Danish health authorities from the national vaccination programme. Only the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are in general use in Denmark, which currently expects to complete vaccination of its population by the end of August.

But it will be possible to choose to have either the AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which Denmark still has stocks of.

Keep an eye on our website for more detail on this today.


Immigration minister to visit site of new expulsion centre

Minister for immigration Mattias Tesfaye is scheduled today to visit the location on the southern island of Langeland where the government plans to open a new facility to house foreign nationals who have been convicted of crimes and are awaiting deportation from Denmark.

The new centre was announced by the government yesterday.

The local mayor, Tonni Hansen of the Socialist People’s Party, has already expressed strong opposition to the plan, broadcaster DR reported. Tesfaye will also meet with local residents, where he might also expect a frosty reception over the plan.

Upper secondary school students given permission for traditional bus parades

The customary studenterkørsel, a rowdy drive through town on modified open-backed trucks undertaken by newly-graduated upper secondary school students, will go ahead this year. That is after new guidelines for celebrating the completion of education programmes was finalised, DR writes.

The students can go ahead with the bus-based parties provided they celebrate only with their own classmates and no more than 500 people attend graduation.

Last year also saw the traditional truck tours given the green light at a time when coronavirus restriction levels were low.

READ ALSO: Why do new Danish school graduates ride around town on noisy trucks?

Thousands demonstrate against plan to send Syrian refugees back to Damascus

Crowds in Copenhagen and several other towns across Denmark gathered yesterday evening to express opposition to the government’s assessment that it is safe to send some Syrian refugees back to Damascus and subsequent withdrawal of asylum status from dozens of refugees.

Denmark has faced growing criticism for the decision, for which it cites a “safe” situation around Damascus, but the country is sticking to its position.


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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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UPDATED: What we know so far about the Copenhagen mall shooting

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.”