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

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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Wednesday
Langelændere (people from Langeland) demonstrate on Tuesday against the now-scrapped plans for a departure centre on their island. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Government scraps plan for Langeland expulsion centre

The government last night announced it will not go ahead with plans to open a so-called departure or expulsion centre on Langeland, in the face of fierce opposition from the local community on the island and in parliament.

Proposed last week, the centre would have housed people with so-called ‘tolerated stay’ (tålt ophold) status, who do not have permission to reside in Denmark but cannot be deported by force. The planned facility was for foreign nationals with criminal records who have served their sentences but are awaiting deportation.

The persons who would have been moved to the centre will therefore remain for the time being at a similar facility at Kærshovedgård in Jutland. That centre also houses people who have not committed crimes but have no legal right to stay in Denmark, for example due to a rejected asylum claim.

We’ll have more detail on this story in a report today.

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24,000 on waiting list for dropped vaccines

If you (like me) have registered for a consultation over opting to receive a Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, you may have to wait a while. The private company given concession to distribute the vaccines, Practio, says that 24,000 people have so far signed up for the scheme, broadcaster DR reports.

Vaccines from the two companies have been withdrawn from the general vaccination programme but can still be given in Denmark via the new opt-in arrangement.

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The company is still working to secure locations for its vaccination centres and hiring doctors to give the consultations founder Jonas Nilsen told DR.

“It’s going fast but I’m confident about everything, even though we’re busy,” Nilsen said.

Midwives in dispute over wage terms

Just over a third of Denmark’s 3,000 midwives have signed a declaration refusing to take new jobs in the public sector unless they are given better wages, DR reports.

The conflict between the midwives and their employers, the regional health authorities, has reached a stage where it has the potential to affect staffing at neonatal wards when hospitals put together their summer rotas, according to the broadcaster.

Rain, wind and a little bit of sun forecast

The end of May is nigh and you could be forgiven for thinking that spring hasn’t really got going yet. Today is unlikely to change such a conviction, according to weather forecasts.

A moderate to strong southerly or southwesterly wind is expected in most parts of the country. A low pressure system moving north will ensure showers, wind and perhaps a bit of sun, with temperatures ranging from 8-14 degrees Celsius.

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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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