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

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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
Danish PM Mette Frederiksen fist bumps Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Nato meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photo: Pool/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish PM: Nato to get “more political”

Denmark’s prime minister, Metter Frederiksen, has said she expects the Nato defence alliance to become more political in the coming years, as issues like cyber warfare and protecting critical infrastructure become more dominant. 

“One of the things we agree on is that Nato is starting to become more political,” she said after a meeting on Monday she described as “unusually successful”, and marking the start of “a new chapter for our alliance”.

She said she had been pleased that US President Joe Biden had made such a strong statement in support of the alliance.

“It means a great deal that we have once again got a US president and an administration that is unequivocally and unreservedly supportive of the rules-based world order, and that completely and unequivocally supports Nato and Article 5. That is the whole core of our cooperation,” she said.

Article 5 states that an attack on a Nato member state is an attack on the whole alliance.

At the meeting, the national leaders agreed to see China as a “systemic challenge”, and also discussed the threat from Russia, a question newly relevant for Denmark after a weekend when Russian fighter jets twice violated Danish airspace. 

“I’m fine — under the circumstances”: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Danish striker Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac on the pitch on Saturday,  has tweeted from hospital using the Twitter account of the Danish Football Association. 

“I’m fine — under the circumstances,” he wrote in English. “Now I will cheer on the boys on the team in the next matches.”

Denmark’s Vegan Party gets new leader 

Denmark’s minority Vegan party, which sits outside the parliament, has chosen veteran animal rights activist Ulla Koch as its new leader. She is the third leader the party has had since it was founded in 2018, with her predecessor Henrik Vindfeldt only taking over the leadership in September, and his predecessor Michael Monberg resigning the month the Vegan party became eligible to compete in the next general election. 

Denmark to swelter in summer heatwave from Thursday: DMI

Large swathes of Denmark, including the capital Copenhagen will be basking in tropical temperatures of around 30C on Thursday and Friday as the country enjoys the first heatwave of the summer.

According to a forecast from the Danish Metereological Institute (DMI), a front of hot air will move over Denmark on Wednesday evening.

“The combination of the warm air and largely cloudless weather will give rise to heatwaves in parts of the southern and eastern areas of the country,” predicted meteorologist Lars Holtmann. Read our story here

Nurses in Denmark may go on strike after voting down latest wage deal

As many as 5,000 nurses in Denmark may go on strike this Friday after voting down a salary deal agreed between nursing unions and the regional and local governments that run Denmark’s health system.

A full 66.7 percent of the members of the Danish Nurses’ Organization voted down a new agreement struck between their union and Danish Regions and Danish Municipalities, meaning a strike could be called as early as Saturday. 

“This big ‘no’ shows even more clearly that there is a need for some fundamental changes in wage structures,” said Grete Christensen, the nurse organisation’s chair, who had recommended that members vote in favour of the deal.

“We believe that there is hope [of progress]in the salary structure committee, but the pledges were too vague and unclear for the members to see the same hope.” Read our story here

‘We were put in a position’: Danish players on having to play after Eriksen collapse

Denmark’s goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and striker Martin Braithwaite on Monday lamented that they had to choose whether to restart the Denmark-Finland Euro 2020 match while they were reeling from Christian Eriksen’s mid-game collapse.

“We were put in a position, that I personally feel that we shouldn’t have been put in,” Schmeichel told Danish media at a press event in Helsingor north of Copenhagen.

“We had two options,” Schmeichel explained. “Either come back the day after (Sunday) at noon or continue the game.”

The Leicester City goalkeeper said he wished someone more senior had said “that it wasn’t the time to take that decision, and that we should maybe wait until the day after to decide”. Read our story here

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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.”