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
Fans warming up at Sankt Hans Square in Copenhgaen. Photo:Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Thousands celebrate Danish football victory on Monday night

Tens of thousands celebrated wildly in streets all over Denmark on Monday after the country’s 4-1 victory over Russia brought it successfully out of the Group stage of the Euro2020 tournament. 

Goals from Mikkel Damsgaard, Yussuf Poulsen, Andreas Christensen. and Joakim Maehle gave the Danes their first win of the tournament on a joyous evening at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

In Aarhus, spectators who had been watching the match at two outdoor big-screen converged on the city centre after the victory, thronging the Frederiksgade and Mølleparken districts.

Stig Heidemann from the East Jutland Police said that several thousand people had joined the street party. 

“There have been some complaints about the music, singing and partying, which is quite natural, but there has been no trouble anywhere,” he said. 

A video from a major crossroads in Nørrebro, Copenhagen, showed two groups of people facing, one another and hailing the Danish striker who collapsed on pitch in the first match of the compeition, with one  group shouting “Christian”, and the other replying “Eriksen”.

Sankt Hans celebrations to go ahead across Denmark

People in Denmark will be able to light their traditional Sankt Hans bonfires everywhere in Denmark after Danske Beredskaber, the agency representing the country’s 24 municipal fire services, ruled that, after recent rainfall, there was only a limited wildfire risk. 

The local fire services met on Monday to discuss how conditions had changed since last Wednesday, when the fire hazard index was showing an increased risk of wildfires in Denmark. 

The only place in Denmark where no bonfire can be held is the island of Anholt, where there is a permanent, all-year-round ban on open fires. 

In a press release, the fire services noted that many of the official Sankt Hans celebrations had been cancelled, and gave recommendations on how to celebrate safely. 

The Copenhagen fire services tweeted out an image on how to position a fire to cut the risk of fire spreading. 

Aarhus hit-and-run driver arrested 

A 20-year-old man who fled in his car after running over a police officer in Aarhus on Friday has been arrested, East Jutland Police said a tweet on Monday night.

The man can be held until July 16th, a court in Aarhus ruled, after the arresting, finding there was “reasonable suspicion” that he had been the driver of the car. The man has pleaded “not guilty”. 

TV2 East Jutland had in January interviewed the man for a feature about joy riders, in which he boasted about his dangerous driving. 

“I’m a very dangerous driver myself. I am known as the crazy motorist around here,” he said when TV2 interiewed him at a petrol station. “I jump reds all the time. Just because there’s a red light never stops me. If it’s free, I just drive.” 

Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall in Denmark

149 new corona cases were registered in Denmark in the 24 hours leading up to 2pm on Monday, according to the country’s infectious diseases agency, Statens Serum Institut (SSI). This is the lowest number since the beginning of September.

“These are some nice low infection rates. It’s been going on for some time, so it looks promising. Overall, it is going in the right direction, although, of course, we are constantly aware of the Delta variant,” said Allan Randrup Thomsen, a virologist at Copenhagen University. 

Danish Justice Ministry to hold press meet on corona situation ahead of holidays

At 11am, Denmark’s justice ministry is holding a press conference along with the country’s health authorities to give an update on the situation ahead of the summer holidays, looking in particular at test capacity, contact tracing, the more infectious Delta variant, the Euro2020 championships, and the changes coming in as part of phase four of reopening. 

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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.”