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
Down but not out? The Smukfest festival will be hosting five smaller festivals in place of the mammoth event pictured above. Photo: Bent Midstrup/Nf-Nf/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish hotels and restaurants face record manpower shortage

Hotels and restaurants in Denmark are facing the greatest shortage of manpower since at least 2011, Statistics Denmark, the country’s state statistics agency has said. 

Almost a quarter of the companies in the service industry surveyed by the agency said they were facing labour shortages, up from just 19 percent in May. This is the highest level since the agency began tracking the metric in 2011. 

“It is probably one of the most powerful recovery we have ever had. Simply because it is a reopening,” said Lars Olsen, chief economist at Danske Bank. “It is something completely different from what you get in a normal recovery. There you have to gradually rebuild trust. You could not just reopen after the financial crisis.” 

The construction industry is also facing manpower shortages, with 37 percent of companies surveyed saying they lack manpower.

Denmark’s Court of Impeachment to rule on whether to televise Støjberg trail

Denmark’s Court of Impeachment (Rigsretten) will decide on Tuesday morning whether to allow TV cameras to broadcast directly from the courtroom during the impeachment trial of former immigration minister Inger Støjberg in the autumn, it said in a press release

Normally, it is not permitted to take pictures or shoot video from inside a courtroom in Denmark, but Støjberg herself has said she wants the press to have an opportunity to broadcast from the courtroom. 

Støjberg is on trial for breaking the law when she ordered asylum seeker couples to be separated. 

Less than 200 new infections detected in Denmark for third day in a row

A further 151 people tested positive for coronavirus in Denmark in the 24 hours to 2pm on Monday, meaning that the number of new infections has stayed below 200 a day for three days, and below 300 a day since June 18th. 

Denmark’s hospitals are currently treating 65 patients for coronavirus, one fewer than on Sunday. 

Danish mink mutation ‘could have affected vaccine effectiveness’: study

The coronavirus mutation that led Denmark’s government to order the cull of the country’s 15m mink — cluster 5 — showed resistant to both naturally attained antibodies and those generated by the Pfizer vaccine, a new study by Denmark’s infectious diseases agency SSI has concluded.

The study, published last week in the scientific journal Frontiers in Microbiology, goes some way towards excusing the mink cull, which has been seen as the Danish government’s biggest misstep during the pandemic.

“Blood samples have been taken from people who have recovered from covid-19 infection with cluster 5 and we looked at how well their antibodies could neutralize this virus,” Tyra Grove Krause from the SSI, told the Ritzau newswire.

“You can see that cluster 5 is more resistant to these antibodies than the other virus variants that were in circulation at the time. So on that basis, one can say that this raises concerns about whether the same could apply to vaccine antibodies.” Read our story here

Danish parties agree 160bn kroner infrastructure deal

Denmark’s political parties on Monday morning announced an agreement over infrastructure spending up until 2035, with 160bn kroner to be splurged on road, rail, bridge, tunnel, and cycling projects. 

Of this 64bn kroner will go on road projects, including no fewer than nine motorway improvements, 86bn will go on public transport, mostly on rail, but also on buses, metro services and light rail. Read our explainer here

Danish media team up to forge copyright deals with Google and Facebook

Denmark’s main media outlets said on Monday that they are banding together to negotiate copyright payments for news content used by tech platforms such as Google and Facebook.

In 2019, an EU directive gave media rights to be compensated for links to their content by web giants in order to ensure better compensation for creators of news content. In Denmark, nearly all media including the public TV stations have joined together to negotiate collectively.

“The collective bargaining organisation can give the Danish media industry bigger bargaining power,” said Stig Ørskov, CEO of JP-Politikens Hus, the leading Danish print media group.

“Often the big techs sign non-transparent separate agreements, they use a divide and conquer strategy and what we hope to achieve is a collective agreement that will be beneficial for the whole industry,” Ørskov told AFP.

The collective bargaining organisation will be officially launched on Friday and Ørskov said he expected negotiations to begin soon as informal contacts with Google have already taken place.

Smukfest festival re-emerges as Småfest with five one-day events

Denmark’s Smukfest festival, which usually hosts 55,000 people at its site in Skanderborg outside Aarhus, has announced plans to hold a series of stripped down mini-festivals between July 30th and August 7th, with five concert days, each of which will host just 1,000 people. 

Småfest will host some big Danish performers, including Suspekt, Jung, Aqua and Dizzy Mizz Lizzy. 

The organisers did not want to divide the festival into separate sections, which limited the number of people the festival could host. 

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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.”