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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

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

Danish singer Carl Emil Petersen
Danish singer Carl Emil Petersen during the "Sammen for Ukraine" - "Together for Ukraine" - concert at the City Hall Square (Rådhuspladsen) in Copenhagen on March 12th. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

Russian ambassador suggests country could seize Danish companies

The Russian ambassador to Denmark, Vladimir Barbin, in a letter submitted to newspaper Politiken made a “thinly veiled threat” the country could take over Danish companies in Russia that have ceased businesses activities there, the newspaper writes.

Several Danish companies including Carlsberg and Maersk have taken steps to pull out or cut back on trading with Russia following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

“There is emerging a consensus on the extent to which it is advisable to establish external leadership at companies who have ceased their activities in Russia,” Barbin said in the letter, which was published by Politiken on Sunday night.

Russian president Vladimir Putin last week said foreign companies which have temporarily left Russia could be nationalised.

Danes’ support for Ukraine results in largest amount all time in donations drive

Charity Folkekirkens Nødhjælp said it set an all-time record in its annual fundraising drive this weekend as people across Denmark gave donations in huge numbers in support of Ukrainians affected by the attack on their country.

The Danish charity has run an annual national collection for 24 years, with 2022 breaking the previous record to bring in 17 million kroner, it said to news wire Ritzau.

That amount is just part of the impressive 750 million kroner raised by Danish relief organisations for humanitarian aid to Ukraine so far, with more donations coming in from a fundraising concert on Saturday night.

READ ALSO: Danes donate ‘record’ amounts to help Ukraine

Monday to be sunny with some clouds on horizon

The clear weather that has graced Denmark throughout March is to continue today with a light to moderate southeasterly wind according to the Danish met office, DMI.

Temperatures will be around 8-10 degrees Celsius, according to the forecast.

Although more sunny days are to come this week, the weather could be a little wetter after today, with clouds and some rain reaching western and central Jutland later on Monday.

Covid-19: 6,658 new infections registered on Sunday

Sunday saw an additional 6,658 new cases of Covid-19 registered by health authorities from 29,591 PCR tests. These are among the lowest totals for both cases and daily tests since last autumn.

The figures give a test positivity rate of 22.5 percent, which is slightly lower than the proportion of positive tests generally seen in recent weeks. The infection trend for Covid-19 is declining across the country.

1,464 people with Covid-19 are now admitted to hospitals in Denmark, though a large number of these are in hospital for reasons other than the coronavirus. 25 are receiving ICU care with 7 receiving ventilator treatment.

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

A new military hub for Nato on Danish shores, a filmmaker representing Denmark at Cannes, and a slightly cooler weekend are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

‘Military hub’ for US, Nato forces coming to Denmark 

The port city of Esbjerg, which also played host to this week’s green energy meetings, has been flagged as the site of a new mustering point for Nato and especially United States military forces, according to a press release from the Danish Ministry of Defense. 

The United States expressed interest in Esbjerg, on Jutland’s west coast, in particular as a jumping-off point to transport troops and technology to the Baltic Sea area. 

“The Port of Esbjerg has a good location and size, proximity to the airport, good connections to the railway and motorway network and is close to several large barracks,” the press release said. 

The Danish government plans to make a number of costly improvements to the port to better support the new military hub. Those are expected to be completed by the end of 2023, the release said. 

READ ALSO: Denmark prepared to send 800 troops to Baltic states

Iranian living in Copenhagen shines at Cannes Film Festival

Danish-Iranian Ali Abassi, 40, is making waves at the Cannes Film Festival with his new film “Holy Spider,” the “gritty story of a serial killer ‘cleansing’ the Iranian holy city of Mashhad,” newswire Agence France-Presse reports. 

Abassi grew up in Iran and immigrated to Scandinavia to study architecture in Stockholm at the age of 21, ultimately settling in Copenhagen after attending the National Film School of Denmark. 

In 2018, Abassi brought home the trophy for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section with “Border,” which AFP describes as an “eccentric troll-fantasy film about a border guard.” 

Cooler weather ahead 

After two balmy days, Denmark can expect a cooler and cloudier weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute. 

“The beautiful weather has almost disappeared like dew to the sun,” meteorologist Klaus Larsen told newswire Ritzau with a little poetic flair. 

We can look forward (or not) to a Saturday with minimal sunshine, “fresh” winds, occasional showers, and temperatures between 14-18 degrees. 

Sunday is your best chance for outdoor fun, Larsen says. “It will stay mostly dry with little or no sun and winds that will decrease and become light to steady during the day.” 

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