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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

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

The eight-metre high sculpture “Pillar of Shame” by Jens Galschiøt
The eight-metre high sculpture “Pillar of Shame” by Jens Galschiøt, which formerly sat on the University of Hong Kong’s campus, was installed at Rådhuspladsen in central Copenhagen on Thursday. Photo: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

309 Ukrainians given temporary residence under special law 

309 people from Ukraine have so-far been granted residence in Denmark under the special law enacted last week.

The law gives Ukrainians access to the Danish labour market, schools and social services with a simplified process that allows them to avoid the normal asylum system.

The number of 309 was correct as of March 22nd, broadcaster DR reports based on Immigration Service figures.

The government initially said it expected 20,000 refugees from Ukraine to come to Denmark as a result of the Russian invasion of their country, but has since said it now expects “significantly more” than that number.

READ ALSO: Does Denmark give money to people who let Ukrainian refugees stay at their homes?

8,580 cartons of milk recalled over possible cleaning fluid contamination

The dairy Thise Mejeri has recalled 8,580 cartons of its milk product Coop 365 minimælk, which is sold in Fakta and Coop stores across Denmark.

The recalled milk has a manufacturing date of March 22nd and a best before date of April 2nd, and a barcode number of 5701975300953.

The product is recalled due to an error in maintenance of a machine which resulted in cleaning produce being mixed into a quantity of milk during production.

Not all of the cartons of milk are affected, but Thise Mejeri said it was recalling all 8,580 cartons related to the production error. Customers who have one of the cartons should throw it away or return it.

Eriksen ‘very happy’ to be back with Denmark team

Christian Eriksen said yesterday he was “very pleased” to join up with the Denmark team, just nine months after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Eriksen has linked up once again with the national side ahead of friendlies against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Saturday and Serbia in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

“I’m very happy and pleased to be able to be back with national team again. It’s been a while, so I am very happy to be back,” the midfielder said in Marbella, where the Denmark squad are training.

Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest in Denmark’s opening game of the European Championships against Finland in Copenhagen last June.

Weather: Forecasters promise sunny and pleasant weekend

A sunny weekend could see temperatures reach a balmy 15 degrees Celsius on Friday afternoon.

A westerly wind could cool things down on Saturday and Sunday, but the sun will remain and it should still be mild enough outside to enjoy a spring walk, with around 12 degrees forecast.

Sunday afternoon and evening could see some clouds draw in, however.

READ ALSO: Is Denmark having its sunniest March ever?

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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.”