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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.

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Regnvejr i København, fredag den 25. september 2020. DMI forudser mellem 30 og 50 millimeter regn mange steder i løbet af fredagen. Lørdag begynder ganske flot med lidt eller nogen sol. Søndagen bliver weekendens topscorer på temperaturskalaen med op til 22 grader.. (Foto: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix)

Danish energy company refuses to pay for gas in rubles 

Energy company Ørsted has stated it will not pay for deliveries of Russian gas in rubles.

The Russian state-owned company Gazprom requested Ørsted start paying for gas supplied by the former company in the Russian currency, but the Danish firm said in a statement on Friday that it will not meet that demand.

Russian president Vladimir Putin was last week reported to have decreed all the country’s gas exports now be paid for in rubles, in an effort to stabilise the sanctions-hit currency.

“We are in close dialogue with other energy companies and authorities over a joint response to Gazprom Export,” Ørsted said in the statement.

The EU Commission last week said that 97 percent of European gas contract with Russia state payments are to be made in euros or dollars.

READ ALSO: Danish energy company says it will cut ties with Gazprom in 2030

Record number in Denmark receive influenza jab

1.7 million people in Denmark received the flu jab this winter, almost a third of the population.

The number is the highest ever for influenza vaccinations in a single season in Denmark, according to the general practitioners’ association, Praktiserende Lægers Organisation (PLO).

It is also 800,000 more than were vaccination against influenza in 2019-2020.

Most people who received the jab, 1.4 million, are in risk groups for influenza. These include persons over 65 years old, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses.

Weather: Rain across Denmark on Monday

After a sunny month of March, April has begun on a wetter note and that is set to continue today. The entire country will see rain with around 10-17 millimetres forecast to fall.

Movement of the rainclouds towards the east could see parts of Jutland brighten up this afternoon.

Temperatures will be 4-7 degrees Celsius in most of the country, with a moderate southwesterly wind that could reach to up to storm strength in some coastal areas.

Covid-19: 2,080 new cases on Sunday

Official data shows that 2,080 new cases of Covid-19 were registered on Sunday.

The positive cases were found among 12,508 PCR tests, giving a test positivity rate of around 17 percent. Generally, testing levels are now a fraction of those seen earlier in the pandemic.

1,021 people with Covid-19 are currently admitted to hospitals in Denmark. This total is on a downward trend, having reached over 1,500 in early March. A large proportion of the patients are not receiving treatment for the coronavirus and are in hospital for other reasons.

19 people with Covid-19 are currently in ICU care and 7 are receiving ventilator treatment.

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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.” 

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