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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Thursday

Military hardware on the way to Ukraine, more discussions on an asylum facility in Rwanda and Carlsberg's results after leaving Russia are among the main news stories from Denmark on Thursday.

Hans Zimmer playing in copenhagen
Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning composer Hans Zimmer dressed in the colours of Ukraine and his partly Ukrainian orchestra on stage at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen on April 27th. Photo: Torben Christensen/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark to send military vehicles to Ukraine 

Denmark is to send armoured military transport vehicles to Ukraine along with anti-tank mines and mortar grenades, broadcaster DR writes.

The hardware is part of a donation worth 600 million kroner promised last week by Mette Frederiksen during a visit to Kyiv.

It is currently clear whether the equipment being sent by Denmark has yet left the country.

READ ALSO: Denmark to spend additional 600 million kroner on weapons for Ukraine

Parties to discuss Danish asylum facility in Rwanda

Parliamentary parties are today summoned to a meeting with immigration minister Mattias Tesfaye to discuss Denmark’s ongoing plans to put an offshore asylum processing facility in central African country Rwanda.

The government has been in discussions with Rwanda over the plan.

A spokesperson from the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR earlier this week said that the agency “does not view the idea of outsourcing asylum, whether to Rwanda or another country, as a responsible or sustainable solution.”

Britbox launches in Denmark

Britbox launches in the Nordics today. The BBC-ITV joint venture into streaming will include plenty of programmes from both broadcasters’ archives and original programming made for the platform. 

Many of the titles included in the service have previously been available in Denmark on DRTV or TV2 Play. Four Britbox titles are reported to be exclusive to the service, however.

The service joins existing streaming giants like HBO and Netflix on the Danish market. 

Carlsberg sales increase despite Russia withdrawal

Danish brewing giant Carlsberg increased its turnover in the first quarter of 2022 despite withdrawing from a large part of its global market in Russia, the company said in results reported by news wire Ritzau.

Sales from its Russian division the first quarter were subtracted from the result, with that part of Carlsberg up for sale.

Q1 saw Carlsberg post a turnover of 14.9 billion kroner, 27 percent more than the first quarter of 2021.

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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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