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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Quarterly results from Denmark’s biggest energy firm, free vaccinations for Ukrainians and new rules at Tivoli Gardens are among the main news stories from Denmark on Friday.

Construction work off Copenhagen
Construction work off Copenhagen on Thursday. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish energy player to publish results

Ørsted, the biggest company in the Danish energy sector, will today present its results for the first quarter of 2022.

A major talking point is likely to be Ørsted’s contracts with Russian state gas company Gazprom. Ørsted has previously said it cannot break off its contract with Gazprom, but will not renew it when it expires in 2030.

Russia earlier this week switched off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria after the two countries refused to pay for the deliveries in rubles, which would have been in breach of EU contracts which stipulate payments in dollars or euros. Ørsted has not accepted Gazprom’s demand for payment in rubles.

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

Tivoli Friday concerts resume with new rules

When Copenhagen amusement park Tivoli tonight opens its doors for its regular “Friday Rock” (Fredagsrock) concert, it will be using a new booking system for the first time.

Guests heading to Tivoli tonight to see nineties pop act Aqua will need a reservation for the concert stage in addition to their regular entry ticket.

The new rule has been introduced in response to incidents of crowd trouble during the Friday concerts this spring.

READ ALSO: Why are there crowd disturbances at Danish tourist attraction Tivoli Gardens? 

Ukrainian refugees to be offered free vaccinations 

Refugees who arrive in Denmark from Ukraine are to be offered free vaccinations by the Danish health service, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Vaccination against measles, diphtheria and polio will be offered, health minister Magnus Heunicke confirmed in a Twitter post.

The vaccinations are intended to protect both Ukrainians and the Danish public, given that the diseases are contagious.

“Ukraine has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe. That can bring a risk for the individual, but also for public health in Denmark,” Heunicke said in the statement.

Weather: Friday to be dry with some cloud

The stable sunny weather Denmark has enjoyed lately continues today, albeit with a few more clouds in the sky.

South Jutland and Funen in particular will see more cloudy skies this afternoon that has been the recent pattern.

Temperatures will be 10-14 degrees Celsius with northerly and westerly winds up to moderate strength. A light frost is possible during the night.

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement 

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