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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday

Maddening airport queues, new Nato members, and unnecessary amputations are among the top news stories in Denmark this Tuesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Tuesday
If you don't want to be left in the terminal, arrive earlier than usual to Kastrup airport for flights during holidays. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

Arrive early and expect to wait at CPH 

Airport officials say many passengers missed their flights due to monster queues at Copenhagen’s Kastrup airport during the Great Prayer Day weekend. 

They expect much the same from the Ascension Day holiday coming up next week, with 70,000 passengers set to fly. 

“We advise all passengers that if you are travelling within Europe, you should arrive two hours before your flight, and if you are travelling outside Europe, to the US or Asia, you should arrive three hours before,” Peter Krogsgaard, Kastrup Airport’s commercial director, told Danish broadcaster DR. 

Sweden and Finland to apply to Nato 

Reversing two centuries of military non-alignment, Swedish officials announced their intention to apply to Nato in lockstep with Finland yesterday. 

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen joined her counterparts from Norway and Iceland in a pledge to defend both countries “by all means necessary” should they face military threats before their Nato membership is finalised. 

Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin says she expects her country to be a full member by the year’s end, if not sooner. 

READ ALSO: Norway and Denmark give guarantee to Nordic neighbours over Nato bids

More hospitals, regions to be investigated for “unnecessary amputations” 

A recent review of medical data revealed that up to 47 unnecessary bone amputations have been performed annually in Denmark due to late interventions and substandard preventative care in Central Jutland.

Now, the investigation will be expanded to South Denmark, Zealand, and the Greater Copenhagen region (North Jutland was included in the first round of review). 

The initial investigation in Central Jutland revolved around a cluster of cases at the Aarhus University Hospital and the Viborg regional hospital. Patients who received a leg amputation at the “hip, thigh, knee or lower leg” due to vascular issues in recent years have been contacted by government officials and informed of their rights. 

READ ALSO: Dozens of hospital patients in Denmark may have had ‘avoidable’ leg amputations

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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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