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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

A Danish pollen boom, upgrades to a US airbase in Greenland, and Queen Margrethe on a Tivoli rollercoaster are among the top news stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday
FC Copenhagen celebrates a 3-0 shutout win of the Danish Superliga. Photo: Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix 2022

Allergies worse in recent years? You’re not alone 

New data from Asthma-Allergy Denmark shows that over the past ten years, allergy sufferers have had to deal with more pollen for longer, Danish newspaper Politiken reports. 

Compared to pollen counts from 1985-2009, 2011-2020 saw 66 percent more hazel pollen — with a season that started 25 days earlier and lasted 21 days later than historically. Grass pollen season was found to be 18 days longer, and alder pollen is up 82 percent. 

This trend echos data in other countries, including the United States. Scientists point to climate change as a likely contributor. 

FC Copenhagen takes home the title 

FC Copenhagen has nabbed its fourteenth Superliga title, besting Aalborg BK 3-0 at home on Sunday. 

The goals went to two Icelandic players, Isak Johannesson and Hakon Arnar Haraldsson, and midfielder Lukas Lerager of Denmark. 

READ ALSO: Danish footballer Eriksen returns to national squad after on-pitch cardiac arrest 

USA invests in “upgrades” to Thule Air Base in Greenland

Danish newspaper Berlingske obtained a censored report from the United States that details plans to invest billions of dollars in the Arctic, including US-run Thule Air Base in Greenland.

A statement from the US Air Force says the money will go to shoring up aging infrastructure, but the US Embassy declined to elaborate further. 

The plans come as a surprise to both Danish parliament and the Greenlandic government, Berlingske reports. 

As per the trilateral agreement between Denmark, Greenland and the US, the United States is required to “consult and inform” the other nations before significant changes to their military operations in Greenland, according to Danish newswire Ritzau. Notably, the United States doesn’t need Denmark and Greenland to sign off. 

The Queen goes to Tivoli 

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark continued her jubilee celebrations — marks her 50th wearing the crown in 2022 — with a day at Tivoli on Saturday. 

A ballet buff, the queen was treated to performances from her favorite ballets, as well as an exhibition of costumes that she has created.

She also took a spin on roller coaster with Tivoli director Susanne Mørch. The queen’s hat remained firmly affixed, Ritzau notes. 

READ ALSO: Denmark’s Queen Margrethe celebrates 50th jubilee 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Police give more details on the Copenhagen shooting, SAS negotiations could end today and cooler summer weather are among the main stories in Denmark this Monday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Monday

Copenhagen shooting suspect known to mental health services 

Police in Denmark have confirmed the gunman who killed three people and wounded several others in a shooting at the Field’s mall in Copenhagen on Sunday, was known to mental health services. Police said they believe he acted alone and there was no sign of terrorism.

The three killed have been identified as a Danish woman and man, both aged 17, and a 47-year-old Russian citizen residing in Denmark.

Another four were injured in the shooting: two Danish women, aged 19 and 40, and two Swedish citizens, a 50-year-old man and a 16-year-old woman.

Field’s shopping mall won’t open until at least next Monday, according to its website. Most roads have now opened, apart from the area right around Field’s and the shopping mall car park.

Trains and the metro are also running as usual to and from Ørestad Station, which is located at Field’s.

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SAS negotiations deadline today

SAS hope to find a solution in their negotiations with the airline’s pilots about their salary and working conditions by midday today. Talks resumed on Sunday morning before the extended deadline of midday on Monday. If an agreement can’t be reached, it could mean that up to a thousand pilots will go on strike.

The pilots are employed by SAS’s parent company, SAS Scandinavia, and have announced strike action because they are not satisfied with their salary and working conditions at SAS.

In addition, the pilots are dissatisfied with the fact that instead of re-employing old SAS pilots, priority is given to hiring new pilots on cheaper agreements in the two subsidiaries SAS Link and SAS Connect.

On Saturday morning, when the parties stated that they would continue the negotiations up until and including Monday at 12 noon, there was hope of being able to land an agreement.

People in Denmark can save millions of litres of petrol with more bike rides

People living in Denmark are known for their love of cycling but it is hoped the Tour de France will encourage even more people to choose their bike over their car.

Calculations from DI Transport show that if people in Denmark started cycling 10 percent more instead of using the car, then 7.7 million litres of petrol and 4.8 million litres of diesel could be saved each year.

“If you replace the car with the bike, it is just a win-win on all fronts. You save petrol costs and get more exercise, and at the same time you help the climate and reduce congestion on the roads”, Karsten Lauritzen, industry director at DI Transport said.

Cool summer weather coming Denmark’s way

Although Monday starts with sunshine, it will quickly turn to cloud with some rain, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI).

Monday’s temperatures will vary between 17 and 20 degrees. It’s a similar picture for the rest of the week, with DMI forecasting cooler temperatures and showers. Thursday is predicted to be the warmest day of the week, where temperatures may reach over 20 degrees but with some rain.

“It is not exactly the best beach weather if you are on a west-facing coast”, according to Bolette Brødsgaard from DMI, due to the strong westerly winds from Wednesday onwards. However she adds that “every day it will be possible to get something good out of the weather – it is after all summer. It’s just a matter of finding a shelter or keeping an eye on the radar when it rains.”

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