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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

The skilled worker shortage, involuntary IUDs, and Johnny Depp in Denmark are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday
A Danish electrician is at work in this file photo from 2013. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Denmark needs more electricians, metalworkers to fulfill green energy promises 

Denmark’s ambitious timeline for a shift to green energy may be stalled due to a lack of skilled workers, newspaper Jyllands-Posten reports. 

In particular, electricians, metalworkers and plumbers are will be in high demand and short supply. Between unskilled workers, skilled workers, and workers with higher education, the transition to green energy will create an estimated 45,000 full-time positions by 2030, according to the industry association Green Power Denmark. 

READ ALSO: Denmark releases new ‘Positive List’ of in-demand professions 

Johnny Depp to guest star at Danish concerts 

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star Johnny Depp, who won a controversial defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard just two days ago, plans to perform at two Danish concerts this month. 

Depp will take the stage at guitarist Jeff Beck’s concert in Randers on June 29th, newswire Ritzau reports, and Amager Bio on June 28th, according to tabloid BT. 

Mikael Qvist Rørsted, music and theatre director for the Randers venue where Beck and Depp will perform, says he sees the recent press coverage of the Depp-Heard trial as a positive. “For us, it makes him more topical, because he has been in the newspapers and the tabloids on that background,” Rørsted told Ritzau. 

#MeToo cofounder Tarana Burke described the defamation verdict as a “toxic catastrophe” for the movement. Some domestic violence experts predict the case, and the vitriol Heard faced after presenting allegations against Depp, could have a chilling effect on victims of domestic violence coming forward.

Greenland calls for investigation into Danish campaign of  ‘involuntary IUDs’ 

The parliament of Greenland has called for an independent investigation into a Danish program that saw Greenlandic women implanted with IUDs, in many cases without their knowledge or consent, between the mid-1960s and 1991. 

From 1966 to 1970, 4,500 IUDs were installed in women and girls as young as 13. That accounts for half of the Greenlandic women of childbearing age at the time. 

READ ALSO: Denmark to pay compensation to Greenland’s ‘experiment children’ 

Emergency number ‘outage’ for two cellphone carriers 

For an hour and a half yesterday afternoon, customers of TDC and Telia were unable to call health emergency number 1813. 

While 112 is reserved for ‘acute, life threatening illness or injury,’ you’re  advised to call 1813 before going to the emergency room or if your general practitioner isn’t available to address an urgent need. 

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TODAY IN DENMARK

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride, billions raised for the Ukraine war effort, and a steamy weekend ahead are among the top news stories in Denmark on Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Copenhagen Pride kicks off 

Copenhagen Pride begins this weekend with events across the city, from film screenings and concerts to historical walking tours and good-old-fashioned parties — here’s the full schedule of events.

You’ll have to wait until next weekend for the iconic Copenhagen pride parade. 

Donors raise 10.8 billion kroner for Ukraine 

Representatives for 26 countries convened in Copenhagen for a fundraiser for Ukraine, ultimately committing to more than 10.8 billion kroner (that’s over $1.5 billion) to support training and equipment this year and the next. 

France, Germany and the United States have yet to announce how much they contributed to the impressive total, but Denmark and the UK, the two countries behind the fundraiser, have revealed their supplemental donations were $114 million and almost $300 million, respectively. 

“Our partners know that we need funding and they articulated readiness to support us financially,” Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov said, according to the Agence France-Presse 
“That is a marathon and for a marathon you need energy and frankly
speaking, the main energy in this case is money.” 

READ MORE: Denmark’s government supports EU candidacy for Ukraine 

Brace for heat 

We’re in for a steamy weekend, according to the Danish Meteorological Association. 

Forecasts predict cloudless skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees — perhaps as high as 32 on Saturday. 

If you decide to break out the grill, though, be mindful — Danish Emergency Services says the warm weather and recent lack of rain mean an elevated risk for fires this weekend. 

READ MORE: Three great open-air swimming spots in Copenhagen 

Minister of Justice calls for meeting with…football fans 

Football players and fan club leaders have been invited to meet with Danish minister of justice Mattias Tesfaye after yet another week of unrest surrounding matches, TV2 Lorry reports. 

Tesfaye says he’s willing to do what’s necessary to make the stadium environment safe for the 99 percent of fans who come for “football and partying.” Possible measures include making penalties harsher for crimes connected with games (again) and increasing police presence.

This follows several weeks of dust-ups between rival fans, fans and stadium staff, and fans and police that sent several to hospital and involved considerable destruction at various stadiums. 

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