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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
The weather in Denmark on Maundy Thursday is expected to be varied. Photo by Serj Sakharovskiy on Unsplash

Mixed weather in the cards as Maundy Thursday begins, Putin makes Nord Stream demands directly to Danish ambassador and other news from Denmark on Thursday.

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Forecast: Both snow and sun expected on Maundy Thursday

The weather on Maundy Thursday will be a bit all over the place. In North Jutland and on Funen, sleet and snow are expected in the morning hours. In the rest of the country, it will be pretty dry.

In some places, the sun has already broken through, and generally, some or a lot of sunny weather is expected throughout the day.

During the morning, it will be more or less dry throughout the country, perhaps with a few showers, according to the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR).

The temperature will be between 5 and 10 degrees a bit later in the day.

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President Putin makes Nord Stream demands directly to Danish ambassador

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, addressed the Danish ambassador Jakob Henningsen directly on Wednesday in the matter of Nord Stream sabotage, according to the Russian news agency Tass.

"We hope, Mr Ambassador, that the Danes will support our proposal to establish an independent international commission to investigate all the circumstances of the incident," the Russian President noted.

Russia has also previously asked Denmark to involve the Russians in efforts to find out who was behind the explosions at Nord Stream.

Putin's address on Wednesday took place at a ceremony in Moscow. The Danish ambassador to Russia, Jakob Henningsen, took part, along with 16 other foreign ambassadors, the news agency Ritzau reports.

According to the Russian news agency Ria, Putin said at the ceremony that relations between Russia and Denmark have historically been close.

"But there is unrest in the Baltic Sea at the moment," he noted.

Fuel theft on the rise

The number of cases involving fuel theft was significantly larger last year than it was the year before.

According to Ritzau, National Police figures show that in 2022, 1,084 cases of fuel theft were reported. In 2021, there were only 428 such cases.

Furthermore, 186 charges were brought against 78 people in 2021.

According to the news agency, the vast majority of reports came from South Zealand and Lolland-Falster, while most people were charged in Central and West Jutland.

The development took place during a period when fuel prices also rose a lot. In some periods, petrol prices were up to 20 kroner a litre.

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Several tons of surplus food distributed to families in need

On Wednesday evening, several tonnes of food were distributed to families in need in Nyborg. The food has been collected from the supermarkets' containers by the anti-food waste organisation Stop Spild Lokalt.

A total of seven supermarkets in Nyborg (including REMA 1000, SuperBurgsen, Netto and Føtex) donated surplus food before the shops closed for Easter for two days.

The distribution began at 11 pm, and approximately 150 people waited in line.

According to the organisation, between 3-4 tonnes of surplus food was collected.

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Scandinavian Airlines to ask bankruptcy court for permission to raise capital

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) intend to ask a US bankruptcy court to approve its plan to start raising capital by finding new investors, according to a press release from the company.

"Potential investors can bid to take a leading position or be paired with other investors to acquire capital interests in the restructured SAS," the airline noted.

SAS has previously stated that it seeks to raise a total of 9 6.25 billion Danish kroner.

According to Jacob Pedersen, head of equity analysis at Sydbank, the announcement does not come as a surprise.

"We knew this had to come. SAS needs more money to successfully emerge from this bankruptcy protection in which it finds itself," he noted.

According to the news agency Ritzau, it will probably be a long and complex process.

The company plans to go to the Bankruptcy Court in New York's Southern District on Thursday to obtain approval for the procedure that will govern the capitalisation of SAS.

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