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For whom the veil falls? Burqa ban pleases DF; circumcision next?


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HIS PAST week five political parties have come out and stated they want Denmark to legalise and sell cannabis. In a joint statement, left-wingers Alternativet, Enhedslisten, SF, and Radikale, along with Liberal Alliance, said that the ban on cannabis has done more harm than good and is a waste of police resources. The statement, which preceded a conference at Christiansborg on Monday, added that the illegal cannabis trade has helped criminal gangs enrich themselves – a similar argument put forward by Copenhagen Municipality.

Divided red bloc THE ABSENCE of the red bloc’s leading party Socialdemokratiet was perhaps not so surprising, given the party’s stance on the legalisation of cannabis. Under the leadership of Mette Frederiksen, the party has been drifting away from the Danish left. According to Voxmeter, Socialdemokratiet is currently ahead in the latest polls, while Frederiksen is the odds-on favourite to become the next prime minister. A pharmacy near you? THE FIVE parties suggested that a move to legalise the drug would help solve issues created by the illegal drug market such as the presence of the biker gangs. Alternativet and SF suggest that cannabis could be sold at pharmacies.


You say Mohammed …

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MOHAMMED was the 81st most popular boys’ name in Denmark in 2016, according to Danmarks Statistik – or was it, asks Kristeligt Dagblad. A quick look at the results found spelling variant Muhammed lurking at number 58. So when the two figures are added together, Mohammed is actually the 31st most popular name.

ON JUNE 6, during a trip to Bakken to see Cirkusrevyen, Danish PM Lars Løkke Rasmussen was asked to pose for a selfie by two men. One of them then pulled out a bag apparently containing drugs and held it over the PM’s head, BT reports. The police detained the man later that day and charged him with possession and other offences.

Energy drinks ban for kids

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DANISH cinema chain Nordisk Biografer has announced it will no longer sell high-sugar energy drinks to under-16s at its cinemas. The Veterinary and Food Administration advises against children, pregnant and breastfeeding women consuming them, and Dansk Folkeparti, Konservative and Enhedslisten are keen on banning their sale to kids.

THE EMPLOYMENT rate among immigrants has risen from 43 to 47 percent since 2016 – the highest level since 2009 – and the numbers reliant on handouts has fallen by 9,500. Meanwhile, Dansk Industri predicts that 3 million people will have jobs in Denmark next year, following a 1.4 percent rise in 2018 and net growth of 190,000 new jobs since 2013.




ONLINE THIS WEEK THE RESIDENTS on Saxogade, a side-street off Istedgade in Vesterbro, are considering plans to transform the road into a mecca for flower lovers. As well as erecting facades of wall-towall foliage along the street, a network of criss-crossing cables will enable the residents to suspend bloomage in the air.

Prominent park closes ENGHAVEPARKEN, a park at the end of Istedgade, has closed its gates to the public to enable work on improving the district’s floodwater control. A dyke encircling the park and a large underground rainwater basin will be installed, as well as better lighting, more trees, a safer infrastructure, a new ball park, and a new ice rink. The park is scheduled to reopen in the autumn of 2019.

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Major hospital fire THE LAST place you want to burn down when there might be casualties in a fire is the hospital. On June 7 that nightmare became a reality at Holbæk Hospital in north Zealand, as 80 firefighters and 20 fire engines tackled a blaze with the help of a heat-detecting drone. Fortunately nobody needed medical attention. Editorial offices: International House, Gyldenløvesgade 11, 1600 Copenhagen Denmark


Silent discotheques fail to impress municipality that enough is being done ANNA JUUL


OMETHING wouldn’t feel right if there weren’t a few complaints following the completion of the five-day music festival Distortion, along with the media fear-mongering that it might never take place again. In previous years, it has mainly concerned the trash or the behaviour of the crowd, but in 2018, the streets were quickly swept clean and there were few arrests. This year the complaints were mainly about the noise! Could jeopardise permits ONCE AGAIN, in excess of 100,000 attended the street festivals in Vesterbro and Nørrebro on May 30 and 31, and on each day Copenhagen Municipality measured the noise level 50 times. Some 30 to 40 percent of the tests exceeded the legal 80 decibel limit permissible at city

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residences (the limit at public squares is 60). On the streets, measurements ranging from 90 to 102 decibels were the norm. Rikke Hvelplund, the head of the municipality’s Center for Miljøbeskyttelse, said the findings were “fundamentally unsatisfactory” and could jeopardise future permit applications. Throwing tomatoes DISTORTION head and founder Thomas Fleurquin appreciates he’s asking local

residents to be patient, and at the Vesterbro edition he offered them a chance to throw tomatoes at him at a public Q&A. He took the occasion to assert that Distortion is constantly improving. Just recently, for example, the municipality asked it to raise its budget allowance for public toilets by 10 percent. Distortion duly increased it by 25 percent. And noise is also a concern. A new initiative this year, ‘Silent Discoteker’, provided party-goers with headphones to rave silently.

Dragons, walls – all change at the citadel Metro facade at Rådhuspladsen marked for imminent demolition


T’S THE nature of walls – they tumble eventually. Jericho, Berlin, the ice wall in ‘Game of Thrones’, and now you can add the Metro facade at Copenhagen’s City Hall Square, which is due to come down later this month. The wall at Rådhuspladsen has been in place for six years now, but soon the emperor of city landmarks will be unveiling its new clothes, along with some of its old ones. The Dragon returneth INITIALLY, the wall will be replaced by a barbed-wire fence,

Cannabis to blame THE POLICE believe a recent rash of shootings in the suburbs of Greater Copenhagen are related to control of the local cannabis market. Since April 2, there have been 11 incidents – most recently in Albertslund and Rødovre – and several ‘stop and search’ zones have been implemented.

Car struck by stone A CAR WAS struck by a stone the size of a tennis ball on the Helsingør Motorway on the evening of June 7. The police are looking for a youth aged 1315 with dark blond hair who was seen leaving a motorway bridge near Junction 5 at Humlebæk.

Arrests in Christiania POLICE charged 82 people with possession of cannabis in Christiania and arrested two others during operations to clear Pusher Street on June 5, as part of their bid to stop the public buying drugs in the ‘Free Town’.

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THANKS to many more unannounced visits to workplaces, Copenhagen Municipality uncovered 37 percent more social dumping cases in the first three months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2015, reports Fagbladet 3F. City mayor Frank Jensen hailed a recent decision to take detection efforts in-house.

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A NEW LUXURY cinema is opening on the top floor of Experimentarium in the autumn. Abel Obel and his wife Louise recently opened a similar cinema in Herlev called Big Bio. According to Obel, SkyBio Hellerup will be the suburb’s first cinema for over 50 years.

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which will cordon off the ongoing work leading up to the new City Ring line opening in July 2019. The Old Dragon Fountain, which is as old as the City Hall

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building itself, will return to the fold in an even more prominent location in the middle of the square, which will also include an ‘urban forest’ of 60 new trees. (CW)

LILLE Langbro, a planned harbour bridge for pedestrians and cyclists that will connect Christianshavn to the area by the new Blox building, has been delayed by a crane accident in Rotterdam that destroyed two of its four spans.

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ONLINE THIS WEEK SINCE 2015, 358 car drivers have been wrongly given tickets while driving below the speed limit because the radar gun mistook their vehicles for lorries, which are required to adhere to a lower speed on certain roads. With all speeding fines, the type of vehicle needs to be confirmed, but this was not done in the 358 cases, which will now be reassessed.

Short days at schools FOUR YEARS after reforms seemingly lengthened the time children spend in class, 49 percent of the nation’s schools are continuing to offer days as short as before. The schools fulfil Education Ministry criteria by having two teachers in class during some lessons. The association of teachers, Danmarks Lærerforening, applauds the move.

Fewer traffic accidents JUST 2,789 traffic accidents in which one or more individuals were killed or injured were recorded in 2017 – the lowest tally for ten years. Road safety experts attributed the decrease to an improved network – more roundabouts and left-turning lanes, the removal of obstacles and improved visibility – and campaigns, daily traffic bulletins and better maintenance.

Antifreeze misadventure A BOTTLE of antifreeze was accidentally included among several opened bottles of juice and handed out to a 6th grade class in Horsens. Fortunately, the mistake was quickly discovered and the 15 children who drunk the toxic brew were taken to hospital, reports DR. Nobody was seriously hurt.

Elderly suffering THE RECENT warm spell in Denmark has resulted in a large number of elderly residents suffering in the heat. In Odense on June 4, around 10 senior citizens were admitted to hospital with dehydration. Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen also reported a high admittance rate. In most cases, the patients have not been drinking enough water.

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MPs look set to reject a proposal to limit circumcisions to adults, but had no problem passing the burqa ban

Minister warns of risk SHOULD MPs vote to ban circumcisions performed on under-18s – which is believed to be unlikely, although three parties will give their members a free vote – Denmark will not become the first country to pass such an act. However, in countries like Australia and Germany the law is rarely seen to be upheld, as a circumcision normally involves willing parties: a surgeon and the parents of the infant. The only time we tend to hear of a

Funding issue at school LYKKESKOLEN, a Muslim friskole in Aarhus, could lose its public funding from July for failing to adhere to nation standards. A parent group is being blamed for its segregated classes, censored teaching material – particularly pictures of women’s bodies in biology classes – and bans on music lessons and summer camps. The school might have to pay back all post-April funding.


T IS BELIEVED that between 37 and 39 percent of all men are circumcised – including 75 percent of all Americans – the result of a procedure that experts believe started being performed 15,000 years ago. Head and body-covering scarves and veils were worn by Christian and Jewish women long before the advent of Islam and their garments of choice: the niqab and burqa. When France banned the burqa in 2011, an estimated 0.04 percent of its Muslim population wore them. But critics will say that stonings and witch burnings both had long-established histories in which they were practised by many, but that didn’t validate their continuance in western society today, so why should it be different with circumcision or wearing a face veil in public.


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crime being committed is when an accident has occurred. The bill is the result of a citizens’ petition started by Intact Denmark on February 1, which eventually obtained the necessary 50,000 signatures. It is already celebrating as its campaign has attracted a great deal of publicity. A ban would send most circumcisions underground whilst sending out a message to various religions – most notably Jews and Muslims – that the law of Denmark comes before their religious freedoms. And the defence minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, warns that it could cost Denmark some of its allies, leading to sanctions and the kind of anger expressed in the fallout following the publication of the Mohammed Cartoons in 2005. No jail for offenders LIKEWISE Denmark’s burqa ban, which was passed on May 31

by Parliament by a comfortable majority of 70 to 30 and bans various sorts of headgear from public spaces, is not the first to be introduced. France and Belgium have had bans since 2011, while the Netherlands has a partial one. And several African countries, including Chad and Cameroon, have bans for security reasons. This might explain why the ban, which has been described as an invasion of religious freedoms by its critics, has drawn a somewhat muted reaction worldwide. Denmark’s ban, which also applies to false beards, masks and hoods that cover the face, will come into force on August 1. A fine of 1,000 kroner will be payable for a first offence, rising to 10,000 kroner for a fifth offence. Dansk Folkeparti had wanted to send repeat offenders to jail, but it was unable to assemble a majority around it.

Empathy for paedophiles

Dissecting our national day LGBT action plan

PAEDOPHILIA has long been vilified in society as a domain frequented by the lowest of the low. Those suffering from the affliction are often put in the same category as those who have committed horrific murder. The stigma towards paedophilia has intensified over the past few decades with cases such as the widespread abuse in the Catholic Church gaining heavy media coverage. But is the real problem, a series of DR articles and programs asked last week, our society’s attitude towards the disorder? Instead of rejecting these individuals, should we be pushing for them to get help? (OR)

THE US has July 4, Norway has May 17, Russia has December 12. National days are a big deal in most countries around the world, with the public taking part in nationwide celebrations to mark some form of independence. But Denmark doesn’t really do that. You might not have realised it, but June 5 was Grundlovsdag (Constitution Day) in Denmark – making it one of just two countries in the world, along with the the UK, which doesn’t have an official national day. The reason? Denmark has never been occupied or colonised by other countries for a long period of time. (CW)

FOR THE first time ever, a Danish government has launched a LGBT action plan in a bid to prevent discrimination and promote equal opportunity and security for the LGBT community. The plan contains 42 initiatives and the equality minister, Eva Kjer Hansen, wants to challenge an environment that has borne alarming stats for the community – such as how one half of all Danish gay people avoid openly holding hands for fear of violence, threats or harassment. “We won’t accept that gay and transgendered people must generally live a worse and unsafe life,” said Hansen. (CW)


THE NUMBER of one-day fishing permits issued in Danish urban areas rose by 135 percent between 2007 and 2017, according to the national fisheries agency. A professional angler told DR it is mostly novices who want to try it out. A one-day permit costs 40 kroner, while an annual permit costs 185 kroner.

Tourists in toxic waters TOURISTS have been seen swimming in toxic waters at Harboøre Tange in northwest Jutland despite warning signs, albeit in Danish. A witness told DR he warned the group, which included kids, that they were swimming in an area Lemvig Municipality cordoned off following heavy pollution by a chemical factory in the 1950s and 60s. Fishing is also banned in the area.

Air pollution assessment COPENHAGEN Municipality has entered into a partnership with Google for the purpose of measuring air pollution in the Danish capital. By using air quality measuring equipment mounted on Google Street View cars, the city will be able to accurately measure pollution levels throughout the city. Google has similar deals in US cities, but nowhere in Europe.

Tibet Commission 2 THE POLICE have discovered a mail archive that includes messages written by senior officers, ministers and high-ranking civil servants in connection with the force’s illegal actions to stop Tibet-related demonstrations on the occasion of the Chinese state visit in 2012. The recently disbanded Tibet Commission will now reconvene to consider the emails.

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ONLINE THIS WEEK THE FOREIGN Ministry has demanded that Russia accept responsibility for the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine in July 2014, which killed all 298 people on board. The Netherlands and Australia released a similar statement in May.

MEP accused of delaying EUROPEAN anti-fraud office OLAF has accused Morten Messerschmidt of delaying-tactics and not responding to its enquiries into an alleged abuse of EU funds by foundations the Dansk Folkeparti MEP headed. Messerschmidt has dismissed the allegations of a lack of co-operation as being “nonsense” and “untrue”. He and DF have always maintained that using the funds was not deliberate.

Fence plans approved PARLIAMENT has approved plans to erect a 1.5-metre fence across the Danish-German border – primarily to reduce the risk of wild boar infected with African swine fever entering the country and jeopardising Denmark’s lucrative pork production industry. The fence will be 50 cm deep to ensure the animals cannot tunnel underneath it, and cattle grids will be installed on the roads.

A bit of give and take at NATO

Denmark committed to playing a part, but will it please Trump?


N THE WAKE of the tariffs war escalating since the meeting of the G7 in Canada on June 8-9, US President Donald Trump has once again lambasted his country’s allies for failing to live up to his expectations and spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defence. According to figures released in March 2017, Denmark was expected to spend just 1.17 percent last year – while only five of Europe’s 27 NATO members reportedly paid over 2 percent. New HQ a fulfilment NEVERTHELESS, Denmark has recently made a move that might please the White House. Together with the Netherlands and Belgium, it has taken on the task of building a new mobile operations HQ for NATO that can be deployed anywhere it is needed. “The new HQ is completely in line with our recently agreed defence initiatives to strengthen the area of special operations,” explained the defence minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, following a meeting of his peers in Brussels last week.

A trail of crims

THE GOVERNMENT has agreed to dedicate 30 million kroner to help ongoing efforts to clear mines from the Syrian city of Raqqa. The city, a stronghold of Islamic State up until October 2017, remains heavily mined in the wake of the jihadist organisation being ousted by the allied forces. Last year, Denmark supported mine-clearing in Raqqa with 15 million kroner in aid.

Ever-vigilant in the Baltic

NATO foots Bornholm bill IN RELATED news, the Danish Air Force has confirmed that NATO has decided to invest in an upgrade of the military radar on Bornholm over the next couple of years. With a range of 470 km, the radar monitors aviation activity in the Baltic Sea, where Russian military aircraft are often sighted. Manned by Danish military personnel, the radar is one of three used for monitoring air traffic in Denmark – the other two being on Skagen and Skrydstrup. Tariff disappointment MEANWHILE, Danish PM

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Lars Løkke Rasmussen is unimpressed by Trump’s decision to slap tariffs on steel (25 percent) and aluminium (10) imported from the EU, Canada and Mexico, and he has backed the EU’s plans to place their own tariffs on US imports. “The US and the EU agree that Chinese overcapacity is a problem, but erecting toll barriers for EU trade doesn’t solve anything,” he said. “The US steel and aluminium imports stem from allies and close co-operation partners, so it doesn’t ring true when the US reasons the tariffs are for national security.” (CPH POST)

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Mine-clearing in Syria

ONLINE THIS WEEK Two in one weekend TWO FORMER UN secretary generals have been in Copenhagen. Firstly on June 8, Kofi Annan was among those discussing the plight of the 700,000 ethnic Rohinga who have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. And then over the weekend it was reported Ban Ki-moon is over here trying to drum up support and funding for a UN museum in the Danish capital.

Syria on agenda


Applauded in Africa SIX DANISH pension firms have teamed up with the Investment Fund for Developing Countries to establish the Danish SDG Investment Fund. Initially 4.1 billion will be set aside in a bid to help reach the 17 UN Global Goals whilst promoting Danish expertise and technology, and it is believed future investment could reach 30 billion kroner. The efforts have been applauded by Ghana.


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THE RIGSPOLITIET national police body is prioritising its efforts to combat criminals who are not resident in Denmark but who commit crimes here. Figures reveal that around every fourth person sentenced in court for theft and every fifth person sentenced for burglary does not live in Denmark. The numbers really took off when Romania and Bulgaria came into the EU in 2007. The police claim it is possible to follow the trail of the criminals from the time they arrive at the capital’s main station, as the thefts start there, continue on the streets, and then in the shops – particularly on Strøget. (SG)

BOLIVIA is normally where rebels go to die: from Che Guevara to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Noma cofounder Claus Meyer arrived in 2013 hoping to start a revolution. He reasoned that Bolivia, which gave the world the quinoa craze, must have a few more culinary secrets up its sleeve. He also saw an opportunity for food to play a small but important role in the development of the country. Meyer’s hunch proved correct and Gustu, under the leadership of Mauricio López, has become a regular feature on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants – Latin America. (JH)

AHEAD of the FIFA vote to award the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday afternoon in Moscow, Denmark’s DBU football association revealed it would be supporting the North American joint bid involving the US, Mexico and Canada over one from Morocco. “We’ve looked at it a lot and it’s important to spread football all over the world. We think that it’s North America’s turn to host a World Cup. In 2026 it will be 30 years since the last time,” Møller told DR. Møller added that the DBU had considered a number of issues, including human rights and sustainability. (CW)


FILIPPO Grandi, the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, visited Denmark on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the situation in Syria with the foreign minister, Anders Samuelsen, and the development minister, Ulla Tørnæs. He also updated them on the activities of UN refugeeconcern body UNHCR, which Denmark contributes 320.5 million kroner annually.

Accuser made to pay up MALTHE Thomsen, the Danish kindergarten worker jailed in the notorious Riker’s Island prison in 2014 after being accused of sexually abusing young children in New York, has won a million-kroner figure compensation settlement from the co-worker who accused him. Thomsen had only previously received 500,000 kroner in compensation from New York State.

Footballer imprisoned DANISH footballer Nicki Bille has been sentenced to a month’s imprisonment for violent and indecent behaviour in Monaco. Bille allegedly punched a woman trying to stop him from holding his girlfriend in a stranglehold in a bar. He was then arrested for possessing cocaine, and police found a video on his phone of him having oral sex on a Monaco street.

SAS to start selling art IT’S ONE thing being offered perfume at the end of a flight, but now SAS is going to try and sell its customers Scandinavian contemporary art. Thanks to a deal with the gallery Absolut Art, those with access to the SAS lounge at Newark Airport will be able to view 30 artworks. SAS said it wants to offer “unique Scandinavian experiences”.

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EXCAVATIONS carried out in the vicinity of Ribe Cathedral between 2008 and 2012 suggest Denmark had Christians a century before Harald Bluetooth was baptised in 966 and immortalised on the Jelling Stones as the ruler who converted Denmark. The excavations uncovered a graveyard containing around 3,000 bodies, of which the earliest date back to 860.

A DESIGN submitted by two Danish architecture students for accommodation on the planet Mars has won an award in the ‘Marstopia’ competition. The design was inspired by dandelions and the structure is designed to harvest energy from the planet’s dust and sand storms. The competition was held by the British Eleven Magazine and the winner gets a prize of about 17,000 kroner.

HVIDOVRE and Dragør waterworks in Greater Copenhagen were temporarily shut down in early June following the discovery of Dimethylsulfamide, a relatively unknown pesticide residue that the capital’s water supplier decided to test for. It is expected that Dimethylsulfamide, which stems from fungicidal products, will probably be added to the banned list from July 1.

Hump-back sighted

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Waiting lists longer THE WAITING time to see a psychologist through the publicly-funded health system has doubled to ten weeks in the last six years. Since 2012 it has been possible for 18 to 38-year-olds to receive funds to cover 60 percent of the costs of their psychological treatment if they suffer from depression or anxiety. It is feared the waiting times are deterring some from seeking help.

Cannabis trials to start AALBORG University Hospital will later this summer commence clinical trials that test medicinal cannabis on arthritis patients. Additionally, it will be assessed whether the drug can be used as an alternative to traditional therapies. The results are expected within three years.

TWO DANISH studies carried out by researchers at Glostrup’s centre for neuropsychiatric depression have shown that electroshock therapy is a safe and effective treatment for depression. One of the studies claims the treatment has a measurable and beneficial effect on the brains of depressed patients, and neither found evidence of brain damage.

Mars design wins award

Pesticide discovered

ALMOST 87 percent of Danish bathing water is considered to be of an excellent quality – up from 79.2 in 2013 and the 11th best in Europe – according to a 2017 European Environment Agency report. Some 1,007 of Denmark’s 1,029 bathing spots were at the very least a good quality – 97.9 percent. Only ten spots, mostly in Jutland, were poor quality.

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ENMARK’S low ranking in the latest figures from Eurostat regarding climate-friendly electricity, which places the country in 32nd place out of 40 countries, is partly a result of the country’s reliance on the incineration of trash to warm our homes via long-established district heating systems. Additionally, there are not enough electric vehicles – a re-


Good green producer DENMARK is good at producing green electricity, reports Politiken, but it does not use enough, and long-term this is bad news if it wants to fulfil the EU’s 2050 goal to eliminate CO2 emissions. A recent report by Eurelectric and McKinsey demonstrates that if heating, transport and industry were electrified, 95 percent of the country’s CO2 emissions

Environmentally strong EARLIER this year, Denmark finished third on the latest Environmental Performance Index, finishing only behind Switzerland and France. Its best category ranking was third for Environmental Health. Elsewhere, it ranked 11th for Ecosystem Vitality, 18th for Biodiversity and Habitat, 94th for Forests, 87th for Fisheries, 25th for Climate and Energy, 37th for Air Pollution, 14th for Water Resources, and 7th for Agriculture.

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DTU FOOD Institute has issued a warning about eating rhubarb leaves: don’t put them in salads because they are poisonous! In some cases, their ingestion could even cause death. For a few fateful weeks during World War I, the leaves were suggested as a replacement for spinach, and recently there have been a few cookbooks with recipes recommending their use.

THE RAT is Denmark’s most irritating creature, according to a survey. Some 26 percent opted for the rodent option, ahead of second-placed ticks (21), a cause of Lyme disease from 2 percent of all bites, seagulls (12), Spanish slugs (12), mosquitoes/midges (12), pigeons (6), wasps/hornets (4), wolves (4), magpies (3) and moles (1).

NEW RESEARCH by Danish scientists has brought us a step closer towards understanding how bacteria develop a resistance towards antibiotics and how antibiotic-resistant bacteria are spread. The research, conducted by the Department of Biology at the University of Copenhagen, reveals that they spread through sewage and can transfer the resistant genes to other bacteria.


A YOUNG hump-back whale was sighted in the Kattegat sea last week off the northeast coast of Jutland. Brian Møller Nielsen, who has been sailing in the area for 30 years, confirmed to TV2 that it was seven to eight metres long, and experts later confirmed it was a hump-back. “It’s totally wild,” said Nielsen – yes, literally and figuratively.

Test centre expansion PARLIAMENT has approved the expansion of two wind turbine centres in northwest Jutland. The centres in Østerild and Høvsøre will have the capacity to test nine and seven turbines, measuring 330 and 200 metres in size (up from 250 and 165) respectively. The Østerild expansion should be completed in 2019, while Høvsøre will have to wait a little longer.

Premature pregnancy test A TEAM of Danish and US researchers have created a new blood test that they claim can identify premature pregnancies with up to an 80 percent accuracy rate. This new test would provide a cheaper and more reliable alternative to the traditional ultrasound method. Further research is required for the test to be ready for widespread use.


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Accusations of racism

Dane scores Stanley Cup winner

AHEAD of its performance at Copenhagen Stage, which concluded on June 9, the Sort/ Hvid play ‘White Nigger/Black Madonna’ changed its name to ‘Black Madonna’ following accusations that its choice of title was “racist”. Many tore down posters in the centre of Copenhagen to voice their opposition and bombarded Sort/Hvid’s social media platforms.

Delaney smashes record

Even Saddam Hussein didn’t have this many substitutes

Lars Eller plays vital role in Washington Capitals’ 4-1 series defeat of Las Vegas Golden Knights BEN HAMILTON


CE HOCKEY player Lars Eller was in seventh heaven on June 8 as he scored the winning goal to secure the Washington Capitals the Stanley Cup, thus becoming the first ever Dane to win the sport’s most prestigious trophy. In the end, it didn’t take the Capitals seven games to see off the Las Vegas Golden Knights,

DR porn stash found

just five, as they won the series 4-1, twice winning on the road in Nevada. And it was also a first for the Washington side, marking their first ever title, 44 years after their foundation.

getting to score the gamewinner, with five minutes left or whatever,” enthused Eller to media following the game. Eller, who plays center, joined the Capitals in June 2016 from the Montreal Canadiens.

“It means everything” AFTER a tight first period, the Golden Knights edged ahead 3-2 in a free-scoring second, before the Capitals fought back to break the underdogs’ hearts in the third. Eller’s goal came with 12:23 on the clock. “It means everything, you couldn’t write the story better:

Two goals, two assists ELLER also scored in Game 2, a 3-2 home win for the Capitals that evened the series, and notched up two assists. The Capitals then dominated in Game 3 at home, winning 6-2, before earning a hardfought 3-1 victory in Vegas in Game 4.

Talking hoops with Khris

Transgender winner

Carey over at Christmas MARIAH Carey is bringing her ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You Tour’ to Royal Arena on December 4. Among the other recently confirmed concerts are Rick Astley (Vega, Sep 23), Morrissey (DR Koncerthuset, July 17), Don McLean (DR Koncerthuset, Oct 22) and one of Prince’s backing bands, The Revolution (Vega, Feb 8).

Straddling the fjord DENMARK finally has a building designed by world-famous Icelandic-Danish architect Olafur Eliasson. The new HQ for business and investment firm Kirk Kapital rises out of Vejle Fjord. Located next to the city centre, it has been designed to reflect the natural and industrial environments it straddles. It opened on June 9.




BORUSSIA Dortmund has paid Bundesliga rival Werder Bremen 152 million kroner for midfielder Thomas Delaney – a transfer record for a Danish player. The 26-year-old has signed a four-year contract. In other football news, Fortuna Hjørring are the new women’s champions of Denmark, and the Superliga has confirmed its new season is starting on July 15 – World Cup Final day.

Netflix appoint local head OSCAR-WINNING M&M Productions co-founder Kim Magnusson has been recruited by Netflix to oversee the production of Scandinavian films for the US streaming service. It is believed each movie will have a budget of between 12 and 37 million kroner.

Badminton’s masterplan

Fierce opponent in France CAROLINE Wozniacki lost 6-7, 3-6 to Daria Kasatkina in the fourth round of the French Open. She didn’t play badly, but could not live with an opponent who got 86 percent of her first serves in play. Meanwhile, starlet Clara Tauson made the third round of the girls singles’ tournament, but eventually lost to Yuki Naito, a player two years her senior.


Some things never change

When Eric met Khris

So much more than looks

IN 1969, DENMARK became the first country to pass a law legalising visual pornography, and at the beginning of the 1970s, its filmmakers earned a lot of money from this niche market. However, a collection of films recently unearthed in the archives of state broadcaster Danmarks Radio shows this was not new. A box containing over 20 different silent black and white erotic films on 16mm rolls was found in a temperature-controlled room in DR’s cellars, reports DR. Most of the films are pretty hardcore, but some are milder such as a striptease film from Germany from the late 1930s. (SG)

CPH POST recently talked hoops with NBA rising star Khris Middleton, who last week visited Denmark to participate in a camp for the NBA Junior program. The Milwaukee Bucks forward’s shot from close to halfcourt with half a second remaining forced overtime against the Boston Celtics in the first game of their NBA Eastern Conference First Round seven game series in April – an opponent that ended up one game away from the NBA finals – and will not be forgotten any time soon. His team pushed Boston to a seventh and final game, but could not prevail. (EM)

A TRANSGENDER contestant has won Mr Gay Denmark for the first time. Niels Jansen, 44, who had his last surgery in 2014, is a transgender activist who feels particularly passionately about castration no longer being a legal requirement for a gender change, as well as transgender people no longer being classified as having a mental disorder. Jansen is not an obvious winner of what many might regard as a beauty award, despite it recently dropping its swimwear category “A gay man is desirable if he is young, muscular and cisgender, and I am neither of these things,” he wrote before the contest. (BH)


BADMINTON Denmark has confirmed a 12-year strategy in collaboration with Sport Event Denmark to attract the world’s top tournaments to these shores. Included on its hit-list are the World Championships (in 2022 and 2030) and biennial team tournaments, the men’s Thomas Cup and women’s Uber Cup.

Cagey over Denmark THE LAS Vegas-based, worldfamous mixed martial arts organisation Ultimate Fighting Championship has confirmed it will be bringing its cage-fighting spectacle to Danish shores. UFC president Dana White told BT that “we’ll get to Denmark eventually … but I just don’t know when”.

Olesen nets big win DANISH golfer Thorbjørn Olesen, 28, won the Italian Open on June 3 – the fifth European Tour title of his career – to significantly increase his chances of qualifying to play in this year’s Ryder Cup. The win saw him rise five places to fifth in the European Tour standings, from which the top four will make it.

One short of century JENS CHRISTIAN Skou, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1997, had died. He was 99 years old. Skou will be the first to concede he had a good innings, despite losing his wicket just one short of his century, as he aptly named his autobiography ‘Om heldige valg’ – about lucky choices.

Anglophones wanted A FILM company wants “native English speakers residing in Copenhagen” to attend its test screening and answer a survey. The film is set in New York and has a world-famous director. To find out more, contact malou@




Drought to cost agriculture dearly


Nets announces merger

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NEMID log-in system operator Nets has merged with the German firm Concardis. In other company news, dairy giant Arla is cutting another 195 jobs; shares in Biotech company Genmab fell 25 percent after disappointing drug tests; and Saxo Bank has been found guilty of illegal currency dealings in 2015 – a verdict that could open it up to multiple lawsuits.

Another data centre

BRØNDBY IF shares took a 46 percent tumble on the first day of trading following its failure to win the Superliga, wiping 313.8 million kroner off its value to stand as just 357.5 million. Nevertheless, the share price remains higher than in January. In other sports business news, sports equipment franchise Sport 24 has taken 21 stores off the hands of rival Intersport.

Jysk fails in China

Kickstarter record A RECENT Kickstarter campaign launched by sustainable underwear manufacturer Organic Basics raised a million kroner – far in excess of its 190,000 kroner target – the most successful ever fashion-related campaign in Scandinavia. Meanwhile, in other fashion business news, German second-hand clothing fashion site Rebelle has taken over its Danish rival 2nd Edit.

Oldest taxi firm for sale DANTAXI 4X48, the country’s oldest taxi company, is up for sale. PwC Corporate Finance is handling the sale, which includes the company’s name, call centre operations in Virum and customer database, as well as the rights to operate the Moove app, which has around 100,000 users. However, the 1,400 vehicles used by the company belong to the drivers, not Dantaxi 4X48.

SKAT IS increasingly cautious when registering companies for VAT payments, and in 2017 it turned down 600 applications. Checks are often carried out to ascertain whether there is any reason to suspect the company intends to commit fraud – normally by operating normally for a number of months to build up goodwill and then taking as much as credit as it can get.

Brøndby shares plunge

ESBJERG’S mayor, Jesper Frost Rasmussen, has confirmed that a massive 250,000 sqm data centre, the sixth of its kind in Denmark, will be built on the west coast of Denmark. It is unknown which company is following in the footsteps of the likes of Google, Facebook and Apple. Dansk Erhverv attributes the interest to the huge sea cable that will shortly connect the US, UK and Denmark.

FURNITURE manufacturer Jysk is closing down all 13 of its stores in China following a failure to appeal to consumers. Experts contend it did not research the market well enough. Faring better is Danfoss, which has just opened a brand new factory in Anshan, northeastern China, which makes components for district heating systems.

Wary of fraud

Hard Rock’s third loss The West Indies are going to love this wicket

Farmers face a similar loss to 1992 when 6 billion kroner was lost

is about 50 percent higher than 26 years ago, according to Troels Toft, a spokesperson for SEGES, the scientific centre for food and agriculture. Farmers have already been forced to shell out significant sums to keep their crops and animals watered.

kroner and many farmers will face bankruptcy.

Less than in 1992 HOWEVER, the water deficit

Timing crucial ACCORDING to Toft, the timing of the drought early in the summer will result in a lack of water for crops like wheat, barley and rapeseed and lead to a smaller grain size. Should the drought lead to the same output as was the case in 1992, the farmers will probably lose around 6 billion

Dry all over ELSEWHERE, the dry conditions led to 51 municipalities, including all of those located on Funen, introducing a temporary ban on outdoor barbecues and open fires to reduce the risk of fires breaking out. Metroselskabet, the company behind the Metro in the capital, said it was looking into alternative solutions to cool down the roasting Metro trains, which don’t have air conditioners. And water levels are noticeably lower across the nation. At Copenhagen’s Lakes they have sunk by at least half a metre.

Benefits of Øresund Metro

Moving into gaming

Jailed executive

A METRO system linking Malmö and Copenhagen would bring huge financial benefits to the Øresund region, reports a study paid for by the cities’ municipalities and the EU. Reduced journey times could generate 500,000 new jobs and increase the metropolitan region’s catchment area to 2.3 million, reports News Øresund. If approved, the Metro could be completed by 2035.

NORDISK Film has bought Swedish computer game company Avalanche Studios for 660 million kroner – the biggest purchase in its 111-year-old history. With stakes in Star Stable Entertainment, Reto Moto, Multiverse and Flashbulb Games, NF has now invested over 1 billion kroner in gaming in Scandinavia. Avalanche Studios has 320 employees in Stockholm and New York.

LARS MØLLER, the former chief executive of OW Bunker’s Singaporean subsidiary, has been jailed for 18 months for his role in the company’s 2014 bankruptcy. The company went belly up just eight months after a lavish stock market listing as 600 jobs and billions of kroner disappeared, ultimately paying the price for the Singaporean subsidiary giving out too much credit.


T IS FEARED that the recent lack of rain, which has seen the country’s drought index rise to 10.0 across most of Zealand and between 8.0 and 9.0 in Jutland, could end up costing Danish agriculture billions of kroner. The last time Denmark saw this little rain was in 1992, when agricultural output fell by 23 percent. In total, May enjoyed a record 363 hours of sunshine and the highest average temperature since records began.

HARD ROCK Café Copenhagen made a loss of 10.8 million kroner in 2017 – the third consecutive year it has finished in the red since leaving its prime location at the corner of Tivoli. In other results news, SAS noted that a Q2 dip in turnover to 597 million Swedish krona was in line with expectations. Analysts disagreed.

GDP rises with concerns DENMARK’S GDP rose by 0.4 percent over the first quarter of 2018 as private consumption increased by 0.9 percent. However, the figures represented a year-on-year dip of 5 percent. Meanwhile, Nationalbanken has warned that some banks are beginning to mirror the behaviour observed in the build-up to the financial crisis a decade ago.

Student grant threat THE ‘VISMÆNDENE’ – the four ‘economic wise men’ whose recommendations at De Økonomiske Råd have helped shaped much of Denmark’s economic policy since 1962 – have indicated that the days of complete state support for students could be numbered. In their latest report, they recommend major cuts to the SU stipend whilst raising the size of available state loans


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NEIL SMITH DANISH CAPITAL IN 2017 Neil is a Scottish-educated lawyer with 15 years’ experience in corporate structuring and general commercial matters. Based in Copenhagen, he primarily advises on international deals. Out of the office his interests include sport and politics. His column explores topical international financial and economic issues from a Danish perspective.

The West’s rogue agent TO RECAP, all the evidence suggested Iran was complying with the deal, and none of the other seven parties wished to exit the 2014 deal, but said they would consider the president’s concerns. The impact of the US exit will be felt not only in the Middle East, which will become even more unstable, but also in the global financial set-up. Europeans have been comfortable with the US as the Western hegemon because they were confident it would use its power responsibly – and, by and large, it has done. But this latest decision is confirmation that under President



RESIDENT Trump has made several controversial decisions in international affairs since his inauguration, but pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) is likely to be the most consequential. So far, the United States has no more detailed a replacement plan than to try and strangle Iran’s economy and hope the country capitulates.


Trump’s leadership the US is no longer a good faith player within the context of the traditional framework. A world without dollars? FOR THE US will not only prevent its own companies from doing business with Iran – this would be within its moral right as a sovereign nation – it will bring the full power of the US financial system to bear on foreign companies doing business with Iran. In the modern financial system, the American system is omnipotent – anyone looking to trade in the main global reserve currency (the dollar) or in the major commodity (oil) can’t avoid it. This, coupled with the size of the US domestic market, means most European companies will have to pull out of Iran. Trump accused Iran of (nuclear) “blackmail”, but what he is proposing to do to Europe seems eerily similar. Road ahead is bleak THEREFORE, the discussion in Europe is now about whether

2018’s most unpopular decision, but then trumped at the G7

funds can avoid the US. It is unlikely to come to this yet. New financial infrastructure will take time to build, and Europe has little to gain from a full-scale economic conflict with the US. This is an important moment nonetheless; the realisation in Europe is that the Trump ad-

ministration will not only put America’s views first, but second and third too. If the US can no longer be relied upon to behave responsibly, then alternatives need to be explored. And this is likely to lead to a more disparate, fragmented world in the long run.

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World Cup fever


Underdogs to the fore IN OUR hearts and minds we will suspend the troubles of the world and enthusiastically support our teams. The good thing is that it gives the lesser footballing nations a chance to make themselves known. We still remember years ago when the brave fighters from North Korea caused a sensation by competing as if their lives depended on it. Indeed, it was said that they were told to

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win and shine, or lose and risk disappearing into oblivion. The summit in Singapore on Tuesday was another highlight in the history of North Korea – it was certainly unexpected. Not least we are looking forward to seeing teams from Africa take their rightful place among the great nations. Nigeria, for one, is a formidable football nation. Maybe national pride in some of these countries could inspire the migrants to make it their home instead of risking their lives – and money – on the risky journeys north. The great unifier ALTHOUGH everybody is convening in Russia it seems that the more affluent countries are closing their borders and making integration difficult for those who made it this far. In Denmark we are heading towards the 100th legal tightening-up measure over the last four to five years. Unfortunately it does not seem to be stopping this side of the next general election. Only Radikale is holding out for a more liberal attitude than the austerity demanded from the majority. However, the World Cup and the united world of football fans may hold out hope for general and mutual respect and friendly get-togethers when the jubilant support during the games is over. We are proud that Danish fans in France in the 1980s were nicknamed Roligans (easy-goers) – not Hooligans. We lost then, but now we are going for it – and so is everybody else. So forget the world and enjoy football, which so far is the biggest unifier of all. (ES)

Born and raised in Denmark and a resident of New Zealand for over 14 years, Kirsten has lived a pretty nomadic life since her early 20s. A physiotherapist, yoga teacher and keen home cook, she is passionate about food, good living and natural health. Follow her on Instagram @kirstenlouiseyoga MAXPIXEL

VERY DAY we hear reports of Russian threats, sanctions and cyberwarfare, but all of these will be forgotten for a month as the 2018 World Cup takes precedence. The Danish team have already embarked. As always, the nation harbours great expectations. Since Denmark won the European Championship in 1992, nothing seems outside the scope of our hopes. Their journey is just another shuffling around of athletes. On a daily basis, most of the players are distributed internationally. Hardly any country has more than a few players from their national league, but over the next week or two they have all been called home to form their national teams. Cristiano Ronaldo goes to Portugal, Lionel Messi to Argentina and Christian Eriksen to Denmark. Russia is apparently doing a great deal to tighten security and a massive effort has been made when it comes to investment in infrastructure, so President Vladimir Putin may not end up seeing his team win, but could very well win a public relations battle – arguably the victory he covets the most.


This is the universally recognised road signal for dogging


ETURNING to Denmark to live has given me some time to reflect on things that must really stand out if you are either a foreigner or visitor to Denmark. On the road 1/ CUP HOLDERS on bikes – yes, we use bicycles that much. Either this says something about how much time we actually spend on bikes, or it says something about our coffee habits (see point 5). 2/ People cycling with umbrellas (open!) – the weather can be notoriously shite, so perhaps this is not really so surprising. Still, cycling around with an open umbrella in the rain takes some skills! 3/ Child seats on the back, or front, of bikes – few places in the world are safe enough for people to bike around with their toddlers on the back of the bicycle. 4/ Bikers doing the correct hand signs in traffic (although Copenhagen does drag down these stats) – while living in New Zealand I used to see cyclists practically never complying with the highway code, resulting in all NZ drivers hating them like the plague. In Denmark, the cyclists

largely follow the rules, and as most drivers also use a bicycle, we tend to tolerate each other well. I just made four separate points involving bicycles. That’s how important they are in Denmark. Food & Drink 5/ PEOPLE drinking coffee late at night, right up until they go to sleep – apparently we’re the biggest coffee-consuming nation in the world! This explains the abnormal number of coffee-drinking occasions we have created. There is ‘morning coffee’, ‘late morning coffee’, ‘midday coffee’, ‘afternoon coffee’, ‘coffee-and-cake coffee’ and ‘evening coffee’. In other words, we have successfully created excuses to drink coffee all day long. 6/ Pots on the dinner table – if invited for dinner, you’ll likely sit down with all the pots and pans out on the table like a self-help buffet! We don’t bother much with putting things on nice dishes – we just slap it all on the table and people can help themselves! 7/ Organic produce in supermarkets – even discount supermarkets stock decent ranges of organic food. Go Denmark!

In the home 8/ DESIGNER furniture in public institutions – this is becoming less common now, as they keep getting stolen. Perhaps the resurgence of classic Danish retro furniture has made this tradition too tempting. Danish design is an integral part of our history and once upon a time it wasn’t particularly expensive to acquire, as you could pick it up cheap at most flea markets – in those halcyon days before social media hyping. Alas, things change. You’ll still find designer furniture in public institutions, but it’s probably bolted to the ground. 9/ Candles everywhere – in Denmark you’ll find candles lit anywhere and everywhere … even during daylight. This peculiar habit is very much a central aspect of the now world-famous Danish ‘hygge’ concept. 10/ Single duvets – the Danes are world famous for our ability to share. But when it comes to duvets, we want our own thank you very much! Single duvets on a double bed are still more common than one large one! I guess it does makes for less fighting over it at night …


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Straight Up Zach Khadudu is a Kenyan by birth and a journalist by choice. He is a commentator and an activist with a passion for refugee and human rights. He may share a heritage with a certain US president, but his heart lies elsewhere – in the written and spoken word.

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The Road Less Taken JESSICA ALEXANDER Visitors to Nyhavn, sitting with their backs to the boats, unaware they’re contributing to art


T IS AN open secret that the Danish government is on an all-out offensive to rid Denmark of the nuisance of asylum-seekers and refugees. You’re unwelcome THE LARS Løkke Rasmussenled government has tried just about everything in the book to shun, forcefully deport and criminalise asylum-seekers and refugees. One of its go-to initiatives is lumping together the rejected asylum-seekers in refugee camps that can only be compared to death gallows – yes, I said it. The idea is to apply extreme psychological pressure to these asylum-seekers. Hopefully they reach a breaking point and get the message: “You are not welcome to Denmark.” And the government is slowly but surely achieving this objective. Story of our times I HAVE known Amara Fiko (not his real name) for the last eight years. He has been entrapped in the vicious Danish asylum system since 2010. He fled here after his family were killed in a violent conflict in his home country. His lucky escape came when he took a chance as a stowaway aboard a cargo ship. He had no inclination as to where the ship

was headed. All he wanted was to escape the targeted violence and save his life. After days of dehydration, starvation and sea sickness, Amara arrived in European waters. Sounds too Hollywood? Real life is sometimes stranger than fiction: try making friends with a refugee and listening to their life’s journeys. Out of the fat … FRAIL and fatigued, he emerged from his hiding dungeon under the ship’s belly. He gave himself into the crew. The captain ordered that he be handed over to the authorities as the ship docked. That is how Amara found himself in Denmark. After several days of detention and interrogations, his asylum case was opened by the Danish Immigration Service. Over the following years he was summoned to a dozen interviews to ascertain his asylum claim. His claim was finally rejected and he was listed for deportation. He was sent to a removal camp where he is being held. State of limbo SHATTERED and dejected, Amara actually asked the authorities to deport him – despite the likelihood he will face jail, torture and

degrading treatment in his home country. He has had enough. But the irony of it is that the authorities have failed to deport him, although they still decline to grant him residence to stay. He, like hundreds of others, remains in a state of limbo. ‘Doomed if you do, doomed if you don’t’ – that is the policy. Amara’s story is but one of many. At Kærshovedgård, Ellebæk and other camps, hundreds remain in oblivion – hidden in plain sight from us all. Flat on their face THE GOOD old media have switched their cameras off from the misery of these asylum-seekers. The self-anointed do-gooders, left-leaning activists and politicians have since moved on to other pressing issues … while the right is having a ball. One such issue was the outlawing of the wearing of burqas and niqabs, which was recently passed by the masters of damnation. The self-declared custodians of democracy and defenders of freedoms want to protect free choice – especially for Muslim women. So to save them from being forced to do one thing, let us take their agency away and force them to do another – sure makes sense.


Crazier than Christmas VIVIENNE MCKEE

Early Rejser ADAM WELLS



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Six days ahead of its hosting of the 2018 World Cup, which starts on June 14, Russia celebrated its national day with a reception at its embassy that included football-related fun, a performance by an opera singer and an address by Russian ambassador Mikhail Vanin (left). Among the guests (centre: left-right) were Niger ambassador Amadou Tcheko, South African deputy ambassador Tsholofelo Lefifi, Cuban ambassador Yiliam Gomez, outgoing Ivory Coast ambassador Mina Balde Laurent, who will be replaced as dean of the diplomatic corps by Vanin, and Chinese ambassador Deng Ying. A week earlier, the dignitaries were also out in force for the UK Embassy’s celebration of the British queen’s birthday, with a garden party on June 7 that included fish ‘n’ chips and an appearance by an Aston Martin. Among the guests of UK ambassador Dominic Schroeder (centre right) were (right: leftright) Serbian ambassador Jasmina Maric, Luxembourg ambassador Janine Finck, Lithuanian ambassador Ginte Damusis, Greek ambassador Efthalia Kakiopoulou, South Korean ambassador Choi Jai-Chul, Romanian ambassador Mihai-Alexandru Gradinar, German ambassador Andreas Meitzner, Irish ambassador Cliona Manahan and Brazilian ambassador Carlos Paranhos

Den Blå Planet was the venue on May 30 for a gala dinner to mark Air China’s opening of a new direct flight between Beijing and Copenhagen. Among those in attendance were (right: left-right) Air China Copenhagen general manager Hao Yudong, Air China Europe chief executive Tian Yuqi and Chinese ambassador Deng Ying

The Danish aid worker Anja Ringgren Lovén (left and centre left) grabbed worldwide headlines in late 2016 when she was voted the world’s most inspiring person by the magazine OOOM ahead of the likes of Barack Obama, Pope Francis and Leonardo DiCaprio. And on June 4 at Odd Fellow Palæet it was the turn of the Copenhagen International Rotary Club (CIRC) to honour her with its Paul Harris Fellowship Recognition award in recognition of the social impact she has had. Lovén became famous after a photo of her giving water and food to a starving two-year-old ‘witch boy’ in Nigeria went viral and touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. Also honoured with an award were Social Foodies for their humanitarian efforts (cente right). Pictured with both winners is CIRC president Mayra Navarrete, while the guest speaker was Swiss ambassador Benedikt Wechsler (right)

A bust of Tivoli founder Georg Carstensen has been erected in the Frederiksberg square that bears his name. Among those in attendance at the unveiling were the enclave’s mayor Jørgen Glenthøj

Hamlet Live opened its doors for another threemonth season at Kronborg Castle on June 1. Among the new cast members is British actress Dawn Wall (centre in red), the star of last year’s ‘Educating Rita’

Hundreds of performers dressed up in their best regalia to take part in the Copenhagen Pipe Band Gathering on June 9 at Kastellet


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UNIOR rugby continues to be Denmark’s fastest growing sport, although touch rugby is also taking off amongst adults – it’s the new crossfit, apparently. Tom Vernon and his team at FC Nordsjælland were the




of the participating clubs, Gentofte Rugby Klub, which holds training for all age groups, from under-6s and up. “The lounge was open with hospitality and live rugby on the big screen. Everyone loved

the atmosphere and had a great time. It’s not every day rugby gets to be played in a super league football stadium.” Not to be outdone, Hundested Rugby Klub then staged a tournament of its own a few

weeks later. Gentofte, with more than 100 members representing 20 different nationalities, might be the biggest youth club in the country, but plenty are catching up. DAVE SMITH

ing, which was organised by CIS students Anna Zaske and Leonie Wechsler. The two wished to encourage their peers to reflect on their own plastic consumption and how this affects their immediate environment. The event was intended to stress the effects plastic has on our waters and to teach the younger children about the importance

of contributing to a healthy ocean. The message from Zaske and Wechsler was simple: “we all share one ocean and thus as the generation of today, it becomes our responsibility to take our own future in our hands and protect our oceans for the future.” The school welcomed guest speakers to help drive the mes-

sage forward, including Melati and Isabel Wijsen, two young girls from Bali who founded the Bye Bye Plastic Bags organisation and have spoken at the UN General Assembly. “We may be only 25 percent of the population, but we are 100 percent of the future,” they said. Also speaking were Danish organisation Plastic Change

and jewellery company Akva, whose work is inspired by oceans. The event also featured an art exhibition featuring works made from plastic created by the school’s students. Daniel D’Andrea, CIS’s leader of Roots and Shoots, summarised the day’s event by saying ‘think globally, act locally’. OLIVER RAASSINA



proud hosts of a touch rugby festival for children held at The Right To Dream Park in Farum recently. “What an experience that day was – an awesome turnout,” enthused Herbie, a coach from one


AST WEEK on Friday marked the celebration of World Oceans Day, an occasion to reflect on the state of the world’s oceans. In Denmark, every year over 1,000 tonnes of plastic wash up on the coast of the Northern Sea. As a result, Copenhagen International School held its own commemoration of the event on Tuesday even-

Studenterhuset is throwing its weekly swing dance session, inviting all-comers to learn some swing dancing and try out some moves (June 19, 19:30; Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52, Cph K, free adm)

The Danish Film Institute celebrates the work of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ director Milos Forman, who died earlier this year (ongoing; Cinemateket, Gothersgade 55, Cph K; ticket prices vary)

Come celebrate midsummer night on Sankt Hans Aften with a bonfire at Island Brygge as well as food, drinks and music (evening of June 23; Kulturhuset Islands Brygge, Islands Brygge 18, Cph S; free adm)




The Improv Comedy Copenhagen theatre offers a night of improv, showcasing the talents of their students and performers (June 15-17 & 20-24, 20:00; ICC Theatre, Frederiksholms Canal 2, Cph K; free adm)




Come sample the finest selection of rosé available in Denmark presented alongside food and music at the Copenhagen Rosé Festival (June 23-24; Dampfærgevej 10, Cph Ø; 96kr)

Come down to the 1420 bar for drinks and the chance to win some money. The quiz will feature a picture round and an audio round. (June 19, 20:00; 1420, Griffenfeldsgade 20, Cph N; 20kr) OLIVER RAASSINA


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Choosing between your parents at the World Cup is never easy CPH POST catches up with three multinational families preparing for Group C crunch games BEN HAMILTON


T DOESN’T get any better than beating your other half at the World Cup.

In my case it happened in 2002: a last 16 meeting between Denmark and England for which I held a midday barbecue for 40 people at my garden flat in Charlton in Southeast London. The 1998 classic ‘Vindaloo’ by Fat Les is one of football’s

most vicious songs, and on that day it endeared itself to me forever as half the party cowardly turned on the defenceless Dane sitting on the floor. “We’re going to score one more than you!” – three more as it happened.

The battle is won! WE’D HAVE to wait eight years for another possible match-up, by which time we were – to borrow an expression from Bridget Jones – sprogged up. ‘She’ might have already won the war and persuaded me to move to Denmark, but the battle



ETTE SCHØNFELD Mazella (DK) and Guillaume Mazella (France) are looking forward to their first World Cup together at which Denmark and France have both qualified and – who knows – maybe as a family. Time will tell whether Mette can deliver in the ward before her countrymen deliver on the pitch, and whether the new arrival will be screaming Allez les Bleus or Kom så Danmark. When is the due date and might this pose a problem for any of the fixtures? June 23 – France and Denmark are playing on the 26th, so we will ask the hospital to show the game if Mette is delivering three days later than planned ... which is possible. Is this your first World Cup as a couple featuring both Denmark and France? Yes, although we were a couple for Euro 2012, which Denmark and France both qualified for. Would you say that one of you will be louder than the other in your support? Definitely Guillaume is the loudest one. We are both cheering a lot, but Guillaume swears more. Some might say that France are more sophisticated than Denmark on the pitch. Is this also true at home?

for the allegiance of my daughters was only just beginning. “Danmark er lort,” my youngest volunteered this morning. “De boller med de små.” I don’t think you need a translator to know this was a fight I won a long time ago.

DENMARK Not really, we share the sophistication at home, so it’s a clear draw on this one. Do you intend to watch the game together? Yes of course. Guillaume will watch all the games until he has to leave for the hospital. Mette is also a huge fan of sports, so she will support both Denmark and France unless they are playing against one another. Will you be superstitiously looking out for signs as to who’s getting the support down below: kicking during the national anthem of choice, for example? Mette will definitely, but she will tell him what to do since she has the biggest impact on him ... and the biggest belly by the way. Guillaume will be too focused on his beers and trying to sing the Danish national anthem without any pronunciation mistakes. What do you think the score will be? Mette says: 2-1 to Denmark. She is really hoping this. Realistically it will end up with a draw or victory for France. Guillaume says 2-1 for France, but I hope both teams will have qualifed before the game, or else it will be hard to watch it with my wife’s family, or even in Denmark. Are either of you a bad loser? Guillaume is the worst loser, but

Qualified: Beat Ireland in a playoff thanks to a 5-1 win in Dublin after finishing behind Poland in qualifying

bad losers are in the genes on both side. So there are no plans to give the winner first dibs on naming the baby? For many months we were joking about calling him Kylian (after Mbappé) since France will be world champions. But luckily we have already agreed on Enzo (Italy is not part of the World Cup ... so problem solved). Qualified: Topped qualifying group ahead of Sweden and the Netherlands

Goal average in qualifying: 2.08 Concession average in qualifying: 0.75 Competitive win percentage (last 10): 60

Goal average in qualifying: 1.8

WC between 1986 and 2006. They failed in 1990 and 1994, were hosts in 1998 and defending champs in 2002.

Concession average in qualifying: 0.6

FIFA World Ranking: 7 Tournament odds: 13/2

Competitive win percentage (last 10): 70

Group odds: 1/3

Mode average score (last 10): 1-0 Coach: Didier Deschamps Captain: Hugo Lloris Star man: Antoine Griezmann - top scorer of Euro 2014. Surprise package: Benjamin Mendy – should be fresh after spending seven months out injured until April Unsung hero: N’Golo Kante – the 2016-17 player of the year in England will never challenge for the top awards because he is a stopper, not a creator. Top Trivia: France went 20 years without qualifying for a

Recent pedigree: final of Euro 2016 Previous WCs: 14 First WC since: 2014 Best WC performance: 1998 Winners Nickname: Les Bleus (The Blues) Verdict: France had a resolute defence to thank for its comfortable qualification from a tricky group, leaking just six goals in ten games. One of the clean sheets came against lowly Luxembourg at home … in a 0-0 draw – typical of a side that can be as sublime as it is frustrating. Only in a 4-0 home defeat of the Dutch did the French really look like worldbeaters – Group winners.

No record for Danish league Eriksen’s wife delivers

Back from ban with brace

Video nicey exchange

NICKLAS Bendtner, Andreas Bjelland, Mike Jensen and Peter Ankersen were the four players to miss out as national coach Åge Hareide named his final 23 players for the 2018 World Cup. The omission of Ankersen meant the Danish league failed to match its 2010 record when nine of its players competed. One of the eight will probably play Denmark: Peruvian midfielder Edison Flores.

BARELY a week after FIFA lifted its ban on Peruvian football captain Paolo Guerrero, following an appeal co-signed by national team captain Simon Kjær and his French and Australian counterparts, he was back doing what he enjoys best (no, not drug taking): scoring! The 34-year-old found the net twice in an impressive 3-0 win in Saudi Arabia. Peru then followed that with a 0-0 draw in Sweden.

DENMARK and Peru have exchanged twee videos ahead of their June 16 meeting. First the Peruvian FA sent a special greeting to the Danes, and not long after their opponents responded with a message of their own and a song! The Danish national anthem was specially adapted to thank Peru and performed by the DR Girls’ Choir – the ladies who always sing on New Year’s Eve.

AS DENMARK’S opener against Peru on June 16 approached, it was feared Christian Eriksen might miss out, as his wife had not yet given birth. But Sabrina duly delivered a baby boy on June 4 – an added bonus, although not much has become of the Laudrup progeny. It even came in time for the friendly against Mexico in which Eriksen scored. No Bebeto celebration this time!

Mode average score (last 10): 4-1 Coach: Åge Hareide Captain: Simon Kjær Star man: Christian Eriksen – his hat-trick in Dublin secured Denmark’s place. Simply irreplaceable. Unsung hero: Yussuf Poulsen – his achievements at RB Leipzig, which has finished second and sixth in its last two Bundesliga seasons, rarely get a look-in back home. Surprise package: Michael Krohn-Dehli – has been out injured for a long spell. Top Trivia: Denmark are the only side in WC history to have two subs red-carded. Miklos Molnar and Morten Wieghorst lasted eight and three minutes respectively in their group game against South Africa in 1998. FIFA World Ranking: 12 Tournament odds: 100/1 Group odds: 9/2 Recent pedigree: Wowed the world with their win in Dublin; underwhelming in their failure to qualify for Euro 2016. Previous WCs: 4 First WC since: 2010 Best WC performance: 1998 QF Nickname: De Rød-Hvide (the Red and Whites) Verdict: Denmark are on an unbeaten run that goes back 15 games. Write them off at your peril – Third in group.


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ESSICA O’Sullivan-Munck met her Danish husband Morten Munck whilst co-writing a column for CPH POST called ‘Dating the Danes’ as an Australian looking for love in Copenhagen. She has now been in the Danish capital for almost a decade, and last year she and Morten had their first child, Axel. Approaching the World Cup, the big question is who will Axel be rooting for/hepper på? Is this your first World Cup as a couple featuring both Denmark and Australia? Yes, we’ve been together since 2011 but never encountered this problem before. Would you say that one of you will be louder than the other in your support? I’m more the silent, studious supporter, whereas Morten is the kind who screams at the screen as if he can actually influence the game. Some might say that Australia is a little more robust than

Goal average in qualifying: 1.57

Top Trivia: Only two of the squad play in the English Premier League, compared to nine in 2006; Australia lost in intercontinental WC playoffs four times between 1986 and 2002.

Mode average score (last 10): 2-1

Do you intend to watch the game together as a family? Yes, without a doubt. We had hoped to attend the game in Russia, but unfortunately the travel distances and pricing weren’t that family-friendly.

Given we’ll be watching the game in Denmark, and Denmark is marginally (and I really mean only marginally) better than Australia at the moment, he’ll be backing Denmark. What do you think the score will be? 3-1 to Denmark. Are either of you a bad loser? Yes, both unfortunately.

So crunch question: who will Axel be supporting?


NDERS Nash (England/ DK) and Lisbeth Vogensen (Peru/DK) and their children Maya, 3, and Theis, 1, recently moved back to Denmark after living in Bolivia for five and a half years. The family are now looking forward to the first World Cup at which all three of their nationalities are competing. But who will their children be supporting: the red and whites or the white and red?

Would you say that one of you will be louder than the other in your support? I would actually say that Lisbeth will likely be louder, especially if Peru can pull off a win. She isn’t a big Peru supporter nor believer, but she feels Peru haven’t had the rub of the green in recent footballing years and it is a country

Surprise package: Daniel Arzani – the 19-year-old is a great ball carrier and scored against Hungary last week

Competitive win percentage (last 10): 50


Is this your first World Cup as a couple featuring both Denmark and Peru? It is indeed our first WC. Since Peru haven’t featured since 1982, and Lisbeth wasn’t born until 1983, we are enjoying it for the first time.

Qualified: Beat Syria and then Honduras in playoffs after finishing third in their Asian qualification group

Concession average in qualifying: 1.0

Denmark at sport. Is this also true at home? Haha. All I’ll say is that they don’t call Danes Roligans for nothing.

Coach: Bert van Marwijk – the man who guided the Netherlands to the 2010 WC Final – replaced Ange Postecoglou just six months ago Captain: Mile Jedinak – seven of his nine qualifying goals were penalties Star man: Tim Cahill. He may be 38 and used less than before, but Australia’s Roger Milla remains supreme in the air and pops up when they need him. Top-scored with 11 goals in qualifying Unsung hero: Reserve goalkeeper Brad Jones is no longer a journeyman thanks to 17 clean sheets at Feyenoord in their 2016-17 championship winning season.

Captain: Paolo Guerrero Star man: Paolo Guerrero

What do you think the score will be? I actually fancy Peru to make a run of it, but you have to expect Denmark to win it. I think Peru were better as a team

Recent pedigree: Won the 2015 AFC Cup on home soil; defied expectations to only lose once (narrowly to Germany) at 2017 Confederations Cup Previous WCs: 4 First WC since: 2014 Best WC performance: 2006 R16 Nickname: Socceroos Verdict: Following the move to the AFC in 2005, the golden generation effortlessly qualified for the 2010 and 14 WCs. Times have since changed and a late goal in their final group game ensured they didn’t become the only side not to beat last-placed Thailand – Fourth in group.

Tournament odds: 200/1

Coach: Ricardo Gareca

Do you intend to watch the game together as a family? We will watch as a family and frankly will be happy regardless of the score. We will be happy win, draw or lose.

Group odds: 20/1

Goal average in qualifying: 1.45

Mode average score (last 10): 2-1

Some might say that Peru has a more ruthless streak than Denmark on the pitch. Is this also true at home? Peruvians, ruthless on the pitch?! Don’t come home to us then... you ain’t seen nothing!

Tournament odds: 500/1

side South America; midfielder Edison Flores plays for Aalborg

Competitive win percentage (last 10): 50

So crunch question: who will the children be supporting? The kids will be screaming both ways but not know quite why – that’s the best bit about it! They will get hotdogs, Mummy soft ice and Daddy beer, so actually the game almost plays second fiddle, haha.

FIFA World Ranking: 40

Qualified: Beat New Zealand in playoff after finishing fifth in qualifying

Concession average in qualifying: 1.3

that deserves this for reasons beyond football.


Unsung hero: Attacking midfielder Christian Cueva has a far better scoring record for Peru than in club football Surprise package: Renato Tapia – the 22-year-old utility player, currently with Feyenoord, is a key player Top Trivia: Ricardo Gareca has never played or coached out

when Guerrero was banned, but now that’s been overturned let’s see how he is galvanised. Are either of you a bad loser?

FIFA World Ranking: 11 Group odds: 9/1 Recent pedigree: SF of 2015 Copa America; knocked Brazil out of the 2016 edition Previous WCs: 4 First WC since: 1982 Best WC performance: 1970 QF Nickname: La Blanquirroja (The White and Red) Verdict: Peru are in their first World Cup for 32 years. Only Venezuela have waited longer from South America in the modern era. But their recent form, following FIFA’s decision to allow talisman Paolo Guerrero to play, has been impressive. They followed a 3-0 win in Saudi Arabia with a 0-0 draw in Sweden – Runners-up We are both horrible losers, and since we have two kids things are getting lost and broken relentlessly so it’s all part of the family growth curve!


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Skinning the mighty bear: The game that united a nation Frank Arnesen, Jesper Olsen, Morten Olsen and Klaus Berggreen, the country knew it had the quality to qualify for its first ever World Cup in Mexico ‘86.


A bear of an opponent THEY JUST needed to finish in the top two in their qualification group to make it, and a win against mighty Soviet Union would put them well on their way. But the Soviets were no joke. They were among the very best sides, anchored by arguably the best keeper in the world at the time, Rinat Dasayev. Three years later they would reach the Euro 88 final and the Danes knew well that they had never beaten the Soviets before. And there were other concerns as well. Serious concerns. Just one week before, 39 football fans were crushed to death in the Heysel Disaster and security organisers for the game were understandably wary of a similar situation taking place at the 75-year-old Idrætsparken Stadium – packed with over 45,000 raucous fans. The main stand was numerically organised, but the rest of the stadium was ‘old school’ standing only, and as the game drew near and the fans began to pile in, security at the stadium deemed that something going wrong was a real possibility. Nevertheless, the party in the stands was unstoppable. “I entered Idrætsparken several hours before and walked around the stadium to soak in that atmosphere. It was a magical day. It was as if everyone already knew something was about to happen,” Carsten Werge, then a budding journalist, said on the DR documentary ‘24 hours we’ll never forget’.


ITH THE World Cup tantalisingly close now, a fever has enveloped the country for the first time since 2012. The Danes are back on the world football stage. From Hirsthals to Helsingør, the excitement is palpable. After missing out on Euro 2016 and the 2014 World Cup, Christian Eriksen and company have brought pride and respect back to the Danish national team, and the fans are eager to see them perform well on the biggest stage of them all in Russia. But while it’s been tough going recently, Denmark despite its small population has a decent footballing history brimful with iconic moments. Politics parked MOST FOOTBALL fans probably remember the fairy-tale Danish triumph at Euro 92, the Danish Dynamite team of the 1986 World Cup, or even strong runs at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. Proper oldschoolers might even remember the silver medal at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. But in Denmark, one day stands out above most others: 5 June 1985. Aside from being a fantastic summer’s day, it was also Constitution Day – a day that has long been rooted in political rallies, speeches and manifesto unveilings. Something special was afoot. People could sniff it in the air, like a bloodhound on the chase. Denmark’s football team was closing in on a remarkable culmination and no speech in the world was going to measure up to it. Sepp Piontek had been hired as coach in 1979 and the German immediately realised there was too much ‘hygge’ in Danish football. He brought Teutonic discipline and professionalism to the table. And results. The Danes were a penalty shootout from reaching the final of Euro 1984 and with the likes of Preben Elkjær, a young Michael Laudrup, Søren Lerby,

Intense introduction FROM THE off the Danes burst forward, jumping into tackles, battling tooth and nail. The fans demanded it. Sepp did too. And they were not about to fail to deliver. But then again, neither were the Soviets, and Ole Kjær was forced to palm away a cracking effort early on before Yuri Gavrilov blasted one onto the post from distance. No, the Soviets were not about to capitulate. They rarely, if ever, did in those days. Perhaps that’s what made the game so special. Both teams were determined to win. Both team


Denmark’s clash with the Soviet Union on Constitution Day in 1985 remains one of the most important in the country’s football history

“You don’t need to hide, Preben. The team sheet will be enough”

drove forward. But the Danes were inching closer. Jens Jørn Bertelsen flashed a shot wide when he should have hit the target, and Dasayev tipped over a curler from Lerby. And then it happened. Laudrup’s errant pass was deflected into the path of Elkjær, who wasted no time in firing past the Soviet keeper. As he raced to celebrate in front of the fans, the stands were rocking in pandemonium. Preben who? YEARS later, Tengiz Sulakvelidze, one of the defenders charged with curtailing the Danish attack that day, revealed that the Soviets were delighted when they saw the Danish lineup before the game and realised that Preben Larsen wasn’t on the team sheet. “We saw that Larsen wasn’t among the 11 starters and the whole team was relieved,” he said. And rightly so. At the time, Larsen was among the best attackers in the world having just led Serie A underdogs Hellas Verona to their first and only Scudetto – even managing a memorable goal against Juventus after losing his boot moments before smashing it in with his sock. He was also the runner-up to Michel Platini in the Ballon D’Or that year, after finishing third the year before. But the Soviets were to rue their initial glee, for Larsen was not missing. What the Russians didn’t know was that in Den-

mark he was known as Preben Elkjær, and it was this name, and not his full name – Preben Elkjær Larsen – that was on the team sheet before the game. Sulakvelidze said that the coach Eduard Malofeyev blamed him for the disaster afterwards, contending that he had been tasked with covering Larsen – even though he himself wasn’t aware that Larsen was Elkjær. The fact that Sulakvelidze was Georgian played a role in him being Malofeyev’s scapegoat, contended the defender. Whatever the reason, he wouldn’t play again for the Soviet Union until three years later. By then, Malofeyev was long gone. By the time the Soviets had realised that Elkjær was indeed playing, and doing so exquisitely, he had doubled Denmark’s lead, juking past the hapless Sulakvelidze to slot home from an acute angle that legendary commentator Svend Gehrs famously called “a ridiculous angle to shoot from”. To be fair, Dasayev should have done better, but few present that day cared. Just 20 minutes in and the rout was on! Michael’s magic ONLY IT wasn’t. For the welloiled Soviet machine was as unrelenting as it was skilful and its cogs began spinning in furious unison to avoid embarrassment. Dasayev may have acrobatically tipped over a Bergreen header to prevent a third for the Danes, but minutes later the Soviets were on the board

with Oleg Protasov turning to hammer a long-range effort into the top corner. Amazing finish and ‘niet chance’ for Kjær. The Soviets smelled blood now and were unlucky when Sergey Gotsmanov first cracked one against the inside of the post before swerving a shot just wide minutes later. Only the referee’s whistle to halt the first half kept the Soviets at bay. The second opened up in a back-and-forth manner. Both teams went close, the Russians desperate to equalise and the Danes looking to stick the dagger in. But over a four-minute period on the hour, the 20-yearold mercurial Michael Laudrup would turn the red tide. Receiving the ball as he arrived in the box he left a Soviet defender for dead thanks to a fake shot before sliding to kick the ball into the top corner. Minutes later Lerby won the ball in midfield and as the Russians tried to recover, Laudrup ran the ball the length of the half and placed the ball low inside the post just out of the reach of Dasayev. 4-1! It was over now, surely. Not quite. “I still feel, and I know it sounds weird, but despite us leading 4-1, we didn’t feel that the game had been won yet. It sounds strange, but it just seemed too unreal that despite the immense pressure we were under, we kept running up and scoring goals. It’s almost like they were playing better, but we keep getting the goals” Berggreen said.


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Tivoli, Parken and the DBU to the rescue following the withdrawal of Islands Brygge TESS WESTBROOK


H, THOSE long halcyon evenings, luxuriating on the grass watching football with takeouts and substances normally taken home! With the 2018 World Cup just around the corner, Islands Brygge is the name on everyone’s lips – a collective second home for the ensuing month. Islands bugger WHAT’S that? Islands Brygge won’t be showing any games? Say it isn’t true. It’s all thanks to the government’s equitable distribution policy to relocate jobs away from the capital, as DR Sports has been moved to Aarhus.

Tak Tivoli SO THIS year, no daily big screen option exists, leaving football fans with a just a few outdoor crumbs to choose from. Denmark vs Peru (June 16), for example, will be shown at Parken, where entry will be free. Tivoli has plans to show 21 games, with free entry for the first 10,000 pre-ordered tickets for Denmark vs Australia (June 21). Other featured games include England vs Belgium (June 28), Germany vs Sweden (June 23), and seven knockout games. And an official DBU Tour will visit the country’s main cities, showing games at Stændertorv in Roskilde (June 15-16), Axeltorv in Helsingor (July 6-7), Torvet in Køge (July 10-11) and an unspecified location in Copenhagen, probably Rådhuspladsen (July 14-15). Teglværket in Sydhavn (Teglholmsgade 27) and the Hop House in Amager (Amagerbrogade 160) are also showing many of the games on a big screen. Best of the rest ALL THIS means that the need to find a suitable location is greater than ever, so fortunately CPH POST has been busy putting a list together of the best bars, restaurants and other venues to catch the games. Boys from brilliant Brazil Allegade 10, Fredericksberg;

Glasnost at the back, perestroika up front, but no big screen to watch every game on

If you’re pinning your hopes on Neymar and the boys from Brazil, and like the country’s famous barbecue, then Allegade 10 is the place to check out. With large screens in support and outdoor foosball tables, when the passion grabs you, this might be the best family restaurant option in the city to take the family. Tyrolean triumphant Heidi’s Bier Bar, Vestergade 18, Cph K; If you’re backing the defending champions, this German beer bar is the place to be. Complete with dirndls and steins galore, and staff dressed in genuine Tyrolean style, you can even pour pints at your table out of large barrels in the wall – what better way to celebrate a goal or seven?! Escape artists England Old English Pub, Vesterbrogade 2B, Cph K; Cafe Osborne, Elmegade 23, Cph N Relive the glory of 1966 at the Old English Pub in the city centre where you can celebrate or drown your sorrows thanks to a wide selection of malt whisky, blends and bourbons. Or why not check out Osborne’s Bar on Elmegade in Nørrebro where impromptu kazoo renditions of the theme tune to ‘The Great Escape’ are a regular feature at major tournaments. Mikkeller’s gone Mexican La Neta, Nørrebrogade 29, Cph N; If you’re supporting Mexico… or

just really want a good margarita, La Neta has you covered, with projectors showing the Mexico games and great deals on beer, margartias and more! Not only that, but this is a Mikkeller Brewery establishment, so good beer is guaranteed! Japanese joy either way Jah Izakaya and Sake Bar, Ravnsvorggade 16B, Cph N; jahizakaya. dk This modern, sleek restaurant and bar in Nørrebro is the perfect place to cheer on the Japanese if you’re looking for good quality food and high quality alcohol. Dubbed as ‘Japanese soul food’, Jah Izakaya is not only showing the Japan games, so you have no excuse to not try their tasting menus – regardless of your team. Amaze us Australia! Southern Cross Pub, Løngangstræde 37, Cph K; Chasing the sun? If you’re unfortunately rooting against the Danish home team in Group C, seek solace in the Southern Cross Pub and cheer on the Aussies. With plenty of screens to keep you occupied and happy hour prices every day until 20:00, the Southern Cross will keep you happy right up until the final whistle. Inspired by Iceland Nordatlantens, Brygge Strandgade 91, Cph K; What better way to watch Iceland than sitting by the canal enjoying the games on a big screen? We defy you to clap along to the famous Icelandic rhythm whilst

holding the food and beer on offer at Nordatlantens. Master that and anything will seem is possible for these outsiders. Do it like the Danes Pool Pub Copenhagen, Rentemestervej 67, Cph NV; Pool Pub does a mean spread for the Denmark games, where you can squeeze in a couple of games of pool at half-time and enjoy an outdoor terrace opened in the summer. With plenty of space, it won’t feel like you’ve entered a rush hour train to sample how the Danes like to support their national team. Global at the Globe The Globe, Nørregade 43-45, Cph K; If you just want to watch in English… and haven’t decided on a team to support yet, check out The Globe Irish Pub. With eight screens and a large range of beer and bar snacks, this pub is a great place to come. Many nationalities organises trips here on PIXABAY

The world takes notice WINGER Per Frimann also remembers having immense respect for the Soviets, contending they had as much honour in creating such a magical football game as the Danes and their fans did. They may have been beaten that day in Copenhagen, but they were not defeated. They eventually finished second and also qualified for Mexico where they would win their group ahead of France and get knocked out in extra time by eventual semi-finalists Belgium. And who can forget that tournament. Not the Danes. Running past Scotland, thrashing Copa America champions Uruguay and even beating eventual finalists West Germany, the Danes played some of the most attractive football in Mexico. The Danish Dynamite was an explosion the entire world lapped up. That is, until it all fizzled out against Spain in the last 16. But hey, that’s a whole different story.

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Football is not dead BERGGREEN was right to be wary. Three minutes later, as the crowd swayed from side to side in the classic ‘sailing up the stream’ celebration, the Soviets struck back as Protasov volleyed home from close range. It was almost 4-3 shortly afterwards as Berggreen cleared off the line in dramatic fashion. “If they had scored to make it 4-3, there probably would have been a bit of panic in the final five minutes,” Busk said after the match. But the Soviets didn’t. The mighty bear had been slain and, as the final whistle sounded, the stadium erupted in euphoria. They weren’t there yet. Not by a long shot. But a big step had been taken towards Denmark qualifying for their first World Cup. And the Soviets? They may have been slain that day in Copenhagen, but it takes two teams to produce a game of lore. Legendary Swedish journalist Cars Stenfeldt even wrote to Swedish TV begging them to purchase the rights to broadcast the entire game. “The party is over, the triumph complete. And we who witnessed it humbly ask Swedish TV to buy the entire game. All those who think football is through being entertaining deserve to watch this performance,” he wrote in Expressen newspaper afterwards.


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Escape from the cauldron LIKE AT the Nelson, the craft beer range are all produced at Danish microbreweries and there’s an impressive

19 on tap (and three more at the onshore bar). Given that it’s a hot day, we follow the landlord’s recommendation and opt for a Fynsk Forår, a wheat beer made with elderflower that wouldn’t normally be on my radar. It’s refreshing qualities are a revelation, although the airy deck also plays a part in the respiratory respite I feel from escaping the cauldron I have just escaped from. That in a nutshell is the allure of The Tipsy Mermaid: we are in the centre of this vibrant city in view of thousands of people, but detached from their reality courtesy of one step across a plank and (as Baldrick said) “the big blue wobbly thing that

mermaids live in” beneath our feet.Refreshed we make a beeline for the pale ales – because we’re predictable and don’t know too much after craft beers. The Fopdoodle is a mango pale ale – fruity, feisty, fabulous – while the Flying Cloud IPA is another of those unmentionables that once partaken cannot be shaken. We settle in at our vantage

point, surveying a harbour that bustles with life on summer’s day like these. For the kind of quick getaway that only a Bond villain knows how to make, and beers championing the very best of Danish, this pub is hard to beat. Whisper it, but it’s too late ... they’re going to need a bigger boat.


OU’RE SEDATELY chugging down a canal in rural England, pipe in mouth and wheel in hand, keeping a wary eye out for hullabaloos; you’re traversing the white water rapids of the Zambezi under the gaze of natives on the river bank secretly hoping you’ll smash into smithereens; you’re nervously crouching in the cabin as a Messerschmitt Bf 109 looms into view on the horizon, quietly cursing your decision to head to France to rescue soldiers who are probably already dead. Okay, I stole the last scenario from ‘Dunkirk’, but you get the idea: sitting in a boat stirs the imagination, and mine goes into overdrive from the moment I step aboard this wooden hull fishing boat, which is now a floating mecca for connoisseurs of craft beer. Moored in Copenhagen Harbour, it is just around the corner from Nyhavn and a stone’s throw from the city’s busiest cycle bridge. Most bars use music to rock their establishments – but The Tipsy Mermaid doesn’t need a jukebox. Poseidon and his trident, an unmistakable maritime breeze and the occasional squawking seagull are here to ensure the seaborne symphony never stops. And who needs Stormzy when you’ve got a vibrating floor?

Saluting Captain Darby THE PUB on a tub is the brainchild of Richard Darby, a Brit who arrived on the crest of the craft beer wave long before it crashed on the beach amidst the discarded chalk of a zillion whiteboards. Darby launched the presciently-named The Lord Nelson in a dimly-lit premises on Hyskenstræde in 2005, from where it has served the finest Danish microbrews it can lay its hands on – including the hands-down best IPAs I’ve drunk anywhere in the world! But after all those years in a basement, it’s no wonder the publican who saw the light before his peers is seeking a little bit for himself. Onboard the Mermaid is a bracing, uplifting experience, and the energised barmaid on duty told me how pleased she was when the Nelson’s staff divided like the pieces on a chess board: to stay at home at the admiralty or embark on the Seven Seas. Their new workplace has led an active life since its construction in 1967, sailing the North Sea under a number of different aliases before settling on Molly – the name of the owner’s dog (a recipe for disaster in the case of the Dambusters). Renamed and permanently moored, Darby and his crew take pride in maintaining her seaworthiness – not least her 385 horsepower engine.



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Blouses in Bloom Copenhagen 15 May 2018


N THE occasion of the Romanian Centennial celebration, on 15 May 2018, the Embassy of Romania in Denmark was the host of a vibrant event on the Romanian cultural and spiritual heritage, with a focus on the famous Romanian Blouse. Our guests for the evening were Cristina Chiriac, founder of the Romanian brand Flori de ie/ Blouses in Bloom, photographer Alexandru Emanuel Zainea and Inge Sølling, Danish expert in folk art.

The highlight of the event was an original fashion parade of both centenary costumes and modern attire, showcasing the Romanian blouse in combination with original pieces of clothing especially created for this event, in Denmark’s colours of red and white. During the show, the past and the present intertwined on Romanian musical accords, giving us a better knowledge about Romania, its traditions and treasures. The international audience of almost 200 guests, representatives of the diplomatic corps, local media, business, academia and culture, prestigious Danish institutions and organizations, as well and the Romanian community, could admire also on display the valuable collection of costumes and photographs, part of the Centenary Romania project, initiated by Cristina Chiriac and Emanuel Zainea. A group of Romanian musicians, composed by Felicia Greciuc, Bogdan Nicola and Andrei Venczel, completed the authentic Romanian atmosphere of the event through the exceptional interpretation of some of the most popular songs in the Romanian folklore.

Blouses in Bloom managed to convey a strong message about the Romanian culture, art and traditions, part of an invaluable heritage of the Romanian people. At the same time, the enthusiasm and the intense desire of Romanians to promote their spiritual heritage abroad, as well as their love for the traditional Romanian attire, endangered in many other European countries, was noted.


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Danish Darts Open 2018 June 22-24; Brøndby Hallen, Brøndby Stadion 10; 120kr The PDC European Tour is coming to Denmark for the first time, bringing the world’s very best darts players. Some 48 players will come together to compete for the title and a cash prize of 211,000 kroner. The tournament will feature heavy hitters such as world number one Michael van Gerwen. (OR)

Celebrating Natasja June 22; Den Grå Hal, Christiania; 190kr Sky Juice Promotions presents a night of music to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of Natasja. The event will celebrate the life and music of Natasja and features performances from Sister Nancy and Bikstok Røgsystem. (OR)

Copenhagen Classico June 17; Dybbølsgade 59, Cph V; 99kr; If your idea of a bicycle race involves leisurely riding and breaks for coffee and champagne, this is the one to sign up for. After the race, participants enjoy lunch and drinks. Don’t forget to dress up and find an old bicycle to use. (CC)

Sand Sculpture Festival ongoing, ends Sep 16, daily from 10:00; Kajgaden 7, Hundested; The seventh edition of the popular Sand Sculpture Festival has a ‘myths and legends’ theme. Some 40 local and international sculptures, including several world champions, will display their biodegradable masterworks. (DW)

Esrum Middle Ages Days June 16-17; Esrum Kloster & Møllegård, Klostergade 11-12, Græsted; 75kr, under-18s free adm Experience medieval life in vivid detail as Esrum Monastery puts on its annual middle ages happening. Part performance, part marketplace, the festivities will bring to life the sights, sounds and smells of medieval Denmark. (OR)

Viking plays June 22-July 15; Frederikssund Viking Village The annual Vikingespil will once again give visitors a glimpse of life during the Viking age. The main focus is a theatrical performance and this year’s theme is Harald Bluetooth’s meeting with Christianity. Since their debut in 1952 the performances have proved popular with all ages. (OR)

Theatre Tapas June 24; Teaterøen, Cph K; 125kr; Unwind in a relaxing theatrical environment as you nibble on tapas. Watch short presentations, both professional and amateur, on several stages at your leisure. (DA)

Thai Festival June 30, 10:00-18:00; Havneparken, Islands Brygge, Cph; Embrace the country’s culture, whether it’s cuisine, boxing, music or dance. Taste an authentic piece of Thailand in the heart of the city – a great event if the sun shines! (CC)

Hamlet Live ongoing, ends Aug 31; Kronborg Castle, Helsingør; 140kr; Guests walk the corridors of the castle, watching scenes of the play Hamlet performed in the very rooms in which the Shakespearean drama is set. (OR)

Warrior Dash June 16; Valbyparken, Cph SV; 485kr; Grab your friends and team up against some of the fastest, strongest and most competitive warriors. The run will test your physical skills over 30 obstacles. (DA)

Friday Night Skate June 22, 20:00; Solberg Plads, Frederiksberg; free adm; Put on your skates and join people of all ages for an evening skate around town. Whether you’re a greenhorn or a pro, this event is for everyone. (DA)

Copenhell June 21-23; Refshaleøen, Cph K; Denmark’s most prestigious metal festival has a stellar line-up this year led by Ozzy Osbourne, and supported by Alice in Chains and Bullet for my Valentine. (CC)


15 - 28 June 2018


Survival in the shallow end: how movies are fighting back against TV BEN HAMILTON


HEN HISTORIANS look back at the Trump era, they’ll note the irony that his fiercest critics tended to have more homes than any other profession, but the least time to spend in them. It’s not like owning seven properties in glamorous cities radically increases an actor’s chances of being able to commute to work, given the industry’s predilection for shooting in cheap countries. No wonder Brad Pitt was so convincing in Snatch – he’d been living in caravans his whole career. Careers fuelled by cameos YOU’VE got to feel sorry for film stars: the job is getting harder and the hours longer. Gone are the days when you could show up on a movie set for a cameo and bank another million-dollar pay cheque. Now five to six gruelling months a year on a TV show is the best career choice, and god forbid it gets optioned again and your character’s still alive. There’s no hiding in TV – the pressure to deliver is relentless. How they must long for the ‘lucky take’ days when a Stanley Kubrick-like director would fastidiously shoot the same scene 25 times before realising a poster, which nobody will even notice in the final cut, was slightly out of focus.

No phone signal FILMS in which actors can phone in performances, such as Murder on the Orient Express, are becoming increasingly rare. Instead Hollywood is favouring stories with relatively few charac-

ters, so by the time we’ve spent two hours with them there’s a chance we might care about them as much as we do a character we’ve know for five seasons. The king of this kind of film is the survival movie. 127 Hours led the way, although it’s doubtful it would have packed the same emotional punch had we known about the sexual harassment allegations levelled at James Franco. Mads Mikkelsen has just completed shooting Arctic, a film about one man’s bid to escape an icy wilderness, and Life of Pi, Moon, Buried, The Revenant, Gravity, The Grey and All is Lost tell similar stories of people in desperate need of an internet connection. Sick of weenie Brits? ICELANDIC director Baltasar Kormákur’s Adrift (56 on Metacritic; released on June 14) falls into this category, and initially it would appear to have all the ingredients needed for success. Likeable, loved-up leads Shailene Woodley (Big Little Lies) and British actor Sam Claflin (The Riot Club) sail across the ocean smack into the path of a hurricane. They crash and must pick up the pieces – cue ‘Eye of the Tiger’ time. But clearly there’s a huge divide over the performance of Claflin – between the US and UK media. While the Observer finds him “suitably swarthy and charming”, the San Francisco Chronicle despairs of an “innocuous” performance in which the “weenie simpers around Woodley like he’s afraid she’s going to hit him over the head with a rolled-up newspaper”. Has America finally fallen out of love with Hugh Grant?

With two hours to herself, her character is going to get as deep as the ocean itself

Ocean’s line of succession THE BRITS are represented by Helena Bonham Carter in Ocean’s 8 (60; June 21), the fourth installment of the franchise, this time with an all-female crew – naturally downsized to ensure maximum characterisation. In all of these films, the bigger the name you are, the higher up the heist hierarchy you are. Best actress Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett (Clooney and Pitt) lead a crew, with the help of best supporting actress winner Anne Hathaway (Damon), consisting of non-whites with special skills: Rhianna, Awkwafina and Mindy Kaling (Benie Mac, Don Cheadle and the Chinese acrobat). Love is in the kippah ELSEWHERE in movieland,

the premise of teenage romcom Love, Simon (72; June 21) about a boy stumbling out of the closet is a little old hat, but its fresh approach to the genre has won over both the critics and audiences. Likewise recommended is Disobedience (74; June 14) starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz as two women who rekindle their romance in a tightly-knit Jewish community in London, decades after one of them was unofficially banished for not hiding her sexuality. Eagled-eyed readers of this column might have noticed a strange reference to a breakout performance by Alessandro Nivola earlier this year, but he really does deliver the goods in this compelling drama! Set it up (Netflix from June 15) might be one to give a wide

steer to. Two overworked PAs set up their bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) – no, not for a fall, but amour so they will have less to do. Oh, and then they fall in love themselves. Hurrah! Into submission WITH JUST one returning TV show to write about this issue, this is one fortnight in which the movies have the upper hand: think several tag-teams against one lone wrestler. No contest, right? Well, in this case, the opponent is season 2 of the female wrestling comedy Glow, one of the funniest new US shows of last year. Granted, it might not have the depth of The Wrestler, but it’s got plenty more rounds ahead in which to beat us into submission.

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