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Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike? 
17-11-2017

The share of trips taken by bike in Denmark’s capital has fallen. With ever more cars on the road and a new metro line about to open, can Copenhagen reach its target to have half of all journeys made by bike?

It’s 8am on a rainy weekday morning on Copenhagen’s Nørrebrogade street and the stream of cyclists making their way into city centre is already getting jammed.

Cyclists often have to wait through two or three rounds of green lights before they can get past. At Dronning Louise Bridge – one of the busiest cycle routes in the world, with 48,400 bikes crossing each day – newly installed information boards remind riders to pas på hinanden, or be aware of each other.

Related: Build it and they will come? Why Britain's 1960s cycling revolution flopped

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Danish authorities investigating claims of sexual abuse at Lars Von Trier's studio Zentropa 
13-11-2017

Investigation follows allegations made by nine women against production firm, which CEO says do ‘not match the Zentropa I know’. Von Trier not named in claims

Danish authorities are investigating allegations of “sexual harassment, degradation and bullying” at Zentropa, the film studio co-founded by director Lars Von Trier.

The investigation comes in response of a report by the Danish newspaper Politiken, in which nine women – all former employees at Zentropa – spoke of an “ingrained” culture of abuse at the studio. Several of the those interviewed said that their treatment had prompted them to stop working in the film industry altogether.

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Fed up with Brexit Britain? Come to work in Denmark | Morten Østergaard 
10-11-2017

If your dreams involve a workplace in which your skills are in demand, and you still want to enjoy the benefits of being a part of the EU, we’re just a cheap flight away

Dear EU citizens in the UK, Dear Britons,

Please know we support you and we can imagine the uncertainty the divorce from EU is causing in your everyday lives. Uncertainty about your housing opportunities, living and working conditions, and future life in general in the UK. It must be horrifying not to know what to expect.

We promise you that plenty of Danish businesses are ready to give you a warm and hyggelig welcome

Related: Brexit: stop the 'games' over the bill and get on with EU deal, says Denmark

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Danish inventor admits dismembering body of Swedish journalist 
30-10-2017

Danish police say Peter Madsen has changed his story, but still maintains Kim Wall died in an accident while on board his submarine

A Danish inventor has admitted dismembering the body of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on board his homemade submarine.

In initial police questioning, Peter Madsen, who is suspected of her murder, denied cutting up her body and said she died when a heavy submarine hatch accidentally fell on her head.

Related: My friend Kim Wall's disappearance in Denmark shows: female journalists face danger everywhere

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Top 10 modern Nordic books 
11-10-2017

As a year-long festival celebrating the region’s writers gets under way in London, Icelandic novelist Sjón selects essential reading from the far north

With the cold wave of Nordic literature crashing on UK shores over recent years and Danish, Swedish, Greenlandic, Finnish, Norwegian and Icelandic authors coming to the Southbank Centre in London this month for talks and readings, I am glad to suggest 10 books for those who want to prepare themselves.

Some of the authors I choose here will be appearing at the Southbank Centre and some are featured in the anthology that I have edited with Ted Hodgkinson, The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat and Other Stories from the North. Others are to be found at all hours of day and night in their books.

Related: Sjón: 'Behind my book lies another I will never write'

Related: Sjón's top 10 island stories

Continue reading...

Brexit: stop the 'games' over the bill and get on with EU deal, says Denmark 
08-10-2017

Danish finance minister boosts UK’s hopes of securing a Brexit trade deal, saying a swift political compromise is required

Downing Street’s hopes of opening Brexit talks on a future trade deal have been given a boost by Denmark, whose finance minister dismissed the EU’s wrangling over the UK’s divorce bill as “a game” that requires swift political compromise.

Kristian Jensen told the Guardian he believed both sides should be ready to move the talks on following the concessions made in Theresa May’s speech in Florence last month.

Related: UK will be ready if Brexit talks with EU fail, says David Davis

The EU27’s negotiating guidelines for the two-year Brexit talks stipulate that they must take place in two phases: separation and “orderly withdrawal”, followed by future relationship. Only when the EU27 decide “sufficient progress” has been made on phase one can phase two begin.

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Kim Wall murder: police find head of Swedish journalist 
07-10-2017

Divers find bags containing body parts and clothes of reporter who went to interview Danish inventor on submarine

Danish police investigating the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall have found body parts, including her severed head.

The freelance journalist was last seen alive on 10 August when she went to interview the inventor Peter Madsen, who has been charged with her murder. Wall’s dismembered torso washed ashore 12 days after she boarded Madsen’s homemade submarine for the interview.

Related: My friend Kim Wall's disappearance in Denmark shows: female journalists face danger everywhere

Continue reading...

Kim Wall 'stabbed 15 times' onboard Danish inventor's submarine 
03-10-2017

Cause of journalist’s death yet to be established, court hears, as murder suspect Peter Madsen’s custody is extended

The suspected killer of Swedish journalist Kim Wall will be detained for four more weeks after a Copenhagen court heard that 15 stab wounds had been found on her body.

Peter Madsen, 46, faces a murder charge over the death of the 30-year-old journalist, whose headless, dismembered torso was found floating off Denmark’s capital city 10 days after she boarded the inventor’s self-built submarine for an interview.

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In full swing: Tate's Turbine Hall turned into adult playground 
02-10-2017

Tate Modern installation One Two Three Swing! uses three-person swing to combat social apathy through collective action

Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall has been turned into a playground with visitors encouraged to make new friends and, literally, get on a swing.

Less active and less friendly visitors can lie on a carpet and be hypnotised by a large mirrored ball swinging from the ceiling. “We’ve made sure the carpet is very thick so it is extremely comfortable, you can rest,” said Rasmus Nielsen, one of the artists behind the creation. “You can come here and take a nap.”

Continue reading...

Migrants stuck on endless ferry journey as countries refuse entry 
14-09-2017

Men stowed away on Istanbul to Odessa ferry and are stuck at sea while both Turkey and Ukraine refuse to take them

Twelve migrants, apparently from North Africa, have been sailing to and fro between Istanbul and Odessa on a Danish passenger ferry for the last seven weeks, locked in four cabins with no country willing to take them.

According to the operator, DFDS, Turkey and Ukraine both refuse to accept the men.

Related: The €8,000 ticket: the migrants crossing the Mediterranean by yacht

Continue reading...

Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike? 
Danish authorities investigating claims of sexual abuse at Lars Von Trier's studio Zentropa 
Fed up with Brexit Britain? Come to work in Denmark | Morten Østergaard 
Danish inventor admits dismembering body of Swedish journalist 
Top 10 modern Nordic books 
Brexit: stop the 'games' over the bill and get on with EU deal, says Denmark 
Kim Wall murder: police find head of Swedish journalist 
Kim Wall 'stabbed 15 times' onboard Danish inventor's submarine 
In full swing: Tate's Turbine Hall turned into adult playground 
Migrants stuck on endless ferry journey as countries refuse entry 

Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike? 
17-11-2017

The share of trips taken by bike in Denmark’s capital has fallen. With ever more cars on the road and a new metro line about to open, can Copenhagen reach its target to have half of all journeys made by bike?

It’s 8am on a rainy weekday morning on Copenhagen’s Nørrebrogade street and the stream of cyclists making their way into city centre is already getting jammed.

Cyclists often have to wait through two or three rounds of green lights before they can get past. At Dronning Louise Bridge – one of the busiest cycle routes in the world, with 48,400 bikes crossing each day – newly installed information boards remind riders to pas på hinanden, or be aware of each other.

Related: Build it and they will come? Why Britain's 1960s cycling revolution flopped

Continue reading...

Danish authorities investigating claims of sexual abuse at Lars Von Trier's studio Zentropa 
13-11-2017

Investigation follows allegations made by nine women against production firm, which CEO says do ‘not match the Zentropa I know’. Von Trier not named in claims

Danish authorities are investigating allegations of “sexual harassment, degradation and bullying” at Zentropa, the film studio co-founded by director Lars Von Trier.

The investigation comes in response of a report by the Danish newspaper Politiken, in which nine women – all former employees at Zentropa – spoke of an “ingrained” culture of abuse at the studio. Several of the those interviewed said that their treatment had prompted them to stop working in the film industry altogether.

Continue reading...

Fed up with Brexit Britain? Come to work in Denmark | Morten Østergaard 
10-11-2017

If your dreams involve a workplace in which your skills are in demand, and you still want to enjoy the benefits of being a part of the EU, we’re just a cheap flight away

Dear EU citizens in the UK, Dear Britons,

Please know we support you and we can imagine the uncertainty the divorce from EU is causing in your everyday lives. Uncertainty about your housing opportunities, living and working conditions, and future life in general in the UK. It must be horrifying not to know what to expect.

We promise you that plenty of Danish businesses are ready to give you a warm and hyggelig welcome

Related: Brexit: stop the 'games' over the bill and get on with EU deal, says Denmark

Continue reading...

Danish inventor admits dismembering body of Swedish journalist 
30-10-2017

Danish police say Peter Madsen has changed his story, but still maintains Kim Wall died in an accident while on board his submarine

A Danish inventor has admitted dismembering the body of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on board his homemade submarine.

In initial police questioning, Peter Madsen, who is suspected of her murder, denied cutting up her body and said she died when a heavy submarine hatch accidentally fell on her head.

Related: My friend Kim Wall's disappearance in Denmark shows: female journalists face danger everywhere

Continue reading...

Top 10 modern Nordic books 
11-10-2017

As a year-long festival celebrating the region’s writers gets under way in London, Icelandic novelist Sjón selects essential reading from the far north

With the cold wave of Nordic literature crashing on UK shores over recent years and Danish, Swedish, Greenlandic, Finnish, Norwegian and Icelandic authors coming to the Southbank Centre in London this month for talks and readings, I am glad to suggest 10 books for those who want to prepare themselves.

Some of the authors I choose here will be appearing at the Southbank Centre and some are featured in the anthology that I have edited with Ted Hodgkinson, The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat and Other Stories from the North. Others are to be found at all hours of day and night in their books.

Related: Sjón: 'Behind my book lies another I will never write'

Related: Sjón's top 10 island stories

Continue reading...

Brexit: stop the 'games' over the bill and get on with EU deal, says Denmark 
08-10-2017

Danish finance minister boosts UK’s hopes of securing a Brexit trade deal, saying a swift political compromise is required

Downing Street’s hopes of opening Brexit talks on a future trade deal have been given a boost by Denmark, whose finance minister dismissed the EU’s wrangling over the UK’s divorce bill as “a game” that requires swift political compromise.

Kristian Jensen told the Guardian he believed both sides should be ready to move the talks on following the concessions made in Theresa May’s speech in Florence last month.

Related: UK will be ready if Brexit talks with EU fail, says David Davis

The EU27’s negotiating guidelines for the two-year Brexit talks stipulate that they must take place in two phases: separation and “orderly withdrawal”, followed by future relationship. Only when the EU27 decide “sufficient progress” has been made on phase one can phase two begin.

Continue reading...

Kim Wall murder: police find head of Swedish journalist 
07-10-2017

Divers find bags containing body parts and clothes of reporter who went to interview Danish inventor on submarine

Danish police investigating the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall have found body parts, including her severed head.

The freelance journalist was last seen alive on 10 August when she went to interview the inventor Peter Madsen, who has been charged with her murder. Wall’s dismembered torso washed ashore 12 days after she boarded Madsen’s homemade submarine for the interview.

Related: My friend Kim Wall's disappearance in Denmark shows: female journalists face danger everywhere

Continue reading...

Kim Wall 'stabbed 15 times' onboard Danish inventor's submarine 
03-10-2017

Cause of journalist’s death yet to be established, court hears, as murder suspect Peter Madsen’s custody is extended

The suspected killer of Swedish journalist Kim Wall will be detained for four more weeks after a Copenhagen court heard that 15 stab wounds had been found on her body.

Peter Madsen, 46, faces a murder charge over the death of the 30-year-old journalist, whose headless, dismembered torso was found floating off Denmark’s capital city 10 days after she boarded the inventor’s self-built submarine for an interview.

Continue reading...

In full swing: Tate's Turbine Hall turned into adult playground 
02-10-2017

Tate Modern installation One Two Three Swing! uses three-person swing to combat social apathy through collective action

Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall has been turned into a playground with visitors encouraged to make new friends and, literally, get on a swing.

Less active and less friendly visitors can lie on a carpet and be hypnotised by a large mirrored ball swinging from the ceiling. “We’ve made sure the carpet is very thick so it is extremely comfortable, you can rest,” said Rasmus Nielsen, one of the artists behind the creation. “You can come here and take a nap.”

Continue reading...

Migrants stuck on endless ferry journey as countries refuse entry 
14-09-2017

Men stowed away on Istanbul to Odessa ferry and are stuck at sea while both Turkey and Ukraine refuse to take them

Twelve migrants, apparently from North Africa, have been sailing to and fro between Istanbul and Odessa on a Danish passenger ferry for the last seven weeks, locked in four cabins with no country willing to take them.

According to the operator, DFDS, Turkey and Ukraine both refuse to accept the men.

Related: The €8,000 ticket: the migrants crossing the Mediterranean by yacht

Continue reading...

Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike? 
17-11-2017

The share of trips taken by bike in Denmark’s capital has fallen. With ever more cars on the road and a new metro line about to open, can Copenhagen reach its target to have half of all journeys made by bike?

It’s 8am on a rainy weekday morning on Copenhagen’s Nørrebrogade street and the stream of cyclists making their way into city centre is already getting jammed.

Cyclists often have to wait through two or three rounds of green lights before they can get past. At Dronning Louise Bridge – one of the busiest cycle routes in the world, with 48,400 bikes crossing each day – newly installed information boards remind riders to pas på hinanden, or be aware of each other.

Related: Build it and they will come? Why Britain's 1960s cycling revolution flopped

Continue reading...

Danish authorities investigating claims of sexual abuse at Lars Von Trier's studio Zentropa 
13-11-2017

Investigation follows allegations made by nine women against production firm, which CEO says do ‘not match the Zentropa I know’. Von Trier not named in claims

Danish authorities are investigating allegations of “sexual harassment, degradation and bullying” at Zentropa, the film studio co-founded by director Lars Von Trier.

The investigation comes in response of a report by the Danish newspaper Politiken, in which nine women – all former employees at Zentropa – spoke of an “ingrained” culture of abuse at the studio. Several of the those interviewed said that their treatment had prompted them to stop working in the film industry altogether.

Continue reading...

Fed up with Brexit Britain? Come to work in Denmark | Morten Østergaard 
10-11-2017

If your dreams involve a workplace in which your skills are in demand, and you still want to enjoy the benefits of being a part of the EU, we’re just a cheap flight away

Dear EU citizens in the UK, Dear Britons,

Please know we support you and we can imagine the uncertainty the divorce from EU is causing in your everyday lives. Uncertainty about your housing opportunities, living and working conditions, and future life in general in the UK. It must be horrifying not to know what to expect.

We promise you that plenty of Danish businesses are ready to give you a warm and hyggelig welcome

Related: Brexit: stop the 'games' over the bill and get on with EU deal, says Denmark

Continue reading...

Danish inventor admits dismembering body of Swedish journalist 
30-10-2017

Danish police say Peter Madsen has changed his story, but still maintains Kim Wall died in an accident while on board his submarine

A Danish inventor has admitted dismembering the body of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall, whose body parts were found at sea after she interviewed him on board his homemade submarine.

In initial police questioning, Peter Madsen, who is suspected of her murder, denied cutting up her body and said she died when a heavy submarine hatch accidentally fell on her head.

Related: My friend Kim Wall's disappearance in Denmark shows: female journalists face danger everywhere

Continue reading...

Top 10 modern Nordic books 
11-10-2017

As a year-long festival celebrating the region’s writers gets under way in London, Icelandic novelist Sjón selects essential reading from the far north

With the cold wave of Nordic literature crashing on UK shores over recent years and Danish, Swedish, Greenlandic, Finnish, Norwegian and Icelandic authors coming to the Southbank Centre in London this month for talks and readings, I am glad to suggest 10 books for those who want to prepare themselves.

Some of the authors I choose here will be appearing at the Southbank Centre and some are featured in the anthology that I have edited with Ted Hodgkinson, The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat and Other Stories from the North. Others are to be found at all hours of day and night in their books.

Related: Sjón: 'Behind my book lies another I will never write'

Related: Sjón's top 10 island stories

Continue reading...

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