Local Round-Up: Copenhagen sets up task force to help incoming Ukrainians

Many variables
Næsager said that the city’s action depends on how many people end up coming and how long they stay.

The municipality is currently working on getting educators to take care of the youngest children so that they do not have to spend all day in hotel rooms or the like.

Some of the children can still participate in digital teaching from home in , while others will be admitted to introductory classes to prepare them for Danish primary and lower secondary school.

“If they stay for six weeks, we do one thing; for six months it is another; and for six years it is something else, ”said Næsager.

Yesterday, the Folketing passed a special law that gives Ukrainian refugees the opportunity to quickly get temporary residence to help them find work and education in Denmark.

About 3,000 Ukrainians have so far planned an agreement to apply for such a residence permit.

Demanded life on water
The city is looking to open up more waterfront space for houseboats in the future due to increased demand. Byudvikler By & Havn has initially designated several areas where an expansion of houseboats could be most possible. These include Stejlepladsen in Sydhavn together with designated areas in , by Christiansholm, by Prøvestenen Syd, by Kronløbsøen in Nordhavn and by state-owned areas on Holmen.

City to curb long-term parking
Local are exploring the possibility of warning of time-sensitive parking zones in an effort to reduce long-term parking in the city. The municipality wants the zones to be limited to a maximum of three hours to prevent commuters from filling up the streets with their cars. Initially, funds have been allocated to 15 of these zones, of which the first four will be established in Sydhavn, , and .

Graffiti costs DSB millions
National railway operator DSB spent an exorbitant 71 million kroner on removing graffiti from its S-trains in Copenhagen last year. DSB reports all graffiti to the police, and vandals risk up to six years in prison for spraying the trains with paint. Furthermore, perpetrators also risk large fines, and if they are minors, they risk being removed from their parents’ guardianship and placed in closed institutions. It costs DSB 100,000 kroner to clean graffiti from a single train carriage.

New Wolt concept in Vesterbro
On March 18, the city sees one brand new supermarket concept opens up in Vesterbro. Food delivery service Wolt is behind the service, which will offer fast delivery of around 2,000 supermarket items within a radius of 5 km. Wolt Market, as it is called, will have a warehouse on Enghavevej 8C and goods ordered from there will be delivered to customers within 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can pick up your order at the facility. Wolt Market, which opened its first store in Aalborg in November 2021, plans to open another 15 locations in Denmark this year.

Opera rooftop diving to return
City residents will once again be able to enjoy the popular Red Bull Cliff Diving event this summer as the athletes return to dive down from the roof of the opera house. The event is back for the first time since 2018 and takes place on July 16th. Admission is free for the public, as divers dive and turn 27 meters into the city’s port and hit the water at speeds up to 85 km / h. . This year, the competition will also feature an event for women.

Tivoli’s Friday concerts back too
Tivoli Amusement Park has announced that their popular Friday rock event is back this summer, and a number of artists have already lined up. It all kicks off on April 8 and so far 50 Cent, Tom Jones, Aqua, Mø, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, LOC and Malk De Koijn are among those on the schedule. Purchase of tickets to Tivoli gives access to the concerts, but tickets up close – the so-called inner circle tickets – go on sale on 18 March.

Discounts for retirees are rising
From 1 July the age limit for obtaining a discount for pensioners on public transport increases to 67 years. The change takes place as the current age limit for national pension is adjusted. For those who have a discount right now, but do not turn 67 on 1 July, they will keep their discount after the cut-off date if they order a personal travel card with a pension discount before then. The next planned increase in the retirement age is set to take place in 2030. Book a travel card at www.rejsekort.dk.

Eight may be back in
After disappearing from North Zealand about 60 years ago, authorities believe the otter may have returned in recent years. They can not say for sure, but two otters were found hit by cars at Nivå and Rågeleje, while another was caught on film by a game camera at Arresø. It is hoped that the small predator has swum across the Sound from and settled in the region. The Regional Agency will, together with the , try to investigate whether there is an otter population in North Zealand, by setting up floating platforms in a number of streams and lakes in the area. The platforms, which have game cameras mounted on them, are sprayed with odors designed to attract otters.

Traffic is preparing for the Nordhavn tunnel
The Danish Road Directorate The Danish Road Directorate has launched a number of initiatives in with the aim of is preparing the construction of the Nordhavn tunnel connection, which will connect Østerbro with Nordhavn. Among other things, signal-regulated traffic lights will be established on Strandvænget in Østerbro to ensure smooth access to the construction site. On the north side of Svaneknoppen, a new marina will also be built, and a number of other areas will be cleared to make room for the tunnel.

Source: The Nordic Page

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