Local Round-Up: Does Copenhagen have a realistic hope of hosting the Olympics?

Local Round-Up: Does Copenhagen have a realistic hope of hosting the Olympics?

Helsinki did so in 1952. And Stockholm in 1912. And while Oslo has not hosted a summer Olympics, Lillehammer hosted the winter edition in 1994.

The closest Copenhagen gets to hosting five rings is its famous Bysøer, and they are not exactly circular.

But according to Mia Nyegaard, the city’s culture and leisure mayor, 2036 has a nice tone to it.

Cheapest, least, most sustainable
“I have been met in the past by skeptics who have said, ‘It is not possible and it will be too expensive.’ I have been a little provoked by that, and therefore I say now: What if we can do well? What if we dare to put it as our vision and then see if it can be done, ”she says to Berlingske.

Nyegaard imagines that Copenhagen will hold “the cheapest, most sustainable and smallest Olympics ever”.

To be fair, she wants a hard job that matches the frugality of the ‘Austerity Games’ hosted by London in 1948.

DR expert: Denmark has a slim chance
Henrik Liniger from Berlingske tells the newspaper that a bid “leans towards the unrealistic side” with regard to all the facilities needed: an Olympic stadium, an Olympic village and countless venues, as several matches must be held simultaneously in football like football. and handball.

Nevertheless, he admits that a durable bid could have some appeal. After all, the restrictions are not as strict as in previous years, and the hosting is usually carried out by the whole country, not just the city.

“So compared to before, it may have become more realistic, but it is still a huge event that will cost a lot of money and require a large number of facilities – which I can not see in Denmark today,” he said.

Incoming Lisbon planes are close to crashing at Copenhagen Airport after an interrupted landing
The Accident Investigation Board, the Danish Accident Investigation Board, has assessed an interrupted landing of a TAP Air Portugal Airbus A320, which arrived at Copenhagen Airport from Lisbon on 8 April, to be a ‘serious incident’. The daylight incident involved a plane with 109 people on board (seven crew, 102 passengers), and shortly after the interrupted landing, the crew struggled to keep a plane swinging to the left, or climb to an acceptable altitude. It was reportedly close to hitting the perimeter of the airport and some buildings in Maglebylille. It turned out that one of Engine 1’s four doors was unlocked, leaving the engine idling – giving insufficient power to climb as expected. The crew made adjustments and was able to land 20 minutes later. Subsequent inspections confirmed that the aircraft had no contact with the ground during the difficulties.

Could Kødbyen be sold to private builders to avoid a maintenance bill of billions of kroner?
So far, the City of Copenhagen is still the owner of Kødbyen, the city’s former meat parcel district, which over the past 15 years has been transformed into a den of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. However, the area contains a number of buildings, and they need maintenance, and therefore the City Hall’s finance committee will meet next Tuesday to consider whether it is time to start selling it from. Rambøll recently carried out an inspection, and an estimated DKK 1.2 billion will be spent over the next decade. However, the city’s mayor, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, a longtime resident of the area, seems to be against any sale. She argues that Kødbyen also includes many centers that take care of vulnerable people, such as drug addicts.

Refshaleøen residents worried about polluted water caused by the Lynetteholm construction
The city development authority By & Havn has assured the locals in Margreteholms Havn on Refshaleøen that heavy gray remains that wash up on the coast, a direct result of the ongoing work to build the artificial island Lynetteholm, is nothing to worry about. The blanket of clammy foam has turned local waters into a lunar landscape, locals complain. Generated by the construction of the dams needed to complete the first phase of construction work when sand comes in contact with water, By & Havn has confirmed that the foam is not toxic. Nevertheless, the locals are convinced that they will no longer bathe in their locally designated area.

Purification of pollutants at Copenhagen Airport is underway, but may take 70 years
Industrial use of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has been common for about 80 years, but they are now considered as global pollutants. This month, an attempt began to rid Copenhagen Airport of the pollutants, which can take up to 70 years. The technology company Kemic Vandrens coordinates the clean-up. The source of the pollutants, in the case of the airport, was foam used by firefighters – almost exclusively in training exercises.

Gaming companies face advertising bans on Copenhagen Metro
Game ads will no longer be allowed on subway stations, it has been determined. Following pressure from Metro’s owner municipalities, Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, Metroselskabet has confirmed that its board of directors unanimously supports the ban – a position in line with the City of Copenhagen’s promise to ban gambling ads on all public transport in the capital. By 2020, 48 percent of all gamblers were under 25 years old. In 2005, seven years before the liberalization of gambling that abolished the state’s monopoly on betting, the figure was 7 percent.

One million and rising: Copenhagen Metro breaks weekly passenger record
The metro in Copenhagen has broken its weekly passenger record. About 1.06 million people used the service in week 14, surpassing an earlier record set in 2019 by a margin of 30,000 people, Metroselskabet confirmed. During the pandemic, the number dropped, but more passengers have returned since the restrictions ended in early February.

Two new stops open for the Port of Copenhagen bus
Two new stops open this Sunday for the Port of Copenhagen bus. They will be located at Islands Brygge Syd and Enghave Brygge, which the bus company Movia notes, are located in areas where new homes are being built at high speed, but currently have poor local transport options. Enghave Brygge in Sydhavn is located about a kilometer further inland from the shopping center Fisketorvet. Another harbor bus stop at Orientkaj in Nordhavn will open later in the spring.

City Hall in favor of the distribution of newly arrived Ukrainian refugees
The City of Copenhagen is investigating the possibility of giving Ukrainian refugees a cash allowance to support themselves while they wait for their temporary stay to come through. Earlier this week, a majority in its Employment and Integration Committee supported a proposal to explore the possibility. The unit list has proposed 200 kroner every day per adult and 100 kroner per child.

More repairs are needed for Copenhagen’s cyclist and pedestrian bridge
The City of Copenhagen has confirmed that it intends to spend an additional DKK 17 million on the Inderhavnsbroen, Byhavnsbroen, which takes cyclists and pedestrians from Nyhavn towards Christiania. Defects have been found in the mechanism that make it possible to open the bridge so that large seagoing vessels can pass. The 180 meter long bridge opened in 2016.

Fishing night is off: Anglers are told that they are not allowed to catch cod in the Port of Copenhagen
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has put forward a proposal to ban anglers from catching cod in the Port of Copenhagen due to concerns that the fish contain toxic levels of mercury. Levels of mercury exceed EU borders, the administration claims.

Sustainable housing debate in Lyngby next week
A sustainable housing debate will take place at Lyngby City Library on 27 April at 19.00. Among the panelists are Simon Kjær Hansen, the global director of the association C40 Cities, whose books include ‘A defense of the big city’ (a defense of the big city), and Peter Schulz Sørensen, the author of ‘Take’ the city back ‘(take the city back). It is free to participate, but registration is required via lyngbykultur.dk.

Last week to vote in the Copenhagen Light Festival photo competition
Until 29 April, visitors to Havnegade by the Inner Harbor Bridge can see the 50 photos nominated by the Copenhagen Light Festival Photo Competition. The winner will be the photographer who gets the most votes via the festival app. This year’s light festival, which consisted of 53 installations, welcomed 350,000 visitors in February. Its media coverage attracted an estimated 395 million people worldwide.

Source: The Nordic Page

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