Local Round-Up: Record number of sailing ships visiting Copenhagen, but a steep drop in cruise ship visitors

Local Round-Up: Record number of sailing ships visiting Copenhagen, but a steep drop in cruise ship visitors

The number of ships mooring in Copenhagen’s marinas has never been higher. There have already been 3,200 arrivals this year – a new record.

In July several vessels had to share space in some of the better places.

City & Harbor could open a new marina
“The new record and the large number of visitors show that we have a healthy harbor with an attractive harbor environment that more sailors want to visit and experience,” says Anne Skovbro, head of By & Havn.

By & Havn has just started investigating the possibility of building a marina with 1,600 berths at Prøvestenen Syd, just a few kilometers from the center of Copenhagen.

Big drop in cruise ship visitors
However, there has been a 30 percent drop this year in cruise ship visitors: a drop of more or less 300,000 in estimated numbers.

This is primarily due to the fact that the Russian city of St. Petersburg, a major destination for Baltic cruise guests, cannot be visited due to the war in Ukraine and international sanctions.

Cruise guests contribute more than DKK 1 billion to Copenhagen each year.

Copenhagen was named Europe’s best city for finding good deals
Copenhagen has been named the ultimate capital for bargain hunters by the website confused.com. Based on the amount of used vintage goods for sale as well as their quality, the website gave Copenhagen a score of 8.43 out of 10 in its so-called Bargain Hunters Index. Riga and Amsterdam followed Copenhagen in the top three, with Dublin, Budapest, Oslo, Porto, London, Rome and Helsinki completing the top ten.

Almost a thousand road works underway in the capital
There are now more than 850 sites in Copenhagen where roadwork is being carried out, largely due to a years-long backlog of construction work exacerbated by rising global material prices, municipal building caps and other factors. On Copenhagen Municipality’s website, there is a map of the road work that shows who is responsible and when the work will be finished.

Registration for the Copenhagen Pride Parade fills up quickly
Copenhagen Pride Parade takes place on Saturday 20 August in Frederiksberg and Copenhagen with an unprecedented number of participants: Around 50,000 either walking in the street or on one of the many floats. According to Lars Henriksen, head of Copenhagen Pride, thousands more want to participate this year after corona restrictions, which greatly reduced the number of participants in Pride Week in 2020 and 2021.

DSB is testing new camera technology at Nordhavn Station to reduce accidents
DSB is developing new cameras to counter the increase in accidents at Nordhavn and Svanemøllen railway stations. Since 2009, there have been 26 accidents and 73 so-called ‘pre-accidents’, mainly involving young people. Many are caused by people walking on the tracks at night or standing too close to the arriving trains. DSB’s cameras detect movements in risk areas and sound an alarm to avoid an accident.

The world’s largest hand-knitted flag on display near Copenhagen Harbour
This week, the world’s largest hand-knitted LGBT flag adorns Nordatlantens Brygge, an organization focused on art and culture in the North Atlantic countries, in honor of Copenhagen Pride, and this year it is two meters longer after the addition of black and brown stripes. The flag, now 7.2 meters long and 2 meters wide, was first displayed on the building’s facade in 2021. In recent years, the black and brown stripes have been added to the flag to represent people of color.

New chicken wing restaurant with 11 sauce flavors opens in Copenhagen
A brand new restaurant called Wing It opened its doors on Valby Langgade on Monday. The small restaurant serves chicken wings with pickles, coleslaw and a variety of fries, and offers 11 different sauces such as peppercorn, lemon pepper and barbecue. Located at Valby Langgade 39, it is open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to 21:00 and also offers takeaway.

Copenhagen’s Ecco shop painted red
The Ecco store on Købmagergade, a pedestrian street in Copenhagen that is perpendicular to Strøget, was vandalized early on Tuesday morning when its entrance was plastered with red paint. The vandalism was discovered just before 9 o’clock. The red paint has now been removed from the entrance, but there are still traces of paint on the street surface. The reason for the vandalism is believed to be related to the company’s decision to continue doing business in Russia following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Source: The Nordic Page

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