Copenhagen’s city lakes freeze almost every year. It took a little longer than usual, but the ice was finally thick enough this February for people to head out and skate.
Two Danes hope to bring bicycle culture to Africa to tackle poverty and improve lives.
Do you take the car, train or bicycle to work? We have so many options of getting from A to B that it’s hard to imagine that for many people walking is the only real option. And our own two legs can only take us so far. In Africa, this is the reality for millions of people and, as a result, their ability to access health care, education and employment is severely limited, trapping them in cycles of poverty and ill health.
But Danish bicycle company Baisikeli – Swahili for bicycle – is hoping to change that. This October they are setting up a workshop in Mozambique to sell and repair second-hand Danish bicycles, as well as manufacture bicycles for the global market. They are a business – unsupported by the government or charities – that has already sent thousands of bicycles to the continent to help foster social change by creating a sustainable bicycle culture in Africa. Continue reading
A clinic has opened in Copenhagen that will only treat illegal immigrants, formally known as undocumented migrants. I spoke to the manager of the clinic to find out more.
Tucked away in the corner of a quiet courtyard off Revenstlowgade beside the central station is a private health clinic. Its clients aren’t wealthy or famous, but you still need to be special to be seen. The clinic only takes in people who – for whatever reason – are illegally resident in Denmark. In fact, it’s the only place in the country where they can be treated.
Vibeke Lenskjold from the Red Cross in Denmark, who runs the clinic, invited the Copenhagen Post to take a look around this Monday. Sitting in the reception of the clinic, she explained that while some politicians were outraged at the opening of a health clinic for illegal immigrants, all the Red Cross in Denmark cared about was that there were people who needed help but weren’t receiving it.
“It’s at the heart of what we do – humanitarian help for people in need. We don’t care who they are, if they need help they must have it,” Lenskjold said. Continue reading
The annual street and club festival Distortion will need to undergo drastic changes if it is to return next year, warns its lead organiser.
The festival, which visits a different Copenhagen district on each its five days, saw up to 100,000 people attend each of the street parties.
But despite their soaring popularity, the night-time Club Clash events were massively undersubscribed, with only 2,500 of the 230 kroner tickets sold for Friday night’s event when sales of 6,000 tickets were needed to break even. Continue reading
Delving into the archives I discover how the dreams to create a popular and vibrant city club, changed the face of Danish football forever.
Floating at stratospheric heights at the top of the Danish Super League is the ‘City’s Team’, FC Copenhagen. With a staggering 21-point lead and just 11 games left to play, the team is playing with unmatched class and efficiency.
A relative infant, the club was created in 1992 through a merger of Kjøbenhavns Boldklub (KB) and B1903 – a move widely credited as improving the standard of Danish league football over the last two decades.
The idea of creating a merged team to represent the city as a whole had been on the table since the late-‘80s. The main issue was that the city’s many regional clubs were all vying against each other, thinning the spectator base and preventing any one side from developing a strong team.
Finally, in September 1991, it was announced that two of Copenhagen’s clubs would merge to create a citywide team. The news came as a surprise to many, with Danish paper BT writing: “A fusion of KB and B1903 has become a reality, dropped like a bomb.”
But board members of the as-of-yet non-existent team defended the decision. One of whom, the well-known lawyer and billionaire Christian Kjær, stated: “We need a team that can draw a crowd and get football to blossom. We need to get the spirit back to the good old days when more people went to watch football and got more involved – when they shouted and cheered and had a great time.” Continue reading