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Bendtner faces Denmark snub

Denmark coach Morten Olsen admits he will be forced to leave Nicklas Bendtner out of his plans unless the striker is playing regularly for Arsenal.

England confirm Denmark friendly

England have confirmed they will play Denmark at the Parken Stadium on February 9.

Apax set to buy Danish giant ISS in £5.4bn deal

Apax Partners is in pole position to take over the Danish cleaning, security and catering group ISS in an $8.5bn (£5.4bn) deal, including debt.

Brick by brick: Lego begins building in Europe

Danish toymaker Lego will open 14 stores in Europe by the end of the year, just seven years after previous expansion plans failed.

Olsen announces plans to quit Denmark job

Denmark coach Morten Olsen has announced he will leave his post at the end of his side's Euro 2012 campaign.

'Link' examined between painkillers and reproductive disorders

The use of painkillers such as aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol in pregnancy could be linked to male reproductive disorders, a study out today suggests.

Cairn: Greenland oil finds too small

Cairn Energy disappointed early hopes for oil exploration in Greenland yesterday with the admission that initial finds were too small to commercialise.

Debenhams brings back dividend

The department store Debenhams has revealed it will reintroduce its dividend after a two-year hiatus, as it posted a sharp uplift in full-year profits.

Album: Our Broken Garden, Golden Sea (Bella Union)

The second offering from Denmark's OBG starts slowly, its focus on the melancholy voice of Anna Bronsted and a ghostly reverbed piano track.

Album: Agnes Obel, Philharmonics ([PIAS])

The strikingly austere tone of the cover photo of Berlin-based Danish composer Agnes Obel is borne out in the contents of Philharmonics, in which limpidly evocative piano instrumentals in the vein of Ludovico Einaudi, some tinted with cello, organ, harp or celesta, blend seamlessly with Obel's delicately dusky harmonies, floating like feathers in songs such as the haunting "Riverside" and "Beast".

Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Lexington, London

The Gothenburg duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums is an experimental collaboration formed in 2006 by husband and wife Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin.

Dom Joly: In my alternative society, they would wear pink cords

I'm in Denmark for a couple of days – the only Scandinavian country I hadn't visited. It often has the "happiest population in the world" in those unfathomable surveys by interested parties. My first encounter with a Dane was my taxi driver and it was not promising – he was a naturalised Egyptian who had been in the country since 1994 and was about to move back to Cairo to be a dentist. "Why would you come here for a holiday?" he asked incredulously. "It's boring, incredibly expensive, the weather is awful and we only eat little potatoes." He was right about the weather and the place is eye-wateringly expensive. The people, however, are ridiculously lovely and almost make me forget that I am holidaying in what appears to be some sort of Aryan super-state - everyone being blond, blue-eyed and very tall.

Protest at 'macabre' pilot whale slaughter

Mutilated pilot whales line the dock at Klaksvic on the Faroe Islands, a Danish protectorate, after being slaughtered by islanders who slash and stab to death hundreds of the animals as part of an annual hunt.

Carlsberg sees strong growth

Carlsberg upgraded its full-year profits forecast yesterday, helped in particular by strong demand in Asia and better-than-expected consumption of its brands in Russia.

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