Arts and Entertainment A 37m-long Viking warship is coming to the British Museum

Huge wooden warship dubbed the Norse 'weapon of mass destruction' at the centre of new exhibition dispelling 'fluffy bunny' scholarship on Vikings


The streets of the European Capital of Culture are cool, cosmopolitan and just made for strolling, says Nigel Williamson

live review Tristan Variations Copenhagen

For a modern composer, to write one opera is daring enough, but to write 11... And yet, since 1964, that's just what the Dane, Bent Lorentzen, has done. And in his latest, Tristan Variations, he takes an even bigger risk, inviting comparison with one of the greatest operas of them all: Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

Miss Smilla's forebears

THE HISTORY OF DANISH DREAMS by Peter Hoeg trs Barbara Haveland, Harvill pounds 14.99

LETTERS: Wonderful Copenhagen

From Mrs Joan A. Davis

LETTER: Three wheels are better than four

From Mr Tom Mowlam

Obituarties: Henning Kromstam

Henning Kronstam was a pillar of the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen; handsome, romantic and poetic.

LETTER : Major needed in Copenhagen

From Mr Damian Killeen

LETTER : True measures of human happiness

From Mrs Andrea Kelmanson

Athletics: New women's events recognised

World and European records in both the women's pole vault and hammer throw will be recognised from the end of 1994, the president of the European Athletics Association (EAA), Carl-Olaf Homen, announced in Copenhagen yesterday. Both events are to be included in the programme for the European Athletics Championships at Budapest in 1998.

World title is no pipe dream

COPENHAGEN - The Italian Claudio Caviechi won the men's title at the Eighth World Pipe-Smoking Championships, puffing away for an uninterrupted 2 hours, 52 minutes and 35 seconds. The women's title went to Dane Sussi Jensen with a time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 40 seconds at the weekend event, which attracted 457 pipe-smokers from 15 nations. Reuter

Santas drop in

COPENHAGEN - Scores of Santas arrived in Denmark for the 31st annual Santa Claus Congress at Bellevue Beach north of Copenhagen. With their reindeer resting for the summer, a group of Santas descended by parachute, soaring through the summer heat in red coats and black boots. AP

Ferry fares

The high cost of crossing the channel between Britain and France - whether by ferry or by the Eurotunnel - is mystifying to most Scandinavians. Denmark, with its many internal ferry crossings as well as links to Sweden, Norway and Germany, provides a good example for comparison.

Vote hope

Danes vote today in local elections likely to give a lift to Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, the opposition leader, who is attempting to become prime minister, Reuter reports from Copenhagen.

MP impeached

Denmark's parliament voted to impeach Erik Ninn-Hansen, an MP and former justice minister in the 'Tamilgate' refugee scandal which brought down the government in January, Reuter reports from Copenhagen.

Danish riots flare for a second night: Danish 'no' campaigners cry foul at 'crisis of legitimacy'

DANISH police fired tear-gas last night at protesters demonstrating for a second night after Danes voted to accept the European Community's Maastricht treaty. About 100 protesters lit fires in the streets and broke windows in a working-class suburb of central Copenhagen.
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