Some 30,000 people joined a rally in Copenhagen on Saturday in favour of taking in thousands of refugees seeking shelter in Europe, police said.

"Everything is taking place in a calm and orderly way," said a post on the official Twitter feed of Copenhagen police, indicating that roughly 30,000 people had gathered for the demonstration.

Demonstrators held up signs reading "Refugees Welcome" and "Europe is the closest neighbourhood to Syria", local media reported.

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