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Danes optimistic about future employment possibilities

Just seven percent believe that the job market will deteriorate


48 percent of Danes, the highest in the EU, believe that the employment situation in Denmark will improve over the next 12 months (Photo: Colourbox)

June 24, 2014
10:45

by CW


When it comes to future job opportunities, the Danes are the most optimistic people in the EU, according to a Eurobarometer survey by the European Commission.

The survey showed that 48 percent of Danes believe the employment situation in Denmark will improve over the next 12 months, while just seven percent believe it will deteriorate.

“There’s a good reason for the Danes to be optimistic about the future,” Michael Svarer, a professor of economics at Aarhus University, told local council organisation publication Momentum.

“Despite still being in a recession, we expect that the market state will begin to improve, and that will generate up to 100,000 more jobs in Denmark.”

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Crisis ramifications
The Dutch were the second-most optimistic EU citizens, with 39 percent under the impression that their market would improve. In Sweden it was 35 percent, while the Germans were just 18 percent, below the EU average of 23 percent.

“We are more optimistic than the Swedes and Germans because they weren’t hit as hard by the financial crisis as the Danes were,” Svarer told Momentum.

Svarer contended that the employment increase potential in Denmark is thus greater than in many other nations.



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