Digital-only government meeting resistance

Over half a million Danes say dropping snail mail for government correspondence is a bad idea

July 21st, 2014 12:12 pm| by admin

From this autumn, a large proportion of government correspondence will only be available via email. Reminders concerning things like doctor and hospital appointments, vehicle inspections and other government business will be sent electronically only. That means, that beginning on November 1, every resident over 15-years-old will have to have a digital mailbox to communicate with various public authorities. Many people, especially older residents, are not looking forward to the switch from snail mail to email.

“I’m too old,” Erling Dahl, a farmer from Jutland told DR Nyheder. “It is constantly being drummed into our heads that we have to make things easier for government while the rest of us are forced to go along with whatever they come up with.”

READ MORE: A high-tech welfare state

A representative from senior advocacy group Ældresagen said that simply not everyone is ready to ride the digital wave.

“Not everyone can use the internet and not everyone has a computer, so they will still need to get a letter,” spokesperson Ingrid Lauridsen told DR Nyheder. “They will have to request to be excused at the citizen services office. Anyone who wishes to be exempt may be.”

This year it's continuing until December (photo: iStock)
Solo by name, welcoming by nature: a birthday every Renaissance man should attend
Let us rejoice in remembering the era of rebirth and advancement with harps...
The city is alive with possibilities tonight (photo: Maria Sattrup)
Culture Night tonight! Where the culture vultures turn into night owls
Ever since 1993, Copenhagen’s culture vultures have been turning into nig...
Ruby was ranked 34th in the world by The World's 50 Best Bars (photo: Ruby)
Danish cocktail bar among best in the world
The Copenhagen cocktail bar Ruby is once again in the ascendancy towards th...
Odysseus fleeing from the cyclops (all photos:
Eckersberg: perfecting the imperfect
The National Gallery of Denmark yesterday opened a major exhibition of the ...
Roligans still have a chance for joy on Sunday (photo: iStock)
Danes still alive despite loss in Portugal
Denmark finished up its Euro 2016 Group I qualification campaign by losing ...
Paris had a car-free day in parts of the city on September 27 (photo: iStock)
Copenhagen to have car-free day next year
Next year, most probably on the last Sunday of September, Copenhagen will f...