Today’s front pages – Thursday, Feb 7

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish dailies are reporting on their front pages

Olsen’s boys crumble in Skopje

Denmark made a poor impression in their final friendly warm-up, losing to Macedonia 0-3 in Skopje. All three goals came in the first half as the lacklustre Danes were unable to deal with a spirited opposition that wanted it more on the day, leaving plenty of unanswered questions before their World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic next month. Despite the loss, there were some bright moments for Morten Olsen's national team, particularly from youngsters Viktor Fischer, Casper Sloth and Jores Okore. – Ekstra Bladet

Eastern Europeans here to stay

Thousands of eastern European workers who originally arrived in Denmark to work for shorter periods are staying in the country. Figures obtained from the labour market Arbejdsmarkedsstyrelsen’s database, jobindsats.dk, show that the number of eastern European workers in Denmark has risen by 43 percent since 2008. In the third quarter of 2012, there were nearly 50,000 people from ten eastern European countries employed in Denmark, and a third of them have a Danish address and CPR number for tax purposes. – Jyllands-Posten

Humanity programmes co-operating with business sector

The time when students and employees from the universities’ humanities departments could hide in libraries and behind reports without contact from the outside world is over. A new trend has seen the humanities faculties begin to work closely with the business sector to prepare humanities students for post-graduation employment. To combat the over 25 percent unemployment rate for new graduates with humanities degrees, universities in Copenhagen, Aarhus and Aalborg have begun inviting leaders from the business world to provide input into their humanities educations. – Politiken

Biotechnological ambitions fading in Øresund

Plans to develop a 'Medicon Valley' biotechnology hub in the Øresund region are losing momentum according to a new report compiled by Boston Consulting Group. The report indicates that plans for a Medicon Valley – an international research centre in the areas of cancer, diabetes, neuroscience, inflammation and infectious diseases – are on the brink of falling behind in a very competitive life-science market. The report, funded by the EU, recommends immediate action to stop the current trends of large companies closing production sites, marginal growth and limited numbers of start-up companies. – Berlingske




  • Three new countries recognise Palestine as an independent state – Denmark holds back

    Three new countries recognise Palestine as an independent state – Denmark holds back

    Norway, Spain and Ireland have announced that they will formally recognise Palestine as a state. A furious Israel has recalled its envoys from Dublin, Oslo and Madrid for emergency consultations. Denmark says it will only recognise Palestine under a two-state solution.

  • Digitization is the secret ingredient in Chinese restaurateur’s growth adventure

    Digitization is the secret ingredient in Chinese restaurateur’s growth adventure

    Publisher Jesper Skeel and Korean BBQ restaurant chain owner Zen discuss the ups and downs of independent entrepreneurship and how to crack the Copenhagen market, from both an international and Danish perspective.

  • Pro-Palestinian demonstrations divide Copenhagen society

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrations divide Copenhagen society

    As popular protests of the Israeli offensive in Gaza erupt around the world and in the media, from university campuses to the streets of major cities, discord is escalating between demonstrators, the general public, authorities and politicians.

  • Huge fire at Novo Nordisk – building “cannot be saved”

    Huge fire at Novo Nordisk – building “cannot be saved”

    A fire broke out at a Novo Nordisk site in Bagsværd on Wednesday morning. There have been no casualties, but the fire is “extensive and spreading”, and Novo’s administrative building “cannot be saved” say emergency services.

  • Denmark leads 15 member states in call to outsource EU migration policy

    Denmark leads 15 member states in call to outsource EU migration policy

    Just one day after the EU finally landed its New Pact on Migration and Asylum following four years of tough negotiations, a group of 15 member states, led by Denmark, issued a joint call for greater efforts to outsource migration policy and  prevent migrants from arriving at EU borders in the first place.

  • How to lead Danes IV – Cultural Bypassing

    How to lead Danes IV – Cultural Bypassing

    Many of us Danes, despite being well-educated and well-travelled, often lack experience in navigating cultural differences at work. This can lead to ‘cultural bypassing’, where we believe we are at a level of enlightenment where we no longer are burdened by the risk of making cross-cultural mistakes. As their manager, you can help your Danish colleagues by acknowledging cultural differences in the workplace.