Today’s front pages – Friday, Feb 22

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

Copenhagen continues to thrive

Despite the financial crisis, Greater Copenhagen continues to thrive and is developing better than the rest of the country. According to figures from Danmarks Statistik, Copenhageners are, on average, now twice as wealthy as the national average. Based on GDP per capita, residents in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg councils earn on average 460,000 kroner, which is twice as much as what people earn in western and southern Zealand and 43 percent of the total average for all of Denmark. – Berlingske

Schools cash in on students

Twice a year, usually in February and September, schools count their students and receive an amount of money from the state based on the number of students attending school in the council. But that model has attracted criticism from both teachers and students, who argue that it results in schools focusing on finances instead of education. They indicated that some school headteachers either counts students who actually attend other schools or refuse to expel high-absentee students until the ‘counting day’ has passed. – metroXpress

Every fifth patient should be discharged

Over 20 percent of patients currently occupying a bed in the nation's hospitals should be discharged, according to the hospitals themselves. A dozen hospitals in Greater Copenhagen, northern Jutland and Zealand reported that one out of every five of their patients are either waiting to be discharged or should be transferred to a lower-cost care facility. Hospital capacity fell by 1,087 beds between 2007 and 2011. – Politiken

Bank boss wants to split big banks

Big banks are a direct threat to financial stability in Denmark and lawmakers should split them up, according to the CEO of Sparekassen Sjælland, Lars Petersson. Petersson contended that the government should consider splitting large financial institutions into investment banks and traditional consumer banks. Petersson’s statement came as other countries are considering splitting up their large banks. – Børsen