Today’s front pages – Wednesday, March 6

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

Thousands have lost unemployment benefits

Almost 10,000 long-term unemployed people have already lost their rights to receive unemployment benefits (dagpenge) during the first two months of the year, according to a new analysis by union association AK-Samvirke. The study showed that 4,177 long-term unemployed lost their dagpenge in February, while 5,472 lost the right in January. The Employment Ministry estimated at the beginning of the year that between 17,000 and 23,000 people would lose their dagpenge rights during the first half of 2013. – Politiken

Thorning-Schmidt visits mine in South Africa

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt (Socialdemokraterne) went deep into the Impala Platinum mine near Rustenburg as part of her South African trip this week. Wearing a boiler suit and a safety helmet, Thorning-Schmidt went 1,250 metres into the mine to see the production and try some of the drilling operations. FLSmidth, which supplies equipment to the mining industry in much of Africa, have about 1,000 employees in South Africa. – Jyllands-Posten

Universities want experienced students

Seven out of eight universities have been given the green light to accept more students based on their experience and motivation rather than their grades, or the so-called ‘Quota 2’ scheme. Most students are accepted due to their grades, through ‘Quota 1’, but a number of universities are looking to accept the less-studious students as well. The biggest changes come from Roskilde University, where 25 percent of their placements will in the future be found from Quota 2. – metroXpress

Skat demands billions from multinational company

The tax authorities, Skat, have demanded that US cooling giants, Johnson Controls, pay up 1.1 billion kroner in extra taxes, according to Børsen financial daily. Skat maintains that Johnson Controls evaluated its internal value far too low when it moved assets out of Denmark back in 2006.  Johnson Control’s Danish business, which produces cooling devices for a number of industries, evaluated the assets it moved out of the country at four billion kroner less that it should have, Skat contends. – Børsen