Morning Briefing – Wednesday, May 15

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish press is reporting

More funds for companies in developing countries

In the wake of last month's garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, the government is increasing its support to organisations that work to raise the social awareness of companies working in developing countries. If approved by parliament tomorrow, the amount given this year would increase from ten to 50 million kroner. – Kristeligt-Dagblad

Troubled museum warned

The group behind the seafaring museum, M/S Museet for Søfart, was in 2008 advised by the then culture minister, Brian Mikkelsen (Konservative), not to build the museum before they had secured the funds required for it to operate. The museum, located in Helsingør, failed to heed Mikkelsen’s warning and could be forced to close shortly after opening. – Politiken

State punishing anti-trust cheats

The state has cracked down on companies that violate anti-trust laws and force consumers to pay artificially inflated prices. Since January, three major companies – Georg Jensen, Unilever Danmark and BSH Hvidevarer – have been collectively fined four million kroner. – Børsen

Ticks with TBE discovered on Zealand

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) has made its way to Zealand, according to researchers from Statens Serum Institut. The only place in Denmark that the virally infectious disease that attacks the human central nervous system had previously been found was on the island of Bornholm. There is no specific treatment for TBE and mortality is at about two percent. –

Metro eyes westward expansion 

The ongoing chaos caused by Metro construction may not end even if the current City Ring expansion is actually finished sometime in 2018. Metro is developing plans to extend the line west from Amager to Rødovre by 2040, at a cost of 38 billion kroner. One of the reasons given for the expansion is Copenhagen's expected addition of 100,000 new residents by 2025. – Ingeniøren

Emmelie sends Denmark to the Eurovision final

Emmelie de Forest lived up to the hype and snagged Denmark a place in the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest being held in Malmö, Sweden. The result puts Denmark in the finals for the sixth year in a row, where it will face off with Moldavia, Lithuania, Ireland, Estonia, Belarus, Russia, Belgium, Ukraine and the Netherlands in Saturday’s finale.- DR News

Danes challenge Swedes in final game

Denmark led twice, even as late as the second period, against their Swedish hosts before losing 2-4 in the IIHF ice hockey world championships yesterday. Despite missing half of its NHL players, the Danish team finished in a respectable 12th place in the tournament. Departing coach Per Bäckman expressed pride in his team. –