Morning Briefing – Monday, June 10

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

More poor 

There are over twice as many people living in poverty in Denmark than just over ten years ago. The new poverty line, as defined by a government-commissioned work group, showed that there are 42,200 people in the country who are defined as poor, compared to just 16,200 people in 1999. – Kristeligt-Dagblad

Equality not equal

Increased equality between the sexes has led to an increase in wage inequality among women over the past 30 years. According to an international study, wages have increased for some women, especially those with higher educations, where in the past, wages among all women had roughly been equal. – Politiken

Health authorities slow to act in Novo Nordisk case

Health authorities, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), have been slow to respond to reports that indicate that some of Novo Nordisk’s diabetes medicines may cause cancer, according to Berlingske newspaper. WHO and other health authorities argued that statistics from side-effect reports are not conclusive enough to decide if  the products are to blame. – Berlingske

Heating prices fluctuating dramatically

The yearly price of heating a standard 130 square-metre house can flutuate from 8,000 kroner to 37,000 kroner per year, depending on the plant that supplies the customer. According to industry association, Dansk Fjernvarme, the 70 percent increase of natural gas taxes since 2007 makes it impossible for plants that are bound to natural gas to generate heat to compete with new solutions available in some locations. – Jyllands-Posten

Kids injured in bus accident

Thirty young students were injured when a Danish double-decker bus crashed into a bridge in Munich, Germany on Sunday morning. The accident occurred when the driver attempted drive the four-metre high bus under a 3.40-metre bridge. 12 students remain hospitalised with injuries that include broken ribs and possible concussions. – DR News

Councils making aesthetic solar panels demands

The recent influx of solar panels in Denmark as led to more stringent demands concerning aesthetics. Of the 98 councils examined by Ingeniøren newspaper, 12 had recommendations for structural and aesthetic requirements for solar panels, while 44 councils demanded that the solar panels must align with the house roof. – Ingeniøren

Youngsters fall at final hurdle

Denmark’s under-19 football team won’t be going to the European Championships in Lithuania this summer after losing 0-1 to hosts Portugal in their final Elite Round match. The Danes played more than 85 minutes a man down after keeper Oliver Korch was sent off for a foul in the fifth minute. Portugal got the winner with two minutes left. –