Morning Briefing – Thursday, June 27

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

Tourists pass on Denmark

High prices and low service levels have tourists foregoing Denmark. A number of experts within the tourism industry are now calling for improved tourism products and raising service levels will be required to attract more visitors. Prices in Denmark are 42 percent higher than the EU average. – Berlingske

Spinning gold in eastern Europe

It’s not just pig farmers that have found eastern Europe to be an attractive place to operate their businesses. The Danish state has made close to two billion kroner on 437 projects in particularly Poland and Ukraine, according to a new report by the organisation behind the investments, Investeringsfond for Østlandene (IØ). IØ was established in the late 1980s to strengthen democracy after the Iron Curtain came down. – Politiken

Not so unhappy about their jobs 

Danish prostitutes have a higher opinion of their work than the population at large, according to an Aarhus University study. Interviews of 40 prostitutes showed the women don’t see their work as the biggest problem they face. Instead, they said they were more concerned about a general distrust of the profession, homelessness, poverty, drug abuse and their relationship with their children. – Videnskab

Son apologises for pony butchering

The son of celebrity chef Camilla Plum admitted in a letter to his mother that he was responsible for the beheading and disembowelment of the family's pony on Sunday. Plum’s son wrote that he killed the pony as a statement and he intended to eat it with a group of friends. He said, however, they had to give up their plans when people turned up on the beach where they butchered it. He added that the animal did not suffer. – TV2 News

Police arrest 40 in gang raids

A number of people with ties to gangs were arrested in a series of police raids in eastern Denmark yesterday evening. During the searches of about 40 properties the police found an automatic pistol, a sawed-off shotgun and a drug-making laboratory. – Ekstra Bladet

No fourth Dane in Tour

Cyclist Alex Rasmussen won't be riding in the Tour de France this year after he missed the cut for the Garmin-Sharp Tour team yesterday. Rasmussen was one of two riders dropped by Garmin-Sharp after a training camp in Spain. The news means that the Tour will only have three Danes this year – Lars Bak, Jacob Fuglsang and Brian Vandborg. – Cykelmagasinet

  • How internationals can benefit from joining trade unions

    How internationals can benefit from joining trade unions

    Being part of a trade union is a long-established norm for Danes. But many internationals do not join unions – instead enduring workers’ rights violations. Find out how joining a union could benefit you, and how to go about it.

  • Internationals in Denmark rarely join a trade union

    Internationals in Denmark rarely join a trade union

    Internationals are overrepresented in the lowest-paid fields of agriculture, transport, cleaning, hotels and restaurants, and construction – industries that classically lack collective agreements. A new analysis from the Workers’ Union’s Business Council suggests that internationals rarely join trade unions – but if they did, it would generate better industry standards.

  • Novo Nordisk overtakes LEGO as the most desirable future workplace amongst university students

    Novo Nordisk overtakes LEGO as the most desirable future workplace amongst university students

    The numbers are especially striking amongst the 3,477 business and economics students polled, of whom 31 percent elected Novo Nordisk as their favorite, compared with 20 percent last year.