Morning Briefing – Tuesday, July 16

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

Dane plunges to his death while mountain climbing in France

A Danish climber fell to his death yesterday while climbing on Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc in France. French media reports that the climber died instantly after dropping 300 metres. He was not wearing a safety line.  French authorities are investigating the accident. The man’s identity has not been released, but the Foreign Ministry confirmed that a Danish citizen had died in connection with a climbing accident in France and that his relatives have been informed. The Dane was the third climber to die on Mont Blanc in two days.  – Ekstra Bladet

One in five adults on blood pressure medications

The number of blood pressure patients taking medication has nearly doubled in just ten years – from 510,000 to more than 877,000 – but only one third of those patients are showing a significant drop in blood pressure. Doctors behind a study of 37,000 patients say that while simply prescribing a pill may give both patients and doctors a “false sense of security”, many patients may need higher doses or a different treatment protocol to actually get their blood pressure down to a safe level. – Jyllands-Posten

State burying councils in new rules

Despite many years of broad political consensus to cut red tape, the flow of new regulations, circulars and procedures imposed by the state on local councils has grown explosively. A research project conducted by a student at Aarhus University looked at three specific areas – schools, at-risk youth and water regulations – and found that the amount of new rules being dictated by the government in those areas had grown by 51 percent. Peter Birch Sørensen, the head of a productivity commission appointed by the government, said the numbers suggested that many unnecessary rules are being imposed. – Politiken

Students need to look for housing outside of the cities, say Socialdemokraterne

There is a shortage of housing available for students in the larger cities. Jan Johansen, the housing spokesperson for Socialdemokraterne, said that students need to be willing to commute.  

“People who work have to commute between their jobs and their homes, and students should be willing to do the same,” said Johansen.

Jakob Ruggaard, the head of the Danish Student Union, countered that students often cannot afford to commute everyday and that they are more successful if they live closer to school. Ruggaard said that Johansen is covering up the fact that the government has failed to provide affordable housing for students. – DR News