Morning Briefing – Friday, July 19

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

Museum crumbling

The Viking Museum in Roskilde is desperately searching for the funds needed to renovate the 44-year-old building’s crumbling outer walls. The iron structure that lies beneath a thin layer of concrete on the outside is rusting, and although experts called the situation “urgent” two years ago, the museum has not had the funding to start renovations. Neither the Roskilde Council nor the museum, which has seen a dip in visitors in recent years, have the money for the repairs. Museum spokesperson Claus Christiansen said that they have appealed to both charitable organisations and parliament for help.  – Politiken

Turning down a flat could cost 1,500 kroner

Some potential renters who view a flat and then decide against it after being sent a rental contract are being hit with a 1,500 kroner ‘administration fee’. Lawyer and tenant advocate Rene Wøhler says that charging a fee before renters have even seen the terms of the contract is illegal and that landlords who are adding the charges could face criminal sanctions. The only extra fees renters are allowed to be hit with are for metered items like water, electricity and heating. – DR News

Danish travel agents using blacklisted airlines

Danish travel companies offer customers travelling in the Philippines flights on airlines that do not meet EU safety requirements. A spokesperson from the national transportation authority, Trafikstyrelsen, said that while the companies on the blacklist may not have had an accident, they have not proven that they are safe to fly. The travel agents say that they are uncomfortable recommending the blacklisted flights, but that almost no domestic airlines in the Philippines live up to EU criteria. They say it is their policy to warn customers and offer them alternatives. Although the information is available on the travel companies' websites, a spokesperson couldn’t say with certainty that every customer received a personal warning during the busy travel seasons. – Jyllands-Posten

TV2 drops national side

Now that SBS, the company that owns television channels Kanal 5 and 6'eren, has bought the rights to the Danish football team’s final qualifying matches in 2016 and 2018, TV2 said it will not be showing the matches leading up to the finals. SBS purchased the rights to all qualifying matches for the European Championship in France in 2016 and the World Cup in Russia in 2018. This means that all of Denmark's qualifying matches will be shown on Kanal 5 for the next four years. The rules on purchasing rights have changed so that stations can no longer buy individual matches, but must instead pay for games bundled together by UEFA, making it tough for TV2 to compete with multinational companies. – TV 2 News

  • 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.