Morning Briefing – Friday, July 26

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

Women's national side knocked out


It was another shoot-out for the Danish national women's team last night, but this one did not go their way. After playing Norway to a 1-1 tie in regulation, Denmark was bested by their northern neighbours 4-2 in extra time. The loss knocked the Danes out of contention for the Euro 2013 championship three days after they stunned France to advance to the semi-finals. Norway will now go on to face Germany in the finals on Sunday. 


Work smarter, not longer


A work psychologist at the University of Aalborg said that there has been too much focus on the notion that Danes need to work more hours. As the government prepares to release the results from its now-corrected Produktivitetskommission report, Einar Baldvin Baldurrsson said that working longer hours isn't the golden ticket to increasing productivity. He said that breaks from stress actually improve a worker's output and that instead of working longer hours, employees should work smarter and be motivated so that they feel their job has meaning. – Politiken


Socialdemokraterne take on 'phony' unions


A spokesperson for ruling coalition party Socialdemokraterne doesn't think that the roughly 250,000 employees nationwide who have entered into a collective bargaining agreement with the unions Krifa and Det Faglige Hus should be able to receive a tax deduction on their union fees. Leif Lahn Jensen said that the aforementioned organisations "aren't real unions", and that deductions should only be available to those who pay fees to a "proper" union like 3F that promotes education and battles against lowered salaries. His proposal was greeted warmly by both coalition partner Socialistisk Folkeparti and far-left party Enhedslisten, but the head of Krifa said it was clear discrimination and cronyism. – Berlingske


Sexting is the new love letter


According to a Danish researcher, parents shouldn't fear 'sexting', the term coined for teens who send risqué photos to one another on their smartphones. The researcher, Susanne Tvedergaard Kristensen, spoke with a long line of Danish teens who said that sexting isn't actually about sex, it is just a new modern way of flirting and a high-tech replacement for the lost art of the love letter. Some of the teens Kristensen spoke with weren't even familiar with the term 'sexting' but did say that they sometimes exchanged "naughty pictures". – Information


Danish streets are safe


Denmark's roads are among the safest in Europe. With 30 people per 1 million residents killed in accidents in 2012, Denmark has lowered its traffic deaths to match that of Sweden and Norway. In 2001, 81 people per 1 million residents were killed on Danish roads. The low number of traffic deaths earned Denmark a Pin Award from the European Traffic Safety Council, which each year honours the European countries that produce the best traffic safety results. – Jyllands-Posten