Morning Briefing – Monday, August 5

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

Wilco wins Denmark Rundt
Danes returned to the podium of the Danmark Rundt cycling race this year, but neither Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol) nor Matti Breschel (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) could catch Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman (Belkin Pro Cycling) on Sunday’s final day of the annual five-day tour of Denmark. Wilco completed the 832.3km six seconds faster than Bak. Breschel was 15 second behind. For the second year running, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) claimed the final stage victory in Copenhagen.

Where the job finders are
Twice as many Danes would prefer to receive help from a private job agency than council-run job centres, according to a report from the business lobby Dansk Erhverv that is due out this week. Jakob Tietge, a spokesperson for Dansk Erhverv, said the findings reflect that private-sector hiring companies have a more pragmatic view of the unemployed. “You’re not a case with a problem, you’re a resource,” he said. The report also found that most people expected their network or unemployment insurance provider to be more helpful in finding work than the job centres. A representative for the nation's job centres said biased media coverage had affected people’s opinion of the bureaus. – Politiken

Stuck in unemployment
Few long-term unemployed who lost their benefits after shortened eligibility periods kicked in this January have found work, according to new figures from Arbejdsmarkedsstyrelsen, that national labour market regulator. Of the 18,000 people who lost their right to dagpenge during the first six months of the year, just 8.9 percent have landed a job. Among those who lost their dagpenge rights in January, the figure was 5.9 percent, reinforcing fears that the longer individuals are unemployed the less likely it is they will find work. “By the looks of it, people are getting stuck in the unemployment line and finding themselves excluded almost entirely from the labour market,” Verner Sand Kirk, the head of unemployment insurance interest group AK-samvirke, said. – Jyllands-Posten

One-size doesn’t fit all
Twenty percent of Copenhagen schoolchildren say they find their lessons too easy, while another twenty percent say they are too hard. Niels Egelund, a professor of education, said the results show that schools are not prepared to teach students at different levels. The study comes as 3,000 of the city’s school personnel this week begin training in how to teach to students with varying needs. Teachers themselves said the training would not be enough, particularly when it comes to students who need extra help. – Berlingske

Expect optimism 
With reporting season hitting full swing this week, analysts say they expect second quarter figures to show many companies upgrading their full-year forecasts due to increased optimism about their financial prospects. The new-found bullishness is a result of a generally improving economy as well as austerity programmes undertaken in recent years that have begun to have an effect on bottom lines. – Børsen