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Despite divisions, opposition remains poised for power PETER STANNERS As the election heads into its final week, centre-left’s chances of winning appear unaffected by internal disagreements


LIP-FLOPPING on the left and an eerie quiet on the right – the Danish election has been through a strange second week that ended with polls suggesting Helle ThorningSchmidt will still lead the Social Democrats to victory, albeit with their lowest number of seats in 100 years. While the polls don’t all agree – some put the Social Democrats ahead of the PM’s Liberals while others have them neck and neck – what they all seem to suggest is that support for the ultra-left Red-Green Alliance and centrist Social

Liberal Party has risen markedly since the last election, and will probably give them important roles in the formation of the next government. But their rise has come at a cost. The government’s main party, the Liberals, as well as the Social Democrats and the Socialist People’s Party – who would form a coalition government together should the Social Dems win – are all failing to excite voters who are increasingly abandoning them for the smaller parties. The reasons remain hidden amidst the fog of the media coverage, whose analysis of every twist and turn in the election run-up has only served to compromise the integrity of some politicians. Villy Søvndal, the leader of the Socialist People’s Party, suffered this weekend when he attempted to differentiate

his party’s immigration policies from the Social Dems. He eventually withdrew his demand to abolish the 24-year rule after the coalition’s first term in office, and the two parties issued a joint press release declaring their shared ambitions to change immigration policy. Søvndal’s policy of seeking consensus between the two parties on immigration, rather than raising his own party’s profile at the expense of the coalition, seems to have weakened the position of the softspoken and sympathetic former school teacher and his party. But while the public indecision of the Socialist People’s Party could explain their fall in the polls (down by between two and three percent since the 2007 election, depending on the poll), the silence from the Liberals seems to be having a similar effect on

their position. The prime minister, meanwhile, has been conspicuously absent from the media spotlight since the start of the election, leading experts to speculate whether it is a conscious strategy to allow his opponents to talk themselves into the ground. If it is, it does not seem to be working, so should the Liberals really fancy remaining in power after, they have plenty of work to do in the final week of campaigning.

More election coverage inside Growing pains in the opposition camp this week, as Socialist People’s Party seeks to come out from under the shadow of its ally, the Social Democrats. See also our profiles of the parties making up the government and its allies. Pages 4-5.

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The Week’S MoST Read SToRIeS aT Bendtner leaves arsenal … for at least one year Man killed in shooting outside mosque home sweet hellerup | ‘Taler du dansk?’ election ’11 | Who’s running? Sweden trembles at raccoon dog invasion

FRoM oUR aRChIVeS Ten YeaRS ago. Copenhagen is reported to be the nation’s involuntary cash cow, as the capital’s revenues are used to support underfinanced rural areas. FIVe YeaRS ago. prime minister anders Fogh Rasmussen voted against a toughening of terror laws after a successful raid at Vollmose (odense).

MONDAY: Servicemembers stand at ease during the inauguration of the International Service Memorial at the military’s headquarters at Kastellet. Monday marked the third annual Flag Day, which honours members of the armed services who have been stationed abroad.

member states’ border legislation. Tax minister Peter Christiansen said that while proposed changes were actually a result of debates in France and Italy about how to respond to north African immigrants, he was still against the proposal. “Sovereignty should lie with member states,” Christiansen said.

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THE BORDER dispute with the EU took another twist this week when it was revealed that the European Commission is looking into taking more control of the union’s internal borders. Danish MPs criticised the plan, originally reported in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, that the EU would seek to veto




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Wet, wet, wet: rain is all around SCANPIX

KEVIN MCGWIN Collision of air masses over Denmark led to second wettest summer ever


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corner of the country, recorded a waterlogging total of 608mm, while the resort town of Hvide Sande only saw a slightly below average 178mm. According to the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), the reason for the wet summer was a collision of warm air from the south with colder air streaming in over the country from the west. During a normal summer, this collision zone is located fur-

ther to the north, leaving Denmark with long periods of warm, dry weather. This year, however, it hovered over the country, bringing with it the unstable weather most will remember. “What we saw was warm weather from southern, eastern and central Europe. When that met the cold air from the west, it created a ‘bang’ right over our heads, in the form of downpours and thunder showers,” said Lone Seier Carstensen, from DMI.

Recent summers have seen an increase in the number of downpours and flooding related to rain, but Carstensen said it was impossible to tell whether summers had taken a turn for the colder. While summer was wet for many, it was also cool. Although the average national temperature this summer of 15.9 degrees was 0.7 degrees above average, according to the TV2 Weather Centre, in five areas the tempera-

ture never rose above 25 degrees, which is the official definition of a ‘summer’s day’. The lowest top temperature this summer, 23.2 degrees, was recorded in the Jutland town of Grenaa. Other cold spots included Skagen and Ringkøbing in Jutland, the town of Nykøbing on the southern island of Falster, and Aakirkeby on Bornholm, which recorded its highest temperature of 23.7 degrees back in June.

More men held in mosque murder


WO men had their detentions extended in connection with last week’s fatal shooting of a 24-year-old Pakistani man outside a mosque in the Vesterbro district. A total of five men are now being detained. One of the suspects, a 25-year-old, was already being held in connection with the incident, but following new evidence, his detention has been extended for another 25 days. The second suspect, a 30-year-old man with prior offences, also received 25 days. It has been determined that shots were fired by both groups of people involved in the gunfight that broke out on Amerikavej street in Vesterbro, killing Tamur Ashgar and wounding a 51-year-old man and his 26-year-old son. Police believe the shooting was related to an outstanding debt between convenience store owners. A green VW Vento with RD in the number plate is being sought by police along with another suspect. “He can be seen helping the 51-year-old get away from the scene. We don’t think he played an active role in the incident but we would still like to talk to him,” a police spokesperson said. (PS)


UMMER 2011 will go down as a wet summer. A very wet summer. According to the final rainfall measurements for June, July and August, this summer was the second wettest since record keeping began in 1874. Most people in Copenhagen will remember this summer for the torrential downpour on July 2 that left the Vesterbro district under a metre of water in some areas – with clean up and insurance costs approaching 3 billion kroner, it was the costliest ever flooding event. The July downpour dumped 150mm of rain on the Greater Copenhagen area, more than double the July average of 67mm for the area. On a national basis, 26 percent of the annual rainfall occurs in the summer months, but this year 45 percent of the annual national average fell during the period. But while the 2011 national average of 321mm was just 2 mm off the official record, set in 1980, there was widespread variation in rainfall amounts. Gedser, in the south-eastern


Redox’s revalations of a secret right-wing network were based on information passed by informants

Left-wing researchers face prison Up to six individuals may face six years in jail for participating in illegal surveillance and violence against right wing groups


EMBERS of the leftwing research organisation Redox are suspected of participating in illegal surveillance and assault, Politiken newspaper reports. The charges follow a 18-month investigation by domestic intelligence agency PET, with police confirming that at least one of them – a 25-year-old – was a major figure in Redox’s surveillance of the far right. Several members of the leftwing group Antifascist Action (Antifascistisk Aktion or AFA) are also being accused of using

violence to disturb meetings and demonstrations held by right wing groups. Police say up to six people face charges, each facing up to six years in jail. While Redox denies having ties with the AFA, the 25-yearold was reportedly a member of the group, which is accused of using the surveillance to plan attacks. A police raid uncovered a database of information about a large number of individuals – including their pin codes, banking details and education – as well as information about the families and their activities, including photographs of them obtained through covert surveillance. The information has been used to smear members of right-

wing organisations, such as in the case of Dan Jensen who allegedly lost his job after information released by Redox, and published by tabloid Ekstra Bladet, revealed he was active in the Danish Front (Dansk Front). Politiken used information from Redox as the source of its story about a secret right-wing network called ORG, which sought to purge the country of immigrants. ORG was revealed to have links to many far-right groups, including violent hooligan group White Pride. The newspaper acknowledged at the time that Redox was being investigated for illegal surveillance but stated that, according to Redox, the information was leaked from a source within ORG. (PS)

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Peter StannerS election ‘11 | The 24-year rule will remain for one term the opposition decides, while the points system will be replaced


rouble is brewing in the opposition coalition over the future of the government’s new raft of immigration rules, should they win the election. The conflicts concern the ‘points system’ introduced by the Liberal-Conservative government that preferentially treats highly-skilled or educated foreigners who settle in the country, and its sub-regulation, the ‘24year rule’, designed to prevent arranged marriages. The reforms are unpopular with left-of-centre parties, with

the 24-year rule – which stipulates that if one of the partners is under 24, the non-EU partner must earn twice as many points as required – drawing the most ire for preventing Danes from living in Denmark with their foreign spouses. But the Social Democrats and Socialist People’s Party (SF) – who are set to form a coalition should they win the election – have been having trouble agreeing on what exactly will happen to the new immigration rules should they win the election. In a 2008 pact, the two parties agreed that the 24-year rule would remain in place in the first term of a new government, though nothing was decided as to what would happen after that. The SF is a vocal opponent of the rule, and last friday, after pressure from his party, leader Villy Søvndal announced that the

24-year rule should be abolished after the first term of a new opposition government. But this Monday, Social Dems leader Helle ThorningSchmidt told Berlingske newspaper that she was committed to the rule. “I can clearly state that we don’t want to remove the 24-year rule,” she said. “I think it’s a good rule that protects a lot of young people from being forced into marriage when they are better off getting an education. I know there are many who have opinions about the 24-year rule, but it won’t change in a new government.” She added that while she was only referring to the next fouryear term, she could not imagine the rule ever changing. Thorning-Schmidt’s remarks were received unhappily by Trine Mach, a candidate for parliament

Socialist people’s party is the most ambitious on environmental, welfare and social issues, leader says


opposition allies not identical, Socialist leader says


ILLy SøVnDaL, the leader of the Socialist People’s Party (SF), has responded to critics and spoken out about how his party differs from its ally, and leading opposition party, the Social Democrats. Ever since the two parties formed an alliance in 2007, Søvndal has appeared more interested in papering over the differences between the Social Democrats and his party, which recent polls suggest is experiencing dwindling popularity. “We have worked in a close alliance with the Social Democrats, but we have come to overemphasise the importance of the alliance,” Søvndal told Politiken newspaper. “I think that’s clear to everyone now. We have been under increasing pressure to answer ‘Is there any difference between your parties?’ I’ll outline these differences now: we are the most environmentally ambitious party, we are the most ambitious on welfare, and we are the most

Though often campaigning together, Villy Søvndal now says he will stress the differences between his party and Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s

ambitious on social justice. The Socialist People’s Party is best at these things. The Social Democrats are next best.” The SF would form a government with the Social Democrats, should they triumph on election day as the polls suggest. Søvndal went on to explain that he did not feel it necessary to justify his party at the expense of the Social Democrats. “I just want to point out that the SF is more left-leaning, and that we are in a situation where we might have to wrestle with

the Social Democrats.” Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt told Information newspaper last weekend that the two parties would not openly compete for voters. It is also being speculated whether Søvndal is still top candidate to become foreign minister in a Social Dem-SF government. Landing the job would require spending a lot of time outside the country while the party, serving government for the first time, would be under pressure to pull its weight. (PS)

and a member of the SF national leadership. She said it was the party’s ultimate goal to eliminate the rule. “If we win the election, we will use our term trying to convince voters that the 24-year rule is a useless symbol,” she told Berlingske newspaper. The points system has also been a source of tension between the Social Democrats and their supporting parties, the RedGreen alliance and the Social Liberals, who both wish to abolish the system. “The Social Liberals will not vote for a points system,” Social Liberal leader Margrethe Vestager told Jyllands-Posten. “as far as the right to live in your own country, points systems are an interference by governments into a relationship between two people. and that we do not support,” she added. The Social Libs – who are expected to lend crucial support to a minority Social Dem-SF government – are also ardent opponents of the 24-year rule. Grilled on how her party’s disagreement over the rule would affect its working relationship with the government, Vestager said the Social Libs would work towards eliminating the rule, but recognised that it could not require its elimination. However, later on Monday, the Social Dems and the SF seemed to have found some common ground, releasing a joint press release stating that they intended to abolish the current points system and replace it with their own list of requirements.


Left bloc stumbles toward consensus on immigration policies

Opposition leaders Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Villy Søvndal finally found consensus over future immigration rules

“We have our own demands on people who want to be citizens in this country,” said the statement. “We believe it’s important for integration that immigrants learn Danish and make themselves available for either education or the employment market. We think those demands are fair and reasonable.” The two parties went on to state that the 24-year rule will remain in place along with an-

other contentious immigration regulation passed in 2001 that demands that a couple’s combined affiliation with Denmark is significantly greater than with any other country. While the current points system distributes points according to an individual’s work and educational experience, the opposition’s points system would allocate points to those simply for being available to work and take an education.

Viewers pan TV2’s sports-themed debate


V2, the nation’s most watched TV station, received hundreds of complaints that the show ‘Battle for your Vote’, broadcast last week on Thursday, turned the election into popular entertainment by staging a political debate that incorporated features of a handball match, including a timer, a scoreboard and a buzzer that cut off candidates who spoke too long.

While the show was billed as a “mix of sport and politics” that tried to show politics “could be fun” by eliciting “quick and direct” answers from the candidates, viewers have slammed it for being everything from “unserious” to “a kindergarten circus of little spoiled children”. TV2’s management defended the choice of format, saying that it held more popular appeal than the four traditional debates

that will be held in the run-up to the September 15 election. Michael Bruun andersen, a media expert with the University of Roskilde, cautioned, however, against resorting to gimmicks as a way to get people involved in politics. “Getting more people interested is one thing. The question is what effect does it have on the substance of politics,” andersen told Berlingske newspaper. (KM)

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Liberals (Venstre) Leader: Lars Løkke Rasmussen 2007 Results: 46 seats (-6); 26.2% Even if the PM’s Liberals manage to win more votes than the Social Democrats, there’s no guarantee the party will be able to form a government after the election. The Liberals appear to have lost their allyin the Conservatives, and the Danish People’s Party could wind up losing seats for the first time ever. The chances of a Liberal victory are looking increasingly unlikely. After seeing the party rule for ten years, voters appear ready to hand power back to the centre-left. The party’s best chance for winning is to hammer home its economic achievements and sow doubt on the opposition’s ability to pull the country out of recession. This is something it has been doing incessantly since well before the election officially began. Key issues: economic growth, streamlining welfare state Weakness: social policy, leadership, voters ready for change


MP for the Conservatives

Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti) Leader: Pia Kjærsgaard 2007 Results: 25 seats (+1); 13.9% A good rule of thumb in Danish elections is don’t count out the Danish People’s Party (DF). This election, like the last two, is shaping up to be a referendum against the right-wing’s influence on legislation in a number of key areas, including social welfare, justice and of course immigration. But while most pundits expect the party may again be the one celebrating on election night, DF could still lose seats for the first time since entering parliament in 1998, when it stormed into the legislature by winning 13 seats. Should it lose electoral influence, the DF’s impact on the country’s immigration policy is likely to be long lasting, as the Social Democrats to a large extent support the increased restrictions the party helped push through. Key issues: immigration, social welfare, health Weakness: far-right profile, polarising

Liberal Alliance (Liberal Alliance) Leader: Anders Samuelsen 2007 Results: 5 seats(+5); 2.8% (as New Alliance)

Christian Democrats (Kristendemokraterne) Leader: Bjarne Hartung Kirkegaard 2007 Results: 0 seats (0); 0.9%

Key issues: economic growth, lower taxes, streamlining public sector Weaknesses: extreme economic liberalism, lack of party discipline

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Candidate Q & A: Helge Adam Møller

Conservatives (Det Konservative Folkeparti) Leader: Lars Barfoed 2007 Results: 18 seats (0); 10.4% After heading into the election as the faithful but somewhat bland ally of the Liberals, the Conservatives announced a declaration of independence from the Danish People’s Party-dominated governing bloc last week. The Conservative rebellion follows a decade of serving as the junior partner in the governing coalition and the gradual erosion of the identity of a party that led the government for a decade from 1982-1993. Although less a strategy to win votes than a way to improve relations with co-operation-minded parties on the left, the move could wind up securing it more influence in a parliament where no single bloc dominates. Chances of serving in a Liberal-led government are all but eliminated. Key issues: lower taxes, better conditions for business, justice Weakness: internal power struggles, image as party of the well-heeled

After uncertainty about whether it would clear the electoral threshold, the Liberal Alliance appears to be all but certain to earn enough votes to make it into parliament again for a second term. Should it make it in, it will continue to act as a strong proponent of economic liberalism. Formed in 2007 as the centrist New Alliance, the party sought to give the government an alternative to the DF. Since the name and profile change in 2008, the LA has almost exclusively concentrated on economic issues, including a proposed 40 percent tax rate.


Party profiles: The Incumbents


After failing to clear the 2 percent electoral threshold in 2005 and again in 2007, the Christian Democrats regained a seat when Per Ørum Jørgensen defected to the party from the Conservatives. There, he has tried to use the party’s sole, and occasionally deciding, vote to earn concessions for the party’s key issues and steer the Liberal-Conservative government away from the DF. Unlikely to clear electoral threshold.

Key issues: ending decentralisation, family, elderly Weakness: Christian association, origins as anti-abortion protest party

Q: What are the key policies of the Conservatives? A: We have created a system that gives too much to some people, especially those who do not contribute. To fix it, we want to motivate able-bodied people to work and help maintain the system. My favourite quote is “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country” by JFK. We want this attitude in Denmark. Our first priority is balancing spending. Our current debt is about 45 billion kroner each year. The country is in debt and my party and I don’t want to leave the next generation with this burden. The second priority is unemployment and pension spending. People who are unable to work due to health or age should receive benefits. However, there are a lot of able-bodied young people who don’t work and receive 20,000 kroner a month from the state for the rest of their lives. We don’t want to put younger people into the pension plan, unless they are out of work for more than five years. Our third priority is reducing tax. Denmark is among the mostly highly taxed countries in the world. People with full-time jobs end up paying up to 58 percent of their earnings to the state. This means even if you work extra hours, you only get 42 percent of what you earn. Of course no Danes want to do this. What we want is for people to work a little more, and a little harder, so we can compete with other countries. One of the ways we can do this is motivating people to be more responsible for themselves. Q: How do you want the Conservatives to be remembered? A: We want voters to identify the Conservatives as A a party that says things that may not be popular but are necessary. Welfare reform is an example. Nearly every Dane knows in their heart that we cannot afford the system. We also aim to reduce tax. Right now a large portion of personal income goes to the state. By reducing tax, we give people the freedom to spend their money on whatever they want. We also want to be remembered as a green party. We want to leave our country as green as previous generations left it. By Hang Pham

6 Ten years after: Copenhagen in the age of terrorism cover story

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lars colberg

9 - 15 September 2011

Emergency crews respond to a mock terrorist attack during a 2007 drill. The exercise involved 1,000 actors, 92 fictitious casualties, seven stages deaths and one demolished bus

kasper r guldberg This week will mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 a date that needs no further explanation, and an event that defies comprehension


ith the sun still high in the sky in the afternoon of 11 September 2001, Brooklyn-based author Paul Auster jotted down the following: “We have been talking about the possibility for years, but now that the tragedy has struck, it’s far worse than anyone ever imagined.” Helplessly drawn to imagine the consequences of the assault, he grimly ventured: “More violence, more death, more pain for everyone.” But was he right? Have we all, Denmark included, been affected by the pain of 9/11? There is no doubt that countless changes swept through most of the world, especially the Western world and the Middle East, in the weeks and months after 9/11. At that time, it seemed like nothing and nobody would ever be the same again. But how did Denmark get through the shock, loss and trauma experienced first-hand in New York but felt everywhere? The very freedom of the US had come under attack, as George W Bush said in his 9/11 address to the nation. In a globalised world, then, it seemed that the American poet Lucille Clifton spoke for everyone when she responded with these words: “Our world is another place, no day will ever be the same, no blood untouched.” From our perspective she was right; Denmark was in for its share of the post-9/11 implications.

In the 1990s the Danish perspective of terrorism was vastly different from what it is today. PET, the domestic intelligence service, was often ridiculed when issuing warnings against terrorists who made use of Denmark as a safe haven, according to the memoirs of Hans Jørgen Bonnichsen, the operative chief of the PET between 1997 and 2006. To Western eyes the 1990s had started so well: the Berlin Wall had come down, the US was a thriving superpower, and with the 1991 Peace Conference and the 1993 Oslo Accords, peace in the Middle East seemed possible. Bumps on the road did occur, such as the 1993 bombing of the North Tower of the World Trade Center complex that claimed the lives of six people. But they prompted limited reform of national security procedures. Danish investigators found themselves involved in the FBI’s investigation when it turned out that three Egyptian men already under PET surveillance were associates of Omad Abdel-Rahman, aka ‘The Blind Sheikh’, and the convicted mastermind of the plot. The three men, however, could not be convicted of any crime under Danish laws of the time. It wouldn’t be until June 2002, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, that parliament passed legislation specifically aimed at convicting would-be terrorists. Why the delay? Because in 1998 the Danish Defence Commission informed the PET that thanks to the country’s political status and geographical position the country was safe. It had no enemies to speak of. In terms of national security the coast seemed clear. As a logical response to this assessment, the

PET was downsized. After 9/11, however, the organisation was significantly expanded. Better safe than sorry While truth is the first casualty of war, Bonnichsen finds that the first victims of terrorism are common sense and reason. With 9/11, ‘the weak immigrant’ in Denmark quickly became ‘the strong Muslim’ in the eyes of many. Bonnichsen and others consider this reaction to be an unreasonable one. Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, who served as foreign minister from 1982 to 1993, has observed that the repercussions of 9/11 have kindled a Danish public debate less informed and more unreasonable than in most other countries, “possibly because we Danes have for so long lain in lazy indifference amidst our local affairs,” he once suggested. Terrorism by its nature triggers a personal response and this reaction can be read in the regular polls showing attitudes towards the threat of an attack. In 2007, 28 percent of Danes deemed terrorism the most significant problem threatening the world in years to come – global warming and pollution came second and third. Last year only 15 percent held this view, and the current justice minister, Lars Barfoed, was quick to attribute this to the two anti-terrorism acts passed by parliament. “By passing the two ‘Terror Acts’ we have strengthened the intelligence service and improved the security in several places such as train stations and airports. I believe this has contributed to preventing a terrorist attack and deflating the fear of terrorism in the public,” Barfoed

told metroXpress in 2010. He was immediately countered by Karen Hækkerup of the opposition Social Democrats who explained that terrorism only seemed less terrible in light of the increasingly serious threats from “global warming and poverty”. Denmark attracts attention The frequency of actual terror threats received in Denmark increased between 2001 and 2003 as Denmark’s military began fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. The PET has acknowledged that the military involvement in Iraq might indeed put Denmark and Danish soldiers abroad at greater risk. The frequency of threats culminated in January 2006 after publication of what have become known as ‘the Mohammed drawings’ in 2005. The 12 drawings – some of which were considered blasphemous because they violated the Muslim ban on depicting the prophet – were printed in September 2005 in Jyllands-Posten newspaper, but the upheaval was long-lived and deadly serious. The crisis, which took hold after PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen refused to meet with a delegation of Muslim ambassadors, soon resulted in boycotts and flag burnings in Muslim countries and culminated in the sacking of the Danish embassy in Damascus. It was the country’s worst foreign relations crisis since the Second World War. When a suicide car bomb destroyed the Danish embassy in Islamabad in 2008, killing eight local employees, it wasn’t difficult to imagine the reason. Professor Mehdi Mozaffari, the head of the Centre for Studies

in Islamism and Radicalisation, blamed to the drawings as well as their reprinting by several other newspapers only months earlier. Amid the voices condemning the blast, PM Anders Fogh Rasmussen said it was “an attack against Denmark”. The PET’s Centre for Terror Analysis (CTA) announced in November 2010 that “there is still a significant terror threat against Denmark” due to the drawings. The statement also warned that “there are new indications that terror groups abroad seek to send terrorists to Denmark to carry out terror attacks”. Six months later, with Osama bin Laden recently killed, the CTA issued a statement saying that the terror leader’s death didn’t represent significant reason to alter the latest terror threat assessment. The near misses Denmark has yet to experience a terror attack on home soil. Several would-be domestic terrorists have been sniffed out and prosecuted in recent years, and in May 2011 the PET spoke of a “new, clear tendency” as it recounted four foiled terrorist attacks in Denmark since 2009. The terrorists came from Belgium, Sweden, Norway and the US, but were all apprehended while their attacks were being coordinated. As demonstrated by the 7/7 attacks in London, much to the consternation of intelligence services and the people they are to protect, terrorists are not necessarily people with nothing to lose. They might have family and children, be well educated and well integrated. In short, they could be anyone, like Lors Dou-

kaev a one-legged, Chechenborn Belgian who last September single-handedly assembled a bomb that police suspected was intended to be sent the headquarters of Jyllands-Posten. However, the letter bomb went off while he was preparing it, and dazed and wounded, he fled his hotel and was apprehended soon after in a near-by park. Last week public broadcaster cited a poll carried out by TrygFonden in May 2011 (before the attacks by Anders Behring Breivik in Norway) revealing that one in four Danes worries about a terrorist attack in Denmark and that one in ten worries about being a victim in one. The research manager at Tryg-Fonden, Anders Hede told Politiken newspaper that he was personally surprised that – ten years after 9/11 – Danes still worry about terrorism. “We’ve lived with it so long now and it seems the US has got things pretty much under control. Intuitively I’d have expected people to think: okay, maybe it wasn’t the end of the world that a couple of skyscrapers came down in New York,” Hede said. Part of the reason why Danes remain more concerned about the threat of terror than people in other countries, he said, was because in Denmark, the threat has remained. “We know that terrorists have had their sights on us, due to the Mohammed drawings and our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. While those threats are confirmed by the PET’s arrests and its regular warnings, the actual risk of becoming the victim of an attack, according to Hede, are so slim that it is “non-existent”.

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uS ambassador remembers 9/11 liKE all americans, laurie s fulton remembers exactly where she was on the morning of 11 september 2001. The us ambassador to Denmark since august 2009, fulton was working at her Washington DC law firm on 11 september 2001, less than a kilometre from the White House. Though she wasn’t watching tV when the first plane hit the World trade Center, the buzz of her colleagues caused her to tune in just before the second plane struck. “What really jarred me was that it wasn’t just one attack,” fulton said when The Copenhagen Post sat down with her for her thoughts and reflections on the sombre anniversary.

Danish troops have served in US-led coalitions in Afghanistan and Iraq

A total of 41 soldiers have been killed, while scores more have been maimed or injured

Anti-terrorism legislation was used to prosecute T-shirt makers Fighters + Lovers after they sent some of their proceeds to blacklisted groups

Threats of terrorism including a botched bombing in 2010, have been near constant since the publication of the Mohammed drawings

After 9/11, no bomb threat is taken lightly

How did the events of September 11 change you personally, how did it change America, and how did it change the world? Personally, it made me face my own mortality which is something none of us really want to do. i understood how quickly life can be taken from us. The fact that there were people somewhere else in the world who had planned so long and made such efforts, and were able to actually carry out hijacking four airplanes and using them in such a dramatic fashion, was a wakeup call that we needed to much better understand this new threat we were facing. it changed the world in a similar way. i’ve talked to Danes who say they saw it on television almost as immediately as americans did and were just astounded that this could happen in the united states of america. There was a dramatic outpouring of grief and sympathy from people around the world and from our partners like Denmark in terms of trying to understand the terrorist threat and how to deal with it. How has the US avoided another attack, and what can the US do to ensure such an attack doesn’t happen again? i don’t think there is anything you can do to ensure there won’t be another attack. But what we’ve seen is the ability of various departments and agencies within the us government to work more closely together to understand and identify where these terrorists are, and carry out actions to eliminate them. The most important thing is that, as dramatic an event as 9/11 was, it hasn’t changed our way of life dramatically.

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i think americans understand there could be another terrorist attack at any time but we don’t live in fear of it. Denmark is also viewed as a top terrorist target. How has the country managed to be thus far successful in avoiding an attack? i have very high respect for Danish [national intelligence agency] PEt and i look for opportunities to enhance the relationship between Denmark and the united states in law enforcement and counter-terrorism. i think the Danes are extremely competent. Can they prevent everything? no, nobody can prevent every attack, but they certainly should be commended, particularly for last December [when Danish and swedish authorities arrested five people suspected of plotting to attack JyllandsPosten]. What else should we keep in mind as we look back on the last decade? i think as we look ahead, it’s important to remember that muslims are very often the victims of terrorism, and that muslim-americans died in the World trade Center and the Pentagon, and that muslim-americans were among the first responders. al-Qaeda kills as many people in mosques in Pakistan every year as they did on 9/11. The arab spring demonstrates the importance of non-violence in making social change, and the whole premise of terrorists like al-Qaeda is that you have to violently destroy in order to make change, whereas in fact effective social and political change comes through non-violence. That’s the other lesson we should all be looking at in the context of the arab spring and the tenth anniversary of 9/11.

government recognises libyan rebels

Congestion charge profitability questioned

Construction companies with unregistered workers targeted

DEnmarK monday officially recognised the libyan national transitional Council (ntC) as that country’s official government. a brief foreign ministry statement described the ntC as libya’s “legitimate governing authority”. in June, Denmark recognised the ntC as the sole representative of the rebels, and last week’s announcement follows a similar decision last week by the international Contact Group to recognise the ntC as the country’s government. officially recognising the ntC means the new government can send an envoy to Denmark. libya’s previous representatives in Denmark were expelled earlier this year because they remained loyal to the Gaddafi regime.

CalCulations from the Danish Construction association show that a proposed congestion charge for Copenhagen would not return a profit until 2025, five years later than its backers estimate. Before reaching break-even, the scheme would amass a debt of 7.3 billion kroner between its proposed implementation in 2014 and 2020 The congestion charge has been a hotly debated topic in Copenhagen and parliament since it was put forth by the opposition social Democrats and the socialist People’s Party. The propsal calls for motorists to pay up to 25 kroner for entering or leaving the city. The revenue would go to improved public transport. “it will be tremendously expensive

union representatives seeking to identify unregistered eastern European workers – who work for well below the industry standard – found deserted workplaces at nearly half of the 695 construction sites they visited monday. according to the union, half of the employees the representatives did speak to were not registered by their employer as working in Denmark. Despite high rates of unemployment among Danish construction workers, there are around 15,000 Polish, lithuanian and other eastern European workers on Danish construction sites according to a union estimate. The minimum wage for a construc-


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to establish and operate a toll system,” lars storr-Hansen, the managing director of the Danish Construction association, said. “a congestion charge is a very bad idea that will act as an extra cost for businesses and destroy competitiveness at a time when everyone agrees that we need more growth.”

tion worker is typically around 130 kroner an hour plus pension and allowances. The wages among eastern European construction workers in Denmark, however, range from 30 kroner to 115 kroner. The Danish Construction agency said it would like the Working Environment authority to be able to fine foreign companies using unregistered workers.

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New government must address global competitiveness


HE WORLD is a different place today than it was before September 11,” said then-PM Poul Nyrup Rasmussen two days after the attacks on New York and Washington. Whether the world had changed after 9/11 or whether we in the West suddenly became aware of an undercurrent of discontent is open to interpretation. But what is true is that neither the world nor Denmark is the same today as it was in the days after 9/11. Denmark hasn’t always been a target for Islamist terrorists. In the pre-9/11 world it was better known among would-be terrorists as a safe haven. Today, according to law enforcement authorities, it is under constant threat from both foreign and domestic terrorists. While the Mohammed drawings are generally given the blame for terrorists’ interest in Denmark, the country’s participation in military coalitions in first Afghanistan and then Iraq has turned it into an aggressor in the eyes of Islamists, making it fair game for reprisals. Throw in a public debate that often sees Muslims depicted in the harshest of tones and the image of Denmark as a tolerant country begins to morph into something uglier. Even with the anger directed against it, Denmark has fortunately been spared a terrorist attack on its soil. Its embassy in Pakistan was bombed in retaliation for the Mohammed drawings, but so far all attempts here at home have been sniffed out. Law enforcement agencies attribute these successes to anti-terrorism legislation passed in the wake of 9/11. While the arrests offer evidence they are right, critics also argue that they have been abused to curtail civil rights. One favourite example opponents like to point to is the 2005 conviction of Greenpeace activists on terrorism charges for protesting against genetically modified organisms. And while it can be argued that the efforts of Denmark’s military have contributed to the neutralisation of al-Qaeda, they have inspired an undergrowth of potential terrorists among countries’ disaffected Muslim populations, including Denmark’s. A direct line can be drawn from the world before 9/11, through the attacks themselves and straight on to today. This line was dictated by the actions decision makers, the media and ordinary citizens took in the years afterwards. Whether those actions were correct will be up to those who come after us to judge. But with the threat of terrorism still looming, we should be asking ourselves which choices would make the world a better place than the one we live in today.



OLLOWING nearly a year of speculation, Danish parliamentary elections are finally here – and not a moment too soon. Essentially Denmark has been in political gridlock for most of the year, rendering it unable to effectively address the urgent economic challenges facing this great country. As the voice of international business in Denmark, AmCham Denmark looks forward to engaging a new government - regardless of its colour – blue, red or any shade in between. Last week AmCham Denmark released its 2011 Business Barometer, an annual survey of CEOs of multinational companies with activities in Denmark, gauging the current business climate and future trends in Denmark’s international business

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take seriously. It is essential that government and business work together to identify long-term, sustainable solutions and have the courage to implement them. And just why should we be concerned with attracting and retaining multinational investments? The Danish economy is facing significant challenges, including a shrinking workforce and low growth in labour productivity, which have made Denmark poorer relative to other countries. Earlier this year, a report by Copenhagen Business School professor Jan Rose Skaksen explored the potential for multinational enterprises (both foreign multinationals with subsidiaries in Denmark and Danish multinationals with subsidiaries abroad) to improve these conditions – an area that has been more or less neglected in the Danish debate. The CBS report showed that although foreign-owned companies comprise just 1.2 percent of Danish companies, they generate nearly 20 percent of the total number of private sector jobs and value added, as well as 25 percent of Danish exports. In fact, if foreign-owned firms employed the same fraction of the workforce as in Sweden, the Danish GDP would be 16 billion kroner higher than today. Additionally, Danish multinationals are making substantial investments abroad, including

over 1.3 million employees, which is nearly equal to the total number of private sector employees in Denmark. Multinational companies make decisions each and every day on where to best place their investments. Therefore, improving framework conditions for multinational companies in Denmark should be at the top of the agenda for a new government. And it won’t be easy – tough decisions must be made to improve Denmark’s competitiveness and the high cost of doing business in this country. Regardless of the present economic situation, it is a fact that the demographic changes facing Denmark in the longterm indicate a shortage of labour and a shortage of talent. We will be pushing for Denmark to implement a national strategy for the attraction, development and retention of qualified talent. This requires not only qualifying, educating and motivating the domestic workforce, it’s also about openness to foreigners. Finally we need the new government to provide a consistent and fair corporate tax environment in the years to come. AmCham Denmark looks forward to addressing these important issues together with a new government. The author is the executive director of AmCham Denmark

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community. The survey looks at each company’s current investments and their views on labour demands and the factors that cause them to consider moving investments and jobs in and out of Denmark. The key findings of this year’s survey include: • 47 percent of the surveyed companies expect to increase their Danish investments in 2012. However, 53 percent of the companies indicate that they have considered moving their investments outside of Denmark. • The high cost of doing business in Denmark is by far the biggest challenge for multinationals. Of the companies surveyed, 78 percent of those who are considering moving jobs and/or investments out of Denmark point to high costs. • 40 percent of the companies consider Denmark’s ability to attract foreign workers as poor or very poor. A competitive tax system and openness to foreigners are important areas to address. Although we find it positive that so many of the multinational companies anticipate increasing their Danish investment, when 53 percent of the companies say they are considering moving their investments/jobs out of the country, there is reason for concern. The high cost of doing business in Denmark is a serious threat to jobs and investments, which politicians must

I condemn such an act on any day! It’s not at all acceptable!!! Jaya Rao By Facebook It is just extremely sad that someone got killed but it is equally sad that it will have its political ramifications. Next time Muslims demanded a mosque, it could easily be rejected based on the grounds that it may incite violence and it would be hard to argue against it. Muslims should spend energy in putting their house in order. It is all too easy to blame others for their collective state. Muslims themselves are their biggest enemies. The idiots who were involved in this could have at least chosen a different day and a different place for such a thing. They not only ruined their own lives but ruined Eid for all Muslims in Denmark. It is so sad that Islam and Muslims get all the blame for such incidents. Having said that, it is a fact that quite a lot of them are ignorant buffoons who could not learn much even after living all their lives in the rich western world. Brusque By website Brusque, if I take out the word ‘Muslim’ and substitute the

word ‘black’ you sound like some white boy from Alabama in the 1960s. tomnashdk By website I am a Pakistani Muslim Brusque By website If I allowed myself to subscribe to conspiracy theories, I would almost believe that this was a stunt carried out by the Dansk Folkeparti. How idiotic the whole thing seems - two Muslim families shooting each other just outside a mosque on Eid and 15 days before an election where one party would love to be able to paint Muslim immigrants as violent terrorists. We are just missing a few symbols thrown here and there and we could have a Dan Brown novel. Thorvaldsen By website Biking for a better world I have Nigerian colleagues and they point blank refuse to ride a bike as to them it´s seen as a poor man´s means of transport. After all, things are a little bit different in Africa. Sure the developed cities have what some might regard as roads but these bikes are meant for more rural areas, hence the long walks for basic munitions, also hence the lack of roads - how long will any bike last on a potholed dust track?? Not long I’m guessing. Nice gesture but not very practical imo.


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Interesting you refer to your Nigerian ‘colleagues’. Perhaps if you started the day with a smile instead of a scowl every day they’d be friends by now? Damaged Goods By website Well to give them their proper title then “my employees”, and I have learned not to mix work life with personal life for an easier life. Tolentone By website There are also many Latin Americans who believe, like in Africa, that if you don’t have a car you are nobody. Kids smoking less This is a no-brainer. Increase the price of tobacco products by a factor of 10. That will get all but the richest kids to stop. Problem resolved. sunnchilde By website Alcohol is bad for teens - why not tax that by a factor of 10? Spending too much time watching TV is also bad for teens why not make the multimedia tax 2,500kr a month instead of 250? Let’s make the DR License 14,000kr every six months too. I have heard that teens listen to music too loud, so I think we need an earphone tax - 2,000kr per pair sounds reasonable. Let’s just tax everything that

is bad for everyone. The reds will be here in two weeks, so I think this philosophy’s time has come. Besides who needs personal freedoms anyway? Politicians really are best suited to tell you how to live and what you should use your money for. JFK By website Congrats to our 2,000th Facebook Friend Congratulations to our 2,000th Facebook friend Ghislain Sarry! And thanks to all our readers for following us on FB and Twitter, and reading us online and in print. Ghislain, could you please contact us at our offices to learn more about your prize. Copenhagen Post By Facebook Hi, Ghislain here. I’ve changed my name to Jens Jensen following a lost bet with an exceptionally crafty wood nymph. But I’ll come and pick up my prize tomorrow. Very exciting. What I’d really like is a pair of shoes - nothing fancy, just something to get me from A to B. And preferably ones that don’t appeal to wood nymphs or she’ll come back for them, I just know it. Jens Jensen By Facebook Tusind tak Copenhagen Post! I will contact you tomorrow. PS nice try Jens ! Ghislain Sarry By Facebook



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To Be Perfectly Frank BY FRANK THEAKSTON Born in 1942 on the Isle of Wight, Englishman Frank Theakston has been in Copenhagen 32 years and is on his second marriage to a Dane. Frank comes from a different time and a different culture – which values are the right ones today?

I’m quite frankly a perfectionist


T’S A FUNNY THING but this turn of phrase, ‘to be perfectly frank’, which will be familiar to most English mother-tongues, suits this column very well. It’s of course a play on my name, but also happens to reflect my character to some degree. Yes, I’m a perfectionist … a self-confessed perfectionist. It can be very satisfying in some circumstances – when things go right – and hell for me and my immediate surroundings when they don’t. Part of the reason is that I’ve spent the best part of my professional life correcting failings in other people’s work, most recently as an English editor with the World Health Organisation. The legacy of this is that I tend to notice faults wherever I go and I can also be rather impatient, not to say hot-tempered! A rather dangerous combination sometimes … On the other hand, these scribblings are not the confessions of an inveterate, small-minded nit-picker. I really do feel I have the right to feel indignant when my sense of propriety is violated. The secret, I guess, is to choose to protest about the things (or people) one can have an influence on rather than those one can’t. For example, I was recently sent an announcement for a production of Tom Stoppards’s [sic] Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. And this from a leading theatre in the West End of London. Does the writer really think the author’s name is Stoppards? If so, why has s/he been employed as copywriter by a professional theatre? If not, how come nobody noticed the gaff? And finally, what does the poor author feel about his name being gratuitously misspelled? I could have sent them a letter signed “Outraged, Copenhagen” but I didn’t. I knew it wouldn’t have made one iota of dif-

A collection of typos guaranteed to get Frank’s blood boiling (and to prove we’re good sports, we included one of our own)

ference. Just maybe, though, I should have sent a letter to Sir Tom signed “Sympathetic, Copenhagen”. Now I suspect that some of my readers are beginning to find themselves in one of two camps: those who think “so what?” and those who are already delving deep to find their own favourite bêtes noires. No doubt we will hear something from the latter in due course. The so-whats, however, will need a degree of provoking out of their indifference. People are indifferent because they are lazy, or ignorant, or passive, or just uninterested. And people are, of course, entitled to be any or all of those things. But passivity is a special case. Passivity in the face of provocation is unnatural and involves suppressing one’s normal emotions in

I’ll probably be called a grumpy old man by some, and that label I will willingly wear if it reflects a concern as to the way that western European values are being dragged down the slippery slope that leads to decadence

favour of a more ‘civilised’ way of behaviour. It drives me crazy and will no doubt raise its ugly head in this column again! This is by way of an introduction to myself and to the flavour of my forthcoming contributions. As I told the Post’s editorial team, I was born into another time (1942) and another place (the Isle of Wight) and I don’t necessarily see what’s going on around me in the same light as other generations or other nationals. I’ll probably be called a grumpy old man by some, and that label I will willingly wear if it reflects a concern as to the way that western European values are being dragged down the slippery slope that leads to decadence. Rights? It appears that everyone has them, but they are

no longer connected in any way to responsibility. Personal responsibility in particular has become almost a subject of ridicule. Even Mr Breivik is apparently not necessarily responsible for his behaviour (assuming that he is in fact sane) and must have been the product of some failing in society. One last point: you won’t find me expressing any views to do with party politics or organised religion. That’s a waste of time and energy to my mind. That doesn’t mean, though, that you will be spared any mention of politics or religion should the need arise. Confused? You won’t be if you watch this space ... By the way, the correct possessive of Stoppards would have been Stoppards’.






Clare MacCarthy is Nordic correspondent for The Economist and a frequent contributor to The Financial Times and The Irish Times. She’ll go anywhere from the Gobi Desert to the Arctic in search of a story. The most fascinating thing about Denmark, she says, is its contradictions.

Celia Thaysen is a British love refugee who landed on these shores six years ago. With below-par Danish, a tendency to tardiness, and a fondness for Marmite, she spends her time fumbling her way through unfamiliar territory as a working mother-of-two with a house in the ‘burbs.

English by nature – Danish at heart. Freelance journalist Richard Steed has lived in Copenhagen for nearly five years now. “I love this city and want Copenhagen to be a shining example to the rest of the world.”

A proud native of the American state of Iowa, Justin Cremer has been living in Copenhagen since June 2010. In addition to working at the CPH Post, he balances fatherhood, the Danish language and the ever-changing immigration rules. Follow him at



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Let the feasting begin Emily mclEan

high profile market is looking to bring good food to the masses


he butcher, the baker and the sushi maker stood side by side on Friday as copenhagen’s newest food market opened its doors. home to 60 different food stalls and occupying an indoor area of 2,500 sqm, torvehallerne has a focus on diversity, differ- Mads and Philip enjoying the market atmosphere ence, flavour and quality. Mayor Frank Jensen officially opened the marketplace, talking of the recent explosion in Nordic food culture. “People from all corners of the world come to copenhagen to experience our food,” he told a crowd of several hundred gathered for the official opening. Designed by architect hans Peter hogan, the project had become bogged down a number of times since its inception in 1998. Development firm Jeudan gave the torvehallerne the final boost it needed, injecting 70 million kroner into the project Jette and Kirsten made a long trip to attend the opening in 2009 after one of the major investors went bankrupt. Lene christiansen, a sales when I was young,” she said. based on the shift in co- assistant at Mejeriudsalg, which Some have criticised torvep e n h a g e n e r s’ sells cheese and hallerne for focusing too much buying habits, other dairy on the gourmet than the evetorvehallerne products, said ryday, but with around 25,000 is designed to people from all corners to r ve h a l l e r n e cyclists passing the facility every reflect an ingives customers day and its proximity to Nørof the world come to creasing conan authentic ex- report Station, the city’s busiest sumer interest Copenhagen to traffic hub, stallholders are primperience. in shopping at “You get ing themselves for business. markets and experience our food “We’re just glad to be a to tell the stospecialty food ries about the part of this,” tapa del toro staff shops instead of cheeses, which is member Antony Manly said. supermarkets. something you can’t do in a su- “I’ve been here since 6am and In order to make sure that permarket”. we’ve been flat-out.” the market maintains a diverse two enthusiastic shopassortment of retailers, stalls are pers, Jette Kofoed and Kirsten limited to a maximum size of Voigt, made a onehour trip from fact file | opening hours 50 sqm, and can be subdivided northern Zealand for the opentorvehallerne is open down to 12.5 sqm. ing. Kofoed was nostalgic about tuesday to Thursday, 10am copenhagen residents Mads the opening of torvehallerne, to 7pm, Fridays 10am to carstensen and Philip Nørr said which stands on the site of co8pm, Saturdays 9am to 5 pm they enjoyed the market atmos- penhagen’s previous farmers and Sundays 10am to 3pm. phere. market that closed in 1958, and The building is situated at “It’s the personal touch we which gave the square its name, Frederiksborggade 21, 100 like, for example when you’re Grønttovet (Vegetable Square). metres from Nørreport buying a piece of fish the staff “This is something we’ve Station. will tell you the best way to cook wanted for years to replace the it.” open air market that stood here

The weather turned it on for the opening of Copenhagen’s newest food market

One of the 60 different food stalls at Torvehallerne

Customers were treated to delicious tastings such as these mini-sandwiches

Anthony Manly at Tapa del Toro’s stand

A stallholder shows off his range of fresh produce

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LASt WeeKeND, 1,200 young people aged 18 to 25 descended on Zürich for the second One Young World summit. With guest speakers who included the reverend Desmond tutu, bob Geldoff and Jamie Oliver, the summit was a chance for ambitious young people from across the globe to come together and gain inspiration and develop projects to change the world. Among the delegates is 24-year-old Mads hermann from Denmark. he is part of a talent program at Schneider electric, a company that deals with energy efficiency and management and

A PrOPOSAL banning Odense council employees from smoking during working hours was voted down by the city council this week. The idea was proposed in order to reduce the number of average sick days an employee took from 18 to 13, saving the council 50 million kroner a year. The consequences of the ban would have meant staff would not be allowed to smoke during working hours, regardless of whether they were in an office or driving to meet a client in their car. Odense would have become the first council in Denmark to ban smoking during working hours in Denmark if

NeMID – the security platform used by Danes to access their bank details – went off line for three hours yesterday morning. Three million people were affected by the breakdown, which lasted until 9:40 on Thursday morning, during which they were unable to access their online bank, tax account and other public facilities that require NemID access. Søren Vinge from the company Nets, which runs NemID, told that the cause of the breakdown is still unknown, but that they were working hard to figure out what happend.

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the proposal had been accepted. According to the cancer Society, councils would benefit financially from weaning their employees off cigarettes, as 11 percent of an employee’s working hours are spent smoking even if it is only five cigarettes a day.


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9 - 15 September 2011


Foreign dignitaries observe Vietnam’s 66th year since independence PHoToS HASSE FERRoLD & WoRDS BEN HAMILToN

The diplomatic community were out in force to celebrate Vietnam’s national day at a function at The Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Hellerup last week. The day marks the country’s declaration of independence in 1945, read out by President Ho Chi Minh at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi.

Enjoying proceedings are (left-right) Le Minh Thang, the deputy head of mission at the Vietnamese Embassy, Japanese ambassador Toshio Sano and Cypriot ambassador George C Kasoulides.

It was a lively gathering with many members of the city’s Vietnamese community present, along with numerous dignitaries including Danes Worldwide chairman Carsten Dencker Nielsen and US ambassador Laurie S Fulton.

Chinese ambassador Xie Hangsheng and South Korea ambassador Geun-hyeong Yim, possibly catching up on the athletics results from Daegu.

Canadian ambassador Peter Lundy, Cypriot ambassador George C Kasoulides, Moroccan ambassador Raja Ghannam, and Cuban ambassador Guillermo Vázquez Moreno, who recently confirmed he is leaving Denmark shortly.

The proud hosts, compare Vietnamese ambassador Vu Van Luu and his wife notes with the South American contingent: Bolivian ambas- Luxembourg’s attaché Armando Muno and Israeli ambassa- The Vietnamese community was well represented – this is the sador Bishop Eugenio Poma (left) and Venezuelan charge d’affaire dor Artur Avnon – but don’t mention the football! Israel beat family who own and run VietSense restaurant on HC Ørsteds Vej in Frederiksberg the duchy twice during the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Roger Corbacho Moreno (right).

Among the other attendees were Ukrainian ambassador Mykhailo Skuratovskyi …

and Norwegian ambassador Jørg Willy Bronebakk ...

and South African ambassador Samkelisiwe Mhlanga.




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Irish ambassador Brendan Scannell was at hand to address a wellattended Tourism Ireland event at the SAS Radisson Hotel. “Ireland has a lot to offer our Danish cousins – great food, terrific scenery, cultural and historic links but above all a warm and friendly Irish welcome,” he told the gathering.

The Lithuanian Embassy was the setting for the presentation of the Lithuanian Diplomacy Star to Hans Skov Christensen (middle) “for merits promoting the name of Lithuania”. The Lithuanian minister for foreign affairs, Audronius Azubalis, presented the award, with Lithuanian ambassador Rasa Kairiene looking on.

Ahead of the Elephant Parade auction this Friday (see for details), Prince Henrik and his grandsons, Prince Nicolai and Prince Felix, attended the farewell exhibition at KPH Volume (Enghavevej 84) of the elephants that have been bringing jumbo jollity to our public places over the summer.

Israeli writer David Grossman was among the attendees at the four-day Louisiana Literature event that ended on Sunday. His book ‘To the End of the Land’ has just been published in Danish. Here he is with the Israeli Embassy’s Dan Oryan (left).

The Ukrainian Embassy celebrated the 20th anniversary of its country’s independence on Monday with an art exhibition, traditional dancing and national dishes. The ambassador Mykhailo Skuratovskyi is seen here addressing a gathering that included Israeli ambassador Artur Avnon and Cypriot ambassador George Kasoulides.

Inspiration from the Spire

Jonathan LLoyd is the Anglican/Episcopal priest in Denmark. You can find him on your way to the Little Mermaid at St Alban’s Church, Churchillparken. This may seem like a little piece of England complete with its distinctive spire and statue of Sir Winston, but it gathers people from across the globe plus hundreds of tourists each week. Jonathan has lived in Copenhagen for the last two years and loves the place.

‘Warhol & Basquiat’ is a new exhibition at Arken Museum. Pictured here with Warhol’s depiction of The Statue of Liberty is the museum’s chief executive Christian Gether.

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HERE WERE you on 11 September 2001? I remember the day well. I was living and working in the beautiful city of Bath in the west of England. That evening I was at the welcome service for the new rector of Bath Abbey. There was shock and uncertainty on everyone’s faces. The mood was sombre. Bishop Jim Thompson was the preacher. Afterwards he drove the 25 miles back home from Bath to Wells. He then received two telephone calls. The first informing him that Sarah, the daughter of one of his priests in Bath, had gone to work that morning at one of the higher floors of the World Trade Center and was dead. The second from the producers of BBC Radio Four´s ‘Thought For The Day’ asking the bishop to

speak live to eight million people at 7.48am the next morning to reflect on what we now call ‘9/11’. Bishop Jim spoke to a numbed breakfast audience. He told me later that this was one of the most impossible tasks he had ever been asked to do. His broadcast was later nominated for a Sony Award, such was its impact. His words included these: “On a perfect morning in New York – looking impregnable, the vast twin towers reduced to dust, and thousands on thousands of people crushed in the fall. The mayor of New York said the casualties would be more than anyone of us can bear. So many questions: Who did it? How would we all be affected? And rumbling from the ruins the fear. This

He told me later that this was one of the most impossible tasks he had ever been asked to do.

volcano didn’t come from below but above, raining terror on Manhattan; not a natural disaster but man-made. What just cause could possibly deserve such an evil and unjust response. Will the appetite for retaliation lead to indiscriminate reprisals? Can ever the good in the human mind cope wisely and effectively in the face of such evil?” Ten years later, the world remains an uncertain place, with new conflicts and challenges. But the questions put to us by Bishop Jim remain. We can never forget that day. And the more than 3,000 people who died. The familes who still grieve today. The heroes from the rescue teams. The need, more urgent now than ever, to prevent terrorism and build peace and security, to understand and challenge fundamentalism, and to break down barriers of fear and suspicion between peoples and communities. Ten years on, let’s pause for a moment on 11 September and remember those who died. And ask “how were we affected?” How we can play our part to build a safer future?



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Indians in Denmark, and a few Danes, celebrate big day in style


BY JOHN THOPPIL International Bollywood dance numbers and songs, and Danish poet’s dedication, prove integration is alive and kicking


HE COLOURS of freedom were unfurled and the rekindling of patriotic fervour ensued. To mark India’s independence day in mid-August, celebrations echoed among the Indian community and events were organised by Indians in Denmark (IID) at Valby and the indian Cultural Society Denmark (ICSD) at Lyngby to mark the occasion. The distinctly Indian performances included patriotic action songs performed by children, Bollywoodinspired dances, Bharathnatyam dancing, and classical instrumental music. Nostalgic memories of India were brought to life by the warmth of the occasion. India was everywhere: in the initial chaos, the buzz of chit-chat, the colourfully-adorned shades of brown, and the aroma of curry to be served later in the evening. The event was not devoid of local flavour. The Bollywood dance number was the highlight of the day and included many Danes, including Mette. The dance culminated beautifully with the unfurling of Danish and Indian flags. “I love to dance and I support the cause of integration,” said Mette when asked about her motivation for being part of an Indian programme. Furthermore, Danish poet Claus Ankersen recited a few lines that he

The Danish/Indian performance goes to Bollywood

Indians in Denmark founder Kannathasan Pandian

had penned for the occasion, and the group song by Indian and Danish children was also noteworthy. There were quite a number of locals among the audience, presumably by a cultural


Photography Workshop

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If your holiday pictures didn’t turn out as well as you would’ve liked them to, then this workshop might just be the thing for you. The freelance photographer and former teacher Leah Meany Kristensen will teach you everything about shutter speed, aperture and ISO, as well as guiding you into capturing such things as sport action, portraits, group shots and landscapes. All you need to do is sign up now before the group is full, bring a camera with a possibility for manual settings, and be ready to walk outside to take practice shots if weather permits. You may also request a topic by emailing it to Books & Company, but do so well in advance. TK Knitting Club Bibliothekshuset, Rodosvej 4, Cph S; Tue 13 Sep, 15:30-17:00; free adm;

At the knitting club you can swap gimmicks and experiences with like-minded people who share your passion for wool and yarn. When your work is all tangled up, there is always a helping hand to sort out the knots. If you are more into crotchet, you are welcome as well. The next dates for the knitting club are 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 15 Nov, and 29 Nov. EK

Copenhagen Theatre Start-of-Season Party


Stalden, Cph Ø; Fri 9 Sep, starts at 19:00;

Come with a dish to share with others pot-luck style to help the Copenhagen Theatre Circle kick off its new season. Music, entertainment and plenty of food will be in store for those interested in theatre and a good time. This year, the theme of the party will be ‘Fairy Tales’, and guests are encouraged to get into the party spirit by dressing as a good, wicked or unconventional fairy. The bar will serve beer, wine, coffee and soft drinks at very practical prices. While you’re there, find out about their Improvisation workshop on Tuesday. JS Bicycle Training Hans Tavsen Park, Hans Tarvsens Gade 40, Cph N; ends 29 Oct, every Sat 10:0013:00; free adm; contact: Cecilie Herløw 2291 5962, registration:;

Every Saturday Cecilie Herlow offers free bicycle lessons for people with a non-Danish background. If you can’t make it to Nørrebro, please visit the bicycle club’s website to find out more about the lessons in Amager, Vesterbro, Fredriksberg, Valby or Tingbjerg. EK Storytime

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The popular storytime is back after a summer break! Tuesday mornings at the international book

extravaganza that would unfold. When asked about the reason for their presence, most of them cited the food and cultural experience. India does seem to be popular among Danes. The Indian community in Denmark, though, is miniscule in comparison to that in the UK and USA. This is largely attributed to factors like the language barrier, high cost of living, high tax rate, dearth of lucrative jobs and general lack of awareness. “When I came to Denmark in 2008, I was completely in the dark for want of information,” said Kannathasan Pandian, an IT professional from Tamil Nadu who went on to found IID. “All information was in Danish

café are dedicated to inspiring and captivating the imagination of the little ones. The wonderful storyteller Sara Albers, a teacher and a mother of two young boys, entertains the kids with stories, poems, finger plays and small projects. This is a fantastic way to start the day! TK

and I knew no-one in Denmark. This instigated me to launch a platform for the Indian community in Denmark to come together, as well as help newcomers with necessary information. Thus Indians in Denmark was born in 2009.” Nevertheless, apart from minor concerns like the Danes’ reluctance to socialise - especially if you don’t speak Danish (as pointed out by Rishab from Delhi) – and the non-availability of Indian food (Bipin Gandhi, a techie from Mumbai), most Indians had positive experiences to talk about. “My professional stint in Denmark has been very satisfying,” said Kuldeep Khatri, a nurse from Rajasthan. “We are treated on par with our Danish col-

leagues and have a great relationship with them.” Though Vineet Budhiraja, an HR professional from New Delhi agreed, he has a different take on integration, “We interact with Danes in our daily life, both at the work place and elsewhere. They have been nice, and we have a comfortable work environment. But it is never possible to completely integrate. There will always be differences. What is more important is to have mutual respect.” Later in the evening, ICSD put up a commendable show of traditional performances, the most memorable of which was the Bhangra dance with its pulsating energy and rhythmic drum beats.


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Cinderella auditions

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Following on from the enormous success of their Christmas play last year, the Copenhagen Theatre Circle are putting on a musical version of Cinderella, and here’s your chance to get involved. Email Sylvain to arrange an audition time and find out more info. The play itself will run at Krudttønden from 15–23 December and 3-7 January. EK Seminar by Chryssi Giannitsarou

Copenhagen Business School, Porcelænshaven 16 A, Frederiksberg; Mon 12 Sep, 13:00-14:00;

In a time when immigration issues are a hot topic across Denmark and the world, Cambridge University professor Chryssi Giannitsarou speaks out about the dynamics of human capital, growth and inequality and how they are affected by network structures. For anyone interested in how societies can find long run equality and a balanced growth path, they can learn about those topics and more during this academic lecture. JS

Lars Bangert Struwe, PhD, Research Fellow, Centre for Military Studies, University of Copenhagen

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danes keep euro 2012 dreams alive with crucial win scanpix

Ben Hamilton

Fact file | Bendtner’s prospects

Qualification very much in the national team’s hands following 2-0 defeat of norway


enMarK’S footballers won their crucial euro 2012 qualifier against norway 2-0 at Parken on Tuesday night thanks to two first-half goals by nicklas Bendtner. The result leaves Denmark looking more likely to avoid elimination than norway – should the sides finish level (they currently both have 13 points; Denmark have two games left, norway one), Denmark will advance courtesy of their head-to-head record. To guarantee a second-place finish, Denmark need to win in Cyprus on October 7, particularly as norway are expected to beat Cyprus at home in their final game. To win the group and automatically qualify, Denmark will need to beat Portugal at Parken on October 11. With lars løkke rasmussen preferring to attend the game - possibly his last as prime minister - instead of taking part in yet another live debate, it was an all-round encouraging and confident display from a Danish side that always looked the likely winners. a clinical move cut open the norwegian defence in the 24th minute, allowing Dennis rommedahl to pick out a well-positioned Bendtner for the easiest of openers. and then in the 44th minute, Bendtner tried his luck from distance against a keeper who only minutes earlier had completely missed the ball – without a bobble in sight – and beat him emphatically with an explosive shot into the bottom left hand corner. Should Denmark make the play-offs, they will be one of the seeds courtesy of their high FiFa ranking, which currently rates them as the 21st best team in the world.

STeve BrUCe took the teenage nickas Bendtner on loan at second tier side Birmingham City in 2006 and he repaid his faith by scoring 13 times in 48 games as the Blues won promotion to the Premier league. Still, it is believed that Bruce signed Bendtner after a bid for Peter Crouch fell through. Crouch ended up joining Stoke City – a club that was strongly tipped to buy Bendtner only hours before. “i’ve HaD the privilege of working with nicklas previously,” Bruce told media. “i had him as an 18-year-old and he helped clinch promotion for Birmingham. He’s an outstanding talent and is a big, physical presence who will lead the line magnificently for us.”

The Danes are now favourites to finish at least second in the group

Meanwhile, four Danish internationals were involved in transfers last week ahead of the closure of the international transfer window on Wednesday august 31. arsenal have loaned Bendtner out to Premier league rival Sunderland for the rest of the season. it is hardly the most glamourous of moves for a player who in the spring was linked to moves to Bundelsiga trio Bayern Munich, Schalke 08 and Borussia Dortmund, but he should have plenty more opportunities to play than last season, particularly as he has already previously played for and impressed Sunderland manager Steve Bruce. Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjær has joined aS roma on a season-long loan deal. it is believed that the Serie

a club will have the option to sign the 22-year-old at the end of the season. Before joining Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, Kjær enjoyed two pretty successful seasons in italy with Palermo. Kjær told the Danish Fa’s website that he was “very proud and happy” to be signing for such a “top club in both italian and european football”. Midfielder Christian Poulsen, 31, currently out of favour with the Danish national team after playing only six times for liverpool under Kenny Dalglish following the Scot’s arrival in January, has joined French ligue 1 newcomers evian on a one-year deal. He will link up with fellow Danes Daniel Wass and Stephan andersen. and Danish midfielder Dennis rommedahl, 33, has returned home

to sign for Superliga club Brøndby on a two-year contract after being released by Greek outfit Olympiakos. it is believed that he had been away for so long – he last played league football in Denmark in 1997 - that he qualifies for the same tax breaks that entice highly-qualified foreigners to work in the country on three-year contracts. and finally, it emerged on Tuesday that Morten rasmussen, 26, has been loaned out by Celtic to Turkish side Svasspor on a loan deal until the end of the year. Signed in January 2010, rasmussen, who has five international caps, has yet to force his way into the Celtic side and spent last season on loan at German side Mainz before moving to Danish side aaB on loan in February.

40 - signs that her offensive game is improving. “i knew i could come back so i just stepped into the lines and went for my shots and tried to make fewer errors,” she told media afterwards. “i am in good shape. i can play for five hours if i have to.” Her first serve percentage was good (72 to Kuznetsova’s 68) and return of serve excellent - she gave herself 17 opportunities to break to Kuznetsova’s seven. However, the russian showed greater nerve on the important points

(winning 71 percent of her break points to Wozniacki’s 53), especially in the first set tie-break, which she won 8-6 after falling 5-2 behind. at the time of going to press, Wozniacki was a 2/5 favourite to beat the German tenth seed andrea Petkovic in the last eight on Wednesday, with the tournament’s odds-on favourite Serena Williams her most probable opponent in the semis on Friday. Williams is 2/5 to win the final on Saturday, with Wozniacki a 17/2 second favourite to upset the odds. (BH)

Given Bendtner’s Pl experience (79 appearances thus far), he certainly looks a better bet to partner Ghana’s asamoah Gyan than youngster Connor Wickham, a 18-yearold in the same mould as Bendtner who was signed from ipswich Town over the summer, and South Korean signing Ji Dong-Won.

Woz that attacking enough? World number one shows true grit to advance to US open quarters


arOline Wozniacki produced arguably her best performance of 2011 on Monday night to advance to the quarter-finals of the US Open. The world number one defeated the in-form Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, coming back from 4-1 down in the second set to overcome her experienced russian opponent. Kuznetsova is a player who knows

what it takes to win grand slams – she has made four finals, winning the 2004 US Open and 2009 French Open – so Wozniacki will take encouragement from a resilient display in a second set that saw an in-the-zone Kuznetsova initially dominate. Wozniacki made just three unforced errors to Kuznetsova’s 29 in the set to fight back and draw level, and then never looked back in the third to win in 182 minutes. The Dane hit a higher number of winners than usual – 20 to Kuznetsova’s

online ThiS Week Rower looks a good bet for london DenMarK finished eighth equal in the medal table at the World rowing Championships in Slovenia, which concluded on Sunday. The Danish men’s team won one gold and two bronzes – three better than the ladies – at an event that serves as a qualifier for the 2012 Olympics in london. leading the way was the impressive Henrik Stephansen, who dominated the lightweight single sculls final to win by a clear five seconds. Trailing at the halfway mark, an impressive third-quarter spurt saw the Dane go into a lead he easily maintained over the final 500 metres. also medalling were the third-placed lightweight

no doubting Thomas’s form quadruple sculls and the lightweight eight, while the lightweight double sculls and lightweight coxless four will not be too disappointed with their fifth-place finishes, as they have at least qualified for the Olympics courtesy of making the finals. Both teams are focused on london and will be pleased with their progress. The lightweight double sculls, Mads rasmussen and rasmus Quist, won bronze at the 2008 Olympics, while eskild ebbesen, the stroke in the lightweight coxless four, is a threetime Olympic gold medallist.

FOllOWinG his four-shot victory in the european Masters in Switzerland, Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn has now won back-to-back titles. The victory continues a fabulous year for the golfer, who started 2011 as the world number 127 but has since won three tournaments and risen to number 28. Only the world number one, luke Donald, has won as many tournaments. Bjørn, 40, on Sunday shot an imperious nineunder 62 to overhaul overnight leader Jamie Donaldson, a player he trailed by four after bogeying the fourth. But he followed that with four straight birdies and added another at the 11th to go ahead – a lead he then regained with an

indians invest in FCM eagle at 15 and cemented with birdies at the final two holes. “The way i finished was special and it’s been an amazing two weeks,” Bjorn told media. “at the end you think nothing can go wrong. Golf seems easy sometimes and you have to remember that when you are not playing well.” The Masters was the first qualifying event for the 2012 ryder Cup – a good start to Bjørn’s bid to qualify for a third time. He has also risen to seventh place in the race for Dubai (formerly The Order of Merit), one place behind his compatriot anders Hansen with earnings of €1,381,444.

DaniSH Superliga club FC Midtjylland has signed a deal with indian industrial group Dempo, which will see the company take a stake of 34 percent in FC Midtjylland Holdings aS in return for capital investment of 70 million kroner. The arrangement is part of a commercial and technical partnership that will involve the Danish club assisting with the technical development of the company’s club Dempo FC and the establishment of a joint academy in the Goa region. The deal will be put to a shareholder vote at an eGM on Thursday 15 September.

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economic decline creeping in on capital scanpix

Tough third quarter bearing down on economy


despite last week’s positive economic figures, the winner of the election is likely to receive bad economic news during the first months of their term


lthough second quarter economic statistics showed the country posting surprisingly strong gDP growth, a repeat in the third quarter is unlikely. A closer look at the figures shows that the 1.0 percent gDP growth figure was due mainly to governmental spending and inventory build-up in the private sector. The domestic consumer spending that is necessary to drive continued growth, on the other hand, has remained stagnant. Exports meanwhile are likely to decline. Seasonally adjusted figures show that consumer activity in the second quarter fell 0.1 percent, which is a smaller decline than was expected. Statistics earlier in the month showed that payments with the Dankort debit card were lower than normal – normally this is a trustworthy indicator of the direction of the economy. So while the government was given some unexpected help in its bid for reelection, the real indicator of the country’s economic health won’t come until the third quarter figures are released – well after the votes are counted on September 15. Economic indicators are already pointing towards a return to negative growth rates when those figures are re-

A closer look at the figures reveals that the second quarter revival was a false dawn

The Popz factory in slagelse that the popcorn producer is leaving for pastures new

leased. The cause: a double whammy of slumping private consumption here at home and the flagging german and Swedish economies. While Øknomisk ugebrev’s Economic Barometer, which is a composite of ten economic indicators, showed only a moderate decline in June, it wasn’t until July that it began in earnest. The pace of the decline, however, more than doubled between July and August. Aggravating matters, the Economic Barometer only measures private sector consumption, not the public spending or inventory build-up that contributed to the second quarter’s positive numbers. According to Statistics Denmark, retail sales fell by a percent, year on year, in July, marking it the third month running spending had declined. The seasonally adjusted figures show that sales fell 2.9 percent between May and July.

as jobs dry up, eastern Zealand town becomes latest to head into decline

The other challenge facing the economy is the slowing economic activity in germany and Sweden. The robust economies of the country’s two largest export markets helped keep overall export figures afloat in the second quarter, when industrial producers recorded a 2.8 percent increase compared with the previous quarter. Those gains, though, were due solely to sales of industrial machines. Such sales would be hit hard by a decline in economic activity in export markets. other key export sectors – including the food industry, pharmaceuticals and transport – declined in the second quarter, making it likely overall export rates will fall. underscoring the likelihood that the economy is in for bad news, Statistics Denmark’s latest economic forecasts for the manufacturing, service and retail sectors are all negative. A number of other economic indicators also point in the same direction.

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Experts warned that much of the surrounding area would also suffer the same fate eventually. “Provincial Denmark begins just outside copenhagen,” said Jon Sundbo, a professor of business economics at Roskilde university. “With the exception of Roskilde, all of Zealand outside greater copenhagen can be characterised as provincial. The region has low growth, high unemployment, a lack of investment, and its manufacturers are threatened by closure.” Steen Bach nielsen, the president of the Zealand Regional council, confirmed that private and public workplaces in the region are migrating toward the large urban areas. he stressed the need for public initiatives. “We would like to join forces with local authorities to make more businesses stay, but it is an uphill battle, and we must fight hard to get the necessary capital for entrepreneurs,” he said. (EK)

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SPOUSE: Bhargavi Lanka Venkata FROM: India SEEKING WORK IN: IT industry- Software - Manual & Automation Testingr QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science Engineering EXPERIENCE: Part Time/Full Time work in Software Testing, 4yrs and 9 months experience as Senior Software Engineer – Testing in a U.S based MNC in Bangalore, India LANGUAGE SKILLS: English, Hindi, Enrolled for Danish classes IT EXPERIENCE: Manual testing, Automation Regression testing using QTP, Web service testing using SOA Tool, HP Quality center, Unix, SQL, XML, Basic shell scripting CONTACT:; Mobile: 50376689 SPOUSE: DANIEL JONES FROM: UNITED KINGDOM SEEKING WORK IN: Greater Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Qualified Teacher Status, UK; Bachelor of Science Degree (1st Class), UK EXPERIENCE: Enthusiastic , hands on teacher with 8 years teaching experience of Mathematics and Science in UK and International Schools. IB, GCSE and A-Level, including as Head of Department with excellent feedback from pupils, parents and teaching colleagues. LOOKING FOR: Teaching positions in secondary schools; Private tuition; Education related roles LANGUAGE SKILLS: Mother tongue English, fluent in Italian IT EXPERIENCE: MS-office. CONTACT: SPOUSE: S.M. Ariful Islam FROM: Bangladesh SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: PhD student (2nd year) in Language Policy and Practice in Aalborg University, MA in Bilingualism, MA in English Linguistics, BA in English EXPERIENCE: 18 months as a University lecturer in English in Bangladesh. Taught advanced grammar, four skills (listening, speaking, reading & writing), ELT courses, Second Language theories, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics. LOOKING FOR: A position of English teacher/lecturer in English Medium Schools, Colleges and Universities. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Bengali (mother tongue), English (second language), Danish (fluent), Hindi and Urdu (Spoken) and Swedish (basic). IT EXPERIENCE: MS Office. CONTACT: Mail:,, mobile: +45 42778296 SPOUSE: Lorena Augusta Moreira FROM: Brazil SEEKING WORK IN: Great Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Interior Designer EXPERIENCE: + 3 of experience with interior design and sales of furniture and decoration products. LOOKING FOR: Position in an Organization/Company in the fields of: Interior design, lay-out and organization of vitrines, sales and assistance management IT EXPERIENCE:Microsoft office (word, excel, outlook, access and power-point) access to internet LANGUAGE SKILLS: English (fluent), Portuguese (native) and Spanish (pre-intermediate) CONTACT:, + 45 52177084 SPOUSE: Lorenzo Albano FROM: Venezuela (with CPR number) SEEKING WORK IN: Greater København and Hovedstaden QUALIFICATION: PhD in Physics EXPERIENCE: I have wide experience as an university lecturer in physics, physics laboratory, mathematics and informatics. I have done research in theoretical quantum optics and quantum information. I have done research and development / programming of numerical methods applied to geophysical problems, such as tomographic inversion and wave propagation, independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams. I have participated in gravimetric and magnetometric geophysical surveys LOOKING FOR: Short and long term work in education in science and mathematics / research / scientific computing / oil exploration or other geophysical applications LANGUAGE SKILLS: Fluent in Spanish (native), English and Italian. Basic Danish IT EXPERIENCE: OS: MSDOS, Windows, Linux (Ubuntu), Solaris, incl. shell scripting. Programming Languages: BASIC, ANSI C, C++, FORTRAN. Web: HTML, CSS, Joomla!. Typography: LaTeX2E. Software: Mathematica 7, MS Office and OpenOffice suites, several Windows utilities CONTACT: Tel: +45 50 81 40 73


SPOUSE: Ying Yuan FROM: China SEEKING WORK IN: Great Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Medical Degree & Master in Human Nutrition EXPERIENCE: Practiced medicine for 2 years China 2000-200. Conducted a clinical trial for ½ year England 2008. Work in nutrition, pharmaceutical industry, food industry and health secto IT EXPERIENCE: I am experienced in Statistical software SPSS and MINITAB, Nutritional software NetWISP/WISP LANGUAGE SKILLS: Chinese, English and Danish CONTACT: +45 31 36 92 58 SPOUSE: Chao Wen FROM: China SEEKING WORK IN: Great Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Language teacher (German, Chinese) EXPERIENCE: Teaching Chinese as a foreign language by offering company-course for 2 years, in Germany; teaching Chinese to native speaker in private school for 4 years, in Germany; teaching German as a foreign language by offering private course; exhibition interpreter; translator. LOOKING FOR: Part time or full time in Aarhus, Language teacher, translator or interpreter LANGUAGE SKILLS: Chinese, English, German, Danish IT EXPERIENCE: Windows, Open office, Powerpoint CONTACT: tel.: 48417526 SPOUSE: Francis Farias FROM: Venezuela (CPR number) SEEKING WORK IN: Greater København QUALIFICATION: Master in Spanish Studies from Universidad de Cadiz, Spain, as a Spanish Teacher and BA in Teaching English as a Second Language. Diplomas in Digital Photography (from Venezuela and Spain) EXPERIENCE: 7 years experience as a teacher of English and Spanish at JMV University. Academic translator (Spanish-English/English-Spanish) and freelance photographer LOOKING FOR: Spanish language teacher, translator, interpreter, photographer. LANGUAGE SKILLS: English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish (native). Basic Danish. IT EXPERIENCE: Office tools, Photoshop. CONTACT:, +45 50814073 SPOUSE: TEJA PRIYANKA FROM: INDIA SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: MBA in Finance and marketing , bachelor in Biotechnology LANGUAGE SKILLS: Telugu(mother tounge), Hindi, English, Danish(biggnier) IT EXPERIENCE: Familier with Microsoft office(word, excel,powerpoint,access, ), photoshop. CONTACT: SPOUSE: Anisha Kanjhlia FROM: India SEEKING WORK IN: Arhus in Teaching/Training/Administration/Media/Public Relations QUALIFICATION: Post Graduate in Advertising & Communication EXPERIENCE: 6+ years of professional experience in Training, Customer Service, Promotions, Brand Marketing, Content Analysis and Team Management. Strong experience in planning and executing initiatives. Extensive training experience and influencing skills that will assist me in building a high potential, motivated and an effective team. Hands-on training in soft skills like crucial conversations and people management Branch Manager & Head of Training for Cosmo Aviation Training School in New Delhi, India. Proficient in analyzing market trends to provide critical inputs for decision making and formulating training strategies. LOOKING FOR: Part time or full time in Aarhus IT EXPERIENCE: Comfortable with all the basic computer knowledge like Excel, Word, Power Point, Internet browsing… CONTACT: P: 4522305837 SPOUSE: Malgorzata Tujakowska FROM: Poland SEEKING WORK IN: Aarhus and the surrounding area QUALIFICATION: Masters in Ethnolinguistics with major in Chinese and English, Chinese HSK and Business Chinese Test certificates, 2-year long studies at Shanghai International Studies University and National Cheng Kung University,Taiwan LOOKING FOR: Working for companies hiring Polish and Chinese employees, teaching Chinese, Polish, Business English, linguistics, translation and interpretation, proofreading, Chinese business and culture consulting, administrative work LANGUAGE SKILLS: Polish (native speaker), Chinese – simplified and traditional (fluent), English (fluent), German(intermediate), Danish (intermediate-currently learning) IT EXPERIENCE: MS Office CONTACT: Tel:+45 28702377,

SPOUSE: Nina Chatelain FROM: Vancouver, BC, Canada SEEKING WORK IN: midt- og syd jylland QUALIFICATION: ba courses in english and anthropology, certificate in desktop publishing and graphic design, internationally certified yoga teacher since 1999 EXPERIENCE: over 7 years experience as the assistant to the director (what would correspond to a direktionssekretær position) at an international university museum where i also was seconded to act as the program administrator—a project management internal communications role—for the museum’s major renovation project. i acted as the director’s right hand and the museum’s communications hub where i had daily contact with the visiting public, community stakeholders, volunteers and students. i have earlier worked as an editor and writer in various capacities, as well as a desktop publisher/graphic designer. LOOKING FOR: an administrative role in a creative company that needs someone who can juggle a variety of projects and use excellent english writing and editing skills language skills: English (mother tongue) and Danish (fluent comprehension--studieprøven / university entrance exam) IT EXPERIENCE: MS Office Package, PC and Apple, have earlier worked with various desktop publishing software, quick to learn new software and systems CONTACT: Phone: +45 29707430 SPOUSE: Rita Paulo FROM: Portugal SEEKING WORK IN: Great Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Architect EXPERIENCE: I am an architect and I have experience in Project and in Construction Supervision. In the past 7 years, I have worked mainly in housing, masterplanning and social facilities buildings. My last employer was a Project and Construction company where I had the opportunity to complement my experience in projects together with construction related tasks, developing myself as a professional. LOOKING FOR: Job in Architecture or Construction Company LANGUAGE SKILLS: Native Portuguese, Proficiency in English, Basic user of Spanish and Danish IT EXPERIENCE: Strong knowledge of AutoCad and ArchiCad. Experience in Studio Max, CorelDraw, Photoshop, Office tools. CONTACT: +45 2961 9694 SPOUSE: Hugo Ludbrook FROM: New Zealand SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: BA (1st Class Honours) in International Relations + BA in History and Religious Studies EXPERIENCE: Have worked in a wide variety of organisations with focus ranging from the organics sector, to international development, to company directors, to work with the United Nations. LOOKING FOR: Research, writing, editing and/or communication work LANGUAGE SKILLS: English (Fluent), French (Good), Danish (Basic) IT EXPERIENCE: Strong MS Office, Outlook and Excel Skills. CONTACT: SPOUSE: Chiara Stevanato FROM: Italy SEEKING WORK IN: København or nearby areas QUALIFICATION: Bachelor degree in Physics EXPERIENCE: Now completing the Master’s degree in Physics at Københavns Universitet LOOKING FOR: Research in Physics. Research projects related to scientific areas LANGUAGE SKILLS: Written and spoken Italian, written and spoken English, written and Spoken French, very basic written and spoken Danish (still attending a second level course) IT EXPERIENCE: Operating systems: Windows, Linux. Programming languages: basic C, C++; Python CONTACT: Tel: 41681741 SPOUSE: Isaac P Thomas FROM: India SEEKING WORK IN: East Juthland preferably Århus QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science) EXPERIENCE:Process Consulting, Quality Assurance, CMMI, ISO, Quality Audit, Process Definition, Software testing, software development, data analysis, best practice sharing, quality gap analysis LOOKING FOR: Process Consulting, Quality Assurance, CMMI, ISO, Quality Audit, Process Definition LANGUAGE SKILLS: Danish beginner, english, malayalam, hindi tamil IT EXPERIENCE: 8 years experence in IT Industry in software quality assurance, software quality control, software development. CONTACT:, +4552225642

SPOUSE: Mohammad Ahli- Gharamaleki FROM: Iran SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Master degree in chemical engineering EXPERIENCE: 5+ years as a chemical engineer in R&D oil/gas projects as a team leader or member in Iran. LOOKING FOR: A position in an Intrnational company to expand my experience and expertise. LANGUAGE SKILLS: Azeri (native), English (fluent), Farsi (fluent), Arabic (good), Turkish (good), Danish(beginner) IT EXPERIENCE: Professional (MATLAB, Hysys, Aspen plus, Auto Cad, others (Office, Minitab). CONTACT:, (+45) 71 63 12 85

SPOUSE: Debjani Nandy Biswas FROM: India SEEKING WORK IN: Would like to join in kindergarten, School teacher in English, official work in English. QUALIFICATION: B.A., M.A in English literature and language (American, European and Indian). EXPERIENCE: Temporary school teacher in Bongaon, India and involved in social work (handicapped society). LOOKING FOR: A possibility in getting practical experiences in kindergarten or any international school, official work (administration) in English, voluntary work also. LANGUAGE SKILLS: English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Bengali, little Danish (currently learning). IT EXPERIENCE: Diploma in basic computer applications. CONTACT: E-mail:, Tel: +45 50219942.

SPOUSE: Christina Koch FROM: Australia SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Drama, 1997 University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Experienced actor and voice coach for speakers, with parallel high level experience in written communications. LOOKING FOR: Voice coaching for corporate presenters and speakers, Writing and Communications work, work in theatre organisations. IT EXPERIENCE:Microsoft Office, Office for Mac. LANGUAGE SKILLS: English - Native speaker, excellent written and oral expression. German – good reading and listening skills. Spanish – fluent oral communication, good reading and listening skills. Danish – beginners level speaking and writing skills. CONTACT: Tel: +45 52 77 30 93,

SPOUSE: Laxmi Chawan FROM: India SEEKING WORK IN: Sjælland, as an architect/ interior designer or as a logistic co-ordinator. QUALIFICATION: Masters in Design Sciences and Sustainable Design, University of Sydney, Australia; Bachelors in Architecture, University of Mumbai, India EXPERIENCE: Design development, Drafting, Working drawings, Planning and scheduling of projects, Report compilation, Invoicing and Administrative works. LOOKING FOR: Part time /Fulltime work in Architecture/Construction /Interior Designing Firm or Supply chain management field. IT EXPERIENCE:AutoCAD 2009, Adobe In Design, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Project management softwares LANGUAGE SKILLS: English,Hindi CONTACT: Mobile : +45 5253 2498

SPOUSE: Jawon Yun-Werner FROM: South Korea SEEKING WORK IN: Healthcare, Hospitals, Elderly/Child Care (in Greater Copenhagen Area) QUALIFICATION: B.A. in Nursing, Masters in Public Health. I am AUTHORIZED to work as a Nurse in Denmark. (have Danish CPR and work permit) EXPERIENCE: 1O years of experience as a nurse and midwife from the prominent hospitals LOOKING FOR: Any healthcare related jobs (hospitals, clinics, elderly/childcare places). I am open to any shift or day. LANGUAGE SKILLS: ENGLISH, KOREAN, DANISH (Intermediate, in progress, Module 3) IT EXPERIENCE: MS Office, SASS Statistical Software CONTACT: +45 30 95 20 53

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SPOUSE: Francesco Grandesso FROM: Italy SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Constructing architect EXPERIENCE: 4 years at TFF Engineering 2005-2009, 3 years at ADproject 2002-2005 LANGUAGE SKILLS: English, Italian & Danish IT EXPERIENCE: AutoCAD 2011 CONTACT: Mobile: 50110653

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9 - 15 September 2011 SPOUSE: Simon Rigby FROM: United Kingdom (originally Scotland) SEEKING WORK IN: Jylland, Fyn or Sjælland (anywhere in Denmark) QUALIFICATION: Secondary High School - 8 ‘Ordinary’ levels & 3 ‘Advanced’ levels achieved. EXPERIENCE: Business Development, Sales & Marketing and Client Relationship Management specialist. 15+ years experience in securing ‘insurance and lifestyle benefits’ contracts with high volume and high consumer numbers within the Affinity Group Marketing sector from a wide variety of distribution channels including banks, financial institutions, large membership affinity groups and employers, credit card issuers and insurers. Highly accomplished and skilled at ‘low cost, high perceived value’ large scale marketing to B2B and B2C target audiences through both on-line and other direct marketing channels. Entire career spent in the banking, finance and insurance sectors the latter of which I have spent in the UK employment of 3 of the top 4 global insurance brokers. A team player and a ‘people person’ with the skills and abilities to easily and comfortably interact with individuals at all levels. Natural problem solver who sees opportunities rather than obstacles. Simplistic and structured approach to finding straightforward and practical solutions to problems. LOOKING FOR: A job within an organisation (financial services or otherwise) where my Sales & Marketing and Key Account managerial skills and experience are fully utilised and where I can provide a sustainable and tangible long term contribution to my new employer as well as to my new country within which I have chosen to permanently live. LANGUAGE SKILLS: English (mother tongue) ; German (very good) ; French (good) ; Danish (basic, but currently enrolled on a ‘Danskuddannelse 3’ language course). IT EXPERIENCE: Word - Advanced user. Powerpoint - Proficient user. Excel - Basic. CONTACT: or mobile +45 60 16 80 40. SPOUSE: Weihua Xiao FROM: China SEEKING WORK IN: Great Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Master in American Studies from University of Southern Denmark. Master in Education and B.A. In English. Diploma of Secretary. Certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from East China Normal University EXPERIENCE: Work in the fields of education, training, translation, interpretation, administration, Chinese (business) culture consulting. 8 years of full-time English language teacher in China. Work for a global company in Shanghai and Copenhagen as Personal Assistant to General Manager/ Secretary for about 2 years from 2009 to 2010. LOOKING FOR: Chinese Language teacher, translator, interpreter, administrative position LANGUAGE SKILLS: Chinese, English, basic Danish IT EXPERIENCE: A good user of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel...) CONTACT:  +45 5048 9667 SPOUSE: Clémence Arnal FROM: France SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen; Region Sjælland QUALIFICATION: Wastewater/drinking water (processes and treatments, building design, water sampling and pollution rate measurement) ; environment protection ( river basin management, waste management). EXPERIENCE: Waste sorting representative (Office “Communauté du Pays d’Aix”, France) ; Leaks investigation on drinking water networks, Help to communes to deal with their drinking water system, Control operation of individual sanitation systems (Office “G2C Environnement”, France) ; Drinking water stations security : putting the Antiterrorist security plan in practice, employees security , Distribution network security : determining the cost of a network re-chlorination unit (“Drinking Water” administration of Aix en Provence, France) LOOKING FOR: Water treatment assistant / engineer LANGUAGE SKILLS: French (mother tongue) ; English (Fluent) ; Danish (Prøve Dansk 3) IT EXPERIENCE: MS-Office ; AutoCAD (basic) ; Mapinfo (basic) CONTACT: / tlf: 23 34 63 22

SPOUSE: Megan Rothrock FROM: California-USA,Via SEEKING WORK IN: Toy Design, Games Design, or Photography (Syd Denmark Jutland) QUALIFICATION: Associate Arts Degree: Corporate Communication, Design, and Commercial Illustration, with a background in animation. EXPERIENCE: Former LEGO Product Designer, LEGO Universe: Level Designer, European Bureau Editor Brick Journal Magazine. I have a strong knowledge of Toy and Gaming Markets. I am driven, enjoy solving daily challenges and I’m a strong communicator wanting to join a creative team of colleagues. LOOKING FOR: Part/Full time work in an innovative and creative LANGUAGE SKILLS: English: native- Dutch: Excellent- Danish (currently in): Danskuddannelse 3, modul 3. IT EXPERIENCE: PC and Mac- Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dream Weaver, Director, Maya, 3D Studio Max, ML Cad, LDD CONTACT: +4535140779 SPOUSE: Suheir Sharkas FROM: Syria SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus and the nearby areas of the mentioned cities. QUALIFICATION: MBA–International Management, Bachelor in English Literature. LOOKING FOR: Positions in Organizations/Companies in the fields of: Administration and organization, Event & Project Management, and Assistance Management. LANGUAGE SKILLS: : Arabic: Native speaker, English: Fluent (understanding, speaking and writing), German: Fluent (understanding, speaking and writing), Danish: Basic 3.3 (understanding, speaking and writing) IT EXPERIENCE: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, Power Point) and web publishing. CONTACT:, Tel: 533 721 20 SPOUSE: Vadim Fedulov FROM: USA SEEKING WORK IN: Pre-clinical or clinical/ biotech or academia/ Copenhagen region (100km radius) QUALIFICATION: Ph.D., Biological Sciences (2008) EXPERIENCE: 5 years research experience in biotech and 6 years in academic settings. For full experience summary, please visit: LOOKING FOR: Position in research, project management, writing, editing, teaching, or new challenging career opportunities LANGUAGE SKILLS: English (native), Russian (native), Danish (completed Module1 at Studieskolen) IT EXPERIENCE: Proficient in both Mac and PC OS, MS Office (Excel, Word, Powerpoint etc.), StatView, Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator) CONTACT: and mobile tel: +45 41 83 36 60 SPOUSE: Lena Schulz zur Wiesch FROM: Berlin, Germany SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen and Capital Region QUALIFICATION: Cand. scient. pol. from the Humboldt-University Berlin and London School of Economics. EXPERIENCE: Seven years work experience from the German Parliament (EU-consultant) and as distinguished research associate at the Humboldt-University (urban planning). Strong analytical and inter-cultural skills. Team-worker. LOOKING FOR: Jobs in consulting, public administration, politics, NGOs, international institutions or companies LANGUAGE SKILLS: German (mother tongue), English, Spanish, French, Danish (all fluently) IT EXPERIENCE: Microsoft Office, CMS CONTACT:

SPOUSE: Shilpa Lingaiah FROM: India SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense and nearby areas of the mentioned cities QUALIFICATION: PG Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (JSS University, India); Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (RGUHS, India). Danish agency for international education has assessed the above qualification and corresponds to Danish Master’s degree in Health Sciences. LOOKING FOR: Research related to health science, Jobs in pharmaceutical industry or new challenging career opportunities LANGUAGE SKILLS: English(fluent written and spoken),Enrolled for Danish language classes, Indian languages(Kannada and Hindi) IT EXPERIENCE: MS Office CONTACT: Tel-+4552742859 SPOUSE: Fernando Carlos Cardeira da Silva FROM: Portugal SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: Accounting course from Danish Institution (Regnskabs medarbejder at Niels Brock), previous frequency of Accounting and Management courses in Portugal. EXPERIENCE: I have more than 5 years of experience in accounting LOOKING FOR: Job as accounting assistant IT EXPERIENCE: Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Power point) and accounting software such as Navision C5 LANGUAGE SKILLS: I can read and write Danish, English, Portuguese, Spanish and French CONTACT: +45 50437588 SPOUSE: Heike Mehlhase FROM: Berlin, Tyskland SEEKING WORK IN: A job opportunity in Copenhagen (administrative position, research assistant or psychosocial care) QUALIFICATION: MPH, Master degree in Psychology, Lerntherapeutin;. EXPERIENCE: Five years experience in psychological research andchild psychology LOOKING FOR: Looking for: a position to expand my experience where I can use my excellent organisational, social and communication skills LANGUAGE SKILLS: German (mother tongue), English (fluent), Danish (Module 2) IT EXPERIENCE: I am proficient in software such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software and basicgraphic editing programs (Microsoft Office, Open Office) plus statistical software (SPSS). CONTACT: SPOUSE: VIDYA SINGH FROM: INDIA SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen, Odense, Arhus, Aalborg or nearby areas. QUALIFICATION: Master in Computer Management, Bachelor of Science, Certified Novell Engineer, Microsoft Certified Professional. EXPERIENCE: Total 8 years (4 year in telecommunication as customer care + 4 year as HR recruiter consultant) LOOKING FOR: HR (Trainee/Assistant/Recruiter/consultant), Customer service, office work, IT LANGUAGE SKILLS: English, Hindi and Danish (currently learning) IT EXPERIENCE: MS-office, Hardware, Networking, Intranet and Internet. CONTACT:, Mobile: +45 71443554 SPOUSE: Raffaele Menafra FROM: Italy SEEKING WORK IN: Copenhagen QUALIFICATION: A degree as Prevention techniques in Work and Workplaces. EXPERIENCE: I worked 4 years in a rehabilitationclinic LANGUAGE SKILLS: Italian (native), English, Danish (currently learning) IT EXPERIENCE: MS Office CONTACT:

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18 Macbeth’s full of sound and fury but signifying nothing culture

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ian Burns Theatre review: ‘Macbeth’ Imaginative in places, this version of The Scottish play is hampered by its tiny stage, ponderous delivery and tame fight scenes


O PERFORM this actionpacked and darkly foreboding play steeped in supernatural forces outdoors in the corner of a park before nightfall would be a challenge for any theatre company. To attempt to do so with six actors, as TNT Theatre Britain chose to do so last weekend in the Kongen Haven gardens by Rosenborg Castle, showed an admirable ambition but the performance failed to deliver. There were some moments that showed great imagination and what the concept behind this production was trying to achieve. At the outset the skills of all the actors were evident as they portrayed horses grazing and being spooked by the presence of evil incarnate in the guise of the three witches bent on bringing chaos to Scotland. This beginning was gripping and pure theatre, which held a mainly young student audience and yours truly spellbound. But this level of performance wasn’t maintained throughout and only managed to do so on a few occasions. King Duncan played as a blind man made

A witch forewarns Macbeth and Banquo of their destiny – half the cast were involved in this scene

him even more vulnerable and reliant on those trusted to serve and protect him. This worked very well and was the first time I’ve seen that interpretation. Another section that was bordering on brilliant was the Porter scene, in which Shakespeare provides us with a short bit of comic relief amidst all the

bloody gore of ambition and murder and witchcraft. The Porter here is very, very drunk and in the process of trying to seduce a young lass, but is incapable of doing so. This double-act to the tune of the ominous hammering and pounding on the castle gates with Eric Tessier Lavigne and Louise Lee trying to get

into each others pants was funny and well-timed and again showed us the inventiveness TNT are capable of. If only this could have been sustained throughout. Essentially then a school production aimed at a student audience, but I felt that there were times when they underestimated the language skills of

Danish gymnasium students. The pace of the delivery was sometimes ponderous in a “we have to speak slowly and clearly for them to understand any of this” kind of way. Not all the time, but I suggest to TNT that this is a mistake. Macbeth is a well-studied text that can only be served better by more attack. The set and costumes teetered on the brink of being that of a school production. I mean this kindly – as I’ve seen some excellent school shows - but it would have been preferable to have no set at all, than one that wobbles and shakes as the actors use what was a very small postage stamp of an acting area. The Attention to detail is a sign of any production value, even on the strictest of budgets and Macduff played well here by Richard Croughan looked as if he wanted a belt for his heavy broad sword, as he carried it by his waist as if he had one. This looked odd and was actually distracting. For a company that prides itself on movement, the essential fight scenes were extremely tame. Here the actors came across as nervous and underrehearsed as they placed their heavy blunt pieces of metal with enormous care against each other. A few sparks as they clashed and rang out would have been a welcome sign of two warriors fighting for their lives. Finally, as the thin four-man army crowned King Malcolm, it looked and felt like this production of Macbeth was full of sound and fury but signified nothing.

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He is a Danish pop singer. How did he get into the business? His father was the much-loved (in Denmark, at least) singer Tommy Seebach, so it seems to be in the genes. Wow. It must have been great to grow up with a famous dad Not really. His dad was an alcoholic and died in 2003 from heart failure, at the early age of 53 years.

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quA’S 1997 smash hit ‘Barbie Girl’ has been named the worst song of the 1990s by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. It beat off stiff competition from ‘Macarena’, ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ and ‘Ice Ice Baby’ to top the poll. “Barbie Girl – written by the Danish dance-pop group Aqua – is an incredibly polarising song,” wrote Rolling Stone, conceding that many “loved the over-the-top cartoonish video and bizarre sound of the song”. While ‘Barbie Girl’ was only the 94th best selling single of 1997 in the uS, in the uK it was number two. It has sold an estimated eight million copies worldwide. The song is no stranger to polls – and the results tend to

be mixed. It finished fourth in VH1’s Best Number One of All Time list and 27th in MuchMoreMusic’s top 50 Guilty Pleasures poll, while AOL Radio ranked it the fifth worst song of all time, and Same Difference voted it number two in their ultimate Cheese-Fest Top 20. Barbie manufacturer Mattel was initially not a fan. It filed an unsuccessful lawsuit that it took all the way to the Supreme Court. But by 2009 it had changed its tune and used the song in one of its ad campaigns, with altered lyrics. Most Rolling Stone readers backed the results, although one Scandinavian reader was furious. “Aqua is a Danish band with one Norwegian member,” he wrote. “Please correct it.”

That must have been terrible Of course, in many ways it was, but in one of his songs, ‘Den jeg er’ (2009), Rasmus Seebach says (to his dead father) “promise me you won’t say sorry because you have made me what I am today.” Does he sing good songs? Mmmm ... they’re popular in Denmark, shall we say. come on, surely you can say something good about him! Well, he does dispel the myth that you have to be fantastic looking to make it in today’s shallow world of pop music. He is very ordinarylooking, and in fact bares more than a passing resemblance to the caretaker at my old school. So has he always been a singer? He did start a pop group with his older brother, Nicolai, named ‘G-bach’, and released an album

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Made of plastic, poll is drastic Who is ... Rasmus Seebach? The Copenhagen Post victoria steffensen Quick Crossword

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in 1999 entitled ‘Skakmat’. They may have been talented musicmakers, but I guess they could have done with a hand thinking of a catchy song title – one which didn’t sound so much like a sexually-transmitted disease. So, he has always been a singer. Actually not. He and his brother quickly recognised their limitations regarding marketing their own tunes and started writing and producing songs for other artists. What made him change his mind? He wrote a song entitled Angel and, seeing its potential, felt it would be awful to sit as a 35-yearold and think “Why didn’t I sing it myself?” And … It was kind of a good decision, because he has gone on to win loads of Danish awards, and is currently trying to break into the international music scene by releasing an album in English.

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Thirty thousand citizens whose efforts made their country proud

Andy Rugg Every bronze plaque tells a story together they symbolise a city that was united in resistance


The main street in Aarhus in 1944 following an attack by the Peter group

came about. The Churchill Club was one of the first resistance groups to arise. Made up of schoolboys under the leadership of 17-year-old Knud Pederson, the group was responsible for 25 acts of sabotage on German targets and continued to operate despite many members being imprisoned. Another larger and better equipped group was Holger Danske, named after the famous Danish hero. Formed by five members of the military who had fought on the side of the Finns in the Winter War, Holder Danske was unprepared to accept its government’ acquiescence to the Nazis and was disdainful of what it saw as the population’s widespread co-operation. Engaging in both sabotage and counter-intelligence, the group was responsible for the destruction of the Forum Arena in 1943. BorgeligePartisaner (also known as Bourgeois Partisans or BOPA) was a similar group. Comprised of communist sympathisers, members of the Danish army and schoolboys, BOPA began to engage in acts of sabotage throughout 1942, gaining momentum in the second half of the occupation. The group was responsible for attacks on German shipping interests, attacking supply ships and docking facilities. By 1943 it had become clear that the Nazis could not win the war and the membership of the Danish resistance groups grew exponentially. Through contact with the British Special Operations Executive, the resistance groups were able to receive better supplies via

airdrops and soon began to expand their operations. In September of that year the ‘Danish Freedom Council’ was established in an attempt to unify the resistance groups, and the attacks on German interests increased. The Nazis’ attempt to impose martial law on the country was largely ineffective,and SS General Werner Best decided to target Denmark’s Jewish population in a lame attempt at saving face. There followed perhaps the greatest resistance to Nazi ambitions, with whole swathes of the Danish population involved in shepherding more than 7,000 Danish Jews to freedom in neutral Sweden. Following the D-Day landings of 1944, the Danish resistance targeted railway lines, attempting to prevent the resupply of German troops moving from Norway to France. By the end of the war, it is estimated that close to 30,000 Danes had participated in the various resistance movements, with more than 850 killed and countless more tortured and imprisoned. Although overshadowed by larger resistance networks in countries like France, the contribution of the Danish resistance to the overall war effort is something that can make Danes feel proud. Next time you spy a bronze plaque embedded in a wall or pavement throughout the city, it’s worth spending a moment or two reading it. For those with a further interest, the Danish Resistance Museum is well worth a visit. It remains free to the public.

espite the presence of plaques and statues scattered throughout Copenhagen, very few people realise the role the Danish Resistance played in fighting the Nazis during the Second World War. While nearly every Dane is aware of the occupation, few realise the lengths taken by a defiant minority to express their dissatisfaction with their Nazi overlords and contribute to the Allied war effort. The date was 10 April 1940, and Danes in Copenhagen woke to the sound of stukas and other German warplanes circling the capital. As Operation Weserubung continued, armoured vehicles drove slowly through the streets and columns of German infantry marched triumphantly up to Rådhuspladsen, their Nazi flag held high in front of them. While the knowing few wept openly, most were confused by the sudden change in the city. There was no fighting, no loud explosions, no burning buildings, and most listened in bemusement as a German officer explained via his megaphone the need for his German soldiers to “protect” the city. After spectacular success in Poland and France, Hitler moved his Werchmact north in order to safeguard both Denmark and Norway from British influence. The Germans were there in order to thwart British ‘aggression’ following the mining of sea lanes between England and Denmark. The Danes were close to Hitler’s (mythical) perfect race, and due to his desire to model Denmark as an example of an agreeable Protectorate, they enjoyed unusually generous conditions of occupation compared with countries like Norway or France. The Danish government was allowed to remain, the police remained under the government’s control, and the Jewish question was not initially considered. This situation was further complicated by the fact that Denmark had not officially declared war on Germany. Despite the clear occupation of the country, Germany had insisted that Denmark remain ‘independent’ and did not consider itself an occupying power. Although not in support of the Nazis, the Danish government nevertheless agreed to the terms set out by them and advised their military and citizens to avoid armed resistance. Although most agreed, some did not and almost immediately resistance materialised. Fearing that their ships would be appropriated, many in the Danish navy sailed to Allied ports and some ambassadors in Europe refused to accept their government’s line. Communications were set up between members of the Danish military intelligence and their British counterparts, and some journalists became informers in both Denmark and neutral Sweden. Although widely published, King Christian’s daily ride on his horse through the capital was largely symbolic - a relatively passive way of attempting to reassure his people, many of whom followed him on their bikes. A statue of the king on top of his horse can be seen today on Sankt Annæ Plads leading to Amalienborg Palace. It was in the actions of ordinary Danes, however, that active resistance

Kong Christian X became a familiar site on his horse during the war

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