Local Round-Up: Sickness day figures confirm that the day care industry is having a hard time in Copenhagen

Local Round-Up: Sickness day figures confirm that the day care industry is having a hard time in Copenhagen

Teachers and day care workers in the capital take significantly more sick days than other municipal employees, figures from the town hall show.

In general, the figures for sick days among Copenhagen Municipality’s employees last year, which did not include time off due to corona, were high.

Its employees had an average of 11.9 sick days in 2020, and that number rose to 13.5 days last year – the highest in over a decade. In 2011, the figure hit 13.7.

Profession struggles with numbers
It is hoped that new guidelines setting improved boundaries for the educator-student relationship in crèches (one to three), kindergartens (one to six) and grades 0-2 (1 to 26) will improve the situation among educators.

However, the day care profession will struggle to recruit the necessary numbers. In 2021, there were just 5,644 applicants to take a teacher education – a 22 percent decrease from 7,195 in 2016.

The Norwegian Association of Educators BUPL estimates that there will be a need for 14,000 additional educators nationwide in 2030 to cover the new requirements.

New green traffic road is being piloted in Nørrebro
Stefansgade, a Nørrebro road that many motorists use to take a shortcut in the area around Jagtvej, is being blocked off for petrol and diesel cars. Technology and Environment Mayor Line Barfod hopes that ‘green traffic roads’ such as Stefansgade will have a positive effect and encourage more people to walk or cycle – especially during rush hour. Access to Stefansgade, which runs parallel to Jagtvej, is possible if your car does not run on fossil fuels.

Minister of Transport addresses major Lynetteholm concerns on 12 May
The dumping of sludge in Køge Bay will end, Minister of Transport Trine Bramsen reveals prior to 12 May talks about the construction of Lynetteholm, an artificial island in the Port of Copenhagen, which will one day host a new district. The Swedish government registered its dismay at the proposed dumping of 2.3 million tonnes of sludge taken from the seabed near Nordhavn – removals needed to build the foundation on which the island will stand. Since then, doubts have been expressed about the science behind the environmental impact report – another issue that will be addressed in the talks with Bramsen.

Giraffe gives birth in Copenhagen Zoo. Already six feet high, it is easy to spot!
An unattended giraffe in Copenhagen Zoo gave birth to his seventh calf on Saturday night. There were no staff present, which is as good as a few hours of undisturbed bonding is necessary for the giraffes to flourish. Both calf and mother are reported to be well. Visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of the new arrival, as newborn giraffes are easy to spot: they tend to be about six feet tall! The calf will be named within the next week.

Magazine boots out of Ecco
The department store Magasin, whose flagship outlet towers over Kongens Nytorv near Nyhavn, has decided to remove all Ecco products from the shelves in light of the Danish shoe company’s decision to continue operations in Russia. Webshops Boozt and Miinto have also chosen to end their collaborations with Ecco, as well as the Sport24 chain, which has 96 stores in Denmark. In total, Ecco generated $ 1.4 billion of its $ 8.1 billion annual sales in Russia in 2020.

Speed ​​limits reduced on major roads in the capital
Copenhagen Police have given their approval to the town hall’s plans to reduce the speed limit on certain major roads in the capital from 60 to 50 km / h. Among them are Tuborgvej, Lersø Park Allé and Universitetsparken. Technology and Environment Mayor Line Barfod said she was pleased that the reductions will help make traffic greener and safer – not least by reducing noise pollution and the number of accidents. Funds were set aside in the 2022 budget to implement speed reductions across the city, and the plans are also part of the Roadmap Action Plan 2018-23.

CIS students contribute to girls’ urban spaces aimed at young teenagers
Pupils from two schools in Nordhavn, including Copenhagen International School, have been heavily involved in the design of a new 1,500 sqm urban space in the district aimed at girls aged 13-15, which will open at the end of 2023. It is claimed that teenage girls too often become spectators to boys’ activities, mostly ball games, in most urban spaces earmarked for teenagers, so the new area will focus on activities preferred by girls. Female teenage students from CIS and Randersgade School were asked what would draw them to such a park, which will be located near the Orientkaj Metro and the Harbor Bus Stop. The result is areas for dancing and training, trampolines, flowers and other vegetation, a winding wooden piece of furniture, versatile lighting and a large mirror. The park has been compared to a ‘green living room’.

Copenhagen Marathon is ready for the first race since 2019
Following cancellations in 2020 and 2021, the Copenhagen Marathon on 15 March will be the first race in three years. About 11,000 runners have signed up to participate, including a record number from abroad: about 50 percent of the field. The organizer Sparta Atletik & Løb attributed the high number that Denmark was one of the first countries to lift corona restrictions. A total of 90 different nationalities will be represented in the race. Still, there were 2,000 more participants in 2019. As many as 100,000 spectators are expected to line up along the route.

Insurance companies face high costs to rebuild Vanløse block destroyed by fire
According to Købstædernes Forsikring, the bill for the reconstruction of the apartment block destroyed by fire in Vanløse on 25 March will amount to DKK 200-300 million, which is one of the companies that insured the building, where 130 homes were located. The reconstruction will take three years. A total of ten companies were involved in insuring the building along with a number of other costs, such as lost rent, compensation for lost or damaged contents and assistance with rehousing. In total, the fire engulfed 15 entrances.

Dragør Municipality boasts the highest ‘fertility rate’ in Denmark
There is clearly something about Dragør Municipality on Amager that attracts large families. According to 2021 figures, Dragør women have an average of 2.51 children each – the highest ‘fertility rate’ in Denmark. The top five were completed by Solrød, Rebild, Lejre and Skanderborg. On the other hand, the average in Copenhagen is 1.56, the average in the Capital Region is 1.67, and the country’s lowest figure is found in Odense (1.55) – figures that are attributed to the large number of childless female students, and perhaps the overriding tendency to most urban families have two children. The population in Dragør is only 12,349.

Source: The Nordic Page

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