Weekly Highlight: 23.10.2007

Denmark: globalisation and job security.

Danes secure in global job market

Low unemployment and a strong economy have eased Danish workers’ fears over losing their jobs to foreign labour, according to a Danish Confederation of Trade Unions/Analyse Danmark study.
Only one in 20 Danes feels insecure about their position in the job market today. In 2005, that number stood at one in 10. In addition, only three out of 10 say they feel globalisation threatens Danish culture and identity.
He added that Denmark’s ‘flexicurity’ model – which allows flexibility for employers to hire and fire while giving employees security in the form of generous unemployment benefits – helps ease Danish workers’ fears should they become unemployed.

Finland: if it is a good news for Nokia, it should be good news for whole Finland, rite? 😉

Nokia Exceeds Expectations Despite Price Drop
Published 18.10.2007, 16.52

Nokia once again managed to exceed expectations as it released third-quarter results on Thursday, despite a drop in the average price of phones sold. The companys says its market share has risen to a new high of 39 percent.
Nokia’s financial result, before taxation, stood at 1.9 billion euros. This compares to 1.1 billion euros for the same period last year.
Company third quarter turnover topped 12.9 billion euros, up from 10.1 billion euros a year ago.
Nokia estimates its current share of the mobile phone market at around 39 percent, its highest ever. Although there was a slight drop in the average price per phone, the company was able to manufacture them more cheaply. Simonson claims that Nokia is the only manufacturer able to operate profitably in the low-cost phone market, because of the brand supported by its production scale and distribution.

Sweden: well, what can I say? …

95 percent of Swedes ‘cheat the system’
Published: 17th October 2007 10:57 CET

Nearly 95 percent of Swedes admit that they abuse the country’s public services and benefits systems. Only 5 percent never bend the rules, according to a new study carried out by two senior economists.
Some 16 percent of those polled said they had seriously cheated the public sector, for example by claiming unemployment or sick benefits to which they were not entitled. 95 percent admitted maximizing use of the system by legal means, for instance by exploiting loopholes.
Writing in Dagens Nyheter, the study’s authors Stefan Fölster, chief economist for the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, and Fredrik Bergström, CEO of the Swedish Retail Institute (HUI), say it is a myth that only politicians cheat the system.
Fölster and Bergström claim people commonly stretch the rules to gain maximum compensation from the state when planning parental leave or periods of unemployment.

Netherlands: let’s learn how is Dutch gomen going to reduce teenage drinking…

Ministers act on teenage drinking
Friday 19 October 2007

A ban on the sale of pre-mixed cocktails in supermarkets and tougher alcohol sales licences are among the measures the cabinet plans to introduce to curb teenage drinking, according to NOS news.
Ministers want to reduce the number of under-16s who drink alcohol by 25%, NOS quotes the leaked proposal as saying.
Supermarkets and shops caught selling alcohol to minors will lose their licences, and the sale of alcopops like Bacardi breezers will be confined to wine and spirits shops.
Under-16s caught with alcohol in their possession will also face criminal charges, if the plans go through. Radio and television advertising alcoholic drinks in the early evening will also be restricted.
Dutch teenagers are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

Norway: luckily it was just syphilis?

Blood donor had syphilis
First published: 19 Oct 2007, 15:02

A Norwegian man who donated blood to Ullevål University Hospital’s blood bank for 14 years has tested positive for syphilis. He may have infected as many as 37 persons.
His syphilis infection was disclosed only after he became a donor at the Drammen blood bank this year, when his blood was subjected to a routine control test.
“This is serious, and we must evaluate whether the routines we have for testing blood are good enough,” Larsen told Aftenposten.no. “Today, blood donors are only tested for syphilis before they give blood for the first time.”
Per Ivar Gaarder, acting leader of the Blood Bank in Oslo, couldn’t say why the syphilis infection wasn’t discovered earlier, but said the man had never disclosed any information to the blood bank that would have put him in a risk category.

Funnily yesterday when I was watching House [S03E06 Que Sera Sera], House mentioned a point which is quite interesting. He said that the patient would not get STD from prostitute but rather someone you know because: if you don’t trust a person, you would be extra careful and put on protection. On contrary, if you trust a person, you will be less likely to practise safe sex and thus get STD from them. Well, if this is the case, if I got STD from my husband (and he has not incentive to disclose that STD-risk information to me), and I will say everything is fine to Blood Bank in Oslo, they won’t be screening my blood, and therefore the “incident” could still happen, rite?

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