Denmark: kids, no harming of your body…
Ethics council: No piercing for under 18s
If it were up to the Danish Council of Ethics and Council for Children, young people under 18 would not be allowed to have body or facial piercing, reports Kristeligt Dagblad.
Peder Agger, chairperson of the ethics council, said that many young people have extravagant piercing which can result in permanent scars.
‘That is why it’s necessary to discuss whether it’s the individual’s responsibility or if it is society’s job to set boundaries for our young people,’ he said.
Charlotte Guldborg, chairperson of the children’s council, said that minors were not capable of assessing the long-term consequences of body piercing. (LYT).
Majority Against More Smoking Restrictions
Published 10.03.2008, 09.20
Most Finns say they do not support tighter anti-smoking regulations.
Nearly two-thirds of the Finns say that they would not impose any tighter restrictions on smoking than those currently in place, according to a poll published by the Tampere-based daily Aamulehti. The biggest backing for anti-smoking measures was found among people in the 50 – 79 year age group of which 44% would like tougher regulations.
Of those who support restrictions, half would like to see a ban on smoking during working hours. Up to 32% are in favour of a smoking ban at all public events, even in the open air. A quarter would eliminate the separate, ventilated, closed areas in pubs and restaurants where smoking is permitted.
The survey also showed the highest rate of smoking to be among 15 – 24 year-olds. A quarter of people in this age group said that they smoke. Among 25 – 35 year-olds, that figure was one-fifth, as it was also among 35 – 49 year-olds. Only 15% of Finns over the age of 50 smoke.
The poll, carried out by Taloustutkimus for Aamulehti, interviewed 1000 people between the ages of 17 and 79.
One in three want more days off
Tuesday 11 March 2008
One in three people are unhappy with the amount of leisure time they have, according to a survey by Blauw Research published on Tuesday.
The most dissatisfied (43%) are those who live in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. The research was commissioned by holiday company Landal Greenparks.
Norway: Oslo more dangerous than New York?
Four times more crime in Oslo than New York
First published: 07 Mar 2008, 10:20
The crime rate in Oslo has been growing at an alarming rate and recent statistics show the Norwegian capital had 20 percent more robberies last
year than in 2006.
While crime in the rest of Norway has been going down, it has been quite another situation in Oslo, where personal and automobile thefts increased markedly last year.
There were 10,600 crimes reported in public places in 2007, up from 8,000 a year earlier, writes Norwegian daily newspaper Dagbladet.
Oslo had the highest rate per person in Scandinavia in terms of reported crimes, with 90 reported crimes per 1,000.
Copenhagen had 50 crimes reported per 1,000 and Stockholm had 79.
In New York, there were 22 reported crimes per 1,000 inhabitants.
This means there were four times as many reported crimes per person in Oslo as in New York.
The Oslo police are blaming the increase on an influx of East Europeans, and Minister of Justice Knut Storberget is reportedly partly in agreement.
However, Storberget said it is necessary to be careful drawing parallels with such statistics. “But regardless, we can say the crime figures in Oslo are too high,” he was reported to have said.
Sahlin: ‘Tell refugees where to live’
Published: 11 Mar 08 12:04 CET
Social Democratic Party Leader Mona Sahlin doesn’t believe that refugees should decide for themselves where to live for the first one or two years they are in Sweden.
“Södertälje has more refugees from Iraq than all of North America. That doesn’t work,” said Sahlin at a Riksdag press conference on Tuesday.
She believes a change in the law is needed which would require all municipalities to take a portion of incoming refugees.
“In the beginning a new refugee ought to stay in the municipality to which they are assigned; perhaps for one to two years,” she said.
Sahlin declined to label the suggestion “municipality arrest”.
“I detest that expression. This has to do with the opportunity to learn the language and find a job in one’s chosen field,” she said.