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Danes popular at Cannes Festival
The competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival includes Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Winding Refn and Sara Hjort, and the number of Danish participants at the very top of the field is no coincidence, according to Danish film director Per Fly.
“I'm finding that Danish actors are becoming much sought after by overseas agents,” said Fly, director of the film trilogy Bænken, Arven and Drabet (The Bench, The Inheritance and Manslaughter).
Winding Refn is nominated in the main competition for his Dutch-Danish-funded film Only God Forgives, while actor Mads Mikkelsen features in the Franco-German film Michael Kohlhaas and Sara Hjort in the Dutch film Borgman.
“There is a certain hype surrounding Danish actors right now that’s very interesting,” said Fly.
His directorial colleague Thomas Vinterberg is also in Cannes to sit on the festival jury. He agrees that many Danish talents are involved in foreign productions right now.
“If you look at the main competition, there is a distinctly Danish vibe from both Nicolas Winding Refn and Mads Mikkelsen, but none of the movies are Danish,” said Vinterberg, himself a contributor to the Danish film industry’s current success with last year’s award-winning The Hunt.
International interest in North Sea oil
The interest in getting hands on a Danish oil licence in the North Sea is so massive that a whole 31 companies made the trip to Copenhagen on Tuesday in order to hear about the possibilities of oil drilling.
The seventh round of tendering of Danish oil licences will be launched later this year, and Peter Helmer Steen, director of Nordsøfonden (the Danish State’s gas and oil company), which owns 20 per cent of all recent Danish oil drilling licences, explained that the significant interest is due to the great potential in the area:
“Recent years have seen some favourable discoveries in other geological formations than limestone, which dominates the production today. There are very large volumes of oil to be found in new geological strata, but it will be a technological and economic challenge to retrieve it. Interest, however, is keen, also from abroad, so there is plenty of reason to be optimistic,” Steen told daily Berlingske Tidende.
According to Jens Skov-Spilling, head of Danish Energy Agency, a number of global oil giants are among the companies interested in licences this time around. Previous tenders were mainly bid on by small and medium-sized companies.
The government's overhaul of the North Sea taxation has not put a damper on international interest and did not seem to affect companies much on Tuesday, wrote Berlingske.
Minister for Climate and Energy Martin Lidegaard (SocDem) is pleased that so many companies have made the trip to Copenhagen.
“It confirms the general impression that there are still plenty of resources stored in the North Sea, and the appetite is huge from companies eager to get started,” Lidegaard told Berlingske Tidende.
GPs threaten withdrawal from system
The board of the Organisation of General Practitioners in Denmark has recommended that doctors withdraw from the current state healthcare system, based on their analysis of the government’s bill to reform the system.
“Unless the government implements a refund scheme, patients visiting doctors who withdraw from the system will have to pay for consultation themselves,” said Organisation President Henrik Dibbern.
The doctors say that the bill deprives them of all ability to organise their work for the benefit of patients.
“We have to choose between working under the new law, which takes away all of the rights and options we have had for structuring the work we do for our patients every day, or withdrawing from this cooperation,” said Dibbern.
There are 3,600 general practitioners in Denmark, working in more than 2,000 practices. Each individual practice will make the decision of whether to withdraw from the system.
“Ultimately, each practice must decide for themselves. But after having analysed the bill in its current wording, we are certain that the vast majority of doctors will find the government’s intervention unacceptable,” said Dibbern.
The doctors can withdraw from the system as of 1 September, when the current collective agreement with the state expires.
The Danish central bank has cut its lending rate.
The Danish central bank Nationalbanken has announced it is to cut its Lending Rate from 0.30 per cent to 0.20 per cent with effect from May 3.
The 0.10 percentage point reduction to 0.20 per cent once again puts the Lending Rate at its lowest ever level.
“The interest rate reduction is a consequence of the reduction by the European Central Bank of its rate on the main refinancing operations by 0.25 percentage point. The European Central Bank has kept the rate on the marginal deposit facility unchanged,” the Nationalbank said in a statement.
“In the current situation where the monetary policy counterparties have a large need to place funds at Danmarks Nationalbank, the monetary deposit rates determine the money market rates and the exchange rate,” the bank added.
The bank said that effective May 3, its rates were: Lending rate: 0.20 per cent, Certificates of deposit: -0.10 per cent, Current account: 0.0 per cent and Discount rate: 0.0 per cent.
“The rate cut means that the Danish economy can enjoy even lower interest rates,” says Danske Bank Economist Jens Nærvig Pedersen, adding that the cut had been envisaged and thus to a certain degree already factored into the markets.
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