The Danish government has decided to demote 3,900 public servants by moving their workplace out of Copenhagen. It has been Danish tradition for many years since 1864 that public servants saw their career move forward measuring it with how close they were to Christiansborg. After the loss in 1864 the government in Copenhagen turned the city into a castle building a lot of fortresses around Copenhagen and a massive defense system “Vestvolden” so Denmark in case of an invasion could avoid defending countryside none cared about anyway.
So if a public servant did something good, the employee might be promoted to a job located closer to the central administration. If an employee did something wrong the employee would be banished from Copenhagen ending up serving in cities like Thisted far away in Jutland.
The government states that it is not a demotion. However one thing is what our prime minister mumbles about between drinking two beers. Another thing is that many employees have families and children who would be robbed of any possibility to attend more than 9 years of schooling. No university for the children as there are no university in cities like Viborg, Næstved and Hjoerring.
It is not the first time during Denmarks history that public workplaces have beem moved out of Copenhagen. Some public servants has rented houses where they sleep all weekdays and go home to Copenhagen during the weekends and holidays. Many tend to survive.
Some even commute more than the magic 20 kilometers Danes consider the limit when we are talking about how many kilometers a person can survive commuting. Many business owners who have invested in Danish companies know that they risk losing more than half of the employees if they move the company more than 20 kilometers in order to consolidate their businesses.
Let us pray for these Danes who now will suffer just as much as the people escaping from war in Syria and Africa. Now they will look into an uncertain future where they may be forced to live in a foreign culture. Denmark might be a little country but people from Jutland and Sealand only share the same name on their passports. A lot of Danes living in Copenhagen often express anxiety when they leave the city and disover that there are roads where they don’t have street lights at night.
It cannot be fun.