Denmark to invest 4bn euros in renovating public housing (Nyheder TV2, 19 May 2020)

  • Denmark to invest 4bn euros in renovating public housing

  • Original headline in Danish: Almene boliger skal renoveres for 30 milliarder - se aftalen her

  • Published in Nyheder TV2 on 19 May 2020

  • Summary:

    • The Danish Parliament agreed to earmark around 4 billion euros (30 billion Danish Krone) for renovating public housing between 2020 and 2026.

    • The measure had been first announced by the Danish PM, Mette Frederiksen, on 1 May, it will prioritise 'green initiatives' and one out of seven workers engaged will be an apprentice.

    • On paper and a priori, this all sounds quite good to help Denmark through these complicated times: improving housing conditions via public investment supporting green initiatives and promoting job apprenticeships.

    • Then, of course, journalists should follow up on the actual implementation of these measures.

    • And we should also consider that the public authorities just own 9.96% of all the dwellings (and only 1.85% of "dwellings with registered population"), according to the data from Statistics Denmark:

    • And we should also remember the so-called 'Ghetto law' in Denmark, which from 1 January 2020 means that areas labelled as "ghettos" may contain no more than 40% of public housing stock. You can read more about that here:

  • Regulatory levels: national (Denmark)

  • Keywords: coronavirus, Covid-19, Denmark, public housing, Ghetto law

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