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by Euro Reporter
2010-11-10 08:26:42
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Denmark has ranked number one in The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index

The high ranking in GEDI is most likely a result of major growth enhancing policy reforms in the late 1980s and the 90s. In 2005, stimulating entrepreneurship became an even more important part of the growth agenda, when the Liberal-conservative government set the goal for Denmark to be a leading entrepreneurial society by 2015.

In 2008, an OECD review of Danish entrepreneurship policies concluded that “Overall entrepreneurship policy in Denmark can be evaluated as positive, having resulted in a healthy business environment and is very conducive to entrepreneurial activity.”

Denmark’s leaders, who see the power of growth-enhancing entrepreneurship, continue to seek ways to address this, and in 2009, a comprehensive strategy for integrating entrepreneurship education at all levels was launched. This strategy involves creating a new Foundation for Entrepreneurship that will promote the training of teachers and the development of teaching methods and courses in all branches of education.

Few countries so far have actively invested in entrepreneurship education in the same way as Denmark has by involving every level of education, earmarking funds and including entrepreneurship in the management of educational institutions.


Kurdish Canaries do best in Denmark

It all started when Ismael Salih bought two small canaries 29 years ago in the narrow allies of Sabunkaran neighbourhood in Sulaimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan’s second largest city. Years later, his canaries have won the two top awards in a bird exhibition in Denmark and want to fly back to Kurdistan. “I want to do something that Arabs and Europeans will come to Kurdistan to buy canaries,” he told Rudaw.

Salih fell in love with the colourful love birds at the age of 15 when he saw canaries singing at Sheikh Omar Chaychi’s tea-house in Sulaimani. He bought a pair of canaries from Chaychi. The first spark worked. Salih decided to buy even more canaries. “I built a cage and bought more canaries. I put them in the bedroom so that I could see them every day and hear their sweet melody,” he said.

From that moment on, he decided to devote a significant time of his life to canaries and bought even more of them from Iran. Even marriage did not disrupt Salih’s passion for canaries. “My wife knew that I loved raising canaries and she helped me a lot,” Salih said. His wife said she spends a couple of hours every day feeding the canaries. “Some of the mother canaries don’t feed their babies well, so I do that for them,” she said.


Denmark's policy overdrive to boost electric cars

Denmark has been in the forefront of countries that took various initiatives to promote electric cars, in a bid to reduce their dependence of limited reserves of oil and contain green house gas emissions. Globally, transportation sector is the leading consumer of oil and emitted significant amount of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. However, advancements in battery technology provided an alternative to gasoline-powered transportation. Electric cars come with high fuel efficiency and emit fewer or no pollutants. Denmark is one of the earliest nations to assess the potential of electric cars and take some policy measures to promote them. With a population of 5.5 million and about 85 percent of people confining to urban centres, the country is suited well for the adoption of electric cars. Also, every Dane travelled a distance of less than 50 km daily on an average which is regarded as the important factor for the promotion of electric cars.

Though Denmark is self-sufficient in meeting its energy needs, the emissions from fuel combustion got doubled in the past two decades, with half of emissions coming from transportation sector. In 2009, the passenger cars occupied nearly three-fourth share in total motor vehicles in Denmark and were responsible for more than half of the emissions from transportation sector. Denmark started promoting electric cars by giving subsidies, tax incentives, and undertaking various environmental projects. Further, local government in the capital city of Copenhagen started including electric cars in its fleet from May 2009.

Under the Energy Policy of Denmark in February 2008, Danish Energy Agency had initiated a test scheme for the promotion of electric cars which doled out 35 million Danish krones ($6.6 million) in subsidies during the period 2008-2012. Under this scheme, the subsidized electric cars are fitted with machines that calculated number of trips, distance travelled on each trip, and time and duration of battery recharge. The main intention of this project is to ascertain the obstacles in adopting the electric cars. The subsidies are also earmarked for the agencies which collected and analyzed the data from those machines. Further, the project is also aimed at finding ways of efficient utilization of wind power in the country. The beneficiaries under this scheme included public authorities, private enterprises and institutions maintaining a fleet of vehicles.

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