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Denmark’s National Museum forced into job cuts

Radical cuts and redundancies are needed due to a big reduction in state funding since 2016.

The National Museum of Denmark in central Copenhagen confirms it will soon announce a set of redundancies in an effort to slash DKK 30.6 million (€4.1 million) from its annual budget due to continuing cuts to its funding.

In 2016, the museum started charging admission prices, hoping that this could make up the shortfall in funding from the government, which has been cutting its budget by 2% per year. But it now admits defeat and is confirming the redundancies will be finalised by October.

The museum is undertaking a comprehensive analysis to determine who will lose their job, the Copenhagen Post reports, although it is unable to say at this stage how many will lose their jobs.

The cuts in public funding that began in 2016 have resulted in annual shortfalls of DKK 16.3 million, DKK 24.4 million and DKK 30.6 million up until and including 2018.

One last hope
One remaining hope for employees might be the National Museum cutting costs by giving up some of its buildings and relocating exhibits and office and storage space to other buildings.

“I am really sorry about the situation,” museum chief Rane Willerslev lamented. “I have used every opportunity to put our case to the politicians. But there are unfortunately no signs they will change their mind.”

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