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Aging Danes Hope Robots Will Save Their Welfare State

Denmark needs creative solutions to its labor shortages
Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Denmark has a problem: it may soon be unable to afford offering such a good deal to its people.

Free health care for all, a $757 monthly stipend for college students and robust safety nets for the less fortunate all cost money – Denmark devotes slightly more than 30 percent of its gross domestic product to social spending, one of the highest levels in the rich world.