Denmark: Not so happy now

A few thoughts after being interviewed by RTE (Irish radio, which you can listen to here) about Denmark’s decision to confiscate jewellery and cash worth more than 10,000 Danish Kroner (£1,000) from refugees. Today the Migrant Bill passed through Danish Parliament, despite international opposition. It also means that asylum seekers have to wait three years before… Continue Reading


Danish Election: Denmark turns right

I wrote this piece this morning for The Huffington Post and you can see it on their website here. Otherwise, it’s in full below, with some extra comments from Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s husband, Stephen Kinnock. ______________________ In the early hours of this morning, Helle Thorning-Schmidt resigned as Danish Prime Minister and leader of the Social Democrats.… Continue Reading


My 2km swim around ‘Borgen’

There are some things that make Copenhagen a truly great city in which to live. One of them is being surrounded by water and being able to swim in it.  Once a year that includes a two kilometre race along the canals of Copenhagen.  What makes this particularly special though is that it involves swimming… Continue Reading


A Year in Copenhagen

I can’t really believe it’s been twelve months since we left London for Copenhagen. But in June last year we started our new Danish life. On the whole it’s been a fantastic adventure and I personally feel it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve made as a family. That’s not to say things have… Continue Reading


Real Borgen in ‘Total Politics’

YOU CAN NOW READ THIS ARTICLE IN FULL, BUT WITH FEWER PICTURES, ON THE ‘TOTAL POLITICS’ WEBSITE – http://www.totalpolitics.com/articles/444402/the-real-borgen.thtml I can honestly tell you that from what I’ve seen, life in real Borgen is often more exciting than the TV version.  As I write this, the Danish government seems to be in very serious trouble.  … Continue Reading


Real Danish Political Drama!

The results are almost in and I confess that I’ve been finding these Danish local elections rather exciting.  OK, they’re not quite Borgen and certainly not The Killing.  But over at Copenhagen’s City Hall there is a real-life political drama going on over who controls what. With so many parties, Danish politics is complicated.  But… Continue Reading