I first heard about Borgen through an NPR review and was immediately intrigued by the vivid description of Danish politics. It was Stephen King’s “favorite piece of pop culture in 2012” and hailed as the Danish West Wing……but better.
Borgen, the seat of Danish government, opens with an election and the surprise appointment of Birgitte Nyborg as Prime Minister. Birgitte and her family are thrown into the political spotlight and struggle to maintain a sense of normalcy. Other characters include Kasper Juhl, Birgitte’s cutthroat spin doctor with a dark past, and Katrine Fonsmark, the young news journalist pushing to get ahead while trying to maintain integrity. What is somewhat surprising, is the familiarity you will feel as Denmark addresses similar issues as the US—environment, youth crimes, immigration, and taxes. One of my favorite episodes addressed the issue of Denmark’s relationship with Greenland.
I binge watched all three seasons of this remarkable drama. As the characters’ lives develop and change you see the personal cost of politics and power. The critically acclaimed Danish drama is from the creators of the Danish versions of “The Killing” and “The Bridge” both of which have been remade for American television.