Borgen Bike Culture

I admit I’m a fan of Nordic Noire dramas. At the moment the third series of Borgen is showing on BBC4 in the UK, and I love how bike culture is effortlessly incorporated into the programme.

Perhaps it’s not surprising – it is set in Copenhagen, after all! In this picture the ex-Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen) is seen riding her newly purchased second hand bike (in The Right Shade of Brown).

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And in a previous episode (The Land is Built on Law), the ex-PM’s media advisor Katrine Fønsmark (played by Birgitte Hjort Sørenson) and the head of a Danish TV channel, Alex Hjort (played by Christian Tafdrup), have an impromtu encounter whilst riding their bikes.

IMG_00000422Cycling in Copenhagen is something that people just do, it’s a convenient way to get around and the infrastructure is there to enable that. It’s not seen as a cheap mode of transport for people who can’t afford a car. It’s a desirable form of transport in its own right for everyday journeys.

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