Montréal Allô!


That’s the beast a few months after her first apparition in the world

18 years ago a this little beast was born. She had her hair constantly raising on her head, she was inventing French word and among other things when her parents tried to teach her manners, such things happened:

-pass me the salt

-little beast, ask nicely?


The concept of please and thank you was still a bit complex for that new form of life. Little by little the form of life kept growing and developed various interest and abilities. One of the ability was to annoy me very much, but growing with that little beast I started to get attached.

So when I moved out from my home I wanted to build a proper bond between us: that bond is made of veganism, philosphy, Xavier dans la montagne, a taste for travel and not understanding our parents and feeling misunderstood, speaking danish and spanish at the same time (knowing only one of the person understand either danish or spanish)

This year one the 12th of June a big event that changed the history of France happened: my little beast turned 18. She wasn’t the small worm she was born as. And having an independent mind she had decided to move to Montréal. My first thought was “what is that nonsense” but then, I made some research and I thought to my self I could see my self enjoying this city. So here we are now , in Montréal me and Estelle and we are sorry for both Denmark and France we hope the country will recover for the loss. Now we are ready to expand our french vocabulary, and have a great time with our dear friends from Québec.

Getting closer to the gate

On Saturday I finally got that email I was waiting for: Canadian immigration accepted my student permit request! That was the final step before I could book my ticket, which I did and in 8 days I am leaving Denmark and moving to Québec!

As you can imagine I am very excited, but also a bit scared. I definitely feel that right now I am stuck if I stay in Denmark because I don’t see much opportunity and I fall down in a sort of routine. I feel in Montréal I am going to be a lot more active and I have so many projects in mind. But after 2 years here, I finally built some connection, it’s like building a sand castle and destroying it as soon as you put the little flag on the highest tower. 

There is however a nice feeling in giving away most of my things. Most people accumulate a lot in their home but moving in different places, I don’t get attached to much things and I don’t buy a lot, it’s just not really necessary for me. I like that form of minimalism and you know, packing one suitcase, leaving everything behind and walking away. That’s the true definition of freedom for me.

I think I am also a bit scared because Denmark left a bad scar on me. It was such a shock when I came. A shock from leaving Israel where I felt so good and getting lost in the deep end of Jylland (the countryside) feeling invisible and facing racism for the first time abroad. Now I am a but scared about people, will it be the same? I doubt it but we say in French “chat échaudé, craint l’eau froide” which means a cat burned by hot water will be scared even of cold one…

Is Smukfest the prettiest festival in Denmark?

Before I leave Denmark, I decided to do as many events as I could and I got the chance to volunteer on Smukfest (literally, the beautiful festival) in Skanderborg , a famous festival here in Denmark.

After such a crazy experience at Roskilde I was curious to see another kind of festival in Denmark; I had been told it was very beautiful, nice, and people were very friendly but it wasn’t as wild and gross as Roskilde. The line up this year was very good although there is a majority of Danish artists overall. That was also interesting for me, to get to know more bands I haven’t heard before.

So how was my experience? Was Smukfest really the prettiest festival ever?

It definitely was the cleanest festival I had been and I enjoyed it overall but one big big thing was missing for me: the atmosphere.

Danes vs International

When I think festival, I assume automatically people in a good mood ready to meet others. I am not saying people weren’t like this and this is going to sound very pretentious but I felt going backwards when I went there. My first year in Denmark was on Jylland, so I never felt Danes were very distant or colder than usual because it’s what I was used to and I didn’t realise that life in Copenhagen is a lot easier: there is simply more foreigners there so people are more willing to speak to you anyway. When I got there I felt a gap, because it was mostly Danes; I haven’t met any festival goer from abroad during those days; and they were all with their friends already, so it was a different crowd than what I expected.

The good thing with volunteering is that you meet people. The first night during the meeting I met most of the team I was going to work with and some very cool people among them that invited me to party with them. It was really funny and chilled. I expected it would also be chilled to work on my shift. My team was nice but they were all Danes and how many times did they only spoke to each other and not tell me what was going on, so I was just standing there not knowing what to do. I would maybe ask question and often they wouldn’t answer I don’t really know if it’s because they didn’t hear it or didn’t care but once again I felt invisible and fuck it’s not a nice feeling.This a behaviour that was so common when I was living on Jylland but I wasn’t used to it anymore because the Danes I know aren’t like that.

Also most people being drunk , I find them annoying and quite rude. It’s not like people weren’t drunk nor rude at Roskilde but it was more wild so you could excuse their behaviour and they were more friendly  I think. There, I just find them irritating but it might be because they were ignoring me too.

Regarding the festival it self, I was also a bit disappointed by the lack of vegetarian or vegan option, plus the food was overpriced for the quantity you would get.

It is indeed beautiful

The good part was obviously the music but Smukfest wears it’s name well, it is indeed very beautiful. In the middle of the forest by a lake, the weather was mostly nice, so I really felt on holidays, the scent reminded me when I was going to the West coast in France with my parents, by the ocean, the smell of pine treas and holidays even though that forest was different. Plus they do spend a lot of energy on keeping the area clean so it does make a difference.

It’s a smaller festival so it is a lot easier to get around, even the main stage is small so you will have a good experience watching concerts because you can be pretty close and see the stage very well no matter where you stand.

And the music of course

The first day I was working but I grasped the end of Tiësto which was nice. Aftwerwards I went to the volunteers bar and had a blast having cheap drink and dancing most of the night it was really nice. I liked that area more than the normal area. I remember talking with a guy who was also anarcho-communist and was entering art school and it was really nice to discuss random stuff a beer in your hand with nice music in the background.

The best day was Thursday as I was free and I joined people I knew to see some music. As I said it before it was mainly Danish artist so I saw Christopher. It was very funny when he appeared because he looks like he is 17 and well he really does love himself. For some odd reason the crowd was composed mostly of female around their 20’s…. I didn’t really like the music to be honest but the concert was fun. Did I mention he took off his tshirt at the end of the show?

After a couple of drinks we went to Medina, I just stayed two songs because I wanted to see another artist, but she was better than what I expected, her outfit was very odd though but it was alright. Also she sings very clearly so I can actually understand the lyrics!

I was very glad to see LaRoux. She is incredibly good, I really like her music and I never had the chance to see her. There were surprisingly not so many people so i was quite in front of the stage.

Then I met very cool people while waiting for Mø to perform , some had these cute animal costume and they must have died inside because it was already so warm and we were on the front row.

I like this show more than the first one in Odense not because of her performance that was good both times, but because the crowd was so wild. People were really excited and into the music so imagine their reaction when she went up to the crowd to sing to us! Then before I realised what was happening, when she was singing Lean on she came down to us and I felt something grabbing my hand, and it was Mø climbing up to crowd surf on us, that was insane plus the faces of the safety guys were priceless! I am not sure she was allowed to do that but it was so insane and the set really good!

After that I was covered in sweat and felt like I had run a marathon (even if I never run any before) so I took a break and I was standing far away from the stage that time to see Lenny Kravitz.

How cool is that to see Lenny Kravitz in Denmark? I was impressed they got him , the music was amazing and it was a really good show, even though I was starting to fell down , not being able to stand on my feet.

The music experience kind of stop there for me, I was in Aarhus the following day so I didn’t see anything and Aviici was too late for me to stay as I had a shift the next day. I left earlier than expected due to an injury but there wasn’t any artist I was dying to see, I was curious to see more Danish artists though. All in all it was a great experience but if I had to go again I don’t think I would go for the whole festival but just for a day or two for the music as I didn’t like living there so much…

A little bit of love – Danish Culture II


Yes it’s funny

Music has always been a great way to escape and to create an atmosphere where I am, it’s something that can anchor me in a culture. First at the høsjole, I heard about Kim Larsen and the højskole song book and it’s very nice, but it wasn’t something I was relating too so much.I was having a hard time being motivated to learn danish so I looked for artists I could listen to.

I found Mø…she sings in English, mostly ( I fixed that issue, I discovered Medina and Emil Stabil, my Danish is under control). You must know her. Or you must know that song. Unless you are in a coma or somewhere far away in Antartica.

Soon enough even American teens will know how to pronounce ø thanks to MØ!

Remember when I talked about being straightforward and honesty with Borgen? Mø also comes to my mind.I saw her live at Tinderbox in Odense and she is incredible, she has this raw energy and you feel that she is really “alive” while she sings. She lost this earphone they have to hear themselves sing ( I guess omg I know nothing about music please don’t throw stones at me) a couple of times and keep doing it perfectly and she did crowdsurfing. She was just running like a crazy devil on stage and jumping all around, her hair all over her face and it was actually awesome. To not have a perfect choreographed performance. I am really looking forward to see her again at Smukfest!

casually leaning on the crowd

casually leaning on the crowd

Before seeing her live I read often that people found her awkward. Unsurprisingly it comes from an american public. I don’t know if it’s about being in Denmark extensively or me not so much into this sleek perfection every popstar in America shove in your face, but I would pick awkward in a million times. I don’t think she is awkward at all or then we are all awkward.That awkwardness for some, it’s called being natural and not self conscious about it, how cool is that? It’s nice to see someone human as long as it’s genuine. And that’s maybe why I like MØ. If I have to believe someone is perfect, it’s hopeless and somehow depressing. It shows the gap between american entertainment and the way it is in Denmark. Danes overall are quite humble, they don’t show off, it’s not in the culture to try to impress (or they do it but in a different perspective) and it’s not cool to pretend to be better than your neighbour. And equality being valued very much here it’s unlikely you will see this superstar phenomenon develop so much.  I am not saying popstar and idol don’t exist in Denmark or that you can casually talk to your favorite singer in the street (or maybe you could…) but that it isn’t as big as in the US for example. In France we also have more mystery and distance even though it’s changing now (more towards american standard) so I find the danish perspective very fresh.

To me, through her music,  Mø represents very well this youth in Europe, the one we evoked through Vores Europa. We are spoiled, we have so much but we can’t decide and we have this urge of doing something of expressing something when we are confused and full of energy so what should we do? We need to spill it out and it’s a bit messy maybe. But with her it just sounds very good! And when I saw she worked with Diplo, it was like a dream. I love Diplo, for me Diplo is that time in Africa when my British roomie would wake me up listening to Express Yourself and it’s (funnily) connected to my time there and London.

Of course, I did some digging. MØ was in a punk band before (MOR) and well they sang in DANISH, so here I am, polishing my language skills! The down side is, I can’t find any lyrics I guess they were too underground for that… A Dane transcripted one of the song for me, well it’s a lot of cursing and punk stuff but it’s nice , he said it reminded him of his youth ( I had no clue he was 70). It’s not like us, French are  so bothered, listening to songs we don’t understand. All in all I just like the sound and the vibe of it.

Her early songs are a lot more rude and kind of stupid (ahaha, let’s be honest), it felt like this full on “fuck everything” attitude, but still some are really catchy and some lyrics just crack me up anyways. It’s nice to see her evolution because it blows up the myth of this “I am such a genius my first song became a huge hit”. She has been doing music for a long time, so it’s inspiring! When you see people working so hard and that it pays off it makes you want to do something yourself.To do what, I have no clue but I’ll find out in Canada.

When I discovered MØ I was in a place in Denmark where I felt most doors to understand the culture or to integrate were closed,I just didn’t get anything. Then her music was one thing that felt familiar. Because relating to honest and authentic emotions is beyond cultures. That’s why music is so important for me. There is always a song, an atmosphere an artist, connected to all the places I lived.

A nice interview here with Nardwuar (he is so weird and funny, and the way he pronounces her name is priceless)



A little bit of love – Danish culture I

What can we talk about after Roskilde uhm? Well Roskilde opened the door on Danish culture here I guess. I won’t talk about the music because I think it’s boring to talk about all the amazing bands I have seen and you weren’t there.

So I continue on culture, more specifically what I love about Denmark and that can be seen in it’s cultural objects such as movies, songs and such…and I warn you: I will not talk about cool new bands no one knows, because I don’t know them my self. This is going to seem outdated because it’s based on my experience and I am always slow and late…

I vaguey mentionned Borgen once or twice maybe but it’s time! I have always been into tv series and while abroad it’s an interesting insight on culture.

Denmark has some good quality to offer. I didn’t know when I first watched Borgen, I would move to Denmark and one of my French friend told me about it so I started it one day in a 5 hours train ride ,and well, I was almost sad to arrive because I had to stop! It’s really fresh especially when you compare to this big super production of american tv show that are omnipresent and of course some are good but it’s always the same cultural representations it’s not always something new. We got to know so much of the US and they know so little of the outside world.

The producer of Borgen didn’t expect so much success but it was a huge hit in Europe, a great success when it’s about…Danish politics! I think there is different aspect that makes people like it regardless the origin of the show. It’s a fresh look on politics because even though it’s a realistic approach, the characters are very human,we get to know their inner struggle, from the new Prime minister to the journalist and the spin doctor.They aren’t perfect or glamourous and it also portrays a positive aspect of politics because Birgitte Nyborg believes in what she is doing it’s not only about power. The fact you see such human character on very high position reflects to some extent a really nice side of Danish culture this “we are equals” , Danes are quite humble in that sense that you aren’t better than your neighbour, if you are richer, have a better job and so on and I can feel it my self, it’s a very different way of working. Maybe if you are a foreigner it’s a bit different because people are suspicious of outsiders but overall this sense of equality is quite strong. The hierarchy is almost non existent. I feel also that no matter what your social status is you will get respect a lot more in daily life compared to France where you could be judge going shopping just based on how you look.

Also the unexpected success of the show and how the team respond to it is another very danish reaction: they didn’t see it coming. Danes can’t really take compliment I notice, even less at work. If they succeed they will emphasize the team work behind it or that it was pure luck but their own merit? And people who actually do that are seen as pretentious. Have you heard of Jante law? It basically tells you to stay humble in a negative way I personally think. So Danes are a lot more humble (also a bit too much but well..) they aren’t about shoving it down in your throat. At least not in public. And maybe that’s why we like them.

I have of course checked interviews of the producers and the main actress. I actually saw some in French! I met her during a Q&A at a festival and I find it very funny because I find Danes very straightforward comparing to Americans so you have this no bullshit attitude like they won’t fake it or overdo it, I find them very honest and I connect a lot to that.

Another striking difference between Southern European countries and Denmark for example  are relations between men and women. When the show was aired in France it was called “Borgen, une femme au pouvoir” (Borgen a women in power) because for us inequality between gender , especially at work are pretty high. In interview Sidse Babett Knudsen often mentioned that the role would have been written for a man , it would have not changed the writing at all. And when you are a woman and move to Denmark, you can actually breath: no harassment in the streets or in bars, a lot less sexist comments , you simply forget about the gender roles you are assigned to. I am not saying Denmark is perfect I am sure there is still some inequality that could be solved but compared to France it’s heaven, really.

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You don’t know pain , bitch! or Roskilde Festival 2015

If you have the slightest interest in Danish culture you must have heard of Roskilde Festival, the biggest festival in Scandinavia. Last year I though “bla this is not for me, I need peace, quiet and to lay down on the beach” but this year I was like “bring the noise, I am ready for this!”

I have heard a lot about Roskilde before going:

  • People are constantly drunk
  • They smell, no one showers
  • Danes behave like zombies during festivals
  • But it’s all amazing.
  • They do all sort of crazy stuff

So is it all true? It’s so hard to explain all of it in one article, I could write a whole book about my experience at Roskilde but I will try to keep it simple.


This picture sums up my week at Roskilde Festival!

Are you ever to old for Roskilde?

I decided to go there when some of my friend from the højskole encourage me to go with them plus some friends from Copenhagen help me to find a volunteer spot, so I had no reason to turn it down. I was really curious about it as everyone talk about it as something big in Danish culture.

I had my first volunteer shift on friday but going to Tinderbox on Saturday I only started officially on Monday. And luckily because I am not sure my liver would have forgiven me ever. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I was a couple of years younger, but all in all it depends your personality more than your age.

Am I in Zambia again?

When I met my friends, the camps already looked like slums. Trust me when I first enter fridat from the west entrance and had to cross camp C it was desert because the festival had not started yet but when I came back Monday, it reminded me of Zambia: trash all around, strong smell of piss and garbage (actually Zambia’s street smell better!) and all this camps, tents and food stand that looked like the ones in Africa. It was unbelievable and in the middle, all this hot guys and hot girls, completely hangover/wasted/sun burned/dirty walking like it was the new normal.

Forget the weird social rules of Denmark

After the first night I quickly realize that Roskilde is the city where no danish rules exists anymore: You can make friends instantly, sure they are drunk but you can. Everyone is.You can do everything you want, people really let go and that is something that tells a lot about danish culture in my opinion, and why Roskilde is so popular: Danes are quite behaved and keep it together on a daily basis especially with social interactions, I can’t say they are the most spontaneous people, I have heard a lot that they often question themselves about how to behave with people, as if they can’t read social interactions like southern european do it and have to overthink every social moves, the culture is simply different, hence they seem aloof. On Roskilde when you enter, you just made 50 000 new friends.

They also turn pretty much… into animals, everyone is here to get fucked up (or just to fuck also) and it’s acceptable for that week which is quite cool. No judgement. You will see your friends do crazy shit, you will do crazy shit as well and it’s alright.

Roskilde festival life

Imagine a temporary city with its own rules, just for a week

  • The camps

I didn’t know the camp life was that important, that some camps invest a lot to make it stand out, you can go around the festival just following camp signs to find your ways, so this week I first heard of camp OP where I had this amazing major lazer party, before heading towards Mordor (they do have the tower and you can see the eye from far away) where I met a friend and we ended in camp missen (the cat camp, they all have cat masks and when you are drunk it can be so freaky!) to party for the rest of the night. Camp luksus is known to be extremely gross, and how fun was it to meet a French camp, with french flag and a baguette while none of the member were french!

If you go to dream city some camp are properly built, we passed by game of thrones where a friend expected to meet the real Jamie Lannister, unfortunately it didn’t happen, we also ended in a very packed trailer that was playing music. It was packed we left because we couldn’t move but run back in “lean on” was playing. Lean on is the song I heard the most in the camp during the whole festival. So much that I can’t hear of it for the next 6 months I would say.

  • Follow the flags

You will see many things on Roskilde and among them flags. “Yes we camp”, USA , Canada, Denmark, “Far”, Curt Cobain, gay rainbow, Swedish flag but also some random objects attached to a poll like the famous alien fucking a cow, a banana and many more… it’s very practical during concert to find your friends especially on the orange scene.


You can see the Yes we camp as well as the Alien fucking a cow

  • Noise is the new silence

Silent is strictly forbidden on Roskilde. Even if you live in a clean and silent area like I did, it will find it’s way to your ears. You can find a party at any time of the day because camp have their sound system and there is always one playing something. With a friend we did a camp crawl, one song: one camp and then i forgot what happened but I remember she was slapping me hard to wake me up and put me in her tent.

  • Wanna go to my tent?

I really wish I could see the birth stats of Denmark to know if in February there is a rise. It’s like everyone become Barney Stinson for a week.Seriously Roskilde is a shagatton. If the Danish government don’t want foreigners to fill up the empty space to boost the economy because Danes don’t have enough kids they should organise more Roskilde festivals, problem solved! So if you go, you want to have your own tent, if possible a two person tent! And take condom unless you want a Roskilde baby with an unknown father (let’s face it you can’t remember it all)

  • Sun burn, naked people, questionnable fashion statement

Because we enter the fifth dimension after the first couple of hours of drunkness on Roskilde, our standard lower drastically, so you can look like shit and never shower but that’s just fine. It was so nice to wake up in the morning and put the most random pieces of clothes together, even though I have seen some people caring a bit. Some like the naked man didn’t really bothered with that.

see what I mean…

  • Like every city there is people everybody knows

The naked man, not that young, just wandering around naked, the pikachu, the dirty drunk hippie that couldn’t understand for half an hour where to order the food on my food stand. That guy that came alone and talks wayyyy too much, and how not mention the couple that gave it a go at Pharrell Williams concert, they maybe took the Freedom song a little literally…

That is a pikachu

So Roskilde?

I really loved it, I felt sometimes maybe I am too old for that shit but I don’t think so. I think it’s awesome to just let go and embrace it, suspend your judgement for an entire week, let people surprise you and surprise your self. For sure it’s very uncomfortable, the lack of sleep , the piss all around, the constant state of drunkness but there is a cool feeling about Roskilde, I can’t describe it you should live it by yourself next year, it’s just beautiful!


The sleeping alley in my camp

PS: I have not talked about an important aspect of the festival: the music, because it will come in another article :)

Don’t worry I am leaving a in a few months anyway…

How does it feels like to live in a country where the far right party made a big win in the last election? Well not so good. The weather sucked also the whole day maybe because a big sun in the sky would have been of bad taste in such circumstances.

What do I feel? Well I feel a lot of racism, especially since living in Copenhagen. I have heard people telling me that immigrants from the Middle East have a backward culture from the middle age and they are criminal and rapist so let’s send them back home…Truth is in 8 months there, I made one new Danish friend. Danes are very distant and seem cold. If you are an outsider you feel it straight away. It’s like they are suspicious. So at some point you stop trying. stop integrating, stop making effort to learn Danish because you have no one to speak it with anyway. It also angers me. I pay taxes, I don’t have much left afterward. It bothers me I am supporting a system rejecting immigrants. I am not taking advantage of it: no unemployment benefit, I have finished my studies, and I don’t believe in your health care system so I don’t use. I won’t receive any pension here…. So when immigrants are talked about like parasite, like a problem it really piss me off!

I wondered, are the Danes who voted for the Dansk Folkeparti, racist, ignorant or simply stupid? Maybe a mix of all? I could have just think then “fuck off, all of you” but I am not going down to their level. I really can’t see how they are offering a viable solution. They are using fear not facts, dividing instead of working together. So my question is:

Dear Danes what are you afraid of? That your culture will be swallowed during the process of immigration?

For this party, whatever an immigrant does he is a problem: if he tries to integrate and succeed getting a job and a wife he is stealing it from a Dane (because for sure a Dane wants to make a career cleaning or doing all this low jobs that immigrants take), if he doesn’t he isn’t doing an effort and exploiting the system. So he is always wrong right?

We have a wave of illegal immigrants through ALL Europe. Denmark is small and what they receive of refugees is peanut comparing to Hungary were it exploded. Nobodies know what to do but shutting the door won’t do any good. You are afraid of a globalized world? Being against it is like being against bad weather, it won’t stop it! Also isn’t it a bit hypocrite while everyone has somewhere an ikea table made in China, even Danish brands have their good produces abroad. When you all like to go to Thailand for a full moon rave party or to Italy to drink some nice wine?

I am not an economic expert, but the welfare Denmark is a lot similar to what we have in France (but ours isn’t as generous). See in France the problem is the baby boomers are all retiring and they aren’t enough young people on the job market to pay the bill. Denmark is in a worth situation when it comes to birth rate. So you need immigrant to help you pay the bill.  It comes with advantages you know. Opening to other culture you open your mind, you are challenged and become more creative. Otherwise you just become old and you …die.


How do you deal with confusion while abroad?

A friend wrote me she feels confused and lost about her life. I feel confused for so long now that it became my natural state of mind. It seems to be the definition of my generation or at least some of us, especially in those rich developed countries. This strange urge of having a lot to say but without necessarily having so much experience. I never felt hunger or any life threatening experience. My family is fine, we all have our issues but it’s fine. School wasn’t the best time of my life but I am not at school anymore so the circumstances are good. I have it pretty good.

But the confusion is there. It’s like it’s not even a problem. the purpose is to find a purpose and that’s where confusion is born.

I found some relief of that state of mind through meditation. It’s not about spirituality, not about some abstract concept but actually dealing with reality and raw experience. Here a few things I learned while attending this meditation sessions:

– Once the “teacher” said “we are all dying”. It wasn’t to be dramatic but this liberation that comes from acknowledging it. You can’t waste your time if you are dying but we are already dying just by existing. I don’t think it’s about quitting your job and stopping doing what you don’t like but giving quality to what you are experiencing. The texture, attention to what is happening right now. What does it feels like? For example, I felt anger this week. I didn’t attempt to change it or avoid it just to look at it and see what happens. It’s gone now but I think you can use these emotions and burn it as energy. It’s feeling alive.

Also I learnt that you can work with everything. You don’t need to be in a calm place, relaxing far from the civilisation to have a break through. It’s more surviving through the chaos, all the thing we don’t want or expect that are real around us. Finding the right action at the right time. Without filter so excluding non violence that is actually a concept because at that specific moment it might the right action.

It helps me. I feel alive and in a way I find a purpose by just existing, goals are stil there but they are secondary.

Do you want me to be your prime minister?

Danish election

As you may know, the danish election are on! If you have watched Borgen ( what do you mean Tv show don’t reflect reality?) you may understand how the danish political system works but basically unlike France where we vote for a president that will make a government , it’s the other way around:

  • There is 139 seats in the parliament and people vote for the party they want represented there. The more vote a party get the more seats they get. Usually the party that gets the most seats will try to build a coalition with others and choose a prime minister that the Queen will approve ( I wonder what happens if she says no…). So technically Danes don’t really know who they are voting for…

Because there is usually no majority, parties have to work together and that’s why Denmark has this reputation of reaching consensus. I would be very curious to see that happening in France, imagine trying to have the UDI agreeing with the FN and the PC!

I don’t know so much about each parties and this article is mostly for fun and not for an objective investigation about Danish politics because unlike Sidse Babett Knudsen  I can’t make it interesting, but I made a selection of the most interesting candidates


Selfie time during funeral is always fun!

Selfie time during funeral is always fun!

You should know this one, because the current prime minister is one of them, Helle Thorning-Schmidt known mostly for her selfie with Barack Obama and David Cameron. Also known by Danes for doing a right wing politic while the party is centre left….reminds me of someone.


Unlike the name (left in Danish) they actually don’t have a left wing politic they are more center right… go figure.

Dansk Folkeparti

Yes that’s how Danes are according DF

I found one of their leaflet in my bicycle basket….they don’t like immigrants. Strangely I am not a big fan.


Like it’s name says it ( joke) it’s all the leftist together. Socialism, Communism, Stalinism


The name says it all. They are alternative.

John Erik Wagner

I pass by this poster everyday…no it’s not an ad for a bachelorette party as my mom said thinking my danish was that bad…

I have no clue what he stands for neither if he belongs to a party but I pass by his picture everyday. I can tell you the publicty works he is the one I remember the most.

Tom Gillesberg

Make love not war

My all time favorite because his poster is just amazing. It’s all about love.I am not sure what it is all about , he doesn’t belong to a party and he is part of the Schiller Institute that wants to stop the war and build bricks. You can find some info here if you have the courage to not stop at the horrible website they have, some good PR could help there!

So as you can see election time is a lot of fun in Denmark I wish I could be a graphic designer during election!