- Gebundene Ausgabe: 191 Seiten
- Verlag: Atria (4. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1476755485
- ISBN-13: 978-1476755489
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 1,8 x 21,3 cm
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How to Be Danish: A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 4. Februar 2014
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"Patrick Kingsley’s introduction to Denmark...makes fascinating cultural connections between everything from the Nordic food revolution to Danish modern design and the Muhammad cartoon controversy." (New York Times)
"[A] delightful guidebook." (Wall Street Journal)
“Kingsley is an eloquent and inquiring observer.” (Sunday Times (UK))
“A brilliant introduction to the coolest country in Europe." (Trine Kjaer)
“Engagingly written and incisively reported...Kingsley renders the quality and complexity of life in Denmark with an outsider's fresh perspective and a journalist's sharp instincts.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
"Part reportage, part travelogue...a delightful guide." (The Chicago Tribune)
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Patrick Kingsley is the Egypt correspondent for The Guardian, having been a feature writer for the newspaper for two years. In 2009 he was named journalist of the year at the Guardian Student Media Awards, and in 2012, MHP Communications named him one of the top five young journalists to watch. Kingsley’s work has also appeared in Wired, Time Out, Daily Mail, and The Sunday Times (London). He lives in Cairo, Egypt.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Patrick Kingsley is a reporter and he interviewed quite a few people for the book. He covers furniture, TV, education, the relative lack of income inequality, cuisine, transport, immigration, and more. I intended to just read a few sections and skip the parts I didn't care as much about, but I ended up reading the whole thing.
Denmark seems like the model of Scandinavian democratic socialism, where university is free for all and everyone bicycles to work. But then there's the anti-immigrant party and those dark TV shows and novels about serial murderers. Just like anywhere else in the world, Denmark is a country of contradictions and as globalization and financial downturns have affected everyone, Denmark is struggling with change.
A nice quick crash course in modern Denmark.
This is a country so cooperative that -- thanks to strong unions and a redistributive tax system -- doctors and lawyers average less than twice a garbage collector's salary. Statistically, it's the most egalitarian country on the planet. But despite the very generous welfare state, many immigrant refugees feel isolated and excluded.
There's a 180% excise tax on buying a car, and some 2/3 of trips in København (a/k/a "Copenhagen," don't call it Frisco) are reportedly made by bicycle. Yet Denmark's deeply ingrained green culture -- bike lanes everywhere, pedestrianized streets, neighborhoods centrally heated for efficiency, and manufacture of about half the world's wind turbines -- dates only to the 1970s. It was a small, resource-poor nation's pragmatic response to getting whacked by that decade's oil-price shocks.
Danes are ruthlessly committed to honesty. They'll meticulously avoid giving you a bad deal, or selling you any product they don't have faith in, or withholding information. But they'll also stare at you disapprovingly -- and cops will swiftly give you a ticket -- for jaywalking on a street with zero traffic.
Danes are stereotyped as Scandinavia's most outgoing people, and Denmark frequently leads international surveys (and definitely Disneyland) as "the happiest place on Earth." But interviewees clarify that they're really more like "content." And let's face it, Sweden is more fun. (More competition, lower prices, greater acceptance of foreign transplants, and you bet it's OK to jaywalk politely.)
Some of these contradictions are in the book; others are things my hosts told and showed me in København. The book reveals their origins in a secularized Lutheran culture; a once-great empire downsized to a small, homogenous, boutique nation; and particularly, in a cooperative agriculture and mass-education movement that swept and transformed the country in the mid-1800s, when Denmark's then-absolute monarchy ceded power to its parliament.
North American readers should just be aware that this is written by a British newspaperman, for a very British audience. You can easily get past constant references to Danish TV exports "Borgen" and "The Killing" (which were highly visible on the BBC), and idioms like the percentage of a given population "in work" (employed). But you might need to look up equivalents for "sixth form" (something like school grades 11-12), and "redundancies" (layoffs).
Also, for a short book, it has outsize repetition of certain statistics -- some of which the author acknowledges. E.g., you'll read several times over that only bout 45% of Danish immigrant women are "in work," compared to 70% of the homegrown kind. It's still a worthwhile read, and one you can devour in an evening or two.
This book is a great introduction for anyone who's curious to learn more about the fascinating people of Denmark.