The Power of ‘Borgen’



With the 2015 general election swiftly approaching next month, this is a fundamental time for British politics so we thought we’d take a look back at one of Nordic Noir’s favourite series Borgen. This political drama follows the journey of its lead protagonist and Denmark’s first female Prime Minister, Birgitte Nyborg, as she attempts to remodel the Danish government alongside her spin-doctor Kasper Juul, played by Pilou Asbæk.

Borgen has received numerous awards and critical acclaim amongst the public: not to mention its influence on the political world. Leader of the Scottish Party, Nicola Sturgeon, made headlines this week on the subject of television rather than politics. The Scottish First Minister announced that she was a huge fan of Borgen admitting that she could see its lead star Sidse Babett Knudsen play the politician in her life movie. Sturgeon is not the only one who sees a resemblance as many have taken to social media during the political debate to express their thoughts on the women’s similarities: ‘@NicolaSturgeon You are Birgitte Nyborg! Thank you for hearing us! #VoteSNP #Borgen.’


Whilst the Scottish First Minister and the fictional Danish Prime Minister bode similarities among their political and cultural status, many others believe Birgitte Nyborg to mirror another fellow female politician. Fans of Borgen believe Welsh politician, and the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood to resemble the Nordic character in looks as well as professional opinion: not to mention becoming the first female leader of Plaid Cymru.

However, it is not just female politicians that Borgen seems to have targeted, as British Prime Minister David Cameron previously announced his fondness for the show. In fact, the British MP has admitted that he is ‘an addict’ along with his Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Cameron openly took to replicating the show’s seven party debate that saw Birgitte Nyborg take centre stage affirming her continuance to do what is best for her country. David Cameron mirrored this swift move last month in a live televised debate ahead of the 2015 May election.


Additionally, Borgen appears to be spreading outside of Europe, as the former United States First Lady, and present candidate for the 2016 election, Hilary Clinton has been linked to the iconic Danish character. As the US politician attempts to climb the Democratic ladder, many fans of the show suggest she watch the praised Nordic series: ‘@HilaryClinton needs only one advisor; just watch #Borgen and take oodles of notes from Birgitte Nyborg.’

Borgen remains a stimulus on the political world, as well as the cultural, and continues to expose audiences to the outlook and importance of politics.

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