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Open letter in “Jyllands-Posten”

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“Dear Danes, have you gone mad? Or have your politicians lost their minds?

By Thomas Borchert, foreign correspondent living in Copenhagen and on Falster

(First published in Danish in the daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten 29/09/2018)

Dear Danes,

As a long term guest in your country, I hate to be impolite. For my compatriots south of the border I have even written a User’s Guide to Denmark (Gebrauchsanweisung für Dänemark), and it is full of praise. After 35 good years here as a resident foreigner I declare for example in a chapter on the capital city: “I am certain that you, Copenhagen, have helped me to a gentler and more cheerful outlook on life, for which many thanks.” The sentence should have been addressed to the whole country, because that’s how it feels. Read the rest of this entry »