History Series / Borgen

19th May '16 3:40:20 AM TrollBrutal
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* AmbitionIsEvil: Maybe not evil, but certainly not good. The show has a rogues gallery of careerist backstabbers, particularly Höxenhaven. And from the second series, [[spoiler: Jakob Kruse]]. In the season 3 finale, Nyborg herself; when her party gets enough votes in the general election to hold the balance of power, she's offered the chance of being prime minister of an extremely diverse and potentially unstable coalition government, which would also include the racist Freedom Party, whose increasing influence was one of the things she re-entered politics to stop. [[spoiler: She plays the trope straight, deciding that it's in the country's best interest that she form a much more stable coalition with the Liberal party that gained the most votes, on condition that they make concessions to her party's policies, even though it means that she doesn't get to be prime minister (again). As a consolation, it appears likely at the end she will become Foreign Minister.]]
%%* AmicablyDivorced: By season 3, [[spoiler:the Nyborgs]]; by mid-season 3, [[spoiler:Kasper and Katrine.]]

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* AmbitionIsEvil: Maybe not evil, but certainly not good. The show has a rogues gallery of careerist backstabbers, particularly Höxenhaven. And from the second series, [[spoiler: Jakob Kruse]]. In Kruse]], who compromises the season 3 finale, Nyborg herself; when her party gets enough votes in the general election to hold the balance of power, she's offered the chance of being prime minister of an extremely diverse and potentially unstable coalition government, which would also include the racist Freedom Party, whose increasing influence was one principles of the things she re-entered politics to stop. [[spoiler: She plays the trope straight, deciding that it's in the country's best interest that she form pary and creates a much more stable coalition with the Liberal party that gained the most votes, on condition that they make concessions to her party's policies, even though it means that she doesn't get to be prime minister (again). As a consolation, it appears likely at the end she will become Foreign Minister.]]
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AmicablyDivorced: By season 3, [[spoiler:the Nyborgs]]; by mid-season 3, [[spoiler:Kasper and Katrine.]]]] . All of them are very civil and friendly to their respective exes.
16th Apr '16 9:36:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** The [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Suspiciously Specific Disclaimer]] mentioned below implies that the main diverging point for the series is 1982.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Maybe not evil, but certainly not good. The show has a rogues gallery of careerist backstabbers, particularly Höxenhaven.
** And from the second series, [[spoiler: Jakob Kruse]].
*** In the season 3 finale, Nyborg herself; when her party gets enough votes in the general election to hold the balance of power, she's offered the chance of being prime minister of an extremely diverse and potentially unstable coalition government, which would also include the racist Freedom Party, whose increasing influence was one of the things she re-entered politics to stop. [[spoiler: She plays the trope straight, deciding that it's in the country's best interest that she form a much more stable coalition with the Liberal party that gained the most votes, on condition that they make concessions to her party's policies, even though it means that she doesn't get to be prime minister (again). As a consolation, it appears likely at the end she will become Foreign Minister.]]
* AmicablyDivorced: By season 3, [[spoiler:the Nyborgs]]; by mid-season 3, [[spoiler:Kasper and Katrine.]]
* ArmouredClosetGay: [[spoiler:Höxenhaven]].
* BadBoss: Laugesen.

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** The [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Suspiciously Specific Disclaimer]] mentioned below implies that the main diverging point for the series is 1982.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Maybe not evil, but certainly not good. The show has a rogues gallery of careerist backstabbers, particularly Höxenhaven.
**
Höxenhaven. And from the second series, [[spoiler: Jakob Kruse]].
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Kruse]]. In the season 3 finale, Nyborg herself; when her party gets enough votes in the general election to hold the balance of power, she's offered the chance of being prime minister of an extremely diverse and potentially unstable coalition government, which would also include the racist Freedom Party, whose increasing influence was one of the things she re-entered politics to stop. [[spoiler: She plays the trope straight, deciding that it's in the country's best interest that she form a much more stable coalition with the Liberal party that gained the most votes, on condition that they make concessions to her party's policies, even though it means that she doesn't get to be prime minister (again). As a consolation, it appears likely at the end she will become Foreign Minister.]]
* %%* AmicablyDivorced: By season 3, [[spoiler:the Nyborgs]]; by mid-season 3, [[spoiler:Kasper and Katrine.]]
* %%* ArmouredClosetGay: [[spoiler:Höxenhaven]].
* %%* BadBoss: Laugesen.



* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Amir.

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* %%* CigaretteOfAnxiety: Amir.



* TheCynic: Kasper.

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* %%* TheCynic: Kasper.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Troels]]

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* %%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Troels]]



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* [[BritishBrevity European Brevity]]

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* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Kasper]]
* FictionalPoliticalParty: There's the Moderates (who are social liberals, and slightly left-leaning economically), the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Labour Party]], the Liberals (who are right-wing) and the nationalist Freedom Party.
** The seven parties are not the real-life ones in Denmark, but some mirror the actual ones to a degree. They also seem to represent a simplified left-right "sliding scale" that's easier for the viewer to understand. Nyborg's centre-left coalition consists of:

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* %%* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Kasper]]
* FictionalPoliticalParty: There's the Moderates (who are social liberals, and slightly left-leaning economically), the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Labour Party]], the Liberals (who are right-wing) and the nationalist Freedom Party.
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The seven parties are not the real-life ones in Denmark, but some mirror the actual ones to a degree. They also seem to represent a simplified left-right "sliding scale" that's easier for the viewer to understand. understand.
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Nyborg's centre-left coalition consists of:



* FieryRedhead: Nete, in the third series.
* FootDraggingDivorcee: Nyborg.

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* %%* FieryRedhead: Nete, in the third series.
* %%* FootDraggingDivorcee: Nyborg.



* GreenEyedMonster: Kasper doesn't take Katrine's relationship with Benjamin well.
** Also [[spoiler: Birgitte]], who becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:Phillip's (innocent) relationship with one of his female students]].

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* GreenEyedMonster: GreenEyedMonster:
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Kasper doesn't take Katrine's relationship with Benjamin well.
** Also [[spoiler: Birgitte]], who becomes suspicious of [[spoiler:Phillip's (innocent) relationship with one of his female students]].



* InformedFlaw: Kasper has a reputation as a heart-breaker, but on-screen he shows interest in a grand total of three women, only one of whom he ever actually had a relationship with.
** Less so in series 2, when we start to see more of Kasper's dysfunctional dealings with women.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Birgitte and Bent.

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* InformedFlaw: Kasper has a reputation as a heart-breaker, but on-screen he shows interest in a grand total of three women, only one of whom he ever actually had a relationship with. \n** Less so in series 2, when we start to see more of Kasper's dysfunctional dealings with women.
* %%* IntergenerationalFriendship: Birgitte and Bent.



* JerkAss: Laugesen. Saltum, too.

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* %%* JerkAss: Laugesen. Saltum, too.



* NewMediaAreEvil: As the editor of the tabloid ''Ekspres'', Laugesen uses [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal vitriolic viral video]] editorials to constantly criticize Nyborg and her coalition allies. DR runs a fake website for ''Ekspres'' which features videos by both Laugesen and Saltum.

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* NewMediaAreEvil: NewMediaAreEvil:
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As the editor of the tabloid ''Ekspres'', Laugesen uses [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal vitriolic viral video]] editorials to constantly criticize Nyborg and her coalition allies. DR runs a fake website for ''Ekspres'' which features videos by both Laugesen and Saltum.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Kasper's attempt to damage Amir's image to make the Greens more co-operative leads to Amir getting monstered by the press so badly that he gives up politics completely, the Greens leave the coalition, and Birgitte is left leading a minority government.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: NiceJobBreakingItHero:
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[[spoiler:Kasper's attempt to damage Amir's image to make the Greens more co-operative leads to Amir getting monstered by the press so badly that he gives up politics completely, the Greens leave the coalition, and Birgitte is left leading a minority government.]]



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Balding strong-man president of a former Soviet state with a questionable human rights record and significant clout on the future of Danish energy production, anyone?

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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Balding strong-man president of a former Soviet state with a questionable human rights record and significant clout on the future of Danish energy production, anyone?



* OffTheWagon: Inevitably, Hanne Holm.

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* %%* OffTheWagon: Inevitably, Hanne Holm.



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Saltum, who is incredibly racist, and quite redneck-ish. Also, Laugesen, who's homophobic but who at least professes to be left-wing.
** Also, Islamophobic e-mails bring down Laugesen, and he's also shown to be fairly sexist towards Nyborg, bigoted towards immigrants, and basically completely unprincipled in the pursuit of power. Once his political career is over and he takes over as editor of the ''Ekspres'' he becomes an anti-PC populist, and when Nyborg goes after the Moderates in Season 3 the ''Ekspres'' starts running muck-raking headlines about what a bitch she is, suggesting that Laugesen ends up in bed with the Moderates.

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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
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Saltum, who is incredibly racist, and quite redneck-ish. Also, Laugesen, who's homophobic but who at least professes to be left-wing.
** Also, Islamophobic e-mails bring down Laugesen, and he's also shown to be fairly sexist towards Nyborg, bigoted towards immigrants, and basically completely unprincipled in the pursuit of power. Once his political career is over and he takes over as editor of the ''Ekspres'' he becomes an anti-PC populist, and when Nyborg goes after the Moderates in Season 3 the ''Ekspres'' starts running muck-raking headlines about what a bitch she is, suggesting that Laugesen ends up in bed with the Moderates.



** Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* TheRival: Hesselboe to Nyborg.

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** Doubles as a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
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%%* TheRival: Hesselboe to Nyborg.



* TheOphelia: [[spoiler:Laura]].

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* %%* TheOphelia: [[spoiler:Laura]].



** Kasper to Saltum.

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** %%** Kasper to Saltum.



* [[HesBack She's Back]]: The tone of Season 2's end as Nyborg returns from leave and calls for a new general election...
** ...only to be averted when Season 3 reveals she was forced to resign after her government lost the election.



* SlapSlapKiss: Kasper and Katrine.

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* %%* SlapSlapKiss: Kasper and Katrine.



* UndyingLoyalty: Kasper and Bent to Nyborg.

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* %%* UndyingLoyalty: Kasper and Bent to Nyborg.



* TheWarOnTerror: A central plot point in two episodes of series 1, which concern the question of CIA rendition flights and expansion of the military budget, respectively.
** And continued somewhat at the start of Season 2, when Nyborg is forced to reconsider her earlier promise of withdrawing Danish troops from Afghanistan.
* [[WhenYouComingHomeDad When You Coming Home, Mor?]]: Birgitte and her kids constantly, and [[spoiler:Katrine and her son in the final season]].

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* TheWarOnTerror: A central plot point in two episodes of series 1, which concern the question of CIA rendition flights and expansion of the military budget, respectively.
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respectively. And continued somewhat at the start of Season 2, when Nyborg is forced to reconsider her earlier promise of withdrawing Danish troops from Afghanistan.
* [[WhenYouComingHomeDad When You Coming Home, Mor?]]: WhenYouComingHomeDad: Birgitte and her kids constantly, and [[spoiler:Katrine and her son in the final season]].



* WomenAreWiser: Played with.

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* %%* WomenAreWiser: Played with.



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: According to Bayanov.

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* %%* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: According to Bayanov.
6th Dec '15 8:19:42 AM TheAnecdotalist
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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Many of the characters are fluent in English and use it frequently in conversations with non-Danes, Birgitte in particular.

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* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Many of the characters are fluent in English and use it frequently in conversations with non-Danes, Birgitte in particular. Made less surprising by the fact that 86% of Danes are actually fluent in English.
10th Nov '15 8:27:37 PM Quag15
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The supporting characters are Katrine Fønsmark, a surprisingly intelligent journalist with a job at the public broadcaster [=TV1=]; her fellow journalist Hanne Holm, an equally bright, but [[LadyDrunk alcoholic]] TeamMom; Kasper Juul, Birgitte's brilliant media consultant and Katrine's ex-boyfriend, who still carries a torch for her; Bent Sejrø, Birgitte's mentor and TeamDad; and Michael Laugesen, the former Labour Party leader turned ''Ekspressen'' (think ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers TheSun]]'') tabloid editor and ManipulativeBastard.

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The supporting characters are Katrine Fønsmark, a surprisingly intelligent journalist with a job at the public broadcaster [=TV1=]; her fellow journalist Hanne Holm, an equally bright, but [[LadyDrunk alcoholic]] TeamMom; Kasper Juul, Birgitte's brilliant media consultant and Katrine's ex-boyfriend, who still carries a torch for her; Bent Sejrø, Birgitte's mentor and TeamDad; and Michael Laugesen, the former Labour Party leader turned ''Ekspressen'' (think ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers TheSun]]'') The Sun]]'') tabloid editor and ManipulativeBastard.
10th Nov '15 8:27:12 PM Quag15
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The supporting characters are Katrine Fønsmark, a surprisingly intelligent journalist with a job at the public broadcaster [=TV1=]; her fellow journalist Hanne Holm, an equally bright, but [[LadyDrunk alcoholic]] TeamMom; Kasper Juul, Birgitte's brilliant media consultant and Katrine's ex-boyfriend, who still carries a torch for her; Bent Sejrø, Birgitte's mentor and TeamDad; and Michael Laugesen, the former Labour Party leader turned ''Ekspressen'' (think ''Newspaper/TheSun'') tabloid editor and ManipulativeBastard.

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The supporting characters are Katrine Fønsmark, a surprisingly intelligent journalist with a job at the public broadcaster [=TV1=]; her fellow journalist Hanne Holm, an equally bright, but [[LadyDrunk alcoholic]] TeamMom; Kasper Juul, Birgitte's brilliant media consultant and Katrine's ex-boyfriend, who still carries a torch for her; Bent Sejrø, Birgitte's mentor and TeamDad; and Michael Laugesen, the former Labour Party leader turned ''Ekspressen'' (think ''Newspaper/TheSun'') ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers TheSun]]'') tabloid editor and ManipulativeBastard.
5th Sep '15 10:14:24 AM Scoutstr295
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Other characters are Katrine Fønsmark, a surprisingly intelligent journalist with a job at the public broadcaster TV1; her fellow journalist Hanne Holm, an equally bright, but [[LadyDrunk alcoholic]] TeamMom; Kasper Juul, Birgitte's brilliant media consultant and Katrine's ex-boyfriend, who still carries a torch for her; Bent Sejrø, Birgitte's mentor and TeamDad; and Michael Laugesen, the former Labour Party leader turned ''Ekspressen'' (think ''Newspaper/TheSun'') tabloid editor and ManipulativeBastard.

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Other The supporting characters are Katrine Fønsmark, a surprisingly intelligent journalist with a job at the public broadcaster TV1; [=TV1=]; her fellow journalist Hanne Holm, an equally bright, but [[LadyDrunk alcoholic]] TeamMom; Kasper Juul, Birgitte's brilliant media consultant and Katrine's ex-boyfriend, who still carries a torch for her; Bent Sejrø, Birgitte's mentor and TeamDad; and Michael Laugesen, the former Labour Party leader turned ''Ekspressen'' (think ''Newspaper/TheSun'') tabloid editor and ManipulativeBastard.
5th Sep '15 10:13:54 AM Scoutstr295
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Other characters are Katrine Fønsmark, a surprisingly intelligent journalist with a job at the newspaper ''Ekspressen'' (think [[BritishNewspapers The Sun]]) which she highly dislikes, her fellow journalist Hanne Holm, an equally bright, but [[LadyDrunk alcoholic]] TeamMom, Kasper Juul, Birgitte's brilliant media consultant and Katrine's ex-boyfriend, who still carries a torch for her, Bent Sejrø, Birgitte's mentor and TeamDad, and Michael Laugesen, the former Labour Party leader turned ''Ekspressen'' editor-in-chief and ManipulativeBastard.

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Other characters are Katrine Fønsmark, a surprisingly intelligent journalist with a job at the newspaper ''Ekspressen'' (think [[BritishNewspapers The Sun]]) which she highly dislikes, public broadcaster TV1; her fellow journalist Hanne Holm, an equally bright, but [[LadyDrunk alcoholic]] TeamMom, TeamMom; Kasper Juul, Birgitte's brilliant media consultant and Katrine's ex-boyfriend, who still carries a torch for her, her; Bent Sejrø, Birgitte's mentor and TeamDad, TeamDad; and Michael Laugesen, the former Labour Party leader turned ''Ekspressen'' editor-in-chief (think ''Newspaper/TheSun'') tabloid editor and ManipulativeBastard.
24th Jul '15 2:40:51 PM SilentHunterUK
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** Saltum bears a major physical resemblance to the late [[http://www.jyskeslaegter.dk/Uploads/3659/2012-06-02-04-28-20-970-171a1191-db8c-4d39-8253-a12e992e33c7.jpg Mogens Glistrup]], a far-right party leader.
24th Jun '15 1:09:15 AM kilian
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* DecoyProtagonist: Laugesen is introduced as the leader of the labour party, which would make him the principal antagonist of the heroine. But he is immediately removed from office and turns to journalism, which makes him more of a minor annoyance.
27th Sep '14 7:51:29 AM SvartiKotturinn
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"Borgen" is Danish for "The Fortress", a nickname for the Christiansborg Palace, the centre of the Danish government. The actual Danish pronunciation is more like "Bauwen". (DR market this with the overseas title ''Government'', but neither the BBC or Link TV chose to use that name when transmitting it in English.) The show is a Danish GovernmentProcedural by Adam Price, running from 2010 to 2013. It has been critically acclaimed for its realistic [[FictionalPoliticalParty fictional parties]] and its lack of [[StrawmanPolitical strawman stereotypes]], getting very high ratings in Denmark. The main character is Prime Minister [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Birgitte Nyborg Christensen]], recently divorced from her husband and now trying to balance politics, personal problems and her two kids.

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"Borgen" is Danish for "The Fortress", a nickname for the Christiansborg Palace, the centre of the Danish government. The actual Danish pronunciation is more like "Bauwen". (DR market this with the overseas title ''Government'', but neither the BBC or Link TV chose to use that name when transmitting it in English.) The show is a Danish GovernmentProcedural by Adam Price, running from 2010 to 2013. It has been critically acclaimed for its realistic [[FictionalPoliticalParty fictional parties]] and its lack of [[StrawmanPolitical strawman stereotypes]], getting very high ratings in Denmark. The main character is Prime Minister [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent Birgitte Nyborg Christensen]], recently divorced from her husband and now who is trying to balance politics, personal problems and her two kids.
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