Everybody Loves Denmark? including Hillary Clinton

It is amazing that yes, we the people of the happiest place on Earth, are being thrown around in the United States presidential election….

Hillary says she loves Denmark but hey, no socialism in the United States, OK?

“We are not Denmark,” Hillary told her opponent Bernie Sanders. “I love Denmark.” “We would be making a grave mistake to turn our backs on what built the greatest middle class in the history of the world.”

The funny thing is that while everybody in the US is talking about how the wonderful Danish system (and it’s bloody high taxes) distributes this tax wealth into free healthcare, free education and great maternity and welfare benefits…..

Back in Denmark, we are debating about reducing/removing the dreaded ‘top tax’ in order to stimulate growth. And by the way, ask any Dane on the street, they don’t consider themselves a socialist. Just citizens of one of the best systems in the world.

Denmark collects a lot of taxes. The top income tax rate is 60.3 percent; there’s also a 25 percent national sales tax, on everything including food. Overall, Denmark’s tax take is almost half of national income, compared with 25 percent in the United States. Indeed, the Danes were even the first in the world to have a ‘fat’ tax that put an extra tax on sugar, butter and chocolate. Luckily, they abolished it after people threatened that it would affect the Danish Butter Cookie industry.

Our new prime minister, Lars Lokke, loves the new tax cutting idea and says that doing away with the additional top tax rate of 15 percent would increase the supply of labour and boost the gross domestic product (GDP) by 15 billion kroner.

This projection is on the basis that abolishing the top tax rate would encourage top tax payers to work an average of 1.7 percent more, more people to go after high-paying jobs and fewer highly-educated people would leave the country. But most importantly, more Danes would spend more money. Apparently, this tax break would results in 7.3 billion kroner in sales taxes from a rise in consumption associated with people being better off and more income tax at the lower rate as a result of the increased supply of labor from the addition of new jobs.

Sounds like the Danish version of Reagonomics.

A recent article in Berlingske showed that many average middle class families in Denmark would benefit greatly from this tax break.

I guess we in Denmark are trying to learn from the architects who built the ‘greatest middle class in the history of the world’. 🙂

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • October 22, 2015

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Guest Blogger: Danish Parenting and Gender Bias

This month, I have asked author of the book  The Danish Way of Parenting , Iben Sandahl Ehrhorn to provide a guest blog on gender equality in Danish schools and in raising children. You can find her new book on Amazon.com  Enjoy!

Iben:

I grew up in a very social/liberal environment – one might say that my family was in the forefront of those who were active in the feminist debate.

Both of my parents worked and in the early days we had a nanny in the house. My parents divorced when I was 3 years old, which forced both of them to take care of everything that had to do with housekeeping and the family. I learned that it does not matter if you are a man or woman – everybody joins in to make the family function properly.

Friday, June 5 was Constitution Day in Denmark – and the 100th anniversary of Suffrage for Women, too.

It is a story of a more than 150-year struggle by my predecessors, which has ensured complete freedom for me in our democracy without suppression or feelings of inferiority towards the men around me.

I appreciate having grown up in a country with freedom of speech and ingrained respect for the individual’s word. I have seen how fighting the battle has paid off.

It is very difficult for me to grasp the fact that life has not always been like this. I can understand it intellectually, but that is as far as it goes. The dignity of the individual and respect for her or him has always been an inherent part of my natural heritage.

This does not mean that everything is smooth sailing, however. Let us take an important experience to illustrate this: Throughout my adult years, I had visited my doctor on occasion and I had a good and professional relation to her.

We had never had any problems communicating in spite of the fact that she was originally an immigrant from a distant country.

It was a great shock when at the age of 27 I had a consultation with her together with my husband. I was expecting for the first time, and we were setting foot on our new and unknown path to becoming parents. This was, for sure, a joint project.

The moment my husband and I came in and she welcomed us at the door, I suddenly became totally invisible.

I was shocked! I was the one who was pregnant, but she only looked at my husband and only spoke to him. I was there in the room all right, it was me who was in focus, and yet it was as if I was not present – did not exist. It was a very strange experience, and I had just not seen it coming.

It dawned on me, of course, that she had a different cultural background. We had many things in common and yet there were different indicators revealing that our attitudes to gender equality were miles apart. My husband and I were faced with a woman from a different and strong cultural heritage, her mindset still firmly fixed after 25 years in Denmark.

It was an interesting experience.

Living in a democratic country where equality is always a burning question is very much reflected in Danish education. Danish students are champions of democracy, mainly due to the Danish tradition of critical thinking. Students are taught to look critically at adopted values and in so doing acquire a deeper understanding of democracy.

It is not about taking a negative stance but about being realistic.

‘The Danish Way of Parenting’ points out that Danes do not pretend that negativity does not exist. We just focus on the bigger picture rather than getting trapped by one aspect of an argument. This is what psychologists call being ”realistic optimists”.

Much parental education takes place in schools today. This is one reason why the book provides input on how we parents need to focus more on developing healthy, whole human beings, rather than promoting self-centered little creatures.

On looking back, you will find that gender differences in school was not such a salient topic in twentieth century Denmark. A non-discriminatory understanding is a pre-requisite for teaching being gender-neutral.

Educational theory and practice are of paramount importance for a proper focus on the differences between boys and girls. All are treated equally, but with increased attention to differentiating according to the individual student’s needs.

Most classes have an equal proportion of boy and girls and most teaching is organized around the children’s individual skills. However, it is impossible to differentiate thoroughly with an average of 26 students in a class – but teachers strive to do their best and to address each child’s zone of proximal development.

(The ‘zone of proximal development’ is defined thus: “A child needs the right amount of space to learn and grow in the zones that are right for them with the right amount of help” – Lev Vygotsky)

Instead of focusing on equality, teachers focus on things like socialization, autonomy, cohesion, democracy and self-esteem. As we are equal human beings, teachers want the students to develop a strong internal compass, which can guide them through life.

My co-writer Jessica Alexander and I recently talked to a well-known psychologist, and we were discussing the present-day plethora of diagnoses like ADHD, which tend to be given to many boys in school. You can find them in almost every class today. The psychologist told us that the common Danish reaction is to read the term ADHD as ”Alle Drenge Har Det” (all boys have it). One could suspect that there is some kind of discrimination going on here!

By focusing very narrowly on the differences between boys and girls in general, we think that stigmatizing takes place and therefore prevents the individual child from unfolding.

Instead of spending resources on categorizing children (using diagnoses or gender differentiation) which we often tend to do so that we can more easily get through our own assignments, it would be much better if we concentrated our good energy on understanding the individual that we are facing.

What matters is not what gender person you are face to face with – but what individual you are involved with.

When many years ago my own doctor ignored me during my pregnancy consultation, I was taken aback. At the same time, I also became curious about who this woman was when she took off her doctor’s coat. A woman who had carried along her cultural heritage into her adult world, as we all do.

I did not think it was because she was a woman or because she wanted to be rude or because she did not know my cultural heritage. I understood that she was authentically being herself with her own personal cultural baggage.

‘The Danish Way of Parenting’ invites readers to reflect on their own practice. Our purpose in the book is to put various facets of life and different approaches to upbringing into perspective.

We want to treat boys and girls – not as gender individuals but as human beings with equal rights and equal possibilities. This is not the same as saying that you can encompass all possibilities– but there are really many that you can reach.

The Danish Way of Parenting’ believes in the importance of meeting other people with respect – that it makes a difference.  Thanks for reading!

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • June 19, 2015

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Happy People Live Longer and Healthier Lives

It is funny, this year I brought in the New Year with a terrible flu. But this is the first real illness I have had in 2 years and I do believe that one of the reasons I am able to steer away illness consistently is because I am happy and I actively work on being happy.

I just read a review in Applied Psychology of more than 160 studies that found “clear and compelling evidence” that — all else being equal — happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers.

Apparently our subjective well-being — that is, feeling positive about your lives – NOT stressed out, NOT depressed — contributes to both longevity and better health among healthy populations.

In my other posts, I have cited that Danes have consistently higher rates of subjective well-being than most populations in the world.

Most of the long-term studies the researchers reviewed found that anxiety, depression, a lack of enjoyment of daily activities and pessimism all are associated with higher rates of disease and a shorter lifespan.

I believe in Denmark and especially during the holidays, people make a point of enjoying simple daily activities to take the stress out of the holidays. Instead of building up unrealistic expectations, this year my husband and I decided not give to each other (or any other adults in the family) Christmas presents. This is a trend in Denmark in many families, where people feel they have ‘enough’ and Christmas becomes about stressful gift giving. See below article (sorry in Danish):

http://politiken.dk/forbrugogliv/jul/ECE2152288/voksne-fravaelger-julegaverne-til-hinanden/

Back in the States, one study stated that two-thirds of American women report depression during the holidays and the biggest cause of holiday depression is unmet expectations. One could easily fall into that category – this year I would have loved to travel to a warm destination for Christmas but due to a recent house purchase, it was not possible in our budget.

So no travels or Christmas presents? This could have been a terrible holiday season for me. But instead, I decided to take another approach.

This Christmas eve, the weather was sunny (a toasty 8 degrees Celsius) so I coaxed my family to take a quick winter swim in the ocean. While we all screamed in delight and shock – I had to admit afterwards we felt a rush of adrenaline and joy.

We promised each other that this would be a new ‘winter bathing’ tradition since it created a positive mood and gave us a special ‘gift’ that didn’t cost a dime. My daughter posted our photo on Facebook and she got nearly 50 ‘likes’.

Laboratory experiments on humans have found that positive moods reduce stress-related hormones, increase immune function and promote the speedy recovery of the heart after exertion.

This season, instead of expensive gifts or travels, we gave each other happiness and in turn, better health.

Honestly, I feel better already.

 

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • January 3, 2015

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Danes have a special happiness gene? really!

Genetics could be the key to as why Danes are the happiest people in the world, according to new research from the University of Warwick.

Economists have found the closer a nation is to the genetic makeup of Denmark, the happier that country is!

I have always said that I find Danes to have less mood swings, and generally a more stable mood. (Which some people have commented make Danes seem a bit stale, boring and a bit mundane)

Now it seems my suspicions are correct, researchers say that certain gene mutations influences the reuptake of serotonin, which is believed to be linked to human mood. They say Danes have a special gene mutation that causes them to have less mood fluctuations and therefore are very happy.

The thing is that Danes are not happy…..They are content with their lives. (satisfied with their lives!)

Happiness as we know it is spectacular and vibrant, it makes our heart beat faster, our eyes shine and it gives us lots of energy. It is a fleeting experience, a feeling that takes over the body and it gives is pleasure and joy.

Contentment, on the other hand, is perceived as a bit tepid and colourless and everlasting. It is more prosaic and even if we feel comfortable being content, we certainly don’t reach seventh heaven.

Contentment even has a bad reputation: to be content is seen to be lazy and complacent, it apparently stops people from getting on and improving.

For example when Danes are asked if they like something, they often say, ‘ikke sa darligt.’ – it’s not so bad!

This lack of emotion and coolness works together with Danish contentment – nothing to get excited about – either good or bad.

In the US, I was actively discouraged to be content. I spent my time pushing to want more and better things and was never to be content with what I had.

On the other hand, I remember experiencing great joy and excitement when things went my way. But terrible depressions when they did not.

To me if this Danish gene exists, it is not a happiness gene but more of a mood stabilizer gene. What do you think?….

 

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • August 26, 2014

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Happiness is a bowl of Strawberries

It is strawberry season in Denmark and you find the plump, sweet juicy fruit everywhere, piled high in boxes labeled ‘Danske’ and decorated with Danish flags.

Danes adore these fruits and consume them in the most simple way – straight from the box or served in a cold bowl of milk.

At first I thought it was a little too boring, why not eat the strawberries with sugar, fresh cream or vanilla ice cream – or why not bake a pie?

But Danes have a cultural norm, called nærvær, or to be present/mindful. And the best way to practice mindful eating is to find happiness in a natural activity thereby discovering simple pleasure, abundance and gratitude.

Eating is a natural, healthy, and pleasurable activity for satisfying hunger but also for experiencing a happier, healthier relationship with food.

I sometimes feel lost in our food-abundant, diet-obsessed culture, eating is often mindless, consuming, and guilt-inducing instead. Mindful eating is an important mindfulness practice and could help alleviate the love-hate relationship with food many of us have.

Although many Danes don’t realize it, when eating their precious, sun ripened fruits in its natural form

many of them are nurturing themselves and their families and therefore practicing mindful eating.

One of the best-selling books in Denmark is the Kernesund familie [The fighting fit family], which is full of salad recipes with vitamin-rich vegetables, fruits and of course strawberries.

Be like a Dane: Practice eating more mindfully by giving your food the attention it deserves: turn off your TV, close your laptop & put your phone face down on the table.

Let your food entertain you; what can you see & smell?  What colours do you have in front of you?  Is it full of life and vibrancy? Do the aromas bring back happy memories for you? (like an endless childhood summer).

A Danish friend recently sent me this ancient scripture from Tao Te Ching about taking joy in the ordinary things in life:

 

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • June 20, 2014

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Danish Students: Stupid but happy?

As a mother of a Danish elementary school student, I must step up on my soap box once and awhile to give a lecture about the dismal state of the Danish school system.

Recently the international PISA scores were released and of course, Denmark was absent from the top end of the tables. Our sluggish performance has been overtaken by countries such as Estonia, Poland and Ireland.

PISA is an OECD study comparing school students’ performance in the various member states. The aim is to test how good 15- year-olds can use their academic knowledge.

Danish schoolchildren have actually become worse at math. What’s more, the results for reading and science at the same level as 2009, when the last PISA survey was conducted.

In the overall rankings, Denmark came in at number 22 on the list of 65.

On the other hand, Korea was number 1 again. Koreans take great pride in performing strongly on standardized tests and enjoy ranking in the top of PISA.

Funnily enough a few months ago, the World Happiness Index for 2013 was released and the East Asian countries that performed outstanding on PISA, also happen to do rather poorly in terms of happiness.

Korea ranked 41st in terms of happiness. Could it be that the very same actions that push the PISA results in East Asia ever upward are also the same actions that cause people to be unhappy? Possible. Could it be that pushing children to extra study is actually a little counter productive? Very likely.

The Danes perform in the middle of the pack in PISA, but are the happiest people in the world. Is it possible that achieving good test results means an unhappy life?

Hopefully not, says this concerned parent.

Sometimes, I must admit that I think the parents, teachers and students in Denmark focus too much on hygge, social relations and making sure that there is no competitive environment (my daughter is asked to hide her exam grades from the other students) – then on academic superiority.

While I get that a student life should be balanced – I also feel very strongly that we are raising a generation of people who will not be prepared for the new, competitive global marketplace.

This is difficult because I also believe that children should enjoy their childhood and have the freedom to do more than just piles of extra homework.

In Denmark, we are working on a school protocol, I look forward to seeing the results.

 

 

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • January 30, 2014

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Poems from the Danish Ghetto- the Unhappy New Danes

There is a small group of people in Denmark who are the unhappy minority — the disgruntled outcasts living in Danish ghettos. Their lives are marked by violence, fear and unpredictability. Unlike their Danish counterparts, they are not content with their lives in Denmark and feel resentful and angry about their integration or lack thereof in Danish society.

Called New Danes, they are immigrants from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. These immigrant groups have faced severe challenges when integrating into Danish society and the result has been high unemployment and an overall disillusioned presence in Denmark. For example, the OECD reports that the ratio of unemployed immigrants to native Danes is more than 2 to 1 and this continues through to the next generation.

But an 18-year-old  New Dane poet is making a change in perspectives – by rocking the political debate and placing blame not with the Danish government (as is usually the case) but with the ‘older’ generation of refugees who have failed their families and created the ‘orphaned generation’.

These arguments come from the 18- year-old Yahya Hassan, who this month debuts with a collection of poems published by Gyldendal and is dubbed the most successful Danish poet since the 70s. http://www.saxo.com/dk/yahya-hassan_yahya-hassan_haeftet_9788702153521?gclid=CMD8q-uQsroCFfMPtAodOzIApw

His poetry is rough, tough and aggressive and he is not afraid to speak his mind. His writings are so controversial that he has already received 27 death threats – 6 considered serious.

Just a year ago, he was thrown out of a high school, the year before he was remanded in custody for robbery and before that he lived out of a ‘ sports bag ‘ since he was thrown out of juvenile detention.

He writes: ‘As soon as our parents landed in Kastrup airport, it was as if their role as parents ceased. And then we could see our fathers rotting passively on the welfare couch with the TV remote in hand, accompanied by a disillusioned mother who never said a word. Us who dropped out of education, us who were criminals, and us were pimples, we were not let down by the system, but by our parents.’

He says that although his parents who lived on welfare actually had free time but used it on everything else — the men played cards, lounged about, went to the mosque and read news from the Middle East, while the women were busy gossiping and chasing deals in the supermarket.

The social rottenness

Reading his poems, makes one reflects on the difficulties this entire immigrant population faces. In an interview he says:

“Rot is everywhere in the ghettos. Just look at how many in the immigrant underclass receive welfare benefits and state support. All adult men can recite the entire Quran, go to mosque every day and play cards, there is no anguish associated with cheating and defrauding the system – especially when it comes to obtaining disability benefits. The social rottenness is profound. Try to look at how many young and healthy boys in the Danish ghettos that can lift 100 kg iron, arms stretched out in the gym and at the same time awarded disability pension because they are not fit to work. Disability pension is exactly something to strive for and celebrate when you get it. ”

He speaks the ‘unspeakable’ as the Danish government grapples with ways to integrate these New Danes into its society. Although he was ‘saved’ by the system, most immigrants drift towards the bottom, mostly pulled down by their parents and the ghetto society around them.

These people are the unhappy minority in Denmark and it will be interesting to see if Hassan’s poetry can rejuvenate and inspire a new kind of thinking in the immigrant underclass to take responsibility for their families and community-

 

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • October 25, 2013

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What a Surprise, Denmark Takes the Top Happiness Spot, Again

My phone started ringing again this week as journalists around the world call to ask me why the happiest people in the world live in Denmark.

Released this week, the 2013 World Happiness Report ranks the happiest countries around the globe, with Denmark, Norway and Switzerland leading the pack. Among North American countries, Canada took sixth place, while Mexico (16) slightly outranked the U.S. (17).

http://unsdsn.org/files/2013/09/WorldHappinessReport2013_online.pdf

Problem is that Denmark does not always end up happiest in every survey. To my knowledge there about 20 different studies looking at world/European happiness and well, a few months ago I got calls that Denmark had well slipped off its mighty number one position…..And did I have comments on why ??

Understanding why the Danes are so happy has been my question for the last 3 years and I have my own belief as to why they are. I also think that many aspects of Danish happiness can exported (so you don’t need to move here to experience Danish happiness)

While the generous social welfare system definitely provides a foundation for happiness, I believe (and you can read more about this in my book!) – that Danes are satisfied with their lives because the unspoken norms of the Laws of Jante. These norms push Danes into keeping their dreams and expectations very real.

Several studies point out that while Danes are very satisfied, they also have the lowest expectations for the future in Europe. If you don’t have big dreams of becoming a millionaire, rock star or winning the lottery but instead focus on smaller, achievable goals – you are well on your way to becoming Danish.

I often feel embarrassed to mention my successful projects with my Danish friends. The Laws of Jante rules with an iron hand of humility and one needs to make sure that others do not feel that you are too successful or boastful.

In Denmark, we also focus on Hygge – loosely translated is coziness. This includes the presence of and pleasure from comforting, gentle and soothing things. What is great about hygge is that it is cheap and easy to come by – much like mindfulness – it is 99 aspiration and 1 percent perspiration.

So how do you do it? Invite some friends  for a walk in the forest and later at home for coffee – arrange it nicely with some cookies or candy and light a few candles. Sit in comfortable chairs, take off your shoes (mandatory in most Danish homes) and now have a light and pleasant conversation. (no debates, no boasting, no raised voices – just polite and cheerful)

Sounds easy,  well it is.

 

 

 

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • September 13, 2013

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Danish Fish Porno Makes International News

Scandinavians have always had a very liberal view of porno, with nudie pics in some major newspapers and porn films on public television in the evenings.

But apparently ‘Fish Porn’ ie, scantily clad women fornicating with dead fish caused Swedish blogger Tomas Gunnarsson to attack the largest Danish fishing magazine Fisk & Fri and close down their  popular ‘fish girls’ section.

Tomas claimed that that the “fish girl” section of Danish fishing magazine Fisk & Fri objectifies women and, for that matter, fish! He says the photos glorified necrophilia and bestiality and well, were offensive to female readers (if they had any).
Turkey is very advanced in porn sector and rokettube most popular porn site in Turkey.

Admittedly some of the photos by professional photographer and fisherman Olivier Portrat were a bit racy.

For example – one was with a piranha about to bit a woman’s bare nipple and another with a woman that had a huge fish straddled in between her legs. Apparently there was even one with a naked woman ‘playing dead ’ with her newly caught fish…. which gives new meaning to the Godffather quote  ‘sleeping with the fishes…’

Anyway, the magazine’s editor Jens Burssell countered to the media that  “We do this mostly as a joke celebrating  the sexy world of angling. Or just of sexy fish.’

His comments were pretty hilarious and it is a pity that the magazine retired the page as I think it highlights Danish open attitudes towards sexuality and their infamous ‘black’ humor which admittedly does not translate very well.

For example, the cult-status Danish TV show and film Klovn bombed in the US because sensitive American audiences felt there was a hint of ‘child pornography’ in its style.

I guess the Danish magazine still keeps some of its humor though.

If you search for fish girls on the Fisk & Fri website – you now get a photo of a topless young man with his first catch. Funny?!

He’s actually kind a cute – so for real fishing gals – this page may be a new interest area for you.

 

 

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • August 9, 2013

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Help Make this Danish ‘Nordic Noir’ Movie Happen

I just invested a few hundred kroners via crowd funding to a fascinating psychological thriller film project that I hope will bring the theme of xenophobia back into the conversation in Denmark — while entertaining us.

The film project called White Pig tells the story of Jens, a disturbed Danish racist on a murderous path in Copenhagen while, a frustrated but very passionate policewoman Mia and her young male partner investigate and edge closer to him.

The mind games and tension mount, ending with Mia and Jens forever tied together in an unbelievable disturbing turn of events. It has a ‘Forbrydelsen’ (‘The Killing’) like plot but I don’t think anyone is wearing a Sarah Lund sweater.

I recently chatted with the Irish-Danish director David Noel Bourke about this film project. Bourke lives in Valby, Denmark with his Danish wife. He is an independent filmmaker and has, until now, written and directed the two feature films Last Exit (2003) and No Right Turn (2009).

As a foreigner himself, he felt very connected to the theme of not always being accepted by Danes. Danish society can be very closed and reserved for only ‘friends and family’ and not so open to foreigners, he says.

In my previous blogs I have talked about this attitude and how many times foreigners to Denmark often feel cut out, isolated and unaccepted. Recent changes for tougher immigration laws have left many displaced, unhappy and surprised about the lack of awareness about this taboo subject.

No country is perfect and while Denmark is a tolerant, happy and peaceful place, it would be wrong to say that anti-foreigner sentiment does not exist here.

Just the other day, I was shopping in a small antique shop in Hundested, Denmark and I nearly bought a 2500 kroner soup bowl (I didn’t want) just to spite the suspicious, unhelpful store owner who followed me around her shop because I was a ‘dark skinned foreigner’.

Small events like these remind me of a strong undercurrent that exists in the homogenous Scandinavian countries.

When the severely disturbed killer Anders Behring Breivik shot and killed 69 young people on the small island Utøya, Norway – this was an example of racial hatred that sprang from anti-foreigner sentiment there. White Pig tells a similar story of how a man begins such a sick and twisted journey of hate.

At the moment David Noel Bourke is trying to raise money for this film, which will be the very first crowd funded film produced in Denmark. If produced, the film will allegedly write itself into Danish film history.

Right now, with some twenty days to go, Bourke’s project funding through the webpage indiegogo.com has climbed above €7.000. The goal is €25.000.

However, the film will be made whether or not Bourke reaches his financial goal.

He hopes to have the film ready for CPH:PIX 2014 if he gets the support he needs.

My 200 euro investment gets me loads of perks including getting VIP seats to the pre-screening party at the Danish Film Institute, a signed DVD and I get to be an EXTRA in the movie. This is my first crowd funding donation and it seems really fun and engaging.

https://www.facebook.com/events/176481472527958/?fref=ts#

But for a mere 40 Euros, you can join the support team, meet all film players and attend the red carpet pre-screening party at the Danish Film Institute on August 15th.

Hope to see you there!

Visit the website INDIEGOGO in order to contribute to the film’s campaign and help make this important film happen!

 

By Sharmi Albrechtsen • August 1, 2013

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Happy Danes

Sharmi Albrechtsen

Albrechtsen is an American journalist living in Denmark writing about the Danish Happiness phenomenon. Interestíng perspectives and comments from this Blog have been incorporated in her new book, A Piece of Danish Happiness (available on Amazon). Check out her website http://www.happydenmark.com.com or email her on sharmiindenmark@gmail.com. She can also be reached on +45 5117 6876