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Imagine two elegantly dressed young Danish couples strolling along the foothills of Mount Vitosha on a warm summer’s day. They join the queue for one of the best nightspots in Sofia. The couples are looking forward to a night of dancing, chitchat and cocktails. They quickly get in line and wait their turn, in a … Continue reading Grain of Sand | Sorry, no blacks allowed tonight
Imagine the death of the welfare state. Imagine it being replaced by a new system. Not a jungle dictatorship like Pol Pot or an elaborate one like Gaddafi’s but a custom-made and articulate dictatorship right in your own Danish backyard, where money will sit on the throne, dictating to the masses how they should live … Continue reading Grain of Sand | Death by kroner?
On the first of May, I could be forced into homelessness due to the actions of Aarhus Council’s integration department. I was invited to Denmark under the ‘Freetown arrangement’ of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) , which lasted until March 2012. When that arrangement expired, I became a political refugee. Since being in … Continue reading Grain of Sand | From Freetown writer to homeless
Riding the bus in Denmark gives one a chance to observe a microcosm of Danish society up close. There are several silent and unspoken rules that one must observe inside a Danish public bus, lest one be judged by odd stares and condemned to stereotype in silence. The first, and most important rule, is that … Continue reading Grain of Sand | Rules for riding the bus
Didn’t the famous Danish thinker and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once say: “It is the duty of the human understanding to understand that there are things that it cannot understand …” Art can therefore help us understand the world around us and gives us a unique opportunity to examine how artists view the world around them. … Continue reading Grain of Sand | Art and civil society – new perspectives and new narratives
Dear Minister, I have chosen to address this matter publicly because I have come across a costly oversight in the Integration Act. In my personal experience, it fails to recognise and support foreign innovators and inventors living in Denmark and aims to create mainly employees and not employers. Remedying this could create long-term employment and … Continue reading Grain of sand | An open letter to the minister of social affairs and integration
Denmark and Zimbabwe are countries that are worlds apart, but share similarities when it comes to populist right-wing politics. Zimbabwe is run by a now 88-year-old dictator named Robert Mugabe. On the other hand, for a decade, Danish politics was controlled by a right-wing populist party called Dansk Folkeparti (DF), until recently headed by 65-year-old … Continue reading Grain of Sand | Pia and Mugabe: Two peas in a pod
In life, history and society will try to define who you are. Those who have the power and means to suppress you will call you what they want, without your consent. But it’s not what they call you, but what you answer to. There are several terms that have acquired a negative meaning based on … Continue reading Grain of Sand | Immigrant has become a dirty word
I have been struggling for quite some time with the integration policy of the city of Aarhus. It is difficult to prove discrimination in this case because it is in a piece of Danish legislation and is enforced by a cabal of people, who in my opinion have no compassion or understanding of refugees. … Continue reading Grain of Sand | Don’t invalidate my existence
First captured by Charles Dickens in the novel ‘David Copperfield’, his likeness continues to be depicted the world over – mostly in bronze or stone
Voergaard Manor in northern Jutland is haunted by Ingeborg Skeel – the country’s most famous ghost
While many other countries have similar welfare states, conceded ‘The Little Book of Hygge’, it’s the elusive ingredient that pushes Denmark to the top of the happiness charts
Rugbrød, the staple of the nation’s diet for centuries, is an integral ingredient of its collective consciousness. Today, it is equally at home in simple rustic food and New Nordic Cuisine
Conditions near perfect to view the Perseid meteor storm
Accusation of nationality-based discrimination follows other incidents in which club guests said they faced outright discrimination