Amusing Foreign Countries

From an article somewhere on the web:

And the total number of electric cars or hybrids among that number? "Five," says Ms Jorgensen. "The government has some alternative fuel cars but the rest will be petrol or diesel. We don’t have any hybrids in Denmark, unfortunately, due to the extreme taxes on those cars. It makes no sense at all, but it’s very Danish."

This amused me so much. Now I want to know more about the Danish.

Okay, originally this post only included the above, but I had to add this…boy, life can be weird:

And this being Scandinavia, even the prostitutes are doing their bit for the planet. Outraged by a council postcard urging delegates to “be sustainable, don’t buy sex,” the local sex workers’ union – they have unions here – has announced that all its 1,400 members will give free intercourse to anyone with a climate conference delegate’s pass. The term “carbon dating” just took on an entirely new meaning.


2 thoughts on “Amusing Foreign Countries

  1. I know a thing or two about Denmark, though I have never been there. I have had Danish friends, and then there is the whole thing with Trine Michelsen. Well, the first thing you have to appreciate is that the Danes are the clowns of the North. Their Swedish, Norwegian and North German neighbours tend to find them despereately unserious. That is, however, still within a Lutheran environment, which means that there is an immense amount of the kind of conformity that an Italian or most Americans would find stifling. For instance, there is a law that limits the number of names that can be given to a child – absolutely true, though neither you nor I would believe it for a minute. But then there is always a contrasting impulse to tell people to get lost for the sake of it. It is no coincidence that Denmark is the country where the Danish Cartoons were drawn, or where a decidedly anti-immigration majority was voted in. Again, Danish social mores are held to be sodden with Political Correctness. And why do we know that they are? Because a number of Danish movie directors, the most famous being Lars von Trier, have made several internationally successful movies satirizing said attitudes! And I find it very Danish that Lars von Trier, though anything but a conservative, should have converted to Catholicism out of sheer contrarianism. You could certainly never tell from his work….

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