Nordic TV classics: Borgen

Borgen is the award-winning Danish political thriller that everyone is talking about! Set in and around the Danish Parliament, the series follow the lives and careers of fictional Danish Prime minister Birgitte Nyborg, her political colleagues – and enemies.

Borgen: Denmark's West Wing!

It’s been described as the Danish West Wing, and award winning Danish political drama Borgen more than lives up to the accolades. Starring Sidse Babett Knudsen as the Danish Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg, the show follows the fictional career and life of Denmark’s first female leader. Intrigues, back-stabbing, family, love and political manoeuvrings are the order of the day. The show is produced by Danish broadcasting service DR with three seasons available.

Award-winning danish TV series

Borgen has won a series of international awards, including the 2010 Prix Italia for best drama series, a Golden Nymph to Sidse Babett Knudsen for Outstanding Actress in a drama series at the 2011 Monte-Carlo Television Festival, the Fipa Grand Prize for Best TV Series as well as for Best Original Soundtrack at the 2011 Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels, and the esteemed International award at the 2012 BAFTA Television Awards.

Sidse Babett Knudsen and familiar co-stars

Recognise any familiar faces from other Danish TV series? Sidse Babett Knudsen is joined by an all-star cast of Danish actors, including Mikael Birkkjær (The Killing), Pilou Asbæk (The Killing, A Hijacking), Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and Peter Mygind.

Visit Borgen, the Danish Parliament

Borgen is a nickname for Christiansborg, the home of the Danish parliament and the Prime Minister of Denmark's office. It is located on an island at the heart of the Copenhagen’s old town and is well worth a visit. Why not take an English guided tour of Christiansborg and the mysterious crypts below? Tours include the intriguingly-named Wanderer’s Hall, which contains an original copy of the Danish constitution.

Can't get enough of Borgen?

Sadly it seems that three seasons of Sidse Babett Knusen and Borgen are all you're going to get! Still, you can always reminisce and relive your favourite Borgen moments with a Borgen tour of Copenhagen. Or just venture out on your own in wonderful Copenhagen and enjoy the atmosphere and the city sights.

Further reading

Read more about New Nordic Noir.

Read more about Copenhagen.

VisitCopenhagen's Borgen guide.

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