Most Danes would accept that Denmark isn’t exactly the centre of the known universe (easy) and live with the fact that we are often confused with Swedes (ve-e-e-ry difficult). But this introduction to an Op-Ed article by Anne Applebaum in Wednesday’s Washington Post will probably leave a lot of us deeply depressed:
The trouble started in Denmark, a faraway country of which we know little.
“A faraway country” – it’s a little like when the Romans spoke about the savage Germanic tribes or the Arabs (!) about the Vikings who came from the end of the Universe.