Weekend-Avisen repeats its annual “predicting the coming year”-quiz. Time to play pundit-at-large:
1. Will Josefine Klougart be awarded the Litterature Prize of the Nordic Council.
2. Will Denmark get a Social Democratic-led government after the general election?
3. Will Mogens Jensen become minister of cultural affairs?
Hmmm… No. (Depends a bit on the distribution of portfolios in a coalition government)
4. Will professional cyclist Matti Breschel win the cycling world championship?
5. Will Susanne Bier win a Golden Globe for the film Hævnen/Revenge?
6. Will a Danish artist be awarded The Golden Lion during the Venice Biennale?
7. Will Caroline Wozniacki still be #1 on the WTA ranking on December 1, 2011?
8. Will the Social Liberal Party join a Social Democratic-led government following the general election?
9. Will the Danish government set up a commission to examine the separation of state and church in Denmark?
10. Will the Chinese Central Bank raise its rate to more than 7% during 2011?
11. Will Jussi Adler-Olsen still be in the top-10 on the German bestseller-list in December 2011?
12. Will the Danish national football team qualify for Euro2012?
13. Will Lene Espersen still be the leader of the Conservative Party in December 2011?
14. Will Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner be reelected as president of Argentina?
15. Will FC København reach the semi-finals of Champions League in the spring of 2011?
16. Will Poul Erik Tøjner be selected as Business Manager of the Year in 2011?
17. Will Philip Roth be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2011?
18. Will Spain receive an economic rescue package from the EU during 2011?
19. Will Liberal Alliance receive a larger share of the vote than the Conservative Party at the general election?
Hmmmmm … No.
20. Will open war break out between North and South Korea during 2011?
Well. Here’s hoping: No.
And since we have the results of the 2010 quiz, let us see how well I did:
1. Denmark did not qualify for the semi-finals in the 2010 football World Cup. Correct.
2. Jens Christian Grøndahl did not change publishers. Wrong.
3. Caroline Woznicki did not win a Grand Slam tournament. Wrong.
4. Lars Løkke Rasmussen did reshuffle his government. Correct.
5. The Iranian regime and president Ahmadinedjad were not overthrown. Correct.
6. There was no binding agreement after COP-16. Correct.
7. The Danish government did not set up a commission to examine the separation of state and church in Denmark. Correct.
8. No Danish rider won a stage in the 2010 Tour de France. Wrong.
9. Health warnings were not introduced on wine bottles in Denmark. Correct.
10. Neither Ida Jessen nor Peter Laugesen were awarded the Litterature Prize of the Nordic Council. Correct.
11. The US Government did not go bankrupt. Correct.
12. The Sweden Democrats won more than 4% of the vote in the Swedish general election. Correct.
13. MECOM did not sell parts or all of Berlingske Media. Correct.
14. Sophie Marceau was not cast in a leading role in a Lars von Trier film. Correct.
15. The Maldives did not disappear under the sea level. Correct.
16. Helge Sander was not Minister of Research after 1 December 2010. Correct … (YES!, YES!!, YES!!! Except: Who the heck succeeded him? Does anybody remember?)
17. Bob Dylan did not attend the opening of the exhibition of his paintings and drawings at the Danish National Art Gallery. Correct.
18. Keith Richards and Jack White did not record a cd. Correct.
19. Nikolaj Znaider was not awarded the Sonning Music Prize. Correct.
20. Peter Ramsdal is still the vicar at the Brorson Church in Copenhagen. Correct.
Well, that’s 17 out of 20. Not bad for a pundit, eh?