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Following the intricate and complicated lives of politicians, media spinners and the reporters who feed off their triumphs and failures, Borgen uncovers a world of political and personal intrigue. The setting is Borgen, the nickname for Denmark's Parliamentary building, otherwise known as "The Castle". After scoring her party a landslide victory through her idealism and work ethic, the smart and sexy populist Birgitte Nyborg now faces the biggest dilemma of her life. The question is: Will she succumb to pressure to compromise her ideals and face the consequences, both on and off the political stage?

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Following the intricate and complicated lives of politicians, media spinners and the reporters who feed off their triumphs and failures, Borgen uncovers a world of political and personal intrigue. The setting is Borgen, the nickname for Denmark's Parliamentary building, otherwise known as "The Castle". After scoring her party a landslide victory through her idealism and work ethic, the smart and sexy populist Birgitte Nyborg now faces the biggest dilemma of her life. The question is: Will she succumb to pressure to compromise her ideals and face the consequences, both on and off the political stage?

    • EPISODE 1

    Decency in the Middle

    A general election has been called in Denmark. The new leader of the centrist Moderate Party, 40-year-old Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, has quickly gained great popularity among the electorate thanks to her natural manner and sincere humanism. However, Birgitte is under pressure, as her party has not yet declared its support for either of the two obvious candidates for prime minister.Birgitte's campaign is under the firm control of her intelligent, but somewhat cynical, 30-year-old media adviser, Kasper Juul. He is a master of the interface between politics and the media, and exploits his connections. In particular, his connection with the young TV presenter Katrine Fønsmark, with whom he had a relationship three years ago. Katrine is the new face at TV1; she is talented and hard-working, and, like Kasper, she understands how to make use of her connections at "the Castle", as the parliament is known.

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    A general election has been called in Denmark. The new leader of the centrist Moderate Party, 40-year-old Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, has quickly gained great popularity among the electorate thanks to her natural manner and sincere humanism. However, Birgitte is under pressure, as her party has not yet declared its support for either of the two obvious candidates for prime minister.Birgitte's campaign is under the firm control of her intelligent, but somewhat cynical, 30-year-old media adviser, Kasper Juul. He is a master of the interface between politics and the media, and exploits his connections. In particular, his connection with the young TV presenter Katrine Fønsmark, with whom he had a relationship three years ago. Katrine is the new face at TV1; she is talented and hard-working, and, like Kasper, she understands how to make use of her connections at "the Castle", as the parliament is known.

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    • EPISODE 2

    Count to 90

    In the days following the big landslide election, Birgitte Nyborg Christensen finds herself in the eye of a political storm. Her party, the Moderates, were the principal winners in the election, and Birgitte has been appointed Royal Formateur to lead the inter-party negotiations. Her job now is to bring together a divided parliament and form a new government. This turns out to be a tougher task than Birgitte could ever have imagined. The first day of negotiations results in a painful defeat for Birgitte. Lars Hesselboe of the Liberal Party contemptuously sends a low-ranking party member, and Labour Party leader Michael Laugesen does not attend at all. Birgitte's party vice-chairman and mentor Bent Sejrø stresses that Birgitte needs to start showing courage and decisiveness. All meetings are postponed.

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    In the days following the big landslide election, Birgitte Nyborg Christensen finds herself in the eye of a political storm. Her party, the Moderates, were the principal winners in the election, and Birgitte has been appointed Royal Formateur to lead the inter-party negotiations. Her job now is to bring together a divided parliament and form a new government. This turns out to be a tougher task than Birgitte could ever have imagined. The first day of negotiations results in a painful defeat for Birgitte. Lars Hesselboe of the Liberal Party contemptuously sends a low-ranking party member, and Labour Party leader Michael Laugesen does not attend at all. Birgitte's party vice-chairman and mentor Bent Sejrø stresses that Birgitte needs to start showing courage and decisiveness. All meetings are postponed.

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    • EPISODE 3

    The Art of the Possible

    Two months after Birgitte Nyborg succeeded in forming a government and becoming prime minister, she now faces her greatest challenge yet: the annual state budget. The budget bill must be passed by parliament before they can all take a well-deserved Christmas break. But in the middle of the official press conference, Birgitte is confronted with the news that two members of the Labour Party are refusing to vote for the bill. This is an embarrassing defeat for Birgitte, who is forced to re-open the budget negotiations. At the same time, it becomes ever more obvious that Birgitte will have to find a new media adviser to replace Kasper Juul, whom she fired: Michael Laugesen has become the new editor-in-chief of the Express, and has immediately begun a smear campaign against Birgitte. Birgitte acts swiftly and hires Tore Gudme, who is an associate professor in Rhetoric, and a handsome young man.

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    Two months after Birgitte Nyborg succeeded in forming a government and becoming prime minister, she now faces her greatest challenge yet: the annual state budget. The budget bill must be passed by parliament before they can all take a well-deserved Christmas break. But in the middle of the official press conference, Birgitte is confronted with the news that two members of the Labour Party are refusing to vote for the bill. This is an embarrassing defeat for Birgitte, who is forced to re-open the budget negotiations. At the same time, it becomes ever more obvious that Birgitte will have to find a new media adviser to replace Kasper Juul, whom she fired: Michael Laugesen has become the new editor-in-chief of the Express, and has immediately begun a smear campaign against Birgitte. Birgitte acts swiftly and hires Tore Gudme, who is an associate professor in Rhetoric, and a handsome young man.

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    • EPISODE 4

    100 Days

    Katrine Fønsmark is offered the greatest journalistic scoop of her career when she is contacted by an anonymous source in the Defence Intelligence Service. He shows her pictures of CIA detainees leaving an aircraft at Thule Air Base in Greenland – proof that the US has conducted prisoner renditions on Danish soil! The revelations come at a very bad time for Birgitte, who has now been in office for almost 100 days and therefore needs a positive story or some concrete political results. Instead, she now has to clean up a case from the previous government. But it quickly dawns upon her that violations of Greenlandic territory are nothing new.

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    Katrine Fønsmark is offered the greatest journalistic scoop of her career when she is contacted by an anonymous source in the Defence Intelligence Service. He shows her pictures of CIA detainees leaving an aircraft at Thule Air Base in Greenland – proof that the US has conducted prisoner renditions on Danish soil! The revelations come at a very bad time for Birgitte, who has now been in office for almost 100 days and therefore needs a positive story or some concrete political results. Instead, she now has to clean up a case from the previous government. But it quickly dawns upon her that violations of Greenlandic territory are nothing new.

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    • EPISODE 5

    Men Who Love Women

    Together with her Minister of Economic Affairs – the highly educated, intelligent and very beautiful Henriette Klitgaard – Birgitte introduces a historic bill, under which it will be compulsory for the boards of Danish companies to have 50% women members. The controversial proposal is not exactly given an enthusiastic welcome in the government ranks.Katrine still hasn't got over the death of Ole Dahl. She torments herself with too much exercise, too little sleep and unhealthy food. Her indoor cycling instructor, Benjamin, notices this and offers to help. Katrine rejects him – she cannot cope with more men in her life – and especially not when it is becoming increasingly clear that Kasper still has feelings for her.

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    Together with her Minister of Economic Affairs – the highly educated, intelligent and very beautiful Henriette Klitgaard – Birgitte introduces a historic bill, under which it will be compulsory for the boards of Danish companies to have 50% women members. The controversial proposal is not exactly given an enthusiastic welcome in the government ranks.Katrine still hasn't got over the death of Ole Dahl. She torments herself with too much exercise, too little sleep and unhealthy food. Her indoor cycling instructor, Benjamin, notices this and offers to help. Katrine rejects him – she cannot cope with more men in her life – and especially not when it is becoming increasingly clear that Kasper still has feelings for her.

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    • EPISODE 6

    State Visit

    The president of the former Soviet state of Turgisia, Alexander Grozin, is making a state visit to Denmark to take over the chairmanship of the international Organisation for Security, Democracy and Development, the OSDD. At the same time, it is announced that Turgisia intends to invest one billion euros in Danish wind turbine technology, thereby opening up the possibility of a Danish exports adventure in the former eastern bloc.However, one thing that Birgitte Nyborg could do without is the fact that the Turgisian poet and dissident Vladimir Bayanov has arrived in Copenhagen at the same time as Grozin. The two are mortal enemies; Grozin regards Bayanov as a terrorist, while Bayanov views Grozin as an undemocratic tyrant.

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    The president of the former Soviet state of Turgisia, Alexander Grozin, is making a state visit to Denmark to take over the chairmanship of the international Organisation for Security, Democracy and Development, the OSDD. At the same time, it is announced that Turgisia intends to invest one billion euros in Danish wind turbine technology, thereby opening up the possibility of a Danish exports adventure in the former eastern bloc.However, one thing that Birgitte Nyborg could do without is the fact that the Turgisian poet and dissident Vladimir Bayanov has arrived in Copenhagen at the same time as Grozin. The two are mortal enemies; Grozin regards Bayanov as a terrorist, while Bayanov views Grozin as an undemocratic tyrant.

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    • EPISODE 7

    See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

    Just as life seems to be returning to normal at the Castle after the Bayanov case, a startling discovery is made at the headquarters of the party Social Solidarity: state of the art surveillance equipment, which soon turns out to have been installed by the Police Intelligence Service. Bugging a legal party is a serious matter, so Kasper advises Birgitte to stay out of the affair and let the Minister of Justice, Troels Höxenhaven, handle it. On TV1, Katrine presses Höxenhaven for an explanation, but Höxenhaven keeps his cards close to his chest. On the home front, Katrine is being pressured to decide whether she will take her new boyfriend, fitness instructor Benjamin, with her to the TV festival at which she has been nominated for the title of News Reporter of the Year.

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    Just as life seems to be returning to normal at the Castle after the Bayanov case, a startling discovery is made at the headquarters of the party Social Solidarity: state of the art surveillance equipment, which soon turns out to have been installed by the Police Intelligence Service. Bugging a legal party is a serious matter, so Kasper advises Birgitte to stay out of the affair and let the Minister of Justice, Troels Höxenhaven, handle it. On TV1, Katrine presses Höxenhaven for an explanation, but Höxenhaven keeps his cards close to his chest. On the home front, Katrine is being pressured to decide whether she will take her new boyfriend, fitness instructor Benjamin, with her to the TV festival at which she has been nominated for the title of News Reporter of the Year.

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    • EPISODE 8

    The Silly Season

    It is summer, and just like in the rest of the country, things are quiet at the Castle. The only real news item is Michael Laugesen's new book, which promises to reveal everything from his time at the Castle. This worries Kasper Juul, as he was the one who leaked the documents to Michael Laugesen that destroyed the election for both Lars Hesselboe and Laugesen. Kasper does not receive much support from Birgitte, who makes an awkward attempt to take a holiday with her family – but there is precious little time for fun with the children or marital togetherness when Mum is the prime minister of Denmark. While Kasper Juul desperately tries to get hold of a copy of Laugesen's book, a mysterious woman turns up at the Castle.

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    It is summer, and just like in the rest of the country, things are quiet at the Castle. The only real news item is Michael Laugesen's new book, which promises to reveal everything from his time at the Castle. This worries Kasper Juul, as he was the one who leaked the documents to Michael Laugesen that destroyed the election for both Lars Hesselboe and Laugesen. Kasper does not receive much support from Birgitte, who makes an awkward attempt to take a holiday with her family – but there is precious little time for fun with the children or marital togetherness when Mum is the prime minister of Denmark. While Kasper Juul desperately tries to get hold of a copy of Laugesen's book, a mysterious woman turns up at the Castle.

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    • EPISODE 9

    Divide and Rule

    Denmark needs a new fighter aircraft, and Minister of Defence Hans Christian Thorsen has been looking forward for a long time to announcing that Denmark has chosen the F-26 Defender as its future solution. But Birgitte has stipulated that all such decisions from all ministries must be cleared with her, and she becomes suspicious when Thorsen, the Army’s man and a former businessman, has chosen an expensive aircraft which at the same time ensures big orders for Danish companies. Birgitte is however forced to give way, and the government chooses to invest in the Defender. Birgitte then discovers that one of the Danish companies that stands to profit through the order is Via Electronics, where Phillip has just been made an executive.When it is also revealed that Thorsen has been on paid hunting trips with the aircraft manufacturers, the media, led by Katrine and TV1, start an investigative campaign towards the government.

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    Denmark needs a new fighter aircraft, and Minister of Defence Hans Christian Thorsen has been looking forward for a long time to announcing that Denmark has chosen the F-26 Defender as its future solution. But Birgitte has stipulated that all such decisions from all ministries must be cleared with her, and she becomes suspicious when Thorsen, the Army’s man and a former businessman, has chosen an expensive aircraft which at the same time ensures big orders for Danish companies. Birgitte is however forced to give way, and the government chooses to invest in the Defender. Birgitte then discovers that one of the Danish companies that stands to profit through the order is Via Electronics, where Phillip has just been made an executive.When it is also revealed that Thorsen has been on paid hunting trips with the aircraft manufacturers, the media, led by Katrine and TV1, start an investigative campaign towards the government.

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    The First Tuesday in October

    Birgitte Nyborg's government is facing a severe test shortly before the annual opening of parliament: the opinion poll ratings for the Moderates are the worst in a long time, while the Labour Party is surging forward, and therefore pushing Birgitte to obtain more influence. Meanwhile, her family is breaking up – she and Phillip are at home by turns, but are not speaking to each other.Kasper is struggling to get Birgitte's opening speech ready on time, but lacks inspiration. So does Katrine, who does not expect to be allowed to return to TV1. Suddenly, however, she gets the chance when Kasper arranges for her to do a portrait of the prime minister on TV1, in which Birgitte and Phillip are to act the part of a happily married couple.

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    Birgitte Nyborg's government is facing a severe test shortly before the annual opening of parliament: the opinion poll ratings for the Moderates are the worst in a long time, while the Labour Party is surging forward, and therefore pushing Birgitte to obtain more influence. Meanwhile, her family is breaking up – she and Phillip are at home by turns, but are not speaking to each other.Kasper is struggling to get Birgitte's opening speech ready on time, but lacks inspiration. So does Katrine, who does not expect to be allowed to return to TV1. Suddenly, however, she gets the chance when Kasper arranges for her to do a portrait of the prime minister on TV1, in which Birgitte and Phillip are to act the part of a happily married couple.

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    • EPISODE 11

    89,000 Children

    During a visit to the Danish troops in Afghanistan, Birgitte and Kasper have to be evacuated when the Taliban launch a strong, co-ordinated offensive against several Danish camps. Katrine, who is covering the visit for the Express, chooses to remain in the camp and sees a young soldier die on the operating table.In all, five Danish soldiers are killed in the subsequent days – the highest number so far in the war – and Birgitte comes home to face a very difficult dilemma: should she pull the troops out of Afghanistan, which was an election promise by her government, should she let the troops stay for an extended period, or should she increase the military efforts and try to retaliate for the attack?

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    During a visit to the Danish troops in Afghanistan, Birgitte and Kasper have to be evacuated when the Taliban launch a strong, co-ordinated offensive against several Danish camps. Katrine, who is covering the visit for the Express, chooses to remain in the camp and sees a young soldier die on the operating table.In all, five Danish soldiers are killed in the subsequent days – the highest number so far in the war – and Birgitte comes home to face a very difficult dilemma: should she pull the troops out of Afghanistan, which was an election promise by her government, should she let the troops stay for an extended period, or should she increase the military efforts and try to retaliate for the attack?

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    • EPISODE 12

    In Brussels, No-One Can Hear You Scream

    Denmark needs a new EU commissioner, who is to be appointed by the prime minister. Birgitte is in doubt, as she has many possibilities: one of them is to give the powerful post to someone she would like to send to Brussels for five years, and thereby get rid of – a manoeuvre her permanent secretary thinks is very smart. But Birgitte wants to find the best candidate, so that Denmark's EU commissioner can obtain an important post in the Commission. Coincidentally, however, the most skilled candidate is Bent Sejrø, whom she has fallen foul of with her military build-up in Afghanistan. She offers him the post, but he declines – she's not getting rid of him that easily. And when her young, up-and-coming EU minister, Jacob Kruse, also declines, Birgitte tries to sell the post at the best possible price to the Labour Party.

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    Denmark needs a new EU commissioner, who is to be appointed by the prime minister. Birgitte is in doubt, as she has many possibilities: one of them is to give the powerful post to someone she would like to send to Brussels for five years, and thereby get rid of – a manoeuvre her permanent secretary thinks is very smart. But Birgitte wants to find the best candidate, so that Denmark's EU commissioner can obtain an important post in the Commission. Coincidentally, however, the most skilled candidate is Bent Sejrø, whom she has fallen foul of with her military build-up in Afghanistan. She offers him the post, but he declines – she's not getting rid of him that easily. And when her young, up-and-coming EU minister, Jacob Kruse, also declines, Birgitte tries to sell the post at the best possible price to the Labour Party.

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    • EPISODE 13

    The Last Worker

    Birgitte wishes to introduce an ambitious legislative package in which investments in education and research will be financed by cutting back on the early retirement scheme. But just a few minutes before she is due to present the package at a press conference, Marrot pulls out of the agreement in relation to the early retirement scheme, which he originally helped to set up. Birgitte is furious, and she gradually realises that there are a number of people in Marrot's Labour Party who feel the same; that he is basically too weak to be the party leader. Over the next couple of days, stories ridiculing Marrot keep appearing in the press.At the Express, Laugesen is not interested in smearing his old friend Marrot, but would much rather have Katrine investigate gay rumours about Höxenhaven, who overthrew Laugesen.

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    Birgitte wishes to introduce an ambitious legislative package in which investments in education and research will be financed by cutting back on the early retirement scheme. But just a few minutes before she is due to present the package at a press conference, Marrot pulls out of the agreement in relation to the early retirement scheme, which he originally helped to set up. Birgitte is furious, and she gradually realises that there are a number of people in Marrot's Labour Party who feel the same; that he is basically too weak to be the party leader. Over the next couple of days, stories ridiculing Marrot keep appearing in the press.At the Express, Laugesen is not interested in smearing his old friend Marrot, but would much rather have Katrine investigate gay rumours about Höxenhaven, who overthrew Laugesen.

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    Battle Ready

    Three weeks after the failed government seminar, Troels Höxenhaven is elected as the new chairman of the Labour Party. The voters are enthusiastic about the change of leadership, and give Labour their highest opinion poll ratings for many years. At the same time, Höxenhaven takes over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is not slow to assert himself when a Danish ship is hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast.Kasper convinces Birgitte that she'll have to put Höxenhaven in his place before he steals all the limelight. It soon turns out that Höxenhaven plans to challenge Birgitte for the post of prime minister, now that the Labour Party, with his help, has once again become the biggest party in the country.

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    Three weeks after the failed government seminar, Troels Höxenhaven is elected as the new chairman of the Labour Party. The voters are enthusiastic about the change of leadership, and give Labour their highest opinion poll ratings for many years. At the same time, Höxenhaven takes over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is not slow to assert himself when a Danish ship is hijacked by pirates off the Somali coast.Kasper convinces Birgitte that she'll have to put Höxenhaven in his place before he steals all the limelight. It soon turns out that Höxenhaven plans to challenge Birgitte for the post of prime minister, now that the Labour Party, with his help, has once again become the biggest party in the country.

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    Plant a Tree

    Birgitte Nyborg's government is about to introduce the environmental component of its major reform package, "Our Common Future". Everything has been negotiated with the government, but Birgitte wants the Liberals and New Right to vote for the bill, so that her political legacy will remain for many years, rather than being abolished as soon as the right wing regains power.However, the support of the right-of-centre parties comes at a price; they want the new environmental requirements towards agriculture and industry deferred for 10 years. Birgitte accepts, but this causes the prime mover behind the agreement, Climate and Energy Minister Amir Diwan, to dig in his heels.

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    Birgitte Nyborg's government is about to introduce the environmental component of its major reform package, "Our Common Future". Everything has been negotiated with the government, but Birgitte wants the Liberals and New Right to vote for the bill, so that her political legacy will remain for many years, rather than being abolished as soon as the right wing regains power.However, the support of the right-of-centre parties comes at a price; they want the new environmental requirements towards agriculture and industry deferred for 10 years. Birgitte accepts, but this causes the prime mover behind the agreement, Climate and Energy Minister Amir Diwan, to dig in his heels.

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    Them and Us

    Just as Birgitte Nyborg's new government is beginning to find its feet after the exit of the Green Party, there is once again internal strife among the coalition partners. This time it's from the right wing, where Svend Åge Madsen is submitting a bill that will lower the age of criminal responsibility from 14 to 12 years - a proposal that several Labour Party members support. Birgitte thereby risks being in the minority in parliament.The situation becomes even worse when Saltum is attacked on the street a few days later - by a 13-year-old! Saltum reaps sympathy from the general population, and the pressure on Birgitte grows. At home, Laura is beginning to recover from her panic attack, but both Phillip and Laura's psychiatrist are struggling with Birgitte, who will not admit to herself that her daughter is really ill.

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    Just as Birgitte Nyborg's new government is beginning to find its feet after the exit of the Green Party, there is once again internal strife among the coalition partners. This time it's from the right wing, where Svend Åge Madsen is submitting a bill that will lower the age of criminal responsibility from 14 to 12 years - a proposal that several Labour Party members support. Birgitte thereby risks being in the minority in parliament.The situation becomes even worse when Saltum is attacked on the street a few days later - by a 13-year-old! Saltum reaps sympathy from the general population, and the pressure on Birgitte grows. At home, Laura is beginning to recover from her panic attack, but both Phillip and Laura's psychiatrist are struggling with Birgitte, who will not admit to herself that her daughter is really ill.

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    What Is Lost Inwardly Must Be Won Outwardly, Pt. 1

    Birgitte's government has run out of steam - the internal differences are growing, and only compromise legislation is being passed, which does not really satisfy anyone. Opinion polls indicate that Birgitte is likely to lose the next election. She really needs a popular cause. Birgitte is therefore very tempted when the financier Joachim Crohne pops up in the Prime Minister's Office to draw Birgitte's attention to the central African country of Kharun, where a referendum on secession by the south threatens to send the country into a bloody civil war.

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    Birgitte's government has run out of steam - the internal differences are growing, and only compromise legislation is being passed, which does not really satisfy anyone. Opinion polls indicate that Birgitte is likely to lose the next election. She really needs a popular cause. Birgitte is therefore very tempted when the financier Joachim Crohne pops up in the Prime Minister's Office to draw Birgitte's attention to the central African country of Kharun, where a referendum on secession by the south threatens to send the country into a bloody civil war.

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    What Is Lost Inwardly Must Be Won Outwardly, Pt. 2

    The eyes of the world are on Copenhagen and chief negotiator Birgitte Nyborg Christensen as the time draws near for peace talks between North and South Kharun to stop the bloody civil war. Everyone has been working around the clock, and although Kasper is now living with Katrine, they rarely see each other, as Katrine is constantly working at TV1, and Kasper is always in the Prime Minister's Office.Just as the leader of North Kharun, Omar Al-Jahwar, arrives for the negotiations, there is terrible news: South Kharun has attacked the oil city of Orisia, one of the central bones of contention. Al-Jahwar immediately abandons the negotiations, which are thereby stranded before they have even begun.

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    The eyes of the world are on Copenhagen and chief negotiator Birgitte Nyborg Christensen as the time draws near for peace talks between North and South Kharun to stop the bloody civil war. Everyone has been working around the clock, and although Kasper is now living with Katrine, they rarely see each other, as Katrine is constantly working at TV1, and Kasper is always in the Prime Minister's Office.Just as the leader of North Kharun, Omar Al-Jahwar, arrives for the negotiations, there is terrible news: South Kharun has attacked the oil city of Orisia, one of the central bones of contention. Al-Jahwar immediately abandons the negotiations, which are thereby stranded before they have even begun.

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    • EPISODE 19

    The Sanctity of Private Life

    With brutal clarity, it now becomes clear to Birgitte that her daughter Laura's illness has not improved over the past few months, but has in fact become much worse. Birgitte feels terribly guilty about failing to support her daughter, and so when Laura's psychiatrist mentions the possibility of Laura being admitted to a private psychiatric hospital, Liseholm, and thereby side-stepping the long waiting lists in the public system, Birgitte and Phillip immediately choose to accept the offer.The only problem is that Birgitte's government is simultaneously removing the tax advantages of private health insurance in the health part of the government's major reform package, "Our Common Future", so Birgitte must pay for the hospital admission herself, rather than allow Phillip's health insurance to pay.

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    With brutal clarity, it now becomes clear to Birgitte that her daughter Laura's illness has not improved over the past few months, but has in fact become much worse. Birgitte feels terribly guilty about failing to support her daughter, and so when Laura's psychiatrist mentions the possibility of Laura being admitted to a private psychiatric hospital, Liseholm, and thereby side-stepping the long waiting lists in the public system, Birgitte and Phillip immediately choose to accept the offer.The only problem is that Birgitte's government is simultaneously removing the tax advantages of private health insurance in the health part of the government's major reform package, "Our Common Future", so Birgitte must pay for the hospital admission herself, rather than allow Phillip's health insurance to pay.

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    An Extraordinary Remark

    A lot has happened during the month in which Birgitte has been on leave from the post of prime minister: Hans-Christian Thorsen, chairman of the Labour Party, has as Birgitte's deputy positioned himself to be a possible successor, which particularly annoys Birgitte's loyal press officer, Kasper. But Kasper also has plenty to think about in his personal life, as he and Katrine are looking at apartments together. This plan, however, is derailed by an argument about whether or not there should be room for children.Birgitte has been at home for a month, and now finally has the time for her family that she lacked when she was prime minister. She supports Laura, who is still at Liseholm, and she cooks a hot meal every evening.

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    A lot has happened during the month in which Birgitte has been on leave from the post of prime minister: Hans-Christian Thorsen, chairman of the Labour Party, has as Birgitte's deputy positioned himself to be a possible successor, which particularly annoys Birgitte's loyal press officer, Kasper. But Kasper also has plenty to think about in his personal life, as he and Katrine are looking at apartments together. This plan, however, is derailed by an argument about whether or not there should be room for children.Birgitte has been at home for a month, and now finally has the time for her family that she lacked when she was prime minister. She supports Laura, who is still at Liseholm, and she cooks a hot meal every evening.

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    • EPISODE 21

    A Child of Denmark

    The season begins approximately two and a half years after the second season ended. Here we meet a quite different Birgitte Nyborg to the one we knew. She has left the world of politics; she is now a highly-paid speaker in business circles and sits on several major boards. She speaks to a gathering of top executives in the Danish business world about her personal experiences as prime minister and head of the government. Shortly afterwards, we see her in a helicopter on her way to a skyscraper in Hong Kong's financial quarter. She is expensively dressed and has acquired expensive habits. We do not see her not as a person devoid of ideals, but she has been changed by her new career. A conversation with her old friend and mentor, Bent Sejrø, reveals that Birgitte does not wish to be reminded too much about the political situation in Denmark. She has left it behind. Her focus is now elsewhere.

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    The season begins approximately two and a half years after the second season ended. Here we meet a quite different Birgitte Nyborg to the one we knew. She has left the world of politics; she is now a highly-paid speaker in business circles and sits on several major boards. She speaks to a gathering of top executives in the Danish business world about her personal experiences as prime minister and head of the government. Shortly afterwards, we see her in a helicopter on her way to a skyscraper in Hong Kong's financial quarter. She is expensively dressed and has acquired expensive habits. We do not see her not as a person devoid of ideals, but she has been changed by her new career. A conversation with her old friend and mentor, Bent Sejrø, reveals that Birgitte does not wish to be reminded too much about the political situation in Denmark. She has left it behind. Her focus is now elsewhere.

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    The Land Is Built On Law

    It's never easy to recover from a defeat and Birgitte is forced to recognise this after Jacob Kruse's victory in the battle for the leadership of the Moderates. However, Birgitte has not lost her political ambitions, and quietly chooses to start a new party. She does so especially in light of the anger she feels over the Danish immigration legislation that Lars Hesselboe is once again tightening up via a new bill, with the help of Birgitte's old party: a law that will make it harder to be a foreigner in Denmark.In an attempt to make a difference, Birgitte allies herself with Katrine, who is to be the press secretary for the new party. In addition, Nete Buch of the Moderates also shows her support for the project by joining the new party. When Birgitte's friend and old ally Bent Sejrø hears about the project, he becomes very angry. Sejrø explains that he cannot remain friends with Birgitte if she abandons his old party by creating a new one.

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    It's never easy to recover from a defeat and Birgitte is forced to recognise this after Jacob Kruse's victory in the battle for the leadership of the Moderates. However, Birgitte has not lost her political ambitions, and quietly chooses to start a new party. She does so especially in light of the anger she feels over the Danish immigration legislation that Lars Hesselboe is once again tightening up via a new bill, with the help of Birgitte's old party: a law that will make it harder to be a foreigner in Denmark.In an attempt to make a difference, Birgitte allies herself with Katrine, who is to be the press secretary for the new party. In addition, Nete Buch of the Moderates also shows her support for the project by joining the new party. When Birgitte's friend and old ally Bent Sejrø hears about the project, he becomes very angry. Sejrø explains that he cannot remain friends with Birgitte if she abandons his old party by creating a new one.

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    The Right Shade of Brown

    Chaos and confusion rule in the party rooms of the New Democrats when Birgitte arrives for work. There are many people who in various ways have attached themselves to the party. Birgitte is met by Katrine and the party leadership, consisting of Bent, Nete, Erik and Jon. Katrine says that TV1 has invited them to participate in a panel discussion on the integration of ethnic minorities. They therefore need to find a party spokesperson on integration. They agree to find an integration spokesperson who is Muslim and from an ethnic minority.The new times can also be felt at TV1, where Torben's new boss, Alex Hjort, wants Torben to base his editorial policy more on the viewers than on the news items. Alex wants to see an if-only-it-were-me kind of programme.

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    Chaos and confusion rule in the party rooms of the New Democrats when Birgitte arrives for work. There are many people who in various ways have attached themselves to the party. Birgitte is met by Katrine and the party leadership, consisting of Bent, Nete, Erik and Jon. Katrine says that TV1 has invited them to participate in a panel discussion on the integration of ethnic minorities. They therefore need to find a party spokesperson on integration. They agree to find an integration spokesperson who is Muslim and from an ethnic minority.The new times can also be felt at TV1, where Torben's new boss, Alex Hjort, wants Torben to base his editorial policy more on the viewers than on the news items. Alex wants to see an if-only-it-were-me kind of programme.

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    Their Loss

    Birgitte is forced to recognise that ethics and economics can be difficult things to deal with when, in an attempt to position her new party on the Danish political scene, she begins to discuss the quality and animal ethics of Danish pig production. During a visit to a restaurant with her English friend Jeremy Welsh, he falls ill after eating a piece of pork. Jeremy is allergic to penicillin, and has accidentally eaten meat from a pig which was slaughtered too soon after penicillin treatment. The New Democrats choose to use Jeremy's unfortunate experience to question Hesselboe’s new bill for a relaxation of the rules applying to Danish pig farmers. That evening Birgitte is a guest on TV1's evening show, where she argues for protecting citizens, not the industry, and for quality rather than quantity.

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    Birgitte is forced to recognise that ethics and economics can be difficult things to deal with when, in an attempt to position her new party on the Danish political scene, she begins to discuss the quality and animal ethics of Danish pig production. During a visit to a restaurant with her English friend Jeremy Welsh, he falls ill after eating a piece of pork. Jeremy is allergic to penicillin, and has accidentally eaten meat from a pig which was slaughtered too soon after penicillin treatment. The New Democrats choose to use Jeremy's unfortunate experience to question Hesselboe’s new bill for a relaxation of the rules applying to Danish pig farmers. That evening Birgitte is a guest on TV1's evening show, where she argues for protecting citizens, not the industry, and for quality rather than quantity.

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    Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery

    Disagreement between the political parties is often both seen and heard. Unfortunately for Birgitte, there is also unrest in her own ranks when the sex trade is placed on the agenda. In Copenhagen, police have found three women who have been locked up and forced to have sex against their will. The case causes the Labour Party, the Moderates, Social Solidarity, the Green Party, the Freedom Party and the New Democrats to discuss the need for a law prohibiting the purchase of sex in Denmark. Torben, too, is encountering ethical problems; but these do not have to do with prostitution, but rather with his affair with the editor Pia, which is developing.

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    Disagreement between the political parties is often both seen and heard. Unfortunately for Birgitte, there is also unrest in her own ranks when the sex trade is placed on the agenda. In Copenhagen, police have found three women who have been locked up and forced to have sex against their will. The case causes the Labour Party, the Moderates, Social Solidarity, the Green Party, the Freedom Party and the New Democrats to discuss the need for a law prohibiting the purchase of sex in Denmark. Torben, too, is encountering ethical problems; but these do not have to do with prostitution, but rather with his affair with the editor Pia, which is developing.

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    Sons of the Past

    The adversity that the New Democrats have been encountering turns into progress when they discover that they now have enough signatures to register for election. However, this brings new challenges to the party, since they lack candidates for the constituencies. Fortunately, Birgitte has a candidate in the pipeline; Søren Ravn, a professor of economics at the University of Copenhagen. Not all of the candidates in the party are equally enthusiastic about this news. Erik Hoffmann is worried about Ravn's political past. Ravn has previously been a member of the Communist Party, and is known to be very left-wing. A vote is held among the party leadership on whether they should accept Ravn in the party.

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    The adversity that the New Democrats have been encountering turns into progress when they discover that they now have enough signatures to register for election. However, this brings new challenges to the party, since they lack candidates for the constituencies. Fortunately, Birgitte has a candidate in the pipeline; Søren Ravn, a professor of economics at the University of Copenhagen. Not all of the candidates in the party are equally enthusiastic about this news. Erik Hoffmann is worried about Ravn's political past. Ravn has previously been a member of the Communist Party, and is known to be very left-wing. A vote is held among the party leadership on whether they should accept Ravn in the party.

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    The Fall

    One piece of bad luck rarely comes alone, as Birgitte must acknowledge when Prime Minister Lars Hesselboe, to everyone's surprise, calls an election with fifteen months still to go in his government’s term of office. For the New Democrats, this means that they must suddenly spring into action.In addition to the problems that have arisen in connection with the unexpected election campaign, Birgitte is also struggling with the after-effects of the surgery she is receiving for precancerous breast lesions. She is having radiotherapy almost every day, which causes her pain and extreme fatigue. All of this results in absences from work, to the great frustration of her colleagues and Katrine, who is baffled by Birgitte’s new behaviour.

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    One piece of bad luck rarely comes alone, as Birgitte must acknowledge when Prime Minister Lars Hesselboe, to everyone's surprise, calls an election with fifteen months still to go in his government’s term of office. For the New Democrats, this means that they must suddenly spring into action.In addition to the problems that have arisen in connection with the unexpected election campaign, Birgitte is also struggling with the after-effects of the surgery she is receiving for precancerous breast lesions. She is having radiotherapy almost every day, which causes her pain and extreme fatigue. All of this results in absences from work, to the great frustration of her colleagues and Katrine, who is baffled by Birgitte’s new behaviour.

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    If You Never Change Your Mind

    The mood is anything but good when Birgitte arrives at work. It is the day after TV1's party leader debate, in which Birgitte was unable to explain the New Democrats’ economic policy, and suffered a minor breakdown on screen. Her colleagues are frustrated with the outcome of the programme. However, they are mollified when Birgitte explains that her poor performance was due to surgery for precancerous lesions, and that she is now undergoing radiotherapy.Torben, too, must deal with the choices he has made. His wife Karoline has discovered his affair with Pia, and has demanded that Torben end the affair and transfer Pia to another department.

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    The mood is anything but good when Birgitte arrives at work. It is the day after TV1's party leader debate, in which Birgitte was unable to explain the New Democrats’ economic policy, and suffered a minor breakdown on screen. Her colleagues are frustrated with the outcome of the programme. However, they are mollified when Birgitte explains that her poor performance was due to surgery for precancerous lesions, and that she is now undergoing radiotherapy.Torben, too, must deal with the choices he has made. His wife Karoline has discovered his affair with Pia, and has demanded that Torben end the affair and transfer Pia to another department.

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    Sense and Sensibility

    The date of the general election is fast approaching in Denmark, and this is occupying both the politicians and the media. Fortunately for Birgitte, she has been declared completely healthy, and can therefore return 100% to her political life. So far, the New Democrats are doing well in the election campaign. They have announced that they are standing alone in the campaign, without supporting any particular candidate for prime minister. The population has welcomed this announcement, and indications are that the party stands to win to five seats. This, however, is not enough for Birgitte, who wants the party to win more seats and gain real influence.

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    The date of the general election is fast approaching in Denmark, and this is occupying both the politicians and the media. Fortunately for Birgitte, she has been declared completely healthy, and can therefore return 100% to her political life. So far, the New Democrats are doing well in the election campaign. They have announced that they are standing alone in the campaign, without supporting any particular candidate for prime minister. The population has welcomed this announcement, and indications are that the party stands to win to five seats. This, however, is not enough for Birgitte, who wants the party to win more seats and gain real influence.

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    The Election

    It's election day in Denmark! Following her victory in the previous day’s debate over the chairman of the Moderates, Jacob Kruse, Birgitte has high hopes for today's results. However, the election is not the only thing on her mind. Katrine's day also starts rather hectically when she wakes up beside the New Democrat’s economics expert, Søren Ravn.

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    It's election day in Denmark! Following her victory in the previous day’s debate over the chairman of the Moderates, Jacob Kruse, Birgitte has high hopes for today's results. However, the election is not the only thing on her mind. Katrine's day also starts rather hectically when she wakes up beside the New Democrat’s economics expert, Søren Ravn.

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