Danish Reporting Handbook


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A handbook for foreigners reporting on the Danish climate concerning refugees, foreigners, race, civil liberties, and anti-Muslim sentiment.

General info

  • Everyone in Denmark is fluent in English, so assume pretty much everyone can talk to you. No need to pick people based on whether they are fluent.
  • Denmark is Facebookland; Danes barely use Twitter and have only started exploring it recently.
    • According to Statistics Denmark1, 67% of Danes aged 16–89, 2.8M, were on social media by 2014. Of these,
      • 95%, 2.7M, have an account on Facebook(!!)
      • 24%, 687k, have an account on Instagram
      • 18%, 511k, have an account on Twitter
  • newtodenmark.dk is an all-purpose info site for foreigners
  • There is no Danish term for “white supremacy”, which makes many discussions extremely difficult.
  • When researching what the parliament is up to, focus coverage on the bills being passed such as L62 and L87.

I’ve also written a general English style guide for writing about Danish politics as well as a brief dictionary. You’ll mainly want to read the “Parties” and “Politicians” section of the style guide. The dictionary hasn’t been updated after the latest election and its reorganization of the ministries, however.

Talking heads

General

  • Haifaa Awad, @arabiya86 Vocal debater, worked at hospital in Syria and kept a diary published in a newspaper that was eventually turned into a book. Popular on Facebook.
  • Abdel Aziz Mahmoud, @AbdelsTweet Very visible on social media, witty, former TV host, big following, vocal as well.

Political science

  • Erik Gahner Larsen, @erikgahner - good on polls, surveys, and a more factual approach to politics; probably only going to give you an answer, if it’s grounded in researched fact.

Racism and public discourse

Foreign/development aid policy

Refugees

  • Anders Ladekarl (see above)

Civil liberties

Miscellaneous

  • Sune Engel Rasmussen, @SuneEngel - reporting from Kabul; did reporting on the bleak fate of two deported Afghan children.
  • Jakob Sheikh, @JakobSheikh - on radicalization and foreign fighters.
  • Anton Geist, @angeist - journalist for Dagbladet Information.
  • Jacob Christensen, @jacobchr - good on general Danish politics, specially how technical things like the labour market works, with stats to accompany arguments and explanations.
  • Nagieb Khaja, @NagiebK - journalist-documentarian covering wars

Danes in America

  • Guan Yang, @guan - good on general Danish info, specially when it gets technical.
  • Morten Stinus (see above) is currently in Chicago.

Politicians

  • Pernille Skipper (Red-Greens), @PSkipperEL - brightest CivLib and jurisprudent MP in parliament. Great at breaking things down, too.

Orgs

Resources

Danish news in English

Hatred in Denmark

  • Hadforbrydelser.dk (ie hatecrimes.dk) - covers Danish hate crimes, because no one else cares about it.
  • P77.dk - reports on right-wing extremism and radicalizing environments (Facebook in particular). Great for background.
  • anmeldhad.dk (reporthate.dk) - novel site for reporting and suing for hate speech and online threats, taking advantage of very permissive Danish law.

Danish-to-English dictionaries

  • ordbogen.com - (two look-ups a day for non-subscribers)
  • bab.la - translations via identical literature

People who may or may not be of interest

Can’t vouch for these people.

  • Anna Neye, actor-writer who’s made a docu series on Danish colonial history, and is working on a series on “brown people in Danish history”.
  • Jeannette Ehlers who’s done art on Danish colonial history.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for your reporting

This is only a handbook; you are more than welcome to drop me an e-mail, a tweet or something else entirely.

  1. “It-anvendelse i befolkningen 2014”, page 19.

    The language is ambiguous about the extent of Danes’ use of Instagram; whereas it is specified that people “have an account” on Facebook and Twitter, the report merely states that 24% “use Instagram”—which is clearly doable without an account.

    I’m just going to assume the question was the same across all platforms. ↩︎