Last week DR3, a Danish state television channel, released a "Denmark Propaganda" video that seeks to respond to the nation's international critics. "International media made the s---stormings on us for almost a whole week," the blurb for the video says. "Fall down a little bit! Please." The video's thickly accented narrator then goes on to say that Denmark has some good things — like bacon, cheap beer and fried lard (the national dish). Denmark doesn't actually steal refugees' jewelry, the narrator adds, and the country is good at some important things — like making television dramas and playing handball.
You can watch the video for yourself on Facebook (but please note, because of those more open Danish standards some parts of it are a little risque).
As you may have guessed, the video is not entirely serious. "We know that after you have seen this video, you feel a little bit ashamed that you talked bad about Denmark and you want to share it with all your international friends," the video's blurb says. "So thank you for that."
So far, the video has been viewed 1.2 million times and gotten many positive comments from Danes and others.
It may be lighthearted, but the video does highlight some serious points. Many Danish officials really do feel that the international criticism they have received is unfair. Last week, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen, spokesman for the center-right Liberal Party, told WorldViews that the refugee valuables bill had been "misunderstood" and was actually a sign of how generous the Danish government is.
He may have a point — a recent study from Oxfam showed that Denmark was punching above its weight in the aid it had given to the Syria crisis, though it still lagged behind in the number of refugees it had pledged to resettle.
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