The Bridge (Bron/Broen)
The Bridge is a Swedish-Danish crime-drama series which was first broadcast in 2011 and this year aired its fourth season. When a dead body was found on Øresund bridge, the motorway and railway that connects Malmö to Copenhagen, Danish Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) and Swedish Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) are called to solve the mystery. Bron/Broen is filmed in both Denmark and Sweden, so viewers can get a glimpse of both countries’ landscapes and cultures.
The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl is a film about Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery. Even though the renowned film presents some real facts, it also raised criticism for just scratching the surface of Elbe’s life. Directed by Tom Hooper, The Danish Girl premiered in US cinemas November 2015. Lili Elbe is played by Eddie Redmayne, and Alicia Vikander, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this movie, performed the role of Gerda Wegener, Lili’s wife.
Presenting the life of Rita, a schoolteacher, divorced mother of three and a woman that denies following the norms, this Danish comedy-drama TV series introduces viewers to the Danish culture. Rita lives in the suburbs of Copenhagen so you can take a taste of Denmark’s capital and through the protagonist’s story learn a thing or two about the locals.
The independent US-Canadian romantic comedy movie, Copenhagen, is a great choice for a lazy and relaxed Sunday evening. When during his trip to Copenhagen, the 28-year-old American William meets 14-year-old Danish girl Effy, they decide to explore the city together and discover William’s family’s past.
As the name suggests, Vikings is a TV series about the expeditions and conquests of the fearless Scandinavian warriors and it starts from the time Ragnar Lothbrok, one of the most popular legendary Norse heroes, started the raids to England. According to some critics, Vikings has many historical inaccuracies and several events are fictional, but in general, it’s worth a look. If fights, blood, decapitated heads and cut-off arms aren’t really what you’d like to watch in order to relax after work, you may want to avoid this series.
OK, The Rain isn’t exactly a TV show about Denmark, but a story about two Danish siblings who try to find their father and some answers after Scandinavia was destroyed by a virus. It is the first original Danish series for Netflix, and its trailer is so captivating it had to be on this list. The first episode will be screened in May this year so keep your eyes open.
The Day Will Come (Der Kommer en dag)
The Day Will Come is a Danish historical drama about the frightening experiences several young boys went through during their stay at the orphanage Godhavn in Denmark in the 60s. The film, which is based on real-life events, centers around two young brothers who try to withstand the brutal headmaster Frederik Heck (Lars Mikkelsen).
In the third episode of the Netflix TV series Ugly Delicious, David Chang visits Rene Redzepi at his home in Copenhagen. While savoring a home-cooked meal prepared by Redzepi’s wife, the two world-class chefs talk about the Scandinavian cuisine, Noma and how life is when you’re running one of the best restaurants in the world.