In no particular order, we take a look at ten of the strangest stories to emerge from the Scandinavian nation this year. Animals and sex make a surprisingly high number of appearances – sometimes, both at the same time.
An advert for tourism firm Spies Travel went viral in September after it showed mothers removing their sons’ girlfriends’ bras, so desperate were they for grandchildren. A less awkward solution might be for the would-be grannies to send their children on holiday, the ad makers said.
After the furore surrounding Copenhagen Zoo’s public giraffe autopsy in 2014, Odense decided to go one better by slicing up a lion. In front of a crowd of schoolchildren.
The historic rivalry between Denmark and Sweden took a farcical turn in August after Denmark only labelled pink plasters or band-aids ‘flesh-coloured’.
Eventually the row was resolved when Danish foreign minister Kristian Jensen apologized for making comments mocking Sweden on Facebook. At least they have something they can use to heal the wounds…
A prime ministerial hopeful that bares all on his campaign posters? Let’s hope Donald Trump never visits Denmark.
In a story worryingly reminiscent of a scene from a Monty Python film, a Danish professor suggested using pornographic films as part of schools’ sex education programs, saying that it beat having to “roll a condom onto a cucumber.” Less surprisingly, the story also revealed that 99 per cent of teenage boys in Scandinavia have seen porn.
A northern Jutland man died when a drunken brawl ended with his brother stuffing potatoes into his mouth, choking him.
Not Allan. Photo: Ian McKellar/Flickr
In an effort to highlight poor animal welfare in the agricultural sector, Radio24syv host Asger Juhl killed a baby rabbit, Allan, live on air.
“I hit it hard over the neck twice so that the cervical vertebrae fractured,” said Juhl, sounding more serial killer than disc jockey.
Most of us can relate to the pain of a Saturday visit to IKEA. A man from Aalborg struck a blow for immature flat-pack haters everywhere by taking a complimentary pencil and proceeding to draw small penises all over his local store.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Grigory Dukor/Scanpix
More than just Putin posturing: a US report revealed in June that 33,000 Russian soldiers took part in a military exercise which rehearsed a takeover of Danish island Bornholm, as well as parts of Finland, Sweden and Norway.
The Russians have, in fact, briefly occupied Bornholm before – it was liberated by the Red Army at the end of World War II.
“They’ve got animal sex on their brains. That’s their whole life, they love it,” says Peter Sandøe of the Danish Ethical Council for Animals in a Vice documentary that shines light on bestiality in Denmark, one of the few countries where zoophilia is legal.