Top ten incredibly bizarre Danish stories from 2015

From dissecting lions in front of children to death by potato, Danes have proved in 2015 that they are still capable of making the bizarre look banal.

Top ten incredibly bizarre Danish stories from 2015
Photos: Scanpix/Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr

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.

1. Sexy ad tells Danes to ‘do it for Mom!

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.

2. Danish zoo kids watch lion dissection

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.

3. Danes and Swedes at odds over racist plasters

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…

4. Denmark’s most WTF NSFW campaign poster

A prime ministerial hopeful that bares all on his campaign posters? Let’s hope Donald Trump never visits Denmark.

5. Denmark considers adding porn to school curriculum

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.

6. Man jailed for killing his brother with potatoes

A northern Jutland man died when a drunken brawl ended with his brother stuffing potatoes into his mouth, choking him.

7. Radio hosts kill baby rabbit on air

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.

8. Dane commits ‘genitalia vandalism’ in IKEA

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.

9. Russia rehearses invasion of Denmark

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.

10. Vice shines light on bestiality in Denmark

“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.


Copenhagen Zoo cut Taiwan from panda map to please China

Copenhagen Zoo removed a map showing Taiwan as independent after complaints from China, before getting two coveted pandas on loan, letters leaked to the 24syv radio station have revealed.

Copenhagen Zoo cut Taiwan from panda map to please China
Mao Sun, one of the two pandas romps around in Copenhagen Zoo in April. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix
“The maps of China and the rest of the world at the panda enclosure are defective,” Chinese officials wrote in a letter to the zoo's management after inspecting yin-yang shaped facilities designed for the bears by star architect Bjarke Ingels. 
The map showing the animal's global distribution had marked the island of Taiwan in a different colour from mainland China, signalling its political independence. 
After receiving the letter, zoo officials removed the map ahead of the delivery of the two pandas, Mao Sun and Xing Er, in April. 
“The Chinese made us aware that they consider Taiwan a part of China,” the zoo told the station.
Bengt Holst, the zoo's scientific director, added that zoo management had tried to sidestep the issue by replacing the sign with another showing the distribution of pandas in mainland China alone. 
“In this way we avoided taking a decision either way. We knew very well that no matter what we did with such a sign, we would come across as political, and we're not interested in doing that, so we made a completely sign to avoid that debate,” he said.