The council’s new advert, “Helmet has always been a good idea”, brings together two somewhat incongruous aspects of Danish life — the country’s love of cycling and its Viking past, using humour to show up some of the silly reasons people give themselves not to wear cycle helmets.
The advert starts with the imposing Viking chief Svend rousing his men for their next invasion of England. To rhythmic chanting and the blowing of horns, he mounts his steed, brandishing his thick and heavy sword.
Then, suddenly, his young son comes running bearing his helmet. Svend ignores him, and utters a cry: “To the ships!”.
After a pause, one of his men nervously asks: “shouldn’t you have a helmet on, Svend?”.
“No, it’s annoying and it makes my scalp itch,” Svend responds sheepishly.
“I’m a careful rider,” he adds, slightly desperately.
“What do I do when I get there? Run around in a silly helmet?” he adds.
Then he roars, “It ruins my braids!”
It’s only when his wife comes out that he finally dons his gleaming headpiece and with the cheers of his fellow marauders all around him makes his way to the longships.
Then the slogan — “A helmet has been a good idea for all time” — appears on the screen in rune-like writing.