Denmark’s a prison.

You don’t hear much about Denmark in the news here in the States. I don’t think I’ve ever met a Dane. If I have friends who have visited Denmark, I don’t know about it. This might lead one to corroborate Hamlet’s statement that Denmark is as closed up as a prison. But I somehow doubt its prison-like quality. I imagine that it rather keeps itself to itself and doesn’t need to broadcast its identity all over the world (unlike some other countries I could name, like the one I’m sitting writing this in.) If it were truly a prison, word would get out, people would talk about it – because the harder a nation tries to suppress its people, the more their secrets spill out. It’s the sort of thing people talk about. Happy healthy people who don’t bother anyone, they’re just not that compelling a story for the rest of the world.

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