Project 2021: September

The first month of the term is always extremely busy for me. Hence the absence of interesting sights this month. The reconstruction of Odense’s town centre is slowly progressing towards its conclusion.

Odense: The new H.C. Andersen Museum
Odense: Carl Nielsens Kvarter at night
Odense: River
Odense: Overgade at night

Project 2021: August

Return from vacation. Reopenings and the like. Late summer.

Copenhagen: View from the train
Odense: Albani Breweries
Odense: Approaching thunderstorm front
Knudshoved: Ship’s bell from M/F Dronning Ingrid
Knudshoved: Great Belt Bridge at night
Odense: After the rain
Odense: Odense River
Stouby: Vejlefjord Hotel & Spa
Odense: The light rail test runs have begun

Project 2021: July

One week of work and three weeks of vacation. A dry summer month (remember summer showers?) with fewer international tourists than usual in Copenhagen.

Odense: Dansestræde
Odense: Big match on a small screen
Slagelse: Skyfall
Gladsaxe: Works
Gentofte: Geese
Gladsaxe: Summer evening
Copenhagen: Skindergade as pedestrian/cyclist street
Copenhagen: National Art Gallery / Statens Museum for Kunst
Copenhagen: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Copenhagen: Ofelia Plads with the Royal Opera to the right
Kgs Lyngby: Rain

Project 2021: June

The brightest month with the longest days. And, unfortunately, always one of the busiest months in the year.

Odense: Cat on my lawn
Odense: Nørregade
Odense: Flakhaven – waiting in line for a corona test
Odense: Fisketorvet
Odense: Billedskærervej – Waiting for another test
Odense – Post-exams, post-test coffee
Odense: Chamber music in the large concert hall
Odense: Post-its
Odense: Life-size Scrabble

Project 2021: May

A cold and windy May and what felt like a very delayed spring, while concert venues, theatres and the like began to reopen. Still: The fair nights of the Northern summer are here.

Gladsaxe: Cherry tree
Kgs. Lyngby: Mural
Odense: The symphony orchestra’s first public concerto since November
Odense: On rails
Odense: Online/Offline teaching
Odense: Albani Torv
Odense: Vestergade at night
Gladsaxe: Bagsværd Sø
Copenhagen: DSB EB 3203
Odense: Intermission at Dexter Jazzhouse

Project 2021: April

From 18 degrees to snow and almost freezing temperatures in a couple of days: April is as unpredictable as always. Still, the unusually long alder pollen season slid seamlessly into the birch pollen season. The reopening of Danish society after three months of Covid-19 shut-down is just as slow and tentative as the arrival of spring.

Vangede: Nymosen – Geese
Buddinge: Club 222 (after-school club for children)
Odense: Pandamic
Odense: Stålstræde
Saturday: The door to my home office
Odense: On campus for the first time since January
Odense: Former building of the School of Social Work
Gladsaxe: The tulip that got away

Project 2021: March

Most shops reopened at the beginning of March after two and a half months of near-total lockdown. Following a burst of winter in February, spring is coming. Vaccines are delayed.

Odense Å at dusk
Odense: Odeons Kvarter at night
Odense: Keep right-sign
Odense: Østre Stationsvej. Catenary works for the light rail line are under way
Gladsaxe: Høje Gladsaxe Park
Gladsaxe: Vandledningsstien. Reservoir
Odense: Torvegade
Gladsaxe: Little signs of spring

Project 2021: February

With Denmark still in Covid lockdown and days filled with online classes and meetings, we had first snow and frost bringing some much-needed light and then a rapid change of weather. A major part of the lockdown is due to end on March 1, but most teaching is still online and museums, concert venues etc. are still closed.

Odense: Brandts Passage
Odense: Benedikts Plads in the snow
Odense: Ramsherred with the Hans Christian Andersen House
Odense: Skt. Knuds (Odense Cathedral) in the winter sun
Teaching: Breakout rooms in Zoom
Kgs. Lyngby: Ice on Lyngby Sø
Odense: Overstræde
Odense: Kulturmaskinen with a view towards Vestergade

Project 2021: January

I will try to revive this blog for 2021 with a monthly post showing some on the photos I have taken during the last month. Here is January 2021 with Denmark in a near-total lockdown

Odense: Brandts Passage at night
Odense: Fisketorvet being rebuilt
Odense: Klingenberg, Magasin du Nord during the second lockdown
Odense: Albani Torv. Distanced waiting for the ATM
Odense: Campus Niels Bohrs Allé during lockdown
Kgs Lyngby: Lyngby Hovedgade/Klampenborgvej on a Saturday afternoon
Kgs Lyngby: Lyngby Storcenter
Kgs Lyngby: Mobile Covid-19 test centre


2020 in photos

2019 in photos

The 2019 Election: Campaign and Predictions

This post has only one merit: I’ll consult it on Thursday (or Wednesday evening) to see where I was wrong in my expectations.

Major themes of the election campaign

The 2019 campaign has been weird in many ways. First of all, the electoral campaign began de facto with the agreement over the 2019 budget. That is nearly six months of campaigning. The government tried to use the time to create a political momentum by entering agreements over health care, transport and infrastructure, immigration and, finally, early retirement. None of this yielded any benefits in opinion polls for the government side.

Second, the Social Democrats have played a game of reversing nearly all of its policies from the Thorning era and delaying policy announcements on controversial issues until after the election. The Social Democrats under Mette Frederiksen have designed themselves as the party of the Male Danish Blue-Collar Industrial Worker of the 1960s, but it is really hard to see how the party will meet the challenges of the 2020s.

Third, judging from analyses of voter movements, the Social Democrats appear to have taken over the role of the transit terminal of Danish politics. SD attracts voters from the Liberals and the Danish People’s Party, while losing voters to the other “Red” parties.

Fourth, during May the Liberals have been busy reversing their economic policies of the 2015-2019 term. Somehow voters are to believe that both Social Democrats and Liberals are completely transformed parties.

Fifth, the campaign was hijacked in the early stages by an excentric (to say the least) xenophobe, bringing immigration and integration back on the political agenda. Or maybe not: Perhaps the correct analysis is that some 10-20% of the electorate are highly motivated by anti-immigration and -integration policies, while the remaining 80-90% have other concerns.

Finally, it has been very hard to see how the parties have adressed health care and climate, which were on top of voters’ agenda, in the campaign.

Which results should we expect on Wednesday?

The easy one: The five parties of the Red bloc (Social Democrats, the Red-Green Alliance, the Socialist People’s Party, the Social Liberals and the Alternative) should win a majority of the votes and seats. I would expect the votes to be divided 50/50 between the Social Democrats and the other four parties.

The almost-as-easy one: The Danish People’s Party will suffer heavy losses and perhaps see its worst result since 2001. Nobody expected this six months ago.

The difficult one: Will Hard Line and New Bourgeois cancel each other out, leaving both parties below the 2% threshold, or will one or both parties enter parliament? Similarly, will the Christian Democrats benefit from voter disaffection with the Liberals and win a constituency seat in Western Jutland? We could have three new right-wing parties represented in parliament – or no new parties.

The others: Light losses for the Liberals, wins for the Conservatives, the Socialist Peoples’ Party and the Social Liberals and losses for Liberal Alliance and the Alternative.

Which government will we get?

Good question. The money are on Mette Frederiksen as the next prime minister. The Social Democrats want a single-party minority government, but the other “Red” parties will want to control the SD one way or the other – either by entering a formal coalition or by some kind of cooperation agreement.