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‘Borgen’ – the Danish answer to ‘West Wing’

Guide to The Series’ Locations

If you haven’t heard of Borgen, Denmark’s latest hit TV series, where have you been hiding? After the huge success of “The Killing” these Danish dramas are now increasingly in demand. Critically acclaimed and extremely popular, much of the filming is done on location in the historic city of Copenhagen. To get you up to speed the series is a political drama centred on the character Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly becomes Denmark’s first female prime minster.

Here is your chance to follow in the footsteps of politician Birgitte Nyborg at key spots in the city:

Copenhagen City Shot

The Danish Parliament

Known as the Folketinget, the Danish Parliament shares legislative power with the monarch in a similar way to the UK. As Borgen is a political drama it makes sense that much of the footage is shot here where the main character performs her duties as prime minister. Other notable films have has scenes here including the Danish Kongekabale (King’s Game) and TV series The Killing. Meetings of the parliament are open to the public at certain times; however, you will probably need to be able to understand Danish to work out what is going on.

The Black Diamond

This stunning and architecturally beautiful building has seen filming in the series; particularly the staircase scene. In real life the Black Diamond is an extension of the Royal Library and houses the famous manuscripts of Søren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, theologian and poet. The building was designed to connect the sea and the city and this is the purpose of the huge cleft that bisects its shiny black surface. Handily, there is a cafe inside the Black Diamond so you can enjoy the ambience over a coffee.

The Garden of The Royal Library

The garden is located Slotsholmen – between Christiansborg Palace (Parliament) and the Royal Library and is a lovely bit of green in the heart of the city. In the garden you can see the fountain where Birgitte Nyborg and Bent Sejrø often meet up in the TV series.

Bernstorff Castle in Gentofte

A little way out of the main city, but easily reached by train or road Bernstorff Castle in Gentofte is used as the location for the Prime minister’s official mansion, Marienborg. The castle is now a hotel and conference centre but was originally the summer house of Johan Hartvig Ernst Bernstorff, who was foreign minister in the 1700’s. You can get a bite to eat here and guided tours are on offer.

Copenhagen city rooftops

Copenhagen Marriot Hotel

This luxurious hotel is the location for many of the interior scenes in Borgen. The hotel is a notable landmark on the water’s edge on Kalvebod Brygge so why not have a coffee in the lounge and take in the view?

The Jesus Church, Valby

The interior of this church can be seen in the TV series during a funeral. The church was funded by Brewer Carl Jacobsen, co-founder of the Carlsberg Breweries.

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