Denmark, like the other Scandinavian countries, is known as a welfare state. This means a state with a high level of prosperity and many social services. This welfare state is established in the early decades of the twentieth century. To fund and maintain the welfare state, citizens pay high taxes. For instance income and church taxes– yes Denmark has a state church. The taxes can end up between 50 and 60 percent of their income. The government uses this money for example to let citizens enjoy free state education, paid maternity leave of 50 weeks, state subsided . . .


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Birgit de Bruin is a Masters student Media Studies and Art Policy and Art Management at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Currently she is completing research why Danish drama series are so popular in Europe. Birgit is interested in representation of Danish culture, gender and also in writing and production processes of Danish public service television drama. Birgit’s previous work is mainly about representation of gender or cultural minorities in Dutch television series from the Dutch public broadcaster NPO. Furthermore has Birgit a broad interest in culture and media policy of the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and the European Union.