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A random visit to the horse-races in Denmark yielded an opportunity to break through the shield of uniformity that so often afflicts the Nordics and their people. As I used a Rolleiflex, it was often not that easy to get close to the race enthusiasts, but the advantage of looking downwards as opposed to straight ahead through a view-finder made itself also felt. Denmark’s society, albeit mixed with a great variety of people from all over the world, is very homogenous. One very quickly adapts to the Danish life-style when there, and slowly also one’s thinking. This reflects itself very strongly in the social relations, that can be limited to narrow circles and sometimes only superficial relationships to “real” Danes. The Danish are the first to recognize this, and it is not particularly difficult to imagine why small, somewhat insular societies have a more inward than outward perspective, and yet, it often limits the views, opinions and life-styles of the peoples of the Danish isles. We have met many Danish returnees – Danes who spent their lives abroad and then chose to come back, for family reasons or other – who have bitterly complained about this.

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