The Best Episodes of Borgen

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018

Borgen (The Government) is a drama series about the fight for political power – and about the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage The central figure is the 40-year old political leader Birgitte Nyborg, who through her idealism and huge effort secures her party a landslide victory and thus faces the biggest challenge of her life: how most effectively to use the newly won seats, and how far she is willing to go in order to gain as much influence as possible. Privately, Birgitte leads a happy family life with her husband and two children. She is a woman with a burning commitment, a big heart and little time. Will she be able to be a successful and professional top politician and stay true to herself at the same time?

Them and Us

#1 - Them and Us

Season 2 - Episode 6

Just as Birgitte's new government is getting back on track after the Green Party's exit, internal strife erupts among coalition partners. This time it's from the right, as Svend Åge Madsen submits a bill to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years -- an issue that splits the political system. Meanwhile, Laura is recovering from a panic attack, but Birgitte won't admit to herself that her daughter is ill.

star 8.45
134 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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Divide and Rule

#2 - Divide and Rule

Season 1 - Episode 9

Allegations of corruption in connection with military spending has consequences even for the prime minister's husband, who has accepted a new job.

star 8.39
140 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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The Election

#3 - The Election

Season 3 - Episode 10

The day of the election finally arrives. However, politics is not the only thing on Birgitte's mind.

star 8.37
141 votes
Writers: Adam PriceJeppe, Gjervig Gram
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An Extraordinary Remark

#4 - An Extraordinary Remark

Season 2 - Episode 10

In the season finale, Birgitte is on a month leave from her post as prime minister to focus on family, and Hans-Christian Thorsen, Labor Party chairman, has positioned himself to be her possible successor. Birgitte is torn about whether or not she will return to work. Meanwhile, as Kasper and Katrine hunt for apartments together, their plan is derailed by an argument about the possibility of having children. Will one of them relent?

star 8.30
134 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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Sense and Sensibility

#5 - Sense and Sensibility

Season 3 - Episode 9

With the general election nearing, the mudslinging begins. Can Birgitte keep both her integrity and win votes? Can TV1 win viewers with their new election debate format?

star 8.27
130 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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If You Never Change Your Mind

#6 - If You Never Change Your Mind

Season 3 - Episode 8

As election day nears, Birgitte comes clean to her party about her recent performance. Meanwhile, unable to make their mark with the opposition's policies, the New Democrats try to highlight the differences between their party and the Moderates. But when Jacob Kruse steals a key policy, a mole is suspected within the party.

star 8.22
123 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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First Tuesday in October

#7 - First Tuesday in October

Season 1 - Episode 10

A year after taking office, the prime minister's approval ratings are low, her government is in internal conflict, and her marriage is hanging by a thread. As she prepares for another year in parliament, what can be saved?

star 8.21
141 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (2)

#8 - What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (2)

Season 2 - Episode 8

The eyes of the world are on Copenhagen and Birgitte Nyborg as peace talks draw near between North and South Kharun. Everyone has been working around the clock, and although Kasper is now living with Katrine, they rarely see each other. When Birgitte realizes Denmark is only a small piece in a major international power game, her negotiation skills are put to the test. Can she end the bloody civil war?

star 8.17
120 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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The Sanctity of Private Life

#9 - The Sanctity of Private Life

Season 2 - Episode 9

Laura's illness has worsened over the past few months, and Birgitte now feels terrible about failing to recognize it. When Laura's psychiatrist suggests admitting her to a private psychiatric hospital, Birgitte and Phillip immediately agree. This move becomes problematic when Birgitte's own tax reforms force her to pay out of pocket for the hospital cost. At home, Birgitte and Phillip are rediscovering some of their lost love, despite Philip's continued relationship with Cecilie.

star 8.14
136 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

#10 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

Season 1 - Episode 7

The discovery of illegal surveillance of a left-wing party brings into question the prime minister's friendship with the party's spokeswoman as well as her faith in her own minister of justice.

star 8.13
149 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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The Land is Built on Law

#11 - The Land is Built on Law

Season 3 - Episode 2

Birgitte decides to start a new party. At TV1, Torben Friis is under pressure to report less bad news.

star 8.13
140 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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Decency in the Middle

#12 - Decency in the Middle

Season 1 - Episode 1

Three days before an election, party leader Birgitte Nyborg shakes up her campaign by denouncing her closest ally, sensitive information about the prime minister's shopping expenses lands in the wrong hands, and the rising star of the evening news is shaken by an unexpected death.

star 8.11
227 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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In Brussels No One Can Hear You Scream

#13 - In Brussels No One Can Hear You Scream

Season 2 - Episode 2

Birgitte Nyborg must appoint a new EU-commissioner and her old mentor, Sejrø, is the obvious candidate. Seeing it as a ploy to get rid of him, Sejrø refuses Birgitte's offer, which leads to a power play with serious consequences. Meanwhile, Kasper prepares to move in with his girlfriend, Lotte, but is haunted by his history with Katrine. Katrine and Hanne have grown closer, united by daily battles with their boss at Ekspres: Michael Laugesen.

star 8.11
128 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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The Fall

#14 - The Fall

Season 3 - Episode 7

When prime minister Lars Hesselboe calls a general election, he takes everyone by surprise. TV1 swing into action, as do the political parties. However, with Birgitte undergoing daily radiation treatment, she is already struggling to keep up with work. How long can she keep making excuses and keep her illness a secret?

star 8.09
133 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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The Silly Season

#15 - The Silly Season

Season 1 - Episode 8

While the prime minister tries to take a family vacation, the publication of a tell-all by a former politician puts spin doctor Kasper Juul on the edge.

star 8.07
154 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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Count to 90

#16 - Count to 90

Season 1 - Episode 2

After a successful election, Birgitte Nyborg looks set to become the Denmark's first female prime minister, but allies and opponents do their best to block her way.

star 8.04
189 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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100 Days

#17 - 100 Days

Season 1 - Episode 4

The revelation of an American prisoner transport in Greenland causes scandal upon the new government's first one hundred days in office.

star 8.04
174 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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Battle Ready

#18 - Battle Ready

Season 2 - Episode 4

After Bjørn Marrot's exit, Höxenhaven steps in as the new party leader, jumping at the opportunity to exploit the turn of events. When pirates hijack a Danish ship off Somalia's coast, Höxenhaven diverts attention from Birgitte, who badly needs a success story. Meanwhile, compromising photos of Höxenhaven turn up at the Ekspres. Laugesen wants to use them against Höxenhaven, but Katrine is skeptical.

star 8.02
123 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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Their Loss...

#19 - Their Loss...

Season 3 - Episode 4

Birgitte's English boyfriend falls ill after eating pork as the government are trying to relax the rules applying to Danish pig farms. Birgitte argues for protecting citizens, not the industry.

star 8.02
133 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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A Child of Denmark

#20 - A Child of Denmark

Season 3 - Episode 1

Birgitte Nyborg has left politics and is now a well-paid speaker and sits on several boards. Her old friend Bent Sejro tries to persuade her to re-enter politics. Katrine Fonsmark and Kasper Juul juggle their careers and parenthood as well as their volatile relationship.

star 7.99
136 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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Men Who Love Women

#21 - Men Who Love Women

Season 1 - Episode 5

The government's agenda on equal opportunities in corporate business brings pressure from the media as well as the country's most powerful businessman.

star 7.99
167 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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Plant a Tree

#22 - Plant a Tree

Season 2 - Episode 5

Birgitte Nyborg is about to negotiate the environmental element of the new reform package, but she must face the reality of parties unwilling to compromise. Kasper convinces her that underhanded tactics can help win her a majority for the reform. Meanwhile, Katrine receives an unusual job offer that tests her personal beliefs. And at home, Birgitte's children are clearly affected by their mother's stress; Laura in particular.

star 7.98
117 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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The Last Worker

#23 - The Last Worker

Season 2 - Episode 3

Birgitte's government prepares to present a new reform package, which is being polished at a political seminar. But when party leader Bjørn Marrot comes under a personal media attack, Birgitte senses a rebellion brewing, and the seminar dissolves in chaos. Meanwhile, the tension grows on the homefront where Phillip has a new girlfriend. And Katrine covers the political seminar for Laugesen, but he has his own agenda on the table.

star 7.92
123 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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State Visit

#24 - State Visit

Season 1 - Episode 6

An official visit by the president of a former Soviet republic makes headlines when the president demands the arrest of a prominent political activist visiting Denmark at the same time.

star 7.91
149 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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The Art of the Possible

#25 - The Art of the Possible

Season 1 - Episode 3

A few months into her term the new prime minister faces her first political crisis, and journalist Katrine Fønsmark considers how to deal with her unexpected pregnancy.

star 7.91
170 votes
Writers: Adam Price
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