The BEST Episodes of Borgen
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jul 1, 2020
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?
#1 - A Child of Denmark
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 1, 2013
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.
#2 - Divide and Rule
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 21, 2010
Allegations of corruption in connection with military spending has consequences even for the prime minister's husband, who has accepted a new job.
#3 - Sense and Sensibility
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 3, 2013
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?
#4 - Their Loss...
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 27, 2013
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.
#5 - First Tuesday in October
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 28, 2010
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?
#6 - If You Never Change Your Mind
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 24, 2013
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.
#7 - The Fall
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 17, 2013
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?
#8 - In Brussels No One Can Hear You Scream
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2011
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.
#9 - The Election
Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 10, 2013
The day of the election finally arrives. However, politics is not the only thing on Birgitte's mind.
#10 - Them and Us
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 2011
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.
#11 - The Sanctity of Private Life
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 20, 2011
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.
#12 - The Land is Built on Law
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 6, 2013
Birgitte decides to start a new party. At TV1, Torben Friis is under pressure to report less bad news.
#13 - Sons of the Past
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 10, 2013
The New Democrats finally have enough signatures to run for Parliament but need more candidates. Birgitte suggests economics professor Soren Ravn, but not all of the candidates in the party share her enthusiasm about him as he is very left-wing, and had previously been a member of the Communist Party. When the press catch on to this, they dig up his past and put him under intense personal pressure. Meanwhile, Birgitte receives bad news from the doctor which she tries to conceal from those around here. At TV1, viewing figures are up which has pleased the management, but the newsroom staff are unhappy with the changes in the programmes. Torben is under pressure both at work and at home, but is offered sympathy from his colleague Pia.
#14 - The Right Shade of Brown
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 13, 2013
Chaos and confusion rule in the party rooms of the New Democrats. Chaos also rules at home as Gustav is sick, and Birgitte and the children move into a new, cheaper apartment. Birgitte has a problem with one of her hands.
#15 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 2010
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.
#16 - What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (1)
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 6, 2011
Birgitte's government is losing steam -- internal differences are growing and only compromise legislation is being passed. Just as opinion polls indicate Birgitte may lose the next election, financier Joachim Crohne emerges with an idea that could save her political career. But can his motives be trusted? Meanwhile, Kasper and Katrine are growing close again, but their jobs are at odds: Katrine's role is to uncover secrets, while Kasper's is to conceal them.
#17 - 100 Days
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 2010
The revelation of an American prisoner transport in Greenland causes scandal upon the new government's first one hundred days in office.
#18 - What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (2)
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 2011
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?
#19 - Decency in the Middle
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2010
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.
#20 - The Silly Season
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2010
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.
#21 - Count to 90
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 2010
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.
#22 - Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 3, 2013
There is unrest amongst the New Democrats when the sex trade is placed on the agenda. In Copenhagen, police have found three women who have been locked up and forced to have sex against their will. The case causes the political parties to discuss the need for a law prohibiting the purchase of sex in Denmark. During the negotiations on the bill, however, Birgitte requests time for reflection when she becomes in doubt about what prostitutes themselves actually want or need. This comes as a disappointment to Katrine, who supports a rapid ban. Torben's problems escalate when his boss, Alex, finds out about his affair. Katrine and Kasper work out where it all went wrong in their relationship. Birgitte wonders whether to introduce Jeremy to her children, while he has concerns for her health.
#23 - The Art of the Possible
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 2010
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.
#24 - Plant a Tree
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 2011
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.
#25 - An Extraordinary Remark
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 27, 2011
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?