Module 9: Global Times, After 1973

By Thorsten Borring Olesen, PhLic, Professor, and Helle Strandgaard Jensen, PhD, Associate Professor, Aarhus University 

The history of Denmark after 1973 is very much a story of how the country has become more Europeanised and globalised. Denmark has become increasingly integrated into new international frameworks, primarily through its membership in the EC/EU but also via its role in more informal global networks within the media, finance and migration – all of which have been affected by the development of information technology. Denmark’s history after 1973 is also a story of innovation and the transformation of the political system, culture, the welfare state and society’s fundamental notions of gender and family. Since the end of the Cold War, Denmark has also been involved in armed peace missions and even war, and the issue of climate change has made its way to the top of the political agenda. However, not everything has changed. In 2023, the territory and the constitution remained the same, democracy (despite major changes) remained intact, the monarchy was still in good shape and, despite various upheavals, Denmark had managed to maintain its position as one of the world’s wealthiest countries.

Watch this introduction to the module where Thorsten Borring Olesen discusses a series of key points for the period after 1973. The film is in Danish with English subtitles, and lasts about eight minutes. Click 'CC' and choose 'English' or 'Danish' for subtitles.