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The Murmur turns 1!

 
The June 2015 issue is now on the streets, marking one full year of The Murmur!

We released our first issue in June 2014, which means The Murmur has now turned one! We have printed 568 pages over 13 issues and more than 200,000 individual copies. The idea was to create a serious English-language journalistic platform in Denmark, and we could not have succeeded without the thousands of readers and dozens of contributors. We are overjoyed and have big plans for the future – get in touch if you have any good ideas!

There’s no time to rest on our laurels, however, because there’s still so much more to talk about. By the time our next issue is published, Denmark will probably have a new government. The election was called just before we went to print, so you won’t find much about it inside. But perhaps that’s for the best. The political chatter will reach a deafening volume over the coming weeks, and hopefully we can be a refuge from that.

We are a monthly, after all. We can hardly keep up with the micro-scandals, slip-ups and gaffes that make politics seem so trivial. But politics is anything but trivial, and the choice of government will have an enormous impact on Denmark, particularly on unemployment benefits, taxation and immigration.

When we interviewed Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen of the far-left party Enhedslisten in November, we asked her how she could be friends with her political opponents. Her answer was that conflicts of interest are a fact of life – you just have to learn to negotiate them.

We think this is an important message. Danish politics is rather special because it is consensus-seeking rather than adversarial. Our hope – however naive – is that this culture of compromise and negotiation continues regardless of who wins.

But if there were one policy that needs to be kicked to the ground, it’s the right wing block’s proposal to reduce the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12. It’s stupid, counterproductive and unnecessary. Stop it.

Enough politics. This issue, we’ve got some really interesting content. On the cover is Thomas Fleurquin whose Distortion Festival turns Copenhagen into a massive rave party for one week each year. We also interview both an ‘exopolitician’, who thinks governments might be hiding information about UFOs, and an ordinary local politician, whose handicap caused him to be excluded from negotiating the disability services budget.

Steffen Stubager goes to Jamaica and meets an illegal cannabis farmer who is struggling to pay the bills, and Alice Minor explains the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Henry Richards helps us understand the problem with surveillance, while radio station The Lake gives us some amazing music tips.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Check the ‘Find a Copy’ link at the top of the page to see where you can pick one up. It’s been a total pleasure making it, and can’t wait to get started on the next year!

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