“We are the champions – of the world!” This line from a chart-topping rock ballad could have come from Mette Frisk Jensen, corruption expert at Aarhus University. A constitutional monarchy with its very own Queen, Denmark has long been among the world’s top-five least corrupt countries. Fortunately, kickbacks and pay-offs are not dissolving its social glue, which is more than a lucky blend of trust and democracy. But people might not expect to find Denmark’s way to the top paved by absolute monarchs, wars with Sweden, and even national bankruptcy.
Mette Frisk Jensen, Corruption