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Denmark's new friends

It looks like last year's Danish cartoons row may have actually helped Denmark's exports:
While Danish milk products were dumped in the Middle East, fervent rightwing Americans started buying Bang & Olufsen stereos and Lego. In the first quarter of this year Denmark's exports to the US soared 17%. The British writer Christopher Hitchens organised a buy-Danish campaign. Among the thousands of emails sent to Rose was one from an American soldier serving in Iraq. "He told me he was sitting in Iraq, watching a game of football and drinking a can of Carlsberg," Rose said.

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Posted by: El Bizarro bizarro.typepad.com/lowbagger_world Sat Sep 30 11:35:37 2006

Well, it's not like they were exporting a lot of Carlsberg to Pakistan or Saudi Arabia after all. B&O stereos and Lego are also pretty rare items in the Bazaars of Somalia or Yemen, so you could hardly say it was going to do them much harm. Heck, half the Pakistanis I'm working with here in the "land of the pure" thought the cartoons came from Norway...

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