Like most political issues addressed on "Borgen," the show's depiction of the country's involvement in the War in Afghanistan is true to life. The season two premiere found Birgitte visiting Denmark's troops stationed in Afghanistan. Even though she wanted to remove the troops from day one of her prime ministry, she ultimately convinces parliament to vote against the withdrawal and in favor of devoting more money to military spending. This week's episode, "Plant a Tree," showed one of the repercussions of her actions -- it influenced the Green Party's resignation from the coalition government.
"89,000 Children" aired in Denmark in late September 2011 and was most likely shot the year before during parliamentary talks of military withdrawal. Ironically, the episode aired on KCET a few days after the final Danish combat troops left Camp Price -- the military base that Birgitte visited on the show -- in Helmand province late June, ending Denmark's 12-year involvement in the war. The withdraw was initially planned for the end of 2014.
Here's what you need to know about the country's involvement in the war:
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