As Denmark had General Elections on Thursday June 18, Danes in the area were invited to cast their distance votes at Innovation Center Denmark while viewing live streaming from the counting of the votes as “kringle” was served in the Palo Alto office.
Innovation Center Denmark hosted members of the Danish community in Silicon Valley during two events related to the General Elections this last month.
It is a long standing tradition to celebrate with a portion of “Valgflæsk” – Election Pork – and that tradition was honored on Wednesday June 10, though making it a more American “Election Ribs”-version, as well as offering a vegetarian option.
The Wednesday event gathered more than 40 Danes from the area, and besides the chance to vote, the participants were in for a talk by the Danish researcher Jonas Hedegaard Hansen, who is currently in the Valley studying at UC Berkeley as part of his PhD. He is affiliated with the UCPH Center for Elections and Political Parties, and talked about popularity of politicians, participation percentages, and the differences between the US and Danish elections.
The election results can be seen here and included some drastic changes as well as a change of prime minister. The new members are in office for a four year term. At the time of deadline the parties were still negotiating how the new government will be constituted.