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Contraception in Copenhagen

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3602
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

The first thing you notice in Copenhagen is that people are slim. Then you notice the bikes, parked in vast numbers both in the city and beside rural railway stations throughout Denmark. How delightful it must be to live in a flat country where cyclists have the right of way.

The Danish empire once stretched from Greenland to southern England. A thousand years later the Danes seem relaxed about having let it go, but I think it’s a shame that these amiable people lost the battle of Hastings. I blame their snobbish cousins …

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