Video: “Do It for Denmark” reveals demographic trap for Western nations

posted at 12:41 pm on March 27, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Sex sells, so the axiom instructs, and it’s at least true for page views of this travel agency’s latest PR effort. After hitting YouTube yesterday, the mildly-NSFW ad already has almost 400,000 page views, mostly due to the sultry sales pitch for planning a little procreation on Danish holiday travels. Noting the precarious decline of the fertility rate among Danes, Spies Travel will hold a contest for those who become pregnant while on tour through the romantic cities of Europe (via NPR):

Terence McCoy writes at the Washington Post that while Danes don’t have “a sex problem, per se,” they do have a serious birth-rate issue — and it has big implications for public policy in the near future:

According to government statistics, Denmark posted a birth rate of 10 per 1,000 residents in 2013 — its lowest in decades. The nation’s birthrate was  9.9 in 1983.

Denmark’s perennially low birth rate places it with Germany (8.33), Japan (8.39) and Singapore (7.72). And the downward trend has left people worried in Denmark. Most couples say they want two or three kids, according to the Copenhagen Post, but one in five couples wind up childless. …

According to its promotion, the company will give prizes to couples who get pregnant while on vacations purchased through them. First, the couple must select a “romantic” city — it recommends Paris and Rome — then “let yourself be seduced by the city pulse.”

Afterward, upon successful sex, the couple is to shoot off a positive pregnancy test and medical records to the company. Then they may win three years worth of free diapers.

The video hints at the problem in Western nations, which is not so much the lack of babies as it is the growing number of older adults in systems with extensive social-support systems. The ad itself doesn’t even bother to make its pitch on the basis of boosting Danish culture as much as it does a self-serving plea for more future workers to support the expanding number of pensioners. Instead, it features an attractive woman in various (but work-safe) states of undress as the enticement to win some free diapers and to be able to claim that “you did your duty.”

While the entire concept is amusing, it’s also astonishingly utilitarian in both substance and presentation. Is the only value of children in Denmark (and other similarly situated countries) their contribution to the pensions of others? Given the widespread acceptance of abortion in the West, perhaps we should not be surprised by this, but it’s still a rather grim and constricted view of the value of life and the blessings of family.

If Western nations want to solve the crisis in social-support programs, they should start by reforming them to operate independent of how many future workers have to support the future retirees, and make them operate completely on in-year revenues. There are a number of ways to do that, some less politically palatable than others, but none of which consign future workers to servitude to others as we have done over the last several decades. The cultural and moral values of the West would certainly be improved by higher birth rates — but especially if the West finally recognized the sanctity, blessings, and value of life itself as its legacy to the world. Re-establishing that should be our duty.


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Just tie all social benefits to how many children you produce that grow up and actually pay taxes and work.

That would force parents to reproduce and actually make sure their children get jobs and work. Therefore problem solved.

William Eaton on March 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

That was cute.

MJBrutus on March 27, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Oh, cheer up. No-one is pulling her strings.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Just tie all social benefits to how many children you produce that grow up and actually pay taxes and work.

That would force parents to reproduce and actually make sure their children get jobs and work. Therefore problem solved.

William Eaton on March 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I agree. Then once everyone is milked off other people’s children, just end it completely!

astonerii on March 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Otay,..what was that lock thingy????

It’s a bridge in Paris. People attach a lock to the fence, then throw the key in the river, symbolically locking away their troubles.

Mohonri on March 27, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Mohonri: Really,..well thats a first I’ve heard about that!

And here I thought,..ahems,..he was un-locking her,
and tossing the lock away, just to be sure!!:)

canopfor on March 27, 2014 at 1:26 PM

No, not troubles, and not her specifically. See Wikipedia. It’s actually quite a problem in some places.

Marcola on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Reporting for duty…

Kuffar on March 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

So with the Eiffel tower at 1:00, was that on purpose? Not sure why I picked up on that.

tommer74 on March 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Survival of the fittest, isn’t it? If you can’t outbreed the Muslims and can’t conscience to slow down their immigration, who’s fitter?

Axeman on March 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

It goes deeper than that. There is an undercurrent of anti-humanism running throughout the Leftist worldview. To environmentalists, humanity is a ruthless exploiter and ravager of Nature, a canker sore on the lower lip of Mother Gaia. To the faux-feminists to whom you referred, children are a hindrance, an obstacle, and the idea of women-as-mothers is a vestige of patriarchal dominance and gender oppression; thus, abortion is a sacrament. To the queer studies crowd, the promotion of childbirth and families is an archaic heteronormative construct. To a zero-sum Malthusian, people are consumers and destroyers requiring careful balance and occasional culling. And so on.

You see the common thread? Their ideas (and rules and regulations and laws and social inculturation) discourage propagation. What the Left is after, in one way or another, whether they admit it (or are even aware of it) or not, is the suicide of man.

I keep thinking of Pierrot’s line from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s ‘Aria de Capo’: “Don’t stand so near me! I am become a socialist. I love Humanity; but I hate people.”

troyriser_gopftw on March 27, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Yes, sir. That’s a quality post.

Axeman on March 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Shouldn’t the idea that Danes have to reproduce be considered xenophobic?

I wonder if the conservativophobics would find it so…

Axeman on March 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Finally watched the video. Emma is 30. That’s the problem. She’s already past her prime childbearing years and is on the cusp of having waited TOO LONG.

ConstantineXI on March 27, 2014 at 3:29 PM

That is very typical for women nowadays. hedonism in your 20s and quickly lock down a man in your 30s. of course, this strategy hasn’t really worked as evidenced by the falling marriage and birth rates in this country.

IR-MN on March 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM

I’d like her better if her head were shaved. But then she’d get kicked out of school.

WhatSlushfund on March 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Survival of the fittest, isn’t it? If you can’t outbreed the Muslims and can’t conscience to slow down their immigration, who’s fitter?

Axeman on March 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

The world is waking.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2014 at 6:10 PM

That is very typical for women nowadays. hedonism in your 20s and quickly lock down a man in your 30s.

IR-MN on March 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Truth.

WhatSlushfund on March 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Junior will be so proud when he learns he was procreated to serve as a wage slave for older generations of Danes…and his parents prostituted themselves for a mere supply of diapers.

I say we need to worship the geniuses of social policy in Europe. Forward!

in_awe on March 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Three years worth of dipes is a pretty good chunk of change, but insignificant next to the cost of raising the child to maturity (age 27 or thereabouts, these days).
Heck, it’s still less than the cost of the vacation part of the deal (what, Danes don’t have private bedrooms at home or something??)

Conservatives are often accused (sometimes correctly) of claiming that welfare mamas deliberately have more kids to get more welfare payments.
No sane Conservative really thinks that they net out ahead, in the long run; however, it is easy to see that left-voting welfare dependants who procreate instead of aborting might actually believe that they do.

AesopFan on March 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Oh dear secular humanism, what have you wrought?

Murphy9 on March 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM

No sane Conservative really thinks that they net out ahead, in the long run; however, it is easy to see that left-voting welfare dependants who procreate instead of aborting might actually believe that they do.

AesopFan on March 27, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Excuse me? My wife and I both currently work >65 hour work weeks, for the privilege of our tax bracket.

I go Galt in less than 6 months.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Count me in as a staunch opponent of muslim immigration, but this whole “Europe will be overtaken by Islam” is exaggerated.

Most European countries have a muslim population less than 5%. An exception is France, primarily due to past colonial interests in North Africa. Some countries, such as Finland, Iceland and most of Eastern Europe has a tiny muslim population (< 0.5%, smaller than the US).

Take Denmark as an example. With a muslim population of appx 4%, it's muslim population is about a 1/3 of that of Russia (12%). And Denmark's fertility rate is higher than Russia's. So it would be more realistic to talk of a muslim takeover of Russia before Denmark or most of Western Europe.

Norwegian on March 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

I’m sure their versions of the DHS have stock piled hollow points for what comes next too.

What? Euroweenies stockpiling ammo? They don’t have much in the way of TEA party types to prepare for do they?

On the other hand, it’d be a safe bet that the mosques there are well stocked.

hawkeye54 on March 27, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Oh dear secular humanism, what have you wrought?

Murphy9 on March 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM

What was intended, I suppose. Eradication of the evil white Eurocentric culture and race.

hawkeye54 on March 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

The cultural and moral values of the West would certainly be improved by higher birth rates — but especially if the West finally recognized the sanctity, blessings, and value of life itself as its legacy to the world. Re-establishing that should be our duty.

F that. Do it for Denmark. Back to 19th century style nationalism.

vlad martel on March 27, 2014 at 7:24 PM

F that. Do it for Denmark. Back to 19th century style nationalism.

vlad martel on March 27, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Which, oddly enough, in retrospect, had a future.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2014 at 7:38 PM

She does not seem like the good mother type.

She’s the one you have the fling with on the side, but not the one who gets your love, protection, provding, and suffering for let alone a good father for the kids.

KirknBurker on March 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Which, oddly enough, in retrospect, had a future.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Those 19th century guys knew much we’ve forgotten.

vlad martel on March 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM

That is very typical for women nowadays. hedonism in your 20s and quickly lock down a man in your 30s. of course, this strategy hasn’t really worked as evidenced by the falling marriage and birth rates in this country.

IR-MN on March 27, 2014 at 5:42 PM

I’m not helping the problem. I am 41, have held a stead, professional job for over 20 years (I work in IT) but have never found a woman.

ConstantineXI on March 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

She does not seem like the good mother type.

She’s the one you have the fling with on the side, but not the one who gets your love, protection, provding, and suffering for let alone a good father for the kids.

KirknBurker on March 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Men will put up with a lot for a girl that looks that good.

But as I said, she’s 30 and at the age where those looks are about to crash into a wall.

ConstantineXI on March 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

She does not seem like the good mother type.

KirknBurker on March 27, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Completely agreed.

Not about the ‘fling on the side’ part, however. If you want a stable home for your family and you want your kids to grow up to respect you, that’s not on the menu.

Men will put up with a lot for a girl that looks that good.

ConstantineXI on March 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Considering the marriage, divorce, and out-of-wedlock rates in the U.S., I’d say more and more men are finding they don’t have to ‘put up with’ hardly anything any more, and they can still get what they want.

Marriage and parenting are hard work; sex, and getting it, isn’t. That’s why so many men split after they make the only contribution they’ll ever make to their offspring(s) life…sperm.

xNavigator on March 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM

But as I said, she’s 30 and at the age where those looks are about to crash into a wall.

ConstantineXI on March 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

My wife is both older than you, and hotter than her.

Bite me. :)

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

I go Galt in less than 6 months.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Would love to hear more details. I still can’t wrap my head around actually making that work.

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

I’m not helping the problem. I am 41, have held a stead, professional job for over 20 years (I work in IT) but have never found a woman.

ConstantineXI on March 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

It’s 95% attitude. A steady professional job goes a long way these days. I have had many women ( I am older than you) let me know, they just want a “provider”. So be one.

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Would love to hear more details. I still can’t wrap my head around actually making that work.

Midas on March 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

wife and I both professionals. The gov’t will end up paying us for me to quit. How stupid is that?

WryTrvllr on March 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Norwegian on March 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Before you dismiss this prediction as “exaggerated”, you might want to dig a little deeper. The problem is not the current percentage of Muslims in the population of Denmark, or any other European country — England, for example — rather, compare that figure to the percentage of Muslims under 10 years old in the population in question. The rate of change would be another useful datum to know.

“Time and I against any two.” ~~ Baltasar Gracian

RedPepper on March 27, 2014 at 11:36 PM

If he couldn’t get sufficiently – er – “inspired” by her without traveling out of the country, there is something very wrong with him.

RegularJoe on March 28, 2014 at 12:02 AM

Which is exactly what I’ve been saying your years about social security. We’re having less and less children, so when I’m old there won’t be enough people to support what I put into the “system”.

dougless on March 28, 2014 at 12:05 AM

from Europe, maintain residences in two countries and travel extensively. Aside from their typical concentrations in bigger cities they are virtually nonexistent in vast swaths of the continent.

True, muslims are definitely overrepresented in crime statistics and they might be a higher percentage of youth than the overall population, although I don’t think the difference is that big:
http://islamineurope.blogspot.com/2009/08/demographics-muslim-youth-5.html?m=1

You also have to also realize that the political winds have changed in Europe in recent years. Anti-immigration and generally conservative political parties have been making headways across the board. The days of unrestricted immigration from poor muslin countries are over. And unlike for instance the Hispanic population in the US, the muslim population in Europe is too small to make a decisive electoral impact.

Yes, Europe has huge structural problems and the welfare state is collapsing. But they are not being “overtaken” by Islam anytime soon imho.

Norwegian on March 28, 2014 at 2:38 AM

Norwegian on March 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM

From http://www.pewforum.org/2011/01/27/the-future-of-the-global-muslim-population/

In Europe as a whole, the Muslim share of the population is expected to grow by nearly one-third over the next 20 years, rising from 6% of the region’s inhabitants in 2010 to 8% in 2030. In absolute numbers, Europe’s Muslim population is projected to grow from 44.1 million in 2010 to 58.2 million in 2030. The greatest increases – driven primarily by continued migration – are likely to occur in Western and Northern Europe, where Muslims will be approaching double-digit percentages of the population in several countries. In the United Kingdom, for example, Muslims are expected to comprise 8.2% of the population in 2030, up from an estimated 4.6% today. In Austria, Muslims are projected to reach 9.3% of the population in 2030, up from 5.7% today; in Sweden, 9.9% (up from 4.9% today); in Belgium, 10.2% (up from 6% today); and in France, 10.3% (up from 7.5% today).

Doesn’t sound catastrophic — but this is only a projection of 20 years into the future. By all means, take comfort in the fact that drastic change won’t occur “any time soon.”

Compound interest, in the long run, will produce huge changes — it’s all a question of how much time is involved, and whether or not the underlying conditions/assumptions are likely to change. Are the Europeans likely to rediscover an urge to have more children? What’s your best guess?

As the Afghanis say, “You (Americans) have the watches; we have the time.”

RedPepper on March 28, 2014 at 6:08 AM

The cultural and moral values of the West would certainly be improved by higher birth rates

Huh?

Just by merely having more children, it will improve the cultural and moral values?

If anything it would seem Darwin is at work and each generation gets more depraved.

ButterflyDragon on March 28, 2014 at 7:05 AM

If the grand prize is three years of diapers, second place is probably…a selfie with the Danish Prime Minister?

percysunshine on March 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM

One group of people in the US is reproducing and providing future workers. Hispanics. We should try to win these people over as they have certain conservative tendencies that Republicans seem to be unable to contemplate. Time to stop warring with them.

eaglephin on March 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

RedPepper on March 28, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Well, if the muslim population is 10% a generation from now, that is still a far cry from “taking over”. Besides, these things are hard to project. I remember reading an article back in the mid 90s which predicted a 25% muslim contingent in France by 2015. Here we are, and it is still stuck in single digits.

We also know birthrates are falling among muslims in general. Birth rates in large Islamic countries like Indonesia are already below replacement rates and are expecting to fall further:
http://terryorisms.com/2009/05/09/muslim-birthrates-falling-worldwide/

I generally think demographic concerns are often hyperbolic and based on shoddy assumptions. The same is true for the United States. I seriously doubt there will be non-white majority in the US as soon as some predicts.

Norwegian on March 28, 2014 at 11:07 AM

No country has ever recovered from a birth rate as low as those found in most of Europe, Russia, and Japan. They are going out of business and will be taken over by those who still have an interest in breeding: their Muslim populations.

Stick a fork in her: she’s done.

PD Quig on March 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Well, if the muslim population is 10% a generation from now, that is still a far cry from “taking over”. Besides, these things are hard to project. I remember reading an article back in the mid 90s which predicted a 25% muslim contingent in France by 2015. Here we are, and it is still stuck in single digits.

Muslims need not become a majority of the population to bend it to their will. They are willing to burn, murder, and otherwise make good on threats of physical violence. Sharia law is making headway all over Europe.

Just keep whistling past the graveyard. There is nothing to be worried about.

PD Quig on March 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Agree with PDQuig. There was an article a while back based on a book by Dr. Peter Hammond and put on free republic the upshot of which is that at even small portions of a nation, moslems are a threat to those nations.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1994698/posts

Angineer on March 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

If the Danes don’t start procreating at a faster clip, Denmark will be a Muslim country.

Oh, wait, that applies to much of the rest of Europe as well!

Colony14 on March 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Think I’m going to move to Denmark and do my part to help this lovely lady to repopulate the motherland!

OxyCon on March 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

There’s no lack of men willing to have sex with hot blond chicks or get married to them.

The issue is do the hot blond chicks actually want to have kids?

Karmashock on March 29, 2014 at 12:59 AM

Do you have to be Danish? Can you send that blonde to my house? :-)

kjatexas on March 30, 2014 at 9:13 AM

Also:

The fertility rate is only 1/2 the equation. Age at first childbirth is just as important. Anyone who omits either, is willfully lying to you.

WryTrvllr on March 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM

I think that one of the many problems with liberal societies is that sane people don’t want to raise children in them.

kregg on March 31, 2014 at 5:25 AM

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