The Fortress

10 Best Episodes of The Fortress

Borgen (The Government) is a drama series about the fight for political power – and about the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage The central figure is the 40-year old political leader Birgitte Nyborg, who through her idealism and huge effort secures her party a landslide victory and thus faces the biggest challenge of her life: how most effectively to use the newly won seats, and how far she is willing to go in order to gain as much influence as possible. Privately, Birgitte leads a happy family life with her husband and two children. She is a woman with a burning commitment, a big heart and little time. Will she be able to be a successful and professional top politician and stay true to herself at the same time?

Written by Sophie and last updated on oct 09, 2020.

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#15 - Battle Ready (Season 2 - Episode 4)

After Bjørn Marrot's exit, Höxenhaven steps in as the new party leader, jumping at the opportunity to exploit the turn of events. When pirates hijack a Danish ship off Somalia's coast, Höxenhaven diverts attention from Birgitte, who badly needs a success story. Meanwhile, compromising photos of Höxenhaven turn up at the Ekspres. Laugesen wants to use them against Höxenhaven, but Katrine is skeptical.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 133 votes.

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#14 - Decency in the Middle (Season 1 - Episode 1)


Three days before an election, party leader Birgitte Nyborg shakes up her campaign by denouncing her closest ally, sensitive information about the prime minister's shopping expenses lands in the wrong hands, and the rising star of the evening news is shaken by an unexpected death.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 253 votes.

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#13 - The Fall (Season 3 - Episode 7)

When prime minister Lars Hesselboe calls a general election, he takes everyone by surprise. TV1 swing into action, as do the political parties. However, with Birgitte undergoing daily radiation treatment, she is already struggling to keep up with work. How long can she keep making excuses and keep her illness a secret?

The episode was rated 8.06 from 146 votes.

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#12 - In Brussels No One Can Hear You Scream (Season 2 - Episode 2)


Birgitte Nyborg must appoint a new EU-commissioner and her old mentor, Sejrø, is the obvious candidate. Seeing it as a ploy to get rid of him, Sejrø refuses Birgitte's offer, which leads to a power play with serious consequences. Meanwhile, Kasper prepares to move in with his girlfriend, Lotte, but is haunted by his history with Katrine. Katrine and Hanne have grown closer, united by daily battles with their boss at Ekspres: Michael Laugesen.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 137 votes.

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#11 - The Land is Built on Law (Season 3 - Episode 2)

Birgitte decides to start a new party. At TV1, Torben Friis is under pressure to report less bad news.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 149 votes.

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#10 - If You Never Change Your Mind (Season 3 - Episode 8)


As election day nears, Birgitte comes clean to her party about her recent performance. Meanwhile, unable to make their mark with the opposition's policies, the New Democrats try to highlight the differences between their party and the Moderates. But when Jacob Kruse steals a key policy, a mole is suspected within the party.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 132 votes.

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#9 - See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil (Season 1 - Episode 7)

The discovery of illegal surveillance of a left-wing party brings into question the prime minister's friendship with the party's spokeswoman as well as her faith in her own minister of justice.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 166 votes.

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#8 - The Sanctity of Private Life (Season 2 - Episode 9)


Laura's illness has worsened over the past few months, and Birgitte now feels terrible about failing to recognize it. When Laura's psychiatrist suggests admitting her to a private psychiatric hospital, Birgitte and Phillip immediately agree. This move becomes problematic when Birgitte's own tax reforms force her to pay out of pocket for the hospital cost. At home, Birgitte and Phillip are rediscovering some of their lost love, despite Philip's continued relationship with Cecilie.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 147 votes.

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#7 - What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (2) (Season 2 - Episode 8)

The eyes of the world are on Copenhagen and Birgitte Nyborg as peace talks draw near between North and South Kharun. Everyone has been working around the clock, and although Kasper is now living with Katrine, they rarely see each other. When Birgitte realizes Denmark is only a small piece in a major international power game, her negotiation skills are put to the test. Can she end the bloody civil war?

The episode was rated 8.15 from 130 votes.

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#6 - First Tuesday in October (Season 1 - Episode 10)


A year after taking office, the prime minister's approval ratings are low, her government is in internal conflict, and her marriage is hanging by a thread. As she prepares for another year in parliament, what can be saved?

The episode was rated 8.17 from 154 votes.

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#5 - Sense and Sensibility (Season 3 - Episode 9)

With the general election nearing, the mudslinging begins. Can Birgitte keep both her integrity and win votes? Can TV1 win viewers with their new election debate format?

The episode was rated 8.23 from 142 votes.

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#4 - An Extraordinary Remark (Season 2 - Episode 10)


In the season finale, Birgitte is on a month leave from her post as prime minister to focus on family, and Hans-Christian Thorsen, Labor Party chairman, has positioned himself to be her possible successor. Birgitte is torn about whether or not she will return to work. Meanwhile, as Kasper and Katrine hunt for apartments together, their plan is derailed by an argument about the possibility of having children. Will one of them relent?

The episode was rated 8.29 from 146 votes.

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#3 - Divide and Rule (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Allegations of corruption in connection with military spending has consequences even for the prime minister's husband, who has accepted a new job.

The episode was rated 8.36 from 152 votes.

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#2 - The Election (Season 3 - Episode 10)


The day of the election finally arrives. However, politics is not the only thing on Birgitte's mind.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 152 votes.

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#1 - Them and Us (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Just as Birgitte's new government is getting back on track after the Green Party's exit, internal strife erupts among coalition partners. This time it's from the right, as Svend Åge Madsen submits a bill to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years -- an issue that splits the political system. Meanwhile, Laura is recovering from a panic attack, but Birgitte won't admit to herself that her daughter is ill.

The episode was rated 8.41 from 145 votes.

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