Denmark invented the sport of handball (sort of) and has some of the world's best international teams. The sport is relatively obscure in English speaking countries (UK, USA, Australia etc.). In this episode Sam and Josefine speak with the Head of the Danish Handball Federation to discuss all things handball, and what this means for DenmarkSpotifyApple Podcasts
The sport of handball has a rich history in Denmark.
The country invented the modern form of the game (so the story goes) and the men's team are the two-time reigning world champions.
In this episode, Sam and Josefine speak with the head of the Danish Handball Federation, Morten Stig Christensen, about his view on the sport and what it means for the country.
Through the discussions, a number of questions are answered, such as:
and the big question for people living in Denmark: why is handball so popular in Jutland (rural Denmark).
We provide answers to all these, as well as a discussion of how Danish foreninger (associations) represent a core component of Danish culture.
Sam decided to go right to the source of handball in Denmark by reaching out to the Danish Handball Federation. A couple of weeks' later he sat down in the office of the Director General (and former national player) Morten Stig Christensen.
Morten showed Sam around his office and they chatted for a couple of hours about the history of the sport, Morten's perspectives on what it means for the country and, as he was uniquely placed to do, the direction he and the organisation want the sport to take.
Morten also generously answered Sam's many (newbie) questions about the sport which, if you don't know much about the sport, you might find helpful too.
If Morten could "import" players from another sport to play handball what would it be? Listen towards the end to find out!
Have you ever thought about how handball encapsulates Danish culture?
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