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Lego is an example of how capital in Denmark, unlike in the Republic, is rooted in locality, family and society. Photograph: iStock

Lego is an example of how capital in Denmark, unlike in the Republic, is rooted in locality, family and society. Photograph: iStock

A couple of years ago, I was in a small Danish town called Tønder, which is about the size of Youghal or Thurles. It’s a pretty Hanseatic settlement in the flat marshlands that stretch towards the horizon far across the border with Germany.

It’s also a kind of company town. I was there because my son was working for the Danish shoe manufacturer Ecco.

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