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Denmark Implores Warmer Countries To Help Danish Tourists Prevent Sunburn

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Citizens of tourist hotspots, Denmark needs your help. Danes love traveling to sunny locales for vacation because Denmark doesn't get a lot of sun. Their top five destinations are Thailand, France, Greece, Spain and Italy.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Here's the problem - the sun has no love for Danes.

PETER DALUM: We are number five in the world with regard to how many skin cancers we get in relation to how many people we are.

CORNISH: That's Peter Dalum. He runs the Danish Sun Safety Campaign at the Danish Cancer Society.

SIEGEL: The high rate of skin cancer among Danes inspired them to start a campaign. The goal - help pasty and pink Daines help themselves this summer with PSAs in Thai...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Speaking Thai).

CORNISH: ...Greek...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Speaking Greek).

SIEGEL: ...Italian...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Speaking Italian).

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CORNISH: ...Spanish...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Speaking Spanish).

SIEGEL: ...And French.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Speaking French).

SIEGEL: A stoic announcer behind a desk says Denmark needs your help. We Danes love your country, but there's a problem.

CORNISH: The PSA asks residents of those other countries to help any Dane they may see wandering about in the intense rays of the sun. The announcer suggests offering shade too, and applying sunscreen, while a chorus of sad and sunburnt Danes sing ow.

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UNIDENTIFIED CHOIR: (Singing) Ow. Ow.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: (Foreign language spoken).

SIEGEL: Peter Dalum says the response to the PSAs has been overwhelmingly positive, especially in Denmark.

DALUM: This is very typical Danish humor, where we are very sarcastic, especially towards ourselves. So we're sort of making fun of the Danes (laughter).

CORNISH: That's Peter Dalum of the Danish Sun Safety Campaign.

SIEGEL: Maybe Danes would be better served visiting Iceland.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHRIS JOSS SONG, "DRINK ME HOT") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.