Is Rehn the EU Commission’s Carrie Bradshaw?

February 12, 2010
The new European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn likens himself to Carrie Bradshaw, the lead character in television show Sex and the City, and thinks his small hometown in Finland is the centre of the world.

“I’d be Carrie, I guess, since I like to write,” he told the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat when asked about which character in the show he most resembles.

In the TV series, the promiscuous Bradshaw searched for true love and its meaning in the contemporary world in her newspaper column.


But while Bradshaw — played by Sarah Jessica Parker — thought her native New York was the centre of world and felt out of place in Paris, Rehn set her straight.  “The world revolves around Mikkeli,” Rehn said, referring to his hometown with a population of 49,000 in southeastern Finland.

Finally, when asked about which EU country he finds the most annoying, Rehn said he cannot answer the question, but added: “Not Greece, that’s for sure.”

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i’m embarrassed to know this, but carrie bradshaw is not a new york native. there is an episode in which she mentions she has been in new york for 15 years, so she could not have been born there seeing as she is in her mid to late thirties in the show.

it is quite true, however, that she thought new york (more precisely, manhattan) was “the centre of the world”.

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