A Brief Tour Through Denmark

*A Part of the Danish Cultural Heritage*
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Presentation of Denmark

This presentation of Denmark is designed and produced as one long page - and in a chronological order - which the editorial team find is the best way to portray the Danish nation - and also the most convenient method to learn about Denmark step by step in this brief profile that describes the Danish history - culture - heritage - every day life and the Danes behind it all. First we present a map of the country - then the birth of the Danish Kingdom - the capital and bigger cities - the Viking era - The Danish Monarchy - paving the way to democracy - religion and Christian culture - the Danish democracy - the flag - the history and landscape - Denmark at a glance - the Danish food culture - the Danish model - the Danish export companies - assistance and founding to the Third World - relationship to NATO - EU and the Danish Troops abroad - the Danes - the unofficial National anthem - the Danish emigrants and finally a picture gallery from all around Denmark called - This is Denmark.

The Cultural Heritage and the Danes
This is also a brief summery of the Danish Cultural Heritage and Christening of the Danes that reaches more than thousands years back in time - to the Protestant Reformation in 1536 - and until the Democratic Constitution was finally signed in June 1849 - as well as great credit to all the Danes that has contributed to build up the Danish Kingdom - Nation and Welfare Society through countless generations and numerous centuries.


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It is possible to shuffle trough the program and select different subjects in random order by just clicking the topic you find appropriate and interesting. To return to the index and menu - just press the headlines on the coloured bars.

This presentation will constantly be extended and changed with new topics about Denmark - until our separate Denmark-Portal is completed!


 
 
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The Viking Era
Paving the way to Democracy
     
     
     
     
     

 
Denmark Map
Denmark Map
The Kindom of Denmark
Facts about Denmark
Denmark is placed on top of Europe and a part of Scandinavia with its southern border towards Germany.
Native name:
Danmark (Dania) - (Hafnia)
Area:
43,093 km².
Population: 5,6 million.
Language: Danish
Coast line:
7,313 km.
Highest point: 173 m. Yding Skovhøj.
Biggest island: Sealand 7,031 km².
Islands: 450 - 90 inhabited.
Capital:
Copenhagen - (København)
(Biggest city in Scandinavia)
Currency: Danish Kroner. (DKK)
Time Zone: UCT+1.
Driving:
Right side
Religion:
Christian Protestant Church & Evangelical Lutheran - since 1536.
Government type: Parliamentary Democracy - Constitutional Monarchy.
Head of state: Queen Margrethe II.
Largest Cities and inhabitants

1. Copenhagen - 1,8 million + Greater Copenhagen
2. Århus - 290,000
3. Odense - 190,000
4. Aalborg - 168,000
5. Esbjerg - 88,000
 
 

The Kingdom of Denmark
Denmark is one of the oldest kingdoms in the world and dates back to the first Danish monarch - King "Gorm the Old" (910-958 - King of Denmark 930 - 958) - who established his reign in the 10th century. He was succeeded by his son King and historical legend "Harald Bluetooth" ( 911 - 987 - King of Denmark and Norway 958 - 985) - who erected a runic stone in year 964 A.C. over his parents burial plot at Jelling in Jutland. The stone has an inscription that praises him self for making all Danes Christians. "The Harald who won the whole of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity."

The National Coat of Arms

 
Christianity in Denmark since 964 A.C.
The Runic Stones at Jelling from 964 A.C. is recognised as a National Symbol - and the Danish Kingdom's Birth Certificate - indicating that Christianity had come to Denmark for over 1,000 years ago. Since - more than 3000 rural churches have been built and spread all over the country.
 
The Jelling Runic Stones from 964 A.C. is a World Heritage site
The Jelling Runic Stones - and the two surrounding royal burial mounds of King Gorm and his wife Queen Thyra of Denmark - as well as Jelling Church from 1050 A.C. is selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The brief description from the World Heritage list states that - The Jelling burial mounds and one of the runic stones are striking examples of pagan Nordic culture - while the other runic stone and the church illustrate the Christianisation of the Danish people towards the middle of the 10th century.
 


A

National
Symbol


Denmark's
Birth
Certificate










The Runic Stones at Jelling
The runic stones at Jelling 964 A.C are considered as the birth certificate of the Danish kingdom. It is King Gorm's runic stone in memory of his wife Thyra on the left - and King Harald's sepulchral monuments over his parents King Gorm and his mother Thyra Dannebod on the right.
Jelling Church from 1050
Jelling church built around year 1050 - where King "Gorm the Old" and his Queen "Thyra's" mound's are placed on each side of the church. The two royal burial mounds are the largest in Denmark - about 8.5 meters high and 65 meters wide. Jelling is a small village located on the Jutland peninsula.
 
The National Danish Church since 1536 - is the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Denmark is a Protestant country - where 90 % of all ethnic Danes are members of the National Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark (Den Danske Folkekirke). The Protestant Reformation was introduced in Denmark in 1536 - and fortunately for the Danes - the Evangelical Lutheran Church became the national church of Denmark - and since contributed to shape the Danes cultural background - heritage - and national identity.
 
 
 

The Danish Capital and other major cities

Copenhagen

Copenhagen (Sealand) is the Danish capital and Scandinavian’s largest city. Copenhagen was founded by the Danish bishop Absalon in 1167 - who built a little fortress on a small isle outside of the growing town that today is inhabited with over 1.8 million people - and is an international metropolis with the biggest airport in northern Europe. In Copenhagen the Danish parliament is located together with the Royal residence Amalienborg - as the capital became a regal city in 1443.
 
Århus
Århus is best known for its cultural engagement and university plus the old town.
Odense
Odense is best known as the birth place of famous H. C. Andersen on the isle of Funen.
Aalborg
Aalborg - the vibrant town of Jutland - located at the Limfjord that divides Jutland.
Esbjerg
Esbjerg is the centre of the offshore activities plus the oil and gas industry in Denmark.
 
Århus - Odense - Aalborg and Esbjerg
The other major cities in Denmark is Århus (Jutland) with almost 300,000 inhabitants - and best recognized for its cultural engagement and university - then Odense (Funen) - the birth town of famous Hans Christian Andersen - with nearly 200,000 citizens. After Odense comes Aalborg (Jutland) - famous for producing the Danish firewater called “Snaps” and with a population of 170,000 - and finally Esbjerg (Jutland) known for its off-shore activities - and former large fishing industry with over 90.000 living in the city.
 
See Onsite - History and Denmark Photo Gallery
 
 
 
 
Denmark is Vikings and Viking Country
The Vikings
Viking Country has throughout the time - obviously always been associated with Denmark and the - Home of the Vikings - as well as the heartland of the great Viking society during the historical Viking age and era from around 800 to about 1050 AC - which is a very important part of Denmark’s history and culture that formed the way to build up the Danish kingdom. As a descendant of the Vikings - ethnic Danes are commonly coupled with the terms of being a Viking - coming from the "Barbaric North" with adventurous blood running through their veins. More Viking stuff
 
The Vikings & North America
Map showing how the Vikings in the 9th and 10th century expanded their territory by exploiting their seafarer and navigation skills to find new trade routes around Europe and North America - as far east as to Turkey and Russia and as far west as to Iceland - Greenland and Newfoundland.
The Sea Stallion
Replica of the Sea Stallion (Havhingsten) Viking Ship that had a crew of 60-70 persons and was used for voyages to England and Ireland. The original ship was found at Roskilde Fjord in 1962 and now exhibited at the Viking Ship Museum. The vessel was the largest Viking ship ever built.


Denmark is
Viking Country

Vikings
come from the
"Barbaric North!"













 
 
 
 
The Royal Family and Monarchy
The Danish Royal Family and Monarchy is a very popular institution in Denmark - and is highly respected and supported by nearly all the Danes. The Kingdom of Denmark is a constitutional monarchy - and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has a constitutional role - which means that the sovereign cannot perform political acts independently - but she is still the head of the Danish state.
 
From King "Gorm" to Queen Margrethe II.
There is a straight monarchical line from old King "Gorm" (910-958) to our currently reigning monarch Queen Margrethe II - who has ancestral links stretching back over 1,000 years.
 


King Gorm
&
Queen Margrethe II

















King Gorm & Queen Thyra Dannebod
King Gorm the Old and his Queen Thyra Dannebod receiving the news of the death of his son Canute Dana Ast in England in 950s. King Harald Bluetooth succeeded the throne after his father King Gorm in 958. Painting by August Carl Vilhelm Thomsen.
Queen Margrethe II
Portrait of Queen Margrethe II, painted by Duo Duo Zhuang in 1992. The Queen succeeded to the throne in 1972 after her father King Frederik IX - and became the first female Danish Sovereign under the new Act of Succession from 1953.
 
 
The Danish Queen Margrethe II
 
 
 
 

The Danish Queen celebrated in 2010

The Danish Queen Margrethe II was celebrated thoroughly on her 70 year birthday on April 16th - 2010 by thousands of Danes from all over the Danish Kingdom. At 12:00 the Queen and her family received many warm and heartfelt greetings by the crowd of congratulators at Amalienborg Palace - and since the Monarch was celebrated at various events during the whole day that ended with a gala dinner at Fredensborg Palace for private friends.


Every year the Queen is celebrated on her birthday by thousands!
See event calendar  

 
Queen Margrethe - 70


Cliff Richard singing Congratulations for the Danish Queen - Video
 
40 Years on the Danish Throne - 1972-2012
 
40 Years on the Danish Throne - 1972-2012
 
Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark at their cozy Wine Castle Château de Caïx in Cahors in the southern part of France.
40 Years on the Danish Throne - 1972-2012
The Danish Queen Margrethe II - was celebrated together with the Royal family on her 40 years jubilee by all the Danes and royalist in Denmark in January -2012. The beloved and popular Queen has been the reigning monarch in Denmark for four decades from 1972 - 2012 - and is truly a national symbol that is heavily supported by 85-90% of the Danes. Within 40 years of reign the Danish Queen Margrethe II - has captured the hearts of the Danes - and her creativity and engagement in painting - music and dance has enriched the Danish cultural scene.

The Queen - Royal Family and Prince Consort
40 years on the Danish throne disserves cheerful congratulations and warm heartfelt greetings to the Queen of Denmark - as well as to the rest of the Royal family - with thanks to the Danish monarchy for many years of extraordinary and excellent service and performance to the entire Danish Kingdom. The Queen is also a respected Danish representative and monarch on the global scene - with her always supportive Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark by her side.



 
The Prince Consort and sons
Prince Henrik
of Denmark is the Queen's consort and the royal couple has two sons - Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim - Prince of Denmark.
 
Crown Prince Frederik
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is educated in the tough Danish Navy's Frogman Corps.
The Prince Consort & Crown Princess
Crown Princess Mary and father-in-law Prince Consort Henrik - are new members of the Danish Monarchy.
Amalienborg Palaces
The Royal residence Amalienborg Palace from 1750-1758 - built by King Frederik V (1723-1766).



The Royal
Danish
Family




 

 
The Crown Prince and Family
Crown Prince Frederik is married to Australian Mary Donaldson from Tasmania - now Mary Elizabeth - and Crown Princess of Denmark. The Royal couple has 4 children. Prince Christian - Princess Isabella and the twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. Baptism of the two Royal babies took place on April 14 - 2011 in The Old Royal Naval Church - Holmens Church.
 
Royal Personalities and Members of the Danish Monarchy Royal sites
 
Amalienborg Palaces - Royal residence
Amalienborg
 
The Yellow Palace - and the Royal Glücksborg Dynasty
Historical venue
 
Roskilde Cathedral - Danish Kings and Queens final resting place
Roskilde Cathedral is select by UNESCO as a World Heritage site - as this was the first Gothic Cathedral in Scandinavia to be built of brick in the 12th and 13th centuries - and it encouraged the spread of this building style throughout northern Europe. It has been the mausoleum and final resting place of the Danish royal family since the 15th century. Roskilde Cathedral is a great tourist attraction with more than 150,000 visitors every year.

Roskilde Cathedral


 
 
 
 
 

Four Danish Kings formed the new Democratic era in Denmark - 1788-1849

 
King Christian VII
King - 1766-1808
King Frederik VI
King - 1808-1839
King Christian VIII
King - 1839-1848
King Frederik VII
King - 1848-1863
 
From Absolute Monarchy to The Democratic Era
From 1660 - when the Absolute Monarchy was introduced in Denmark by King Frederik III (1609-1670 - King of Denmark and Norway 1648-1670) - Danish Kings had a tremendous power to governed the country - and their word was the law. But up trough a certain stage - four Danish Kings from the Royal House of Oldenburg...

- King Christian VII (1749-1808 - King of Denmark and Norway 1766-1808)
- King Frederik VI (1768-1839 - King of Denmark and Norway 1808-1839)
- King Christian VIII (1786-1848 - King of Denmark 1839-1848) and
- King Frederik VII (1808-1863 - King of Denmark 1848-1863)

...gave in for additional freedom to the Danish people bite by bite - and were more or less involved in the new democratic era starting with the year - when abolition of adscription took place in 1788 - up to the abolition of absolutism was a reality in 1848 - and until the Democratic Constitution was finally signed in June 1849 - by King Frederik VII.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Democratic era in Denmark
Religion and Democracy has played a vital role in Denmark since the protestant reformation in 1536 - during the reign of King Christian III (1503- 1559 - King of Denmark and Norway 1534-1559). The reformation was accomplished peacefully as Lutheranism spread throughout Denmark - and luckily for the Danes - the Danish National Church was establish with an Evangelical Lutheran background that was active and engaged in the Democratic era. The Danish culture and democracy has grown out of Christianity in Denmark - and is the cornerstone and fundamental base of the Danes democratic mindset and culture upbringing.
 
The Danish Constitution from 1849
1848 - The National Constitutional Assembly - painted by Constantin Hansen - at their first meeting in 1848. The new Danish Constitution was signed by King Frederik VII in 1849 that finally put an ending to the absolute monarchy from 1660. The Assembly was held at the second Christiansborg - and the painting is displayed at Frederiksborg Museum.
The Protestant Confirmation
Every year more than 50,000 Danish juveniles confirm their vow to God by sealing of the covenant made during the Holy Baptism. It has been for many generations a great tradition in Denmark that youngsters are confirmed by a confirmation ritual in the church - after one year of preparation together with their local priest.



The Danish
Constitution
from 1849

The
Evangelical
Lutheran
Church
Since 1536

 

 

 

 

 

 
"Folkekirken" - The Peoples Church - and the Democratic Constitution
Up to the 19th century the Danish State Church (Folkekirke - The Peoples Church) had great influence in forming the conditions for supporting modern democratic values and thinking - as well as the impact for setting the foundation for the present welfare state in close cooperation with the blossoming liberal movement in the 1830s - with demanding social and democratic reforms - that later paved the way for the Democratic Constitution in 1849 - which the Danish State Church (Folkekirken) is naturally a part of.
 
Religion and Christian Culture
The Danes have quite a relaxed relation to their Evangelical Lutheran Church and Christian upbringing - but always with a deep-hearted affection to their religion - which gives them lot of space for cultivating their social responsibility - gender equality - educational development and leisure activities - in their everyday hectic lifestyle. Over 90% of all ethnic Danes are members of the Protestant Danish Church - but a very few percent occupy their church pews on Sundays as church-goers - except for family celebrations and gatherings - where they are highly represented at Christenings - Confirmations - Weddings - or at other Christian events - or special holy occasions like Christmas and Easter.
 


Christian
Events
Holy Days
and
Family
Occasions











The Christian Wedding Ceremony
The Christian wedding ceremony takes less than a half hour - and over 30,000 couples get married in the church every year in Denmark.
Christmas and Easter
The churches are packed in Denmark at Christian events like Christmas and Easter with church-goers that attend the High Masses and holy occasions.
 
Protestant Inheritance
The Danes also participate heavily in celebrating all of the many public holidays related to their Protestant inheritance - as well as having great appreciation and respect for their thousand year old cultural background and national identity. That’s also a part of the Danish Cultural Heritage - and thousand years of eternal history.
 


The
Protestant
Reformation
1536




Constitution
Day
June 5th












Reformer Hans Tavsen
The Bronze relief - on the reformation monument - with the Lutheran monk and protestant reformer Hans Tavsen - who was the prime protagonist of the Danish Reformation and later became bishop of Ribe Cathedral - Jutland - until his death in 1561. The reformation monument is placed on The Bishop’s Square - just opposite of Copenhagen's Cathedral - The Church of Our Lady.
Grundlovsdag - June 5th
Every year and summer on June 5th - the democratic- and freedom-loving Danes celebrate their constitution day (Grundlovsdag) - with many political meetings and arrangements all over Denmark. Here a group of folk dancers from Funen with the traditional costumes from their region celebrating constitution day - which also is a national Flag Day and public holiday.
 
Denmark is an old Democracy
Danish democracy is rooted in the Democratic Constitution from 1849 - and the Danes have been governed by this well functional and strong democratic Constitution ever since - signed by King Frederik VII on the 5th of June - giving the Danes their personal liberty and democratic rights - which mainly means freedom of speech - freedom of the press and free elections. The Danish Parliament (Folketinget) is the sole organ empowered to legislate - and the supreme power is divided into three independent systems that controls each other namely the legislative - the executive and the judicial powers. Every year on the 5th of June the constitution day - Grundlovsdag - is celebrated with many arrangements and meetings by all of the democratic and freedom-loving Danes that are very proud of all the core values - which has contributed to built up their democratic nation.
Christiansborg Castle & The Danish Parliament 
The Constitution of Denmark (My Constitutional Act)
Christiansborg Castle & The Danish Parliament
King Frederik VII & The Danish Constitution
The equestrian statue of King Frederik VII - who signed the Danish constitution in 1849 - is placed in front of the Danish parliament. The King was the last monarch representing the dignified Oldenborg line of noble royalties.
Christiansborg & The Danish Parliament 
Christiansborg Castle houses the Danish Parliament and the Royal Reception Rooms. Christiansborg was constructed during 1907-28 - as the fifth castle on the same spot located on a little isle right in the middle of Copenhagen.


King
Frederik VII
and the
Democratic
Constitution


The Danish
Parliament
”Folketinget”
has 179 elected members






 
 
 
BRIEF FACTS ABOUT THE DANISH PARLIAMENT - "FOLKETING"

The Danish Parliament - "Folketing" - with 179 democratic elected members

The Danish Parliament called "Folketinget" seats 179 members - all elected for a four-year term - and from many different parties. Governing is still based on the Constitution from 1849 - signed by King Frederik VII - which opened for the Danes democratic rights - and the symbolic status of the Danish monarchy
.

The Danish Parliament  
 
First Danish Election - 1849
The first Danish Election that took place - was in 1849 - December 4th - after the new Danish constitution was signed June 5th 1849 by King Frederik VII - and where 101 candidates to the Danish Parliament (Landsting and Folketing) were elected. The “Landsting” was a house of the Parliament in Denmark from 1849 until 1953 - and was then replaced by the present “Folketing” situated at Christiansborg.

 
 
FACTS ABOUT THE LAST ELECTION - September - 2011
 
Danish Prime Minister
Prime Minister
Helle Thorning-Schmidt
National Election Result - 50,3% against 49,7%
The result of the national election in September 2011 - with all legal 3.546.399 votes counted - gave the red Socialist bloc a very narrow win with 50,3% - against the blue Liberal-Conservative bloc with 49,7%. Only 8.483 votes separated the two blocs.

Denmark's first female prime minister

For the first time in Danish history a woman - Social Democrat leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt - will take over the prime minister’s office - even though her Social Democratic Party in Denmark suffered the worst and lousiest election in over 100 years! The old Conservative party from the blue Liberal-Conservative bloc was also sized down severely - and lost many loyal voters at this September 2011 election.

That’s Danish Democracy in all of its colourful facets - and constitutional values!
 
Over 800 Candidates
Before each election time and period - there is a great long queue of ambitious Danish citizens and political candidates representing various parties - and from all parts of the Danish society that are seeking one of the very 179 prestigious seats at the Danish Parliament. At the September 2011 election - over 800 hopeful candidates were seeking election to the Danish Parliament. There were elected 179 members into the Danish Parliament from all over the country - and the new parliament 2011 - consists of 70 women and 109 men. Of those 179 elected - 175 members were elected in Denmark - two in the Faroe Islands and two in Greenland.
 
 

The National Flag

Every citizen is proud of their country and national flag - so are the Danes - and there is a special history and myth connected to the Danish flag. According to the myth - the Danish King Valdemar II called Valdemar the Victorious (1170-1241 - King 1202-1241) - was during his crusade to Estonia caught in a battle in June 1219 at Lyndanise near Reval - and while combating - a revelation happened - as a red flag with a white Christian cross surprisingly fell down from the sky and landed beside the King. With the red white flag in his hand - King Valdemar II won the battle at Lydanise near Tallinn - and after this historical event the King commanded the flag to be the Danish national flag.

This legend of the Danish flag is very popular among the Danes and their favorite - even though a handful of other legends about the Danish flag exist.



"Dannebrog"

The Oldest
Flag in the
World








The Danish Flag from 1219
The Danish flag fell down from the sky in 1219 in Estonia and helped King Valdemar II to win the battle at Lydanise near Tallinn.
Scandinavian Flags
Scandinavian flags blowing in the fresh Nordic wind from right to left respectively - Finland - Iceland - Norway - Sweden and Denmark.
National Flags & Sport
Colourful girls with the German and Danish flag painted on their faces. The face decoration is often used for national sports events.
 
Dannebrog
The Danish flag is called “Dannebrog” and is possibly the oldest national flag in the world. As being a part of a Christian culture and the Scandinavian countries - the design and pattern of the Danish flag with the Christian Cross was also later adopted by the other Nordic countries like Sweden - Norway - Finland - Iceland and Faeroe Islands to symbolise their Christian heritage and the foundation of Christianity in each nation.
 
 
 

The Danish Kingdom

Long after the Viking age (800 - 1050 AC) - Denmark was much larger than today. From 1380 to 1814 - Norway was a part of the Danish Kingdom together with southern Sweden (Skåne) up to 1659. Schleswig and Holstein in North Germany belonged to Denmark until 1864.
Today Denmark's size is currently 43,093 sq. km.
 
Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also a part of Denmark.
 
Autonomous
Regions

Greenland
and
Faroe Islands







Greenland is the Biggest Island in the World
Greenland is a part of the Danish Kingdom and the biggest island in the world - located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.
Faroe Islands since 1948
The Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean has been an autonomous region of the Danish Kingdom since 1948.
 

Flat as a pancake
Denmark is flat as a pancake and one of the highest spots rises about 147 metres over sea level and called “Himmelbjerget” -
The Sky Mountain - situated in mid Jutland. A little bit more than three quarters of the Danish Kingdom is 100 metres above sea level and most of Denmark’s landscape is cultivated for producing agricultural products. Many forests - pastures and meadows are characteristic features of the Danish landscape together with a very diversified coastline that is dominated by white sandy beaches - marchland and dunes.

 
Green Pastures & Meadows
Green pastures - meadows and forests are characteristic features of the Danish landscape and rural areas which was formed by the last Ice Age more than 11,000 years ago.
Rural Cultivated Landscape
Most of Denmark’s rural landscape is cultivated for producing agricultural products and farming plays a vital role with demanding export markets for quality-minded consumers.


Denmark is
Flat as a
Pancake -
Since the
Ice Age









 
Denmark's Regions and Scandinavia
Denmark is connected to the European continent with Germany in the south - and the kingdom is surrounded by its nearest neighbours Sweden and Norway. Together Sweden - Norway - Finland - Iceland and Denmark is also called Scandinavia.
 



Sweden - Norway are called
"Brother Countries"

by Denmark
Sweden
The southern Swedish province - "Skåne" - belonged to Denmark until 1659 - when the peace treaty was signed at Roskilde. The transition to Sweden was later confirmed by the Treaty of Copenhagen 1660. The Danish attempt to retake the province failed in 1710. Since - the Oresund Bridge has linked Sweden and Denmark closer together - and formed a new transnational region in northern Europe - as the main important hub for economic and cross-border activities in Scandinavia - with focus on the cities of Malmö and Copenhagen.
Norway
Norway was a part of Denmark until 1814 - when Denmark went bankrupt and had to cede Norway to Sweden. Norway took this opportunity to declare independence - and a peaceful separation in 1905 of Norway from Sweden - plus a brotherly settlement was a reality - which later led to the union of five Nordic countries in the region called Scandinavia. The Norwegians elected the Danish prince Carl of Denmark and Iceland as King - who took the name King Haakon VII - and reigned from 1905 to 1957 - as a very popular sovereign.
 
Sweden and Norway - "Brother Countries"
Denmark often calls Sweden and Norway for their "brother country" (broderland - a Nordic term) - as the Danes have much in common with the Swedes and Norwegians - such as the - language - religion - culture - mentality - history - political alliances - Nordic inheritance and population - and most of all - the very close cooperation between these three Scandinavian countries. Finland and Iceland are also a respected part of Scandinavian nations.
 
History - Culture and Everlasting Heritage
The Danish countryside is filled with beautiful landscapes and coastlines - historical relics of the past - Viking fortresses and settlements - cultural sights - old and new architecture - marvellous castles and palaces - middle-aged towns and churches - extensive beach areas and natural scenic coastlines - exciting attractions and amusement parks - idyllic old market towns and fishing villages - and last but not least modern city life with many thrilling activities and plentiful of experiences.
That’s what the Danes call history - culture and everlasting heritage plus deep-rooted Danish traditions.
 


Ancient
History
and
Cultural
Heritage











The Stone Age
In the Stone Age - 1,000 to 1,500 BC. - the Danes buried their dead with a monument of stones - which still can been seen in the landscape today.
The Bronze Age
The Chariot of the Sun from the Bronze Age around 1350 BC. Found in North Sealand in 1902 and one of the precious relics at the National Museum.
 
Jutland and the Islands
The Peninsular of Jutland - Jylland - is joined to central Europe - while the rest of Denmark consists of 406 islands of which 90 are inhabited. The largest island is Sealand - Sjælland - where the Danish capital Copenhagen - København - is situated. Funen - Fyn - and the twin island Lolland - Falster together with the rocky island of Bornholm are some of the biggest isles in the Danish continent.

Small and Big Bridges
Denmark is linked by small and big bridges to main Scandinavian countries and the rest of the European continent. Especially the gigantic suspension bridge the Great Belt Bridge across the 20 km Great Belt between Funen and Sealand has been the largest bridge project of them all. There are almost 2,200 bridges connecting Denmark.


The Great Belt Bridge construction is the largest suspension bridge of its type in the world with a height as tall as the Eiffel Tower.
 
The Great Belt Bridge
The Great Belt bridge was opened 1998 - and the construction comprises a 6,790 m long suspension bridge with two pylons that are 254 m above sea level, and a 6,611 m long combined rail and road bridge.


Small
and
Big Bridges
Connect
Denmark
and
the World





 
The Coastline
Denmark's coastline measures about 7,300 km. and stretches with sand dunes - fjords and seascapes - white sandy beaches - marina's and many ancient market towns.
 


7,300 km
Coastline
and
Recreation
Areas












Charming Old Towns on Denmark's Coastline
One of many charming old towns on Denmark's coastline is Nakskov - founded around 1260 on the island of Lolland with beautiful old houses and buildings surrounding the harbour area.
Impressive Sand Dunes and Harsh West Coast
The impressive sand dunes on the harsh west coast of Jutland with 400 km of sandy beaches facing the North Sea and a recreation area where both Danes and tourist flock by thousands in the summertime.
 
The Sea and Beaches is Always Nearby
From any point in Denmark - there will be less than 52 km to the sea.
 
 
 

A Dynamic and Modern Society

Denmark is a dynamic and modern society with one of the most competitive economies in the world generating a budget surplus with nearly no government debt. Danes considered themselves as movers - creative - friendly - and open-minded along with a vast reputation of being a part of a freedom loving nation that has a natural hard working mentality and moral plus an easygoing lifestyle with high-quality family ideals that is rooted in great harmony with Danish culture - traditions and democratic values.
 
Innovative Nation
Denmark is the fourth most innovative nation in the world - which is an important feature and bonus - when competing on export markets in a globalised world.
 
 
The Danes enjoy their Easygoing Lifestyle
The Danes have a reputation of being a freedom loving nation with an easygoing lifestyle that is rooted in Danish culture and democratic values.
A Innovative Nation
Denmark is the fourth most innovative nation in the world - which is an important bonus - when competing on export markets in a globalised world.


A freedom loving nation with an easygoing lifestyle

Competing on
Export Markets

in a Globalised
World









 
Infrastructure and Bicycles
Denmark has one of the most developed transport systems in the world with an effective infrastructure and public transport system that is well organized and efficient - even though many Danes use their bicycles for transportation.
 

Effective
Infrastructure


Cycling
and
Top Modern
Transport
Systems





A effective Infrastructure and Transport System
Denmark has one of the most developed transport systems in the world with an effective infrastructure and public transport system.
Bicycles and Cycling is Danish Lifestyle
Even though Denmark has an efficient transport system - the Danes just love their bicycles and cycling is a part of the Danish lifestyle.
 
Evening school and leisure activities
The Danes are very active after working hours practising various sports - leisure activities - evening school classes - social and cultural meetings - club and association life etc. and most of all - the Danes are online with the rest of the world - as nearly everyone has a PC and a Cell Phone in Denmark.
 
Social and Cultural Activities
Sports - leisure activities plus club and association life is an active part of the traditional Danish life style and form.
Online with the whole World
Almost everyone in Denmark has a computer or has access to one. Pupils at school start at first grade using a computer.



Everyday
Life is
Information
Technology

and
Computers






 
Population and names
The population of Denmark is just over 5,6 million and more than 75 % are living in urban areas with surnames like Jensen - Nielsen - Hansen - Pedersen and Andersen - as the most common. The five most used first given names for girls are Anne - Kirsten - Hanne - Mette and Anna - and for men the five most used first given names are Jens - Peter - Lars - Michael and Henrik.


 
 
 
 
Danish Food Culture
Danish food culture has been cultivated and improved for many generations - and is mainly rooted from the old country kitchen - with deep-seated recipes created first and foremost - as a shield to protect the Danes against the cold weather conditions in Denmark. That’s why the Danes eat a lot of meat - especially loads of pork - but also beef together with plenty of vegetables. Poultry and fish products are the Danes second choice The cold and often wet climate in Denmark requires a lot of food with high nutritional values that contains many vitamins - minerals and proteins to mobilise a great potion of energy - which is a vital source - needed for work - school - sports - and other form of daily activities - when living in a dynamic and modern society like Denmark that demands plenty of human recourses every day. More...
 

Danish
Food
Culture
and
Cooking


"Smørrebrød"
Famous Danish "Smørrebrød"
Danish Dishes & Recipes
Traditional Danish dishes.
For the Sweet Tooth
Danish desserts and sweeteners.

Danish Food Culture and Cooking
- Read the Story about the Danes favourite Pork based spread Leverpostej on “Smørrebrød"
- The Danes national dish for generations "Frikadelle" - Juicy porky meatballs
- See the Danes favourite "Smørrebrød" - Open Faced Sandwiches
- The everyday national sport and competition - Peeling Potatoes
- Why the Danes are the most pork eating people in the world
- Traditional everyday Danish food and the Danes favourite dishes
- The typical and popular Danish desserts - from the old country kitchen
- What the Danes prefer to drink with their food - and at other occassions

- Danish Fast Food - "The Pølsevogn" - and the traditional and national "red" porky sausage
- Sweets - Delicious "Danish" - and Coffee

Danish Food Culture

 
 
 
 
Denmark is a strong nation for the new generation - with focus on education - education and education.
 
Education - Knowledge - Growth - Welfare
The backbone of the Danish welfare system originates from the first school reform from 1720 - under the rule of King Frederik IV (1671-1730 - King of Danmark and Norway 1699-1730) - who established 240 schoolhouses bearing the royal insignia and called them Cavalry schools. A new Education Act in 1814 under the reign of King Frederik VI (1768-1839 - King of Denmark and Norway 1808-1839) - was the very first birth of the Danish “Folkeskole” - Peoples School - introducing free primary schools with compulsory education for all pupils in the country between age 7 and 14 years. In 1894 the Danish “Folkeskole” became a part of the government-funded primary education system to meet the requirements of the beginning industrial society.
 
First School Building
The oldest existing school building in Denmark from 1791 - was established by Prince Carl at Faxe - on the east cost of Sealand. The school included both class room and the teacher’s living room.
Folks High School
The world's first Folks High School - "Folkehøjskole" - was founded in 1844 in south Jutland and was based on the Danish national icon N.F.C. Grundtvig's ideas of a school for the uneducated adults.
Århus University
The University of Århus was inaugurated in 1928 and has by various merges with other Institutes and Faculties more than 34,000 students spread all over Jutland and at the Århus Campus.


School
Reform
1720


Free
Primary
Schools

1814

Compulsory
Education
 
The Folks High School - "Folkehøjskole"
Throughout the 19th century the Danish education system was especially influenced by the ideas of priest and national legend N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783 - 1872) - who founded the popular “Folkehøjskoler” - Folks High School in 1844.
 

Education
Education
and
Education


Universities
Business
Colleges

Higher
Educational
Institutions
Academies
Faculties

International Study
Programs
Technical University of Denmark
DTU - is one of Europe's leading technical universities in the areas of natural sciences and technology. Every year - 8,500 students are studying for their Doctoral - Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.
IT University of Copenhagen
The new Copenhagen University built in 2002 and situated at the “Ørestad” areas on the Isle of Amager. Everyday more than 14,000 students are educated here and at the new IT-University.
Vejle Business College
Vejle Business College - situated in east Jutland - is one of largest colleges in Denmark, where over 2000 students participate in courses for computer science and business logistics management.
 
The Danes are well prepared with Know-How and Competences
During the 20th century - a wide range of new educational institutions was established - providing every Dane from the age of 6 free public support for his or her higher education - despite of social standing. As the educational level in Denmark is of a very high standard in all categories and stages of the education system - the Danes are well prepared for confronting the challenges of globalization with their know-how and competences.
 
Over 9,600 different educational institutions and Science Parks
Today there are more than 9,600 different educational institutions spread all over Denmark.
 
Compulsory Education in Denmark
There is compulsory education in Denmark for all pupils in the country between age 6 and 16 years.
Free Support for Higher Education
There is free public support for student’s higher education in Denmark - despite of social standing.



The
Danish
Model



Knowledge
Growth
Welfare

 
A foresighted King and 300 years of educational development
The educational development in Denmark started for nearly 300 years ago by a foresighted King - who found it vital to invest in people and their education that created knowledge - growth and last but not least - one of the best welfare systems in the world. The process is called - The Danish Model.
 
Study in Denmark (Study Programmes and much more info)
 
 
 
 
 
The Danish Export Companies create Welfare and a High Standard of Living
Danish Export Companies were early Pioneers of Globalization long before the term was invented and introduced!
 
Innovative export locomotives and a well educated working force
Thanks to a considerable range of innovative export companies and corporations that create economic growth - as well as a well educated and flexible working force - the Danes have a high standard of living than most other countries.

Geared to compete on global markets
The Danish export companies are geared to compete on global markets with high technology products - and advanced engineering solutions - as well as food - beverages - tobacco supplies - plus agricultural products - Danish design - Furniture - handicrafts and architecture - medical and pharmaceutical goods - processing plants and productions lines - alternative energy systems - shipping and offshore services - and more than 750,000 people are employed in the export sector giving the Danish state billions in export revenues - and creating thousand of specialised jobs.



Danish
Companies
are
Geared
to Compete
on
Global
Markets

Danish Furniture Design
The furniture industry in Denmark composes approx. 400 companies which together produce furniture worth DKK 14 billion for the export markets. The Danish furniture industry employs approx. 15,000 people and the combination of advanced technology and high professional design and expertise makes the sector highly productive.
High Technology & Engineering Solutions
FLSmidth is the world's leading supplier of cement plants and technology for cement producers - and offers everything from plant design and project management to commissioning - training and after market support. There are almost 2000 engineering companies in Denmark offering and exporting high technology and engineering services.

The private and public sectors share the labour market with equal employees
The yearly export revenues contribute to fund the heavy central administration and public sector - as the private and public sectors nearly share the labour market with equal employees.

Raw material
and economic growth
As Denmark is lacking of raw material - the Danish exporters are the locomotives that create the economic growth in Denmark - each with an annual turn-over that reaches many billions - and each strongly well established and represented on world markets.
 
 
Some of the world's leading and biggest exporters are Danish!
 
Kopenhagen Fur
Kopenhagen Fur - is the world’s largest fur skin auction house and the center of the international fur trade.
The Novo Group
The Novo Group - is the world’s largest insulin supplier and a international leader in diabetes and healthcare.
The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group
The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group - is the world’s largest container ship operator - with the biggest container ships in the world.

Exporting


World's
finest
Fur

Diabetes Care
and
Healthcare

Container
Shipping
World Wide
 
 

Exporting

Wind Power
Technology

Quality Meat
Products

Energy
Saving
Solutions
Vestas - Wind Power
Vestas - is the world’s largest supplier of wind power solutions and offers the biggest research and development unit in the wind power industry.
Danish Crown
Danish Crown - is the world's largest meat exporter and the biggest meat processing company in Europe producing quality pork and beef products.
Danfoss
Danfoss is an international group and a world leader in research - development and production of refrigeration - heating and motion controls plus a global trendsetter.
 
 
The Lego Group
The Lego Group is a global enterprise and one of the world’s largest manufactures of toys that are sold in more than 130 countries.
The Rockwool Group
The Rockwool Group is the world's leading producer of stone wool for insulation of buildings all over the globe and operates with 23 factories in three continents.
The Arla Group
The Arla Group is one of the largest dairy manufactures in Europe with subsidiaries in 23 countries world wide and develops over 200 new products every year.

Exporting


Lego
Toys & Bricks

Stone Wool
Insulation
Material

Quality
Dairy
Products
 
 

Exporting


Beer
Products
and Brands

Drugs for
Psychiatric
and
Neurological
Disorders

Paint
for
Maritime
Markets
Carlsberg Breweries
Carlsberg - Probably the Best Beer in the World - with 43.000 employees in 150 markets - and the world’s fourth largest brewery group.
H. Lundbeck A/S
H. Lundbeck A/S is a global pharmaceutical company engaged in research - production and sale of drugs for psychiatric and neurological disorders.
Hempel A/S
Hempel A/S is a world wide developer - producer and supplier of paint related solutions for the Marine - Protective - Container - Decorative and Yacht markets.
 
 
ISS-Group
ISS - A World of Services with more than 480,000 employees - and present in 53 countries all over the globe - providing a range of broad-based services.
Oticon A/S
Oticon is an international hearing aid manufacturer providing hearing instruments for hearing impaired people world wide. The history of Oticon spans over 100 years.
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Haldor Topsoe’s commitment to catalysis has created a strong international business - from catalysts to proprietary equipment - process design and engineering.

Exporting

Broad-Based
Facility
Services

Advanced
Hearing
Instruments

Catalysts
and
Catalyst
Technology
 
 


Exporting


Ingredient
Solutions
and
Bioscience
Technology


Sound
and
Vibration
Applications

Analytical
Instruments
and
Solutions

Chr. Hansen
Chr. Hansen develop natural ingredient solutions for the food - pharmaceutical - nutritional and agricultural industries - and is one of the world leaders in bioscience technology and products with a global market position.
Brüel & Kjær A/S
Brüel & Kjær is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration test and measurement solutions. The company’s core technology assists countless industries and governments worldwide.
FOSS
FOSS develops and produces analytical instruments that improve customer’s production efficiency - product quality and profitability - and is a world leading provider of dedicated analytical solutions to major global industries.
 
Agriculture - High Technology - Shipping - Energy - Health Care etc.
Not only are the Danish export companies world leaders in their line of business but also major exporters on a global scale like international corporations as (in random order) The Arla Group - Danish Crown - Kopenhagen Fur - Carlsberg Breweries - Scandinavian Tobacco Company - The A.P. Moller–Maersk Group - Novo Nordisk - DanfossGrundfos - Vestas Wind Systems - Bang&Olufsen - F.L. Smith - Hempel - The Rockwool Group - Chr. Hansen - H. Lundbeck A/S - Coloplast - Lego - The VKR Group - SAS Group (Scandinavian Airlines) - Foss - Oticon - Jysk - Radiometer - ISS Group - Haldor Topsøe - Brüel & Kjær - NKT Holding - DSV A/S etc. - who all have been presence on the expanding export markets for several decades - and was the early pioneers of globalization long before the term was invented and introduced.
 
The Energy Sector
Especially in the energy sector - Denmark has since 1998 been an exporter of Fossil Energy by the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group and the Vestas Wind Systems that has a 25 per cent world market share in Wind Power solutions.
 

Exporting


Fossil
Energy

Science
Technology
Innovation



Maersk Oil & Gas
Maersk Oil & Gas A / S is part of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group and has a concession for exploiting oil and gas in the Danish North Sea until the year the 2042. Maersk Oil & Gas A / S is the biggest oil and gas operator in Denmark - and produce about 95% of the Danish gas supply and 85% of the Danish oil production.
7 Science Parks in Denmark
NOVI is one of Denmark’s largest Science Parks of 7. At its unique location right next to Aalborg University - NOVI accommodates close to 100 companies - mainly in the area of high tech - ICT and medical technology. NOVI Innovation offers the entrepreneur a package of services to ease the transformation of the idea into a business.
 
Lucky Danish Government and proud Danes
The total export revenue at the present amounts DKK 950 billions - which is 70% of Denmark’s gross national product (GNP) - and the Danish government - politicians - as well as the central administration are really spoilt and very lucky to have such motivated risk taking export companies that are innovative frontrunners and locomotives - as well as the sole benefactors and creators of the Danish welfare system - plus the high quality of life and living.
 
And by the way! - The Danes are certainly quite proud of their export companies and their products!
 
See survey of popular: Danish Export Products  
 
Attractive Business Climate
As indicated - Denmark has an attractive business environment - with a modern infrastructure - a highly educated and flexible labour force and a low corporate tax rate - which provides companies from abroad with the best from both worlds to select a suitable venue for their business operations - activities - and a positive return on investment.
 
Denmark welcomes new investors and businesses
Denmark welcomes new investors and businesses - and with its perfect location right in the centre between the lucrative and nearby Scandinavian and European markets - companies has also access to all of the attractive world markets via Denmark - and has the same beneficial conditions offered to all of the successful Danish export corporations targeting opportunities in a globalized world. Numerous Danish export companies are over 100 years old - and benefit by means of a comprehensive goodwill and reputation established through generations to overseas business relations - customers and selected market segments.
 
Science Parks
Denmark’s has 7 government appointed Science Parks and Innovative Incubators - whose purpose is to transform ideas - inventions or research results into commercial businesses. The emphasis is made on the strengthening of technology transfer and cooperation between public research institutes and the private sector - as well as on the stimulating of the commercialization of research results. The Ministry of Science - Technology and Innovation is the main government department responsible for the innovation policy and Science Parks.
 
 
 

Assistance and Contribution to Developing Countries - DKK 37,0 Billion!

Even though Denmark in size is a small country - it is a heavyweight and giant - when it comes to founding assistance to the Third World. In 1962 - the Danish Parliament passed its first act on international cooperation for economic development to undeveloped countries. The development and financial assistance supported to the developing countries is bilateral - as well as multilateral - and the total founding of projects amounted DKK 20,0 billion in 2013 - which is roughly 11 per cent of Denmark’s gross national product (GNP). Denmark is placed among the world’s richer nations - and the Danish taxpayers are one of the prime and biggest Humanitarian Contributors and Generous Philanthropists in the world of official aid and founds to the Third World and Developing Countries.
 
Contribution to developing countries
 Denmark is one of the prime contributors of official aid and founds to developing countries.
Water Wells in the Third World
Much of the development funds from Denmark are used to establish clean water wells in the third world.


Heavy
Founding &
Financial
Support
to the
Third World
and
Middle East

 
Shelter and homes to people from the Third World & Middle East
Up through the 1970s - and to date - poor immigrants from the Third World and Middle East have flock by thousands towards the Danish boarders - even though Denmark is one of the most expensive countries to live in - with the highest taxes in the world. In spite of the facts that Denmark never has had any type of colonial empires around the world like other European nations - the total number of immigrants and descendants in Denmark from the developing countries - as well as from the Third World and Middle East has increased to around 495,000 - which is equivalent to nearly 8.9% of the small Danish population of 5,6 million. Around 140,000 emigrants and their descendants from Scandinavia - and the Western part of the modern civilised world - work mostly in international based export companies - as well as in the public sector in Denmark - and have permanently settled down in Denmark - which is equal to 2.5% of the Danish population.

No one is left in the lurch in Denmark
The present integration programme to assimilate and educate immigrants - from non western parts of the world into a deep-rooted Christian and Protestant culture - with solid democratic values - which includes - gender equality -
freedom of speech - freedom of the press and very high educational traditions - using a well established welfare system - costs the Danish taxpayers roughly DKK 17,0 billion per year - including those poorly educated non-Western immigrants that are not yet active and ready to enter the labour market - or to be absorbed into a modern western civilisation. But no one is left in the lurch in Denmark - as everyone is taken good care of - and these many billions are also considered as a additional form for development assistance and contributed aid by the Danes too - which has lifted a huge burden economically from all of the developing countries political establishment and ruling governments in the Third World and Middle East.

 
 
 
NATO and EU Membership
Denmark has been a member of NATO
since 1948 - and became a member of EU in 1972.

Denmark's Membership - and the EU-Budget

The Danish membership of the EU costs the Danish taxpayers yearly 2,45 billion EURO (2011) - or approx. DKK 18,2 billion. Denmark received 1,470 billion EURO from the EU for certain subsidized programs and plans - equal to DKK 11,0 billion.
 

Denmark
Supports


Peace
Keeping
Operations

European
Democracies

The
Danish
Troops
Abroad



Member of NATO
Denmark has been a member of NATO since 1948 and has carried out many peace keeping operations.
Member of the EU
Denmark was one of the first members of the EU - and an active part of European democracies.
 
 
Support
The Danish Yellow "Support our Troops" ribbon.
Supporting the Danish troops abroad

The majority of the Danes are proud of their brave troops and supports the Danish soldiers on peace keeping missions abroad - firmly to defend democracy and freedom in the developing countries - and to prevent and reduce the threat of terrorism worldwide.
 
New National Memorial
The new National Memorial of remembrance placed at the Old Citadel (Kastellet) in Copenhagen.
A New National Monument and Flag Day

A new national monument of remembrance for the many brave Danish soldiers - who lost their young and precious lives in international peace keeping missions abroad has been inaugurated on September 5th - 2011 - at the Old Citadel (Kastellet) in Copenhagen - on the special flag and memorial day for Denmark’s deployed personnel.

The Citadel
 
 
 
 

The Danes and their country - in brief
The Danes just adore their country - even though they are the most heavily taxed people in the world. They work hard - but happily pay for their welfare system that gives every individual equal rights to have free access to the public health care system - plus other social and public services and benefits.

Democratic rights and freedom
Most of all the Danes protect and defend their democratic rights - as freedom of speech - freedom of the press - gender equality - high quality of life - financial security and social benefits - informal working atmosphere - clean environment - equal educational possibilities - Christian values and much more - which is a part of the cultural heritage and national identity that has contributed to build up the Danish kingdom through many generations and centuries - and also by means of mutual trust and confidence to each other and amongst fellow citizens - which are the basic elements and core values of a democratic and Christian society.

Gender Equality - A Fundamental Danish Value
One of the most important and basic elements in the Danish society is the fundamental principle of gender equality - which is the primary driving force that has for generation developed a unique and well functioned welfare system in Denmark - and given the Danes in many international surveys - the status and appraisal of being the happiest people in the world with a high living standard.

 
Happiest Place on Earth
The Danes are elected as the most satisfied people in the world - who claim they live in the happiest place on earth.
Free and Equal Education
The educational system in Denmark offers free and equal educational possibilities for all Danes from the age of six.
Most Pleased Employees
Danish companies have the most pleased employees in Europe due to a fine working atmosphere and gender equality.

The
Danes
Love and
Admire
Their Country
 
The Happiest people in the world
According to several surveys and studies in international magazines and newspapers - the Danes are the most pleased people in the world - living in the happiest place on earth. A recent study of the working environment in Denmark also shows that Danish companies have the most satisfied employees in Europe.
Video - Denmark - the happiest place on earth
 
Typically Danish


Only
5.6 million
Speak
Danish
The Danish National Anthem
The Danish National Anthem
Jokes & Danish Folk Song
Victor Borge
The Danish Language
Parody by the Norwegians
 
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Hans Christian Andersen
Portray of H.C. Andersen from 1850 by Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann - and was one of the paintings he liked best of himself.
 
Vocal Line
The Danish A Cappella Choir - Vocal Line - in concert in the USA.
”I Danmark er jeg født” - The Unofficial National Anthem

This song is one of the most favourite and beloved hymn that touches the Danes deeply inside - and is known by every Dane - who has sang this song from a very early age - and leant every word and line by heart. The song is written marvellously by famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Each written word and sentence is a broad compassionate portray of Denmark - plus the Danish kingdom's passing history. The lyrics have a great deep-felt affection on the Danes appreciation and faithfulness for their beautiful country and cultural heritage.

The text is written by a true master that strikes the entire soul of the Danes national identity - as well as the Danish mentality and mindset - which was his legacy - and true area of excellence.

No one like Hans Christian Andersen can interpret Danish in such an inspiring and picturesque way - which makes his storytelling and song writing so imaginative and outstanding - that leave Danes of all ages with a meaningful understanding of their native tongue. It’s a pity that the words and text is impossible to translate into any other languages - as well as songs from other countries are just as hopeless to translate into Danish - without missing the deeper meaning and spirit of the lyrics. Many Danes have suggested during the past that “I Danmark er jeg født” should be our national anthem.

“I Danmark er jeg født” is written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1850 - as a tribute and honour to his country - where he was born and raised. In some senses - it’s a very patriotic song that praises Denmark in a passionate - poetic and inspiring way - and also describes admiringly how proud he is of his Danish background - and how much he loves Denmark as his homeland.

See and enjoy the video with the Danish choir - Vocal Line - that was formed in 1990 - as a modern a cappella choir of 30 singers - who really can express their native Danish mother tongue brilliantly - in a unique vocal style - with delicate and sophisticated harmonies heaping the arrangements full of flavour and texture - while performing this special arrangement of “I Danmark er jeg født” at the old Koldinghus Castle from 1268.

See Video

H.C. Andersen

 
 
 

Danish emigrants travelling to North America and Canada
Many Danes left their homeland Denmark around 1880 to seek new opportunities primarily in USA and Canada together with other emigrant from Scandinavia - Sweden and Norway. At that time no social benefits or social security were offered to the emigrants - who was compelled to manage by their own - and begin their new life with a lot of hard struggle for the daily bread. Find Ancestors


Danish
Emigrants

No
Social
Benefits

No
Social
Security

But
Hard
Struggle
Passager-Contract - Thingvalla - 1885
The Thingvalla Steam Ship transported nearly all Scandinavian emigrants to USA and Canada from Denmark. The contract above shows that a ticket in 1885 to America with Thingvalla line cost DKK 300 for 3rd class passengers.
Rebild Festival - 4 July
Every year since 1912 the American Independence Day on July 4th. is celebrated at Rebild National Park in Jutland with thousand of Danish-Americans and Danes - as a gratitude to USA for welcoming the Danish emigrants in the middle of the 1800s.
Strike Up the Band.Video
 
 
 
Photo Gallery
Inspiring - captivating and relaxing travel destination...
This is a pictorial selection of interesting places and historical venues in Denmark - as well as presenting some nationwide traditions - and an everyday typical Danish lifestyle - but it is most of all a visual glimpse of Denmark as an inspiring - captivating and relaxing travel destination - with it's everlasting Cultural Heritage.
For Homesick Danes - and our Brave Troops Abroad
This photo section of Denmark is especially a tribute and salute to our homesick Danes and brave Troops abroad - missing their country and homeland!
 

The sand-covered church at Skagen from the 14th century - where nearly half of the church tower rises from the heavy sand dunes. The church was finally closed in 1795. North Jutland.

The historical and national Dybbøl Mill and national symbol from 1744 of Danish patriotism - endurance and resistance - was the centre of the Battle of Dybbøl in 1848 and 1864. South Jutland.

The prehistoric Old Town in Århus is a 5-star experience and an open air museum for Danish urban history and culture - with 75 historical houses from all over Denmark. East Jutland.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Fishing boats on the beach at Vorupør. West Jutland.
The old Town Hall at Ebeltoft from 1789. Mols East Jutland.
Koldinghus Castle and former royal residence from 1268. East Jutland.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 

The medieval town Ribe from 1150. South-East Jutland.

The Sky Mountain (Himmelbjerget) at Silkeborg - 148 m. Mid Jutland.

Hans Christian Andersen's home in Odense from 1785. Funen.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 

Egeskov Castle from 1554 - and Veteran Car Museum. Funen.

Little beach houses (Strandhusene) - Isle of Ærø. South Funen.

Svendborg Harbour and acient town from 1253. South Funen.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 

Rebild Bakker (Rebild National Park) and its heather-covered hills - Himmerland. Northern Jutland.

Gunpowder Tower (Krudttårnet) 1688 - rest of the old fortification - Frederikshavn. North Juthland.

Aalborg's famous nightlife at the “Strip” - Jomfru Ane Gade - Virgin Ane Street. North Juthland.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 

Vejlefjord Bridge with a lovely view over Vejle Town. East Jutland.

Nyker round church from 1150 - with frescos from 1400. Bornholm.

The sandy isle of Rømø is ideal for driving Sea Buggy’s. North Sea.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Spøttrup Castle from 1520 - well preserved medieval castle with an active museum. North Jutland.
Bulbjerg Cliff is a 48 metre high limestone cliff and the only bird cliff in Denmark. North Jutland.

Sea Rescue Station at Thorup Strand - The fist Rescue post was established in 1840. West Jutland.

Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Svendborgsund is the broad Sound that divides Funen with the isle of Tåsinge. South Funen.
The Open Air Museum with over 100 rural houses furnished from 1550-1950. Greater Copenhagen.
Porskær Stenhus 3300 BC - Denmark's largest stone burial chamber - Mols. East Jutland.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Bathing nymphs after a fresh swim at the Oresound. East Sealand.
Knuthenborg Safaripark is North Europe's largest. Lolland.
Møns Cliff - Denmark’s highest cliffs over 6 km long. Isle of Møn.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
ARoS Art Museum founded by Aarhus citizens in 1859 - in new premises - Aarhus. East Jutland.
Maribo Cathedral from 1416 and former monastery was founded by Queen Margrete I. Mid Lolland.
Head entrance to Valdemar Castle built in 1644 - Isle of Tåsinge. South Funen.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Odense Canal from 1796 connects Odense harbour with beautiful Odense fjord. Mid Funen.
Mols Bjerge (Mols rolling Hills) and national park located on the small peninsula of Mols. East Jutland.
Fredensborg Castle from 1720-1726 and the Royal summer residence. North Sealand.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Lion park - Givskud Zoo and Safari Park, with over 1000 animals from 5 continents. Mid Jutland.

Fresh smoked herring - a national dish from the isle of Bornholm and prepared since the Middle Age.

Goose Tower from 1364 - a part of an old fortress by King Valdemar - Vordingborg. South Sealand.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Trelleborg Viking ring Fortress from 980 AC - with room for some 1300 people. South Sealand.
Holckenhavn Castle from 1579 situated in a large and charming English-style park. Nyborg - Funen.
Fjenneslev Church from 1130 - the birthplace of Copenhagen’s creator Bishop Absalon. Mid Sealand.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
The Danish Flag - Dannebrog.
Roskilde Fjord. Mid Sealand.
Ferry over Guldborgsund. Falster.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Fishing boats at Gilleleje harbour. North Sealand.
Bovbjerg Lighthouse from 1877. West Jutland.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. North Sealand.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Kronborg Castle from 1574-1577 - “Hamlets Castle”. North Sealand.
Sand dunes and Sea - a great recreational area. West Jutland.
Jelling Church from 1150 and burial plot for King Gorm. East Jutland.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
The Mute Swan - was elected as Denmark's national bird in 1984.
Dragør Museum from 1682 - on the isle of southern Amager.
The Faroe bridge from 1985 connecting Sealand with Falster.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Traditional painted stones from the west coast of Jutland.
Kalundborg Church from 1170, with 5 towers. West Sealand.
Sail Boats on the Limfjord that runs from Kattegat to the North Sea.
Denmark - Copenhagen-Portal.dk ©
 
Ruins of Hammershus Castle from 1255. North Bornholm.
Windmills - for cleaner energy - on the windy coast of Jutland.
Tranekær Castle from 1230 - isle of Langeland. South Funen.
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Randers Regnskov - Tropical Zoo with thousand of species beside Guden River. East Jutland.
The Danish national dish called - "Frikadelle" - eaten by the world's most pork consuming people.
Mønsted Limestone Caves near the medieval town Viborg from year 1200. Mid Jutland.
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"Sjællands Odde" - the beautiful spit of Sealand. West Sealand.
Hanklit on the isle of Mors in the Limfjord. North Jutland.
Denmark is a nation of cyclists - who enjoy cycling all over the country.
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The Danish Royal Yacht from 1931 - is the official and private floating residence for the Royal Family.
Danish countryside in spring with poppies - marguerites and yellow mustard fields. Mid Sealand.
Nybjerg watermill from 1548 grinded corn until 1935 - a genuine tourist attraction. East Jutland.
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Old house on Funen with hollyhocks - taken right out from a song lyric by poet and writer H. C. Andersen.
Romantic Liselund mini-castle from 1887 and its beautiful park in English style. Isle of Moen.
Denmark's largest forest Rold Skov (Rold Forest) on a lazy afternoon. Mid Jutland.
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Kite flying at Fanø Island in the North Sea, with miles of sandy beaches stretching all around the isle - Southwestern Denmark.
The Common Seal is a regular guest in Danish waters, with breeding grounds alongside southwestern Jutland.
The oldest Paddle Steamer in the world from 1861 - Hjejlen - is still sailing on the scenic Silkeborg Lakes. Mid Jutland.
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Rugbjerg Knude has covered the lighthouse with sand and is one of the biggest migrating dunes in Denmark - West coast Jutland.
The North Sea Oceanarium at Vorupør is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe with 4.5 million litres of water. Northwest Jutland.
Lejre Archaeological research centre, showing 10.000 years of Danish history brought to life in original settings. Mid Sealand.
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Jærgerspris Castle from 1590 - former Royal residence of King Frederik VII - and Countess Danner. North Sealand.
The Wadden Sea (Vadehavet) is famous for it fauna - flora and thousands of breeding birds. West coast of Jutland.
Sønderborg Castle from 1170, where King Christian II, was held prisoner in 1532 for 17 years - Island of Als. Southern Jutland.
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Sunset at Arresø - The largest lake in Denmark that runs into Roskilde Fjord. North Sealand.
Typical half-timbered house with thatched seaweed from 1850 - Isle of Læsø. Kattegat Sea.
Famous Danish Herring (Sild) with Akvavit, (Snaps) Beer (Øl) and Rye bread (Rugbrød) - National dish.
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The North West coast of Denmark is a Mecca for surfers - and Klitmøller is one of Europe's best surfing places - as the wind and waves create perfect conditions for surfers. North West Jutland.
The Viking Ship Museum at the shores of Roskilde Fjord houses the museum for prehistoric ships from the Viking period around 1030-50. The ships were found in 1960 and excavated in 1962. Mid Sealand.
In nearly every Danish church there is a ship model hanging from the ceiling. The oldest ship is in Ho church from the beginning of 1600s. The church ships symbolize gratefulness to life and God. West Jutland.
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Wellness in a canoe on River Guden (Gudenå) - Denmark’s longest river - near Gudenå Camping Resort. East Jutland.
The traditional red Danish letter box (Postkasse) designed in 1870. The Danish postal service was established in 1624.
Royal Schackenborg Slotskro (Inn) from 1687 in the tranquil village of “Møgeltønder” near Schackenborg Palace from 1600. South Jutland.
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Picnic in summer cornfields with Danish open faced “sandwiches” and cool fresh Carlsberg beer.
Typical Danish wedding with horse carriage - the Christian wedding ceremony take les than 45 min.
Sailing school at Arresø where new pupils learn the fine art of sailing the Optimist class. North Sealand.
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Famous Højerup Church from 1250 at the edge of Stevns Cliff - where the choir collapsed in 1928 and fell into the water. East Sealand.

Midsummer in Denmark is every year celebrated with Bon Fires all over the country on the 24 June and is called Sankt Hans aften.
Winter bathing is cool wellness and quite popular in Denmark. There are over 50 clubs with almost 120.000 active members.
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The whole world is established at Klejtrup Lake near Hobro - where one can cruise the Pacific Ocean - play golf - ride a pony and try other amusements. Mid Jutland.
Harlequin dancing with Columbine at the Pantomime Theatre from 1874 in Tivoli. The mime theatre performance gathers thousands of tourists every year. Copenhagen.
Vintage train from Maribo to Bandholm with the oldest Danish steam engine from 1879. The line was inaugurated in 1869 and open in the summer season. Lolland.
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BonBon-Land - Theme park with 60 hysterically amusement and loads of fun. Mid Sealand.
A part of the Danish buffet called the Great Cold Table. Normally served at Christmas time.
The Royal Danish Guard in red "galla" uniforms celebrating their 350 year jubilee in 2008.
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Frederiksborg Castle from 1560 - built by King Frederik II. In 1859 the castle was razed by a fire and rebuilt. It houses The Museum of National History. North Sealand.
Lindholm Høje near Aalborg is the largest Viking burial area in Denmark with over 700 plots. It was found in 1889 and dates back to 700-1050 AC. North Jutland.
Viborg Cathedral from 1876 is built on the rest of a former Cathedral from 1726 that was razes by a fire. The first medieval church on the site was from 1130. Mid Jutland.
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The traditional translocation of Danish students. After the ceremony they visit each others parents in decorated trucks. Over 35,000 students get their diploma every year in Danmark.
There are more than 160 beautiful located golf courses spread all over the Danish countryside - with 180,000 active players. Golf is a very trendy sport in Denmark both for leisure and for professionals.
Kølstrup church from 1150 is a typical Danish church built in gothic style with crow-stepped gables - which was an architectural feature in the past. There are over 2800 churches in Denmark. East Funen.
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The famous Danish "Red Pølse" - which is a must to eat for any Dane. Over 135 million porky sausages are consumed every year in Danmark.
At the Medieval Centre in Nykøbing Falster there are knight tournaments throughout the season. The venue is a great tourist attraction. Falster.
The Frigate Jylland from 1860 is a historic wooden battleship equipped with 44 muzzle loader cannons. Today the ship is a museum at Ebeltoft harbour. East Jutland.
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There are 65.000 allotments with small houses spread all over Denmark. The first gardens were established in Aalborg in 1884.
Carnival in Denmark is a yearly event in major cities in May - where happy dancers are active in Copenhagen - Aalborg and Århus.
Horseback riding for tourists through beautiful scenic routes along the countryside - is a great experience in Denmark.
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KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg from 1972 - focuses on art from 1900 and up to our century. North Jutland.
Ingrid Marie is a genuine Danish apple that was found in a garden at Funen in 1910. The Cox style apple is popular in northern Europe.
The very top of Denmark is called "Grenen" where the Skagerrak and Kattegat Seas meet at the tip of "Grenen". North Jutland.
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The Danish hero and national icon "Holger the Dane" in the dungeons of Kronborg. The myth is that he will wake up and defend Denmark if the country is attacked by any enemy. North Sealand.
One of the biggest tilting contests in the world is in Sønderborg with 500 riders and a yearly attraction. The challenge is to hit the ring while riding. The first festival began in 1895. Southern Jutland.
The "Wave Residences" is built at the shorelines of Vejle Fjord and is a modern architectural pearl overlooking the promenade and the bay. The Wave is the new landmark for Vejle. East Jutland.
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Mariager Fjord is the longest fjord in Denmark and cuts its way into the Jutland peninsula from the Kattegat Sea to the city of Hobro after passing the cities of Hadsund and Mariager. Mid Jutland.
The Danish red cattle produce each 26 litres of milk every day. The first breeding of the cattle started in Denmark about 1950 and the milk race is a very common sight in the Danish landscape.
Roskilde Cathedral from the 12th century is the biggest Cathedral in Denmark and the main burial site for Danish Kings and Queens since the 15th century. The Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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The pedestrian street “Strøget” in Copenhagen on a rainy day with many colourful umbrellas and lots of wet pedestrians bumping in to each other.
Danish Protestant priest in her black cassock from the 16th century during a wedding ceremony at Kølstrup Church from 1150. North East Funen.
Danish Folk Dancers from West Jutland with their traditional costumes from the isle of Fanø. There is over 110 different types of Folks costumes in Denmark.
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Plaice dried by sun and wind at Skagen - has been a preservation method for generations in Denmark and Scandinavia. The dried fish has a very long storage life of several years. North Jutland.
Marinated - fried or smoked eel is a national dish in Denmark and a delicacy either with potatoes and parsley sauce - or with a raw egg on top of an open-faced sandwich. All of Denmark.
The Deer Park at Eremitage Plains has a habitat of over 300 herds that was imported in 1737 from the Middle East. The stags and their antler are admired at this recreational area. North Sealand.
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A great attraction is the border stone between Germany and Denmark that is placed in the middle of the street at Rudbøl. On the one side of the street the houses are Danish and on the other - German. South Jutland.
The smallest residence in Denmark is only 26 m² - and built around 1775. Once there lived two families in the little building called the “Doll House”. The house is the most photografed in Ærøskøbing - Isle of Ærø. South Funen.
The Danish farmers harvest their crops once a year - mainly in the middle of August. The final autumn's harvest every year totals to around 10.5 million tonnes of grain - where 65% is exported. Denmark.
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The world's biggest wind farm at sea is Rødsand 2 at Rødby with 90 gigantic windmills producing 800 GWh each year - and built by E.ON AB - Sweden. Lolland.
Denmark is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of food and dairy products - with an export of over DKK 120 billion - including new ecological products.
The Tycho Brahe Planetarium is Denmark's most advanced centre for astronomy - space research and science. IMAX films are presented on a giant screen. Copenhagen.
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Watchmen at the watchmen's square in Aabenrå with their uniforms from 1700s - singing the watchman's song during their rounds in the city. South Jutland.
Carl-Henning Pedersen and Else Alfelts colourful Art Museum in Herning - inaugurated in 1976 with over 4000 works by artist from the COBRA movement. Mid Jutland.
Jesperhus Flower Park and Amusement Grounds - the largest in Northern Europe with more than 2 million flowers spread all over the holiday resort. North Jutland.
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Legoland and park - Built up by more than 50 million Lego bricks - Billund. Mid Jutland.

Romantic and charming Gudhjem town and fishing village - Isle of Bornholm. East coast.

Statue ”People at Sea” - A new 9 metre high landmark for Esbjerg city. West Jutland.
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Salt production at Læsø has taken place since the 13th century by extracting salt from the sea water. In the Middle Age salt was considered as “The white gold”. Læsø. Kattegat Sea.
The famous Coffee Table from South Jutland. There must be at least 16 pastries or cakes on the table - and you offend the hostess if you don’t taste them all. Southern Jutland.
The Fårup Sommerland - action and aqua park for the entire family is one of north Europe’s largest amusement parks and a five star attraction in Denmark. Blokhus. North West Jutland
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The stone that is placed in Nørrevang on the peninsula of Odsherred in the north-western part of Sealand - indicates the absolute geographic mid-point of Denmark. North Sealand.
More than 50,000 Danish juveniles are confirmed by a confirmation ritual every year in April and May - and this popular Christian tradition - has been a part of the Danish culture for generations. Denmark.
One of Copenhagen’s most legendary landmarks is known as - The Lure Blowers. The common myth is that the blowers will blow their horns if a virgin passes by the monument. Copenhagen.
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It’s a great tradition in Denmark - that friends and Nabors make a decorative triumphal arch over the doorway - when anyone close related has any type of wedding anniversary. Denmark.
Danish Chimney Sweeps high on the roof in their traditional black working outfit and high hats from 1778 - which they receive together with their certificate after finishing 4 years apprenticeship. Denmark.
On the isle of Ærø there is the world's oldest collection of bottle ships at “Bottle Peter’s” museum - with a fascinating display of over 1700 bottled ships - and 50 old model ships. South Funen.
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