"DANMARK ~ my homecountry" Denmark by Christina1881
Denmark Travel Guide: 7,166 reviews and 19,151 photos
"Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men,
but from doing something worthwhile."
(Sir Wilfred Grenfell, 1865-1940)
GETTING TO KNOW DENMARK...
When asking foreign people what they know from Denmark the answers often are:
The Little Mermaid - Den lille Havfrue (the statue made in 1913 by Edvard Eriksen, inspired by the fairytale of H.C.Andersen)
TIVOLI (a Pleasure Park in the center of Copenhagen, built in 1843 by Georg Carstensen)
Strøget (the pedestrian street in Copenhagen)
Legoland (The amusement park founded in 1968 where everything is build in LEGO-pieces, eg. a Western village, monuments, buildings and cities in Denmark and Europe)
Besides that I have more than ones been asked wether Denmark is not the capital of Sweden and if we in Denmark speak English or German as our motherlanguage! And just to get it clear from the beginning: DENMARK IS NOT THE CAPITAL OF SWEDEN, AND DANISH IS OUR MOTHER TONGUE!!
On this page - I do hope though - that I will be able to enlightend you and show you that there is much more to Denmark than the things mentioned above!
Denmark is about 43000 km2 and consists of the mainparts Sjælland (7548km2), Fyn (3000km2) and Jylland (30000km2).
Denmark consists of a huge number of smaller islands, eg. Bornholm, Samsø and Ærø - just to mention a few! Both Færøerne and Grønland are also parts of Denmark!
Denmark "only" have 5,3 milion inhabitants and the biggest cities are Copenhagen
(København), Århus and Odense.
In 1801 aproximatly 21% of the Danish people lived in cities, in the 1880ies and durring the 1st World War the cities were growing, and in 1955 70% of the Danish inhabitants lived in cities. In 1995 this number had grown to 85%.
(As mentioned earlier) the official language is Danish, but it is commonly known that "everyone speaks English". The children are though English in the school from the age of 10.
In Denmark the four seasons last more or less 3 months, and there is a big change between the cold January (this year down to -20C one night) and too the warm mild summer in July (normally around +26-28C).
It rains quite a lot in Denmark, which makes the nature beautiful and green - there is nothing like a Danish "bøgeskov" (= beech wood), the blooming cornfields or a sandy beach!
Originally Denmark was a country of agriculture, but up through the 18th century shipping- and foreign trading grew, and in the 19th century a real industry (production, export) became more important than the agriculture!
The latest years there has been a growing within the service trade (eg. trading, transport, finance ...)
Today also the fishing industry is of great importance - Denmark have the second biggest industy within Europe (right after Norway).
THE CONSTITUTION ~ GRUNDLOVEN
The 19th Century was a century full of changes in Denmark - and in 1849 one of the biggest changes came with the new constitution (Grundloven).
It was signed on the 5th of June 1849 by the King Frederik VII, who by signing the Grundlov gave up his absolute monarchy, and today Denmark has a constitutional monachy with the Queen Margrethe as "maincharacter".
DENMARK IS ALSO...
"Danmark": a little planet, with a diametre at about 10km. Discovered in 1978 by Richard M. West.
Danmark has a period of revolution at 4 years 10 1/2 months. The orbit is between Mars' and Jupiter's.
The smallest distance to Earth is 248mio km and to the Sun 399mio km.
Danish film: Especially since a group of young directors in 1995 signed "Dogme '95", a "vow of chastity" within movie-making-stile, Danish movies has become worldfamouse with dogme-movies like eg. "Festen" (the Celebration) "Mifunes Sidste Sang", "Idioterne".
Also some directors have "put their mark on the map" with great movies, eg. directors like Ole Bornedal ("Nightwatch"), Lars von Trier ("Breaking the Waves"), Bille August (with "Pelle the Conqueror") or Kaspar Rostrup ("Dansen med Regitze").
Other great movies from the latest years are "Den Eneste Ene" (the one and only, by Susanne Bier), "Magnetisoerens femte vinter" (Morten Henriksen).
"Danmark": a government owned danish schooling ship from 1933 (build in Nakskov). With two expeditions each year - with 80 pupils studying to become navigators.
SEARCHING THE NET
I have searched the internet many times to find good links about Denmark - some better than others, and some just adresses I ones visited and then forgot all about untill I found it on a piece of paper again - Im gonna write some of the adresses here below, so I hope they are to some help. Some of them are only in Danish - but most of them also have an english page... So good luck!!
Pages on Denmark:
www.denmark.dk (the official homepage of Denmark)
www.denmarkemb.org (a page where you should be able to find visa regulations, tourist attractions, news and an eventlist)
www.dsb.dk (the homepage for DSB - the traincompany in Denmark)
www.dmi.dk (the weather in Denmark)
Pages on Copenhagen:
www.aok.dk (everything on Copenhagen)
Pages on Aarhus:
www.aarhusfestuge.dk (a page about the yearly week of "party" in Aarhus - Festugen)
Pages about cultural things:
www.seaside.net (this page has Danish recipees)
www.kongehuset.dk (the official homepage about the royal family)
www.danskfodbold.dk (a page about football in Denmark)
www.spise.dk (a page about restaurants all over the country)
Music festivals - check out my new tip on Music Festivals
Page on places to stay:
www.bbdk.dk (Bed and Breakfast in Denmark)
www.sommerhuse-danmark.dk (a page with more than 4000 summer-cottages put up for rent over the summer)
www.camping.dk (going camping in Denmark? check out this page!)
www.danhostel.dk (hostels in Denmark)
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