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Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 3:14 pm
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5 Facts You Might Not Know About Denmark

1 Denmark has constitutional monarchy type of government, the oldest outside of Asia. Denmark, along with Sweden was the home of the ferocious people known as the Vikings. Recent archaeological evidence suggests that the Danes, as Vikings, discovered North America long before Columbus.

2 One of the most famous hotels in Europe is the Hotel d'Angleterre, located on Copenhagen's main square. The hotel was originally a private manor house and was built in 1594. Nearby is, arguably, the best restaurant in Denmark, the Kommandanten.

3 Tivoli Gardens is one of the world's most famous amusement parks opened in 1843. Tivoli Gardens has a world renown Christmas decoration theme made up of over 100,000 white lights. If you ride the roller coaster and feel it seems very creaky, that is because it was first built in 1914.

4 The world's oldest amusement park, still occupying the same spot it had on opening day, is located north of Copenhagen. The Bakken opened in the year 1583. There are five very old roller coasters and a world famous Cabaret, the Hvile.

5 Greenland and the Faroe Islands are claimed by Denmark and have been Danish land since 1700. A funny fact is that Norway once owned the Faroe Islands but lost them when the King of Norway lost a wild poker game to the King of Denmark.

The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen. The currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone(DKK) Flag of Denmark

Some Interesting facts and History about Denmark -

•Danish men marry the oldest of all Europeans - at 32 years old in average.

•There are 443 named islands in Denmark, 76 of which are inhabited.

•The flag of Denmark, Dannebrog, is the oldest state flag in the world still in use by an independent nation. It was adopted in 1219.

•The country's average height above sea level is only 31 metres and the highest natural point is Møllehøj, at 170.86 metres.

•Separate studies have ranked Danish people as the happiest in the EU (2007 Cambridge University study), and happiest people in the world (2006 Leicester University study) or 2nd happiest in the world (World Database of Happiness 2000-2009).

•Danish people have the lowest income inequality in the world, with a Gini index of 24.7 in 1997.

•The World Audit ranks Denmark as the world's most democratic and least corrupted country in 2008. It is also second for freedom of press.

•A 2007 UNICEF report on child well-being in rich countries ranked Denmark as the 3rd best country overall after the Netherlands and Sweden.

•Denmark has had no less than 14 Nobel laureates, including 4 in Literature, 5 in Physiology or Medicine, and one Peace prize. With its population of about 5 million, it is one of the highest per capita ratio of any country in the world.

•According to the WHO (2002 stats), Danish women have the lowest incidence of obesity in the EU.

****History & Culture

•Denmark is the homeland of the Germanic ethnicity and culture. The Franks, Burgundians, Jutes, and the Norses (Vikings) all trace their origin back to Denmark (as well as Norway and Sweden for the latter).

•In the 9th and 10th centuries, Danish Vikings invaded and settled in parts of Western Europe as far as North Africa. They founded the Danelaw in Northern England, and were granted to Duchy of Normandy (named after the Norse men) by the King of France.

•As a result of the "Danish exodus" in ancient and medieval times, most people in Germany, the Benelux, Northern and Eastern France, and Britain can claim Danish ancestry.

•The Danish royal family is probably the oldest uninterrupted European monarchy. It traces back its roots to legendary kings in the Antiquity. Gorm the Old, the first king of the "official line", ruled from 934 C.E.

•Between 1397 and 1524, the whole of Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland) as well as southern Finland was unified under Danish rule, with Copenhagen as capital. The Denmark-Norway Union (including Iceland and Greenland) lasted until 1814.

*Dyrehavsbakken, 10 km north of Copenhagen, is the world's oldest operating amusement park. Its origins can be traced back to the late 16th century, when entertainers and artists working in this spring park attracted crowds from all over Europe. Cabarets made their appearance in 1866, and the first wooden roller coaster opened in 1932. Other modern attractions followed, and the park now features six high-speed roller coasters and over 30 other rides.

•The Danish prince Hamlet, the fictional character of William Shakespeare's famous play, was inspired by an old Danish myth of the Viking Prince Amled of Jutland.

•The Danish fairy tales writer Hans Christian Andersen, is well known around the Western world, notably for such tales as "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid" (adapted by Disney), and "The Ugly Duckling".

•The architect of the iconic Sydney Opera House was the Dane Jørn Utzon (1918-2008). In 2007, he became only the second person to have his work recognised as a World Heritage Site while he was still alive.

•In 1989, Denmark became the first country to legalise same-sex unions (although same-sex marriage was not granted until 2012)

***Traditional Foods of Denmark

Until a few years ago, Danish food was essentially associated with potatoes and bacon, and Danish cuisine was completely unknown outside the country. Not anymore. Over the last decade, the New Nordic Cuisine has revolutionised Danish gastronomy and created an entirely new focus on local ingredients. It has meant a renaissance of classic Danish dishes, which are currently available in modern versions at several of Copenhagen's best restaurants. Even so, many Danes still love to eat very traditional foods like porridge, open sandwiches and the classic roast pork with parsley sauce - of course served with a glass of good Danish beer.

Breakfast - In the morning, most adults drink coffee or tea. Children and young people often eat milk products with cereals such as corn flakes, muesli or oatmeal.

Lunch - Generally lunch is a cold meal consisting of slices of rye bread buttered and covered with for instance various kinds of sausage, sliced boiled egg or liver paste, a baked mixture of chopped pig’s liver and lard of a spreadable consistency.

Dinner - The evening meal is called middag, because it used to be eaten in the middle of the day. It is eaten at home and most Danes make an effort to gather the family around a hot meal every evening.

Until the mid 20th century, two courses were served: a first course, for instance gruel, meat broth or sweet fruit soup, and a main course of meat or fish, always accompanied by potatoes and gravy.

On Sundays, pudding was served instead of the first course. In the 1960s, when women entered the labour market, the evening meal was simplified and most people now have only a single course on weekdays.

Since the 1960s, there have been many changes as a result of the increasing prosperity, the advent of self-service in retail trade, the introduction of electricity in the kitchen, refrigerators and freezers as well as the growth of the food industry.

The American influence is obvious with dishes such as salad buffets, baked potatoes, barbecues, turkey and ready-to-serve chicken dishes. In the 1980s, the Italian cuisine gained ground with pizza, pasta and extensive use of tomatoes. In the 1990s, it was Asiatic food that became fashionable, although it was never really pervasive.

Meat consumption has risen dramatically, still with pork as the most common kind of meat. The Danes eat mainly mince and cuts for pan-frying and traditional gravy and potato dishes are still very common.

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 3:21 pm

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:42 pm

I don't know why... but when I went to Copenhagen I felt a certain resemblance with Amsterdam.......

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:46 pm
being part Danish, this is a real treat, ty dear Kit!

Pat B (354)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:54 pm
Enjoyed the wonderful tour of this country. I enjoyed seeing the palace (of course), then Tivoli, the castles, and the bikes around Copenhagen. Most relaxing to view. Thanks, Kit for this great visit.!!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:57 pm

If I suddenly disappear I will be hiding out in France or Denmark, though the Danish food leaves me disinterested. Denmark can not be all bad, happiest people in the world. And....they are socialist!

j A (282)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 5:04 pm
When I went to Denmark, I found international cuisine easily Kit--they have many immigrant populations who can be classed as special needs by the schools when Danish and English are not known by students. Disability accessibility and public transportation were the best I've ever seen anywhere. Adaptations to climate change were also noteworthy--the steep sloped roofs for historic snow are not typical for newer buildings with very little snowfall in recent years. Like most countries, even temporary residents like students are assigned doctors to receive any needed medical care--and education through college is no cost to the families. Thanks Kit.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 7:13 pm
This is a definite destination on my bucket list! Who knows, maybe I will live there, it sounds and looks fabulous. Thank you once again for taking us to faraway shores Kit!

MmAway M (499)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:08 pm
Oh SWEETIE!!! How did you know I soooooo needed to go on a trip, going to save and climb into bed and take a time out with my "Jessie"....Gotta look through your TRIPS Kit, did you ever do one on the South of France??? Cause I need a return trip to EZE or St. Paul De Vance (sp) La Napole...If you are saying you are hiding out in France, maybe you did the trip!?!?!? Take me WITH YOU P L E A S E !!!!!!! xxxxxx

Laurie H (817)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:46 pm
So Enjoyed this visit!!!! Maybe more than a visit is in order too----just might be a great place to call home(?)---love to see happy people!!!~Thanks so much Kit!!!!~

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 10:55 pm
Will be travelling here one day! Thanks 4 the lovely tour Kit!

Glenn B (194)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:31 am
I have been there before, and it's a wonderful country. Thanks for posting this.

Keith H (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:43 am
Kooks good. Thanks

Keith H (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:43 am
* Looks

Jonathan H (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:16 am
didn't qualify for world cup!

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 3:53 am
always entertaining Kit - thanks - just wish we could travel there for real - splendid country.......

Peggy Johnson (1)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:47 am
Thanks for the nice overview of Denmark! I lived in Copenhagen
for a year when I was five yrs old. My father was on a Fulbright fellowship working with another
physiologist. I remember many happy
experiences -- going to Tivoli and a beautiful
Deer Park, among others. The Danes were wonderful
and my parents considered moving to Denmark permanently
but my mother found the chronically gray overcast
weather to be depressing.

Ben O (172)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 5:59 am
Wonderful Denmark! I've been many, many, many times to Helsingoer, and many, many times to Copenhagen. I've also been to Aarhus and Roskilde...

Ben O (172)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:04 am
Sorry Kit, Denmark is NOT a socialist country. Neither is Sweden, but quite a few (mostly ignorant republican americans) seems to believe that we are living in a socialist hell...
Surprise...we are not!!! : ~ )

Ben O (172)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:07 am
And, in Denmark, as well as in Sweden we have public health care for ALL of course. I mean, we are living in civilized countries...know-what-I-mean...?

Bob hardly here P (396)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:26 am
Thanks Kit

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 9:02 am
Thanks so much Kit. These tours rock.

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 9:45 am
Oh Kit I LOVE these Holidays you share with us! You know as I don't eat sweets it never even occurred to me where the Danish originated:):):)
I wasn't aware this was "The Gateway to Scandinavia"
I saw an open market with fresh veggies and know I could endure the diet, especially after knowing that Denmark is known to be one of the most Environmentally Friendly countries IN THE WORLD with it's parks, green spaces, clean harbor basins for swimming, wind mills and green living! Yes I could live in such a Lovely mix of new and old and considered The Happiest Nation in the World! Thank you again for sharing.
I must thank Ben for this post: Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:07 am
And, in Denmark, as well as in Sweden we have public health care for ALL of course. I mean, we are living in civilized countries...know-what-I-mean...? Out of stars for you both!

Colleen L (3)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 1:41 pm
Great tour and information about Denmark. Enjoy going for the ride, with you as our guide. Thanks Kit

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:52 pm
Thanks Kit--another great post.

Kit B (276)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 3:31 pm

Ben, I use the word socialist in the most positive way.

. (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 3:52 pm
I have been to Denmarl twice. The only issue that ruins the experience is their blantant allowance of beastiality shows.

Inge B (199)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:58 am
Try to immigrate to Denmark from Africa or any Arab country, and see how you are Received.........


Alexandra G (250)
Friday October 18, 2013, 1:08 am
OOOOOOOOOO, wonderful Denmark, wonderful Copenhagen ...

Ben O (172)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:18 am
Dear Kit, I know what You mean... and, BTW; -I am a socialist! : ~ )

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday October 18, 2013, 9:32 am
Thank you for the marvelous virtual vacation. I quite needed that after the roller coaster ride we've been on in the last week. I would love to live there, and I would like to think that if we work long and hard, we could create a similar way of life here. Unfortunately, corporate control of the government has been firmly implanted, and I fear that we will be unable to take the reins back.

Winn A (177)
Friday October 18, 2013, 11:25 am
Love to visit there someday.

Barbara V (51)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:39 pm
Yup, it's like I said. The Danes are smart. For that reason I hope to heaven they keep Monsanto OUT of Denmark.

Past Member (0)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 5:20 am
Great timing, maybe spring would have been better.

Vallee R (280)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 5:51 pm
Thanks needed that break!

Past Member (0)
Monday October 21, 2013, 2:08 pm
Only thing I dont like about it is they own the Faroes island where they have the awful whale slaughter so they still have some barbaric traditions

Melania Padilla (128)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:11 am
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