Presentation about Denmark – targeting Elementary School students from Kindergarten to 5th gradehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_er_et_yndigt_landNational Anthem: Deter et yndigt land ("There is a lovely land")
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Where is Denmark on the World map?Can you point to it? …. No!! You first have to cross over the Atlantic to Western Europe
Denmark is the little country on the top of GermanyLets blow it up a little so we can see itLets blow it up a little more!!!Denmark is a country surrounded with water and comprised of one penninsula connected with Germany and a lot of small and medium sized islands.A lot of those islands are now connected with bridges.People say that Denmark looks a little like a man and a wife’s faces. The man might be blowing up a ballon.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_DenmarkThe national flag of Denmark, Dannebrog (Danish pronunciation: [ˈdanəˌbʁoˀ]) is red with a white Scandinavian cross that extends to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side. On the Danish flag, the cross design, which represents Christianity, was subsequently adopted by the other Nordic countries; Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, as well as the Scottish archipelagos of Shetland and Orkney. Dannebrog is the oldest state flag in the world still in use by an independent nation.The legend states the origin of the flag to the Battle of Lyndanisse, also known as the Battle of Valdemar (Danish: "Volmerslaget"), near Lyndanisse (Tallinn) in Estonia, on June 15, 1219.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_monarchyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_DenmarkThe monarchy in Denmark is the constitutional monarchy of the Kingdom of Denmark, which includes Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.As a constitutional monarch, the Queen is limited to non-partisan, ceremonial functions. The ultimate executive authority over the government of Denmark is still by and through the monarch's royal reserve powers; in practice these powers are only used according to laws enacted in Parliament or within the constraints of convention.The Danish Royal Family can trace their lineage back to the Viking kings Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth from the 10th century, making the monarchy of Denmark the oldest in Europe. The current Royal House is a branch of the princely family of Glücksburg, originally from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, the same royal house as the Norwegian and former Greek royal families.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GreenlandGreenland (Kalaallisut: KalaallitNunaat meaning "Land of the Greenlanders"; Danish: Grønland) is an autonomouscountry within the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though physiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically and culturally associated with Europe (specifically Norway and Denmark) for about a millennium. Greenland is, by area, the world's largest island that is not a continent. With a population of 56,615 (January 2011 estimate) it is the least densely populated dependency or country in the world.
Life in Greenland is significantly different from the life in mainland Denmark.It is much colder in the arctic.Greenland is mostly populated by Inuit.And most traffic outside the town are by dogsled or kayak.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_ClausGreenland is also where Santa Lives !!!Even though the general belief is that he lives on the North Pole, it is obvious from the picture of the North Pole, that there is nothing but Ice on the North Pole, and the closest land is Greenland. So therefore he lives in Greenland – close to the North Pole.Santa has his own Mailbox in Greenland, and if you send mail to Santa, that is where it goes.Santa then gets your mail, and looks at what your wishes for Christmas is.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vikingshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_AgeThe most famous group of people from Denmark and Scandinavia are the Vikings.The ruled most of Scandinavia and a large part of Europe and England about a 1000 years agoThe Vikings sailed most of the North Atlantic, reaching south to North Africa and east to Russia, Constantinople and the Middle East, as looters, traders, colonists, and mercenaries. Vikings under Leif Eriksson, heir to Erik the Red, reached North America, and set up a short-lived settlement in present-day L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.There are even some discoveries of Viking presence in the lakes of Minnesota.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Christian_AndersenDo you know the Little Mermaid?That is a story written by Hans Christian Anderson 150 years ago. He also wrote stories like “The Ugly Duckling”, “Thumbelina” and many more.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitus_BeringVitus Bering was a famous explorer from Denmark 300 years ago. As a Naval office in the Russian Navy he discovered the Bering Straight between Alaska and Siberia. The straight was subsequently named after him.Vitus Jonassen Bering (also, less correctly, Behring) (12 August 1681 in Horsens, Denmark – 19 December [O.S. 8 December] 1741, Bering Island, Russia) was a Danish-born navigator in the service of the Russian Navy, captain-komandorВитусИонассенБеринг, known among the Russian sailors as Ivan Ivanovich Bering. He is noted for being the first European to discover Alaska and its Aleutian Islands. The Bering Strait, the Bering Sea, Bering Island, Bering Glacier and the Bering Land Bridge are named for the explorer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_BohrNiels Bohr is probably the most significant Danish scientist – Nobel Prize winner with significant contributions to understand the atomic structure and quantum mechanic science. He was also a part of the Manhattan Project that was responsible for developing the Atomic Bomb.NielsHenrik David Bohr (Danish pronunciation: [ni:ls ˈboɐ̯ˀ]; 7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962) was a Danishphysicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr mentored and collaborated with many of the top physicists of the century at his institute in Copenhagen. He was part of a team of physicists working on the Manhattan Project. Bohr married MargretheNørlund in 1912, and one of their sons, Aage Bohr, grew up to be an important physicist who in 1975 also received the Nobel Prize. Bohr has been described as one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_BorgeVictor Borge ( /ˈbɔrɡə/bor-gə; 3 January 1909 – 23 December 2000), born Børge Rosenbaum, was a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist, affectionately known as The Clown Prince of Denmark,The Unmelancholy Dane, and The Great Dane.Victor Borge came to the US in 1940 during the Nazi occupation of Denmark. In the US he soon became a well known comedian and national treasure. He never moved back, but lived the rest of his live in the US.
http://www.imdb.com/search/name?birth_place=Denmarkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Danish_AmericansHave you all seen “Lord of the rings?” – the King in the movie(s) is played by Viggo Mortensen, who was born from Danish parents.Other pretty well know actors such as Connie Nielsen, Ulrich Thomsen and Sven-Ole Thorsen are all Danish too.Leslie Nielsen and Peter Sarsgaard are from Danish American decent.
There has also been some very well known Danish actors in the James Bond movies.Recently in the last two movies with Daniel Craig, two of the main villains have been played by Danish actors:MadsMikkelsen as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, andJesper Christensen as Mr. White in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace,LastlyCecilia Thomsen played Professor Inga Bergstrom in Tomorrow Never Dies
Some famous Danes or descendant from Denmark in international sports:Morten Anderson - is a former National Football Leaguekicker. He holds the distinction of being the all-time leading scorer in NFL history, as well as being the all-time leading scorer for two different teams; the New Orleans Saints, with whom he spent 13 seasons, and the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he spent a combined eight seasons.Thomas Bjørn is a professional golfer from Denmark who plays on the European Tour. He is the most successful Danish golfer to have played the game having won thirteen tournaments worldwide on the European Tour. In 1999 he also became the first Dane to qualify for a European Ryder Cup team. Despite his success all over the world, Bjørn is widely remembered for his infamous collapse at Royal St. George's during the 2003 Open Championship, when he led by two strokes with three holes to play, but took three attempts to get out of a greenside bunker on the par three 16th, handing the tournament to young rookie Ben Curtis. This moment is so well recognised that even to the present day the bunker on the 16th at Royal St. George's is affectionately known as 'Bjørn's Bunker'.BjörnDunkerbeck (born 16 July 1969) is a professional windsurfer who has won Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) Overall World Championships a record twelve timesTom Kristensen is a Danishracing driver. He has won many championships in auto racing but his most famous achievement is being the only person to win the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times, six of which were consecutive (from 2000-2005). BjarneLykkegård Riis, nicknamed The Eagle from Herning, is a Danish former professional road bicycle racer who placed first in the 1996 Tour de France, and is now the team owner and manager of Danish UCI ProTour outfit Team Saxo Bank Sungard
Others known Danes are:Brigitte Nielsen: who got her fame when she married Sylvester Stallone.Anders Fogh Rasmussen: former prime minister of Denmark, now the head of NATOHelena Christensen: Supermodel.
Denmark is a small country – smaller than most states in America.Populations is also smaller than most states.
Denmark is a small country with very little elevation and surrounded by water.
Climate is very temperate. It doesn’t get very cold and it doesn’t get very hot.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Denmarkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_Royal_Familyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margrethe_II_of_DenmarkThe monarchy in Denmark is the constitutional monarchy of the Kingdom of Denmark, which includes Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.As a constitutional monarch, the current and reigning monarch is Queen Margrethe II, is limited to non-partisan, ceremonial functions. The ultimate executive authority over the government of Denmark is still by and through the monarch's royal reserve powers; in practice these powers are only used according to laws enacted in Parliament or within the constraints of convention.The Danish Royal Family can trace their lineage back to the Viking kings Gorm the Old and Harald Bluetooth from the 10th century, making the monarchy of Denmark the oldest in Europe. The current Royal House is a branch of the princely family of Glücksburg, originally from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, the same royal house as the Norwegian and former Greek royal families.The Royal family is probably the most celebrated and loved family in Denmark. Even though some Danes are against the monarchy and would like a different kind of Government – like a republic such as the United States of America. When asked who people would then select as president – the majority would select the Queen !! :-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_DenmarkThe Politics of Denmark takes place in a framework of a parliamentary, representative democratic, constitutional monarchy, in which the Prime Minister is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. The Monarch is the head of state and plays a largely ceremonial role with reserve powers.Executive power is exercised by the government, with the prime minister acting as primus inter pares. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the Danish Parliament, Folketinget.HelleThorning-Schmidt (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhɛlə ˈtoɐ̯neŋ ˈsmed]; born 14 December 1966) is a Danish politician and the current Prime Minister of Denmark. She has been leader of the Danish Social Democrats since April 2005 and prime minister since October 2011. She is the first woman Prime Minister of Denmark.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_holidaysLot of the Danish holidays are the same as in the United States. Some of them are longer in Denmark though so Easter runs from Thursday thru Monday – both included (Monday is Second Easter day)Christmas includes Christmas Eve, Christmas day and Second Christmas day.Some added Religious holidays are Whitson (before Easter)And Great Prayer day.The story behind Great Prayer day is:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Denmarkhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FastelavnList of some other celebrated days. Two special ones that kids are involved in are Fastelavn and Saint John’s eve.Some towns in Denmark are renowned for their large Fastelavn festivities and parades. Traditional events include slåkattenaftønden ("hit the cat out of the barrel"), which is somewhat similar to using a piñata. The Danes use a wooden barrel, which is full of candy and oranges and has the image of a cat on it. Historically there was a real black cat in the barrel, and beating the barrel was superstitiously considered a safeguard against evil. After the candy pours out, the game continues until the entire barrel is broken. The one who knocks down the bottom of the barrel (making all the candy spill out) becomes kattedronning ("queen of cats"); the one who knocks down the last piece of the barrel becomes kattekonge ("king of cats").In Denmark, the solstitial celebration is called Sankt Hans aften ("St. John's Eve"). It was an official holiday until 1770, and in accordance with the Danish tradition of celebrating a holiday on the evening before the actual day, it takes place on the evening of 23 June. It is the day where the medieval wise men and women (the doctors of that time) would gather special herbs that they needed for the rest of the year to cure people. Bonfires on the beach, speeches, picnics and songs are traditional, although bonfires are built in many other places where beaches may not be close by (i.e. on the shores of lakes and other waterways, parks, etc.) In the 1920s a tradition of putting a witch made of straw and cloth (probably made by the elder women of the) on the bonfire emerged as a remembrance of the church's witch burnings from 1540 to 1693. This burning sends the "witch" away to Bloksbjerg, the Brocken mountain in the Harz region of Germany where the great witch gathering was thought to be held on this day.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_ChristmasIn Denmark kids count down to Christmas from December 1st to December 24th. Most kids will have a “Christmas Calendar” or a couple of those. They open a lid/window every day and behind this might be a piece of candy, a picture or something else now.Some of those calendars are associated with a TV show, that is 24 episodes. Kids will open a lid and the picture behind it would be an indication on what would happen at the episode that day. They will then turn to that program at night and watch it everyday until December 24 – the final episode where most likely Santa will show up.Denmark has adopted and expanded the German tradition of Advent calendars. It is common to have Julekalender (Yule calendars) that mark all days from December 1 until December 24. They are often made of cardboard with pictures or treats such as chocolate. They come in various forms whether home-made to or manufactured and can contain innocent stories of Yule or might even be scratchcards.A popular version is the gavekalender (gift calendar). These can either function as a julekalender marking all 24 days up to Yule Eve with a gift for each day or they can function as Advent calendars marking the four Sundays of Advent instead with a gift for each Sunday.A special Danish calendar tradition started by DR in 1962 consists of broadcasting TV shows with exactly 24 episodes, one each day up to Yule Eve. The tradition has become very popular and every major network now has TV calendars during the Christmas period, whether original productions or TV shows. The tradition of TV calendars has also been adopted by the other Scandinavian countries.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TomteIn Denmark, Santa Claus is known as Julemanden (literally "the Yule Man") and is said to arrive on a sleigh drawn by reindeer, with presents for the children. He is assisted with his Yuletide chores by elves known as julenisser (or simply nisser), who are traditionally believed to live in attics, barns or similar places. In some traditions, to maintain the favor and protection of these nisser, children leave out saucers of milk or rice pudding or other treats for them on the afternoon on the 24th, and are delighted to find the food gone on Yule morning.Danish homes are decorated with kravlenisser (climbing nisse), which are cardboard cutouts of nisser which can be attached to paintings and bookshelves. This is a unique Danish tradition started in the early 20th century.
In the evening an elaborate dinner is eaten with the family. It usually consists of roast pork, roast duck, roast goose or stuffed turkey with potatoes, caramelized potatoes, red cabbage and plenty of brown gravy. For dessert, risalamande, a cold rice pudding dish is served with a hot cherry sauce, traditionally with a whole almond hidden inside. The lucky finder of this almond is entitled to a small gift. In some families, it's tradition that the rice pudding dessert is made with the remaining rice porridge from the previous evening, a meal served on the 23rd, Lillejuleaften (Little Yule Eve), with cinnamon, brown sugar and butter. It is eaten warm with a fruit drink or sweet malt beer.
After the meal is complete, the family will dance around the Juletræ and sing Yule songs and carols (the latter becoming less popular). When the singing is complete, presents which are tucked under the tree, are handed out by the children or in turn. After they have been opened, there are more snacks, candy, chips and sometimes the traditional Gløgg.If the kids have been very nice, they might even get a visit from Santa late at Christmas Eve – with special present not already under the tree. For some reason there is typically some man in the household that always misses the visit from Santa. He has either gone out for some chore or was at the rest room. Etc. :-)
Danes have six (6) weeks of vacation per year, and typically use the largest part of that in the summer, where they would stay part of that time home and part of that time typically travelling to other parts of Denmark or other parts of Europe.The typical locations in Europe are:Germany – which is connected to the main peninsula. Germany has been a traditional vacation spot for danesScandinavia in general: Sweden and Norway in particularFrance – Paris, the coast, wineries, and the French Riviera by the Mediterranean seaItaly – Rome, and a lot of beach vacation areasSpain – major cities, coastal areas and especially some of the Spanish vacation islands such as Gran Canary Island and Majorcaalso Turkey and the old Yugoslavia has been popular sites.
Danes have traditionally been a camping / camper type vacationer. With the world getting smaller and more connected (internet, communication etc.) the younger generation have changed their vacation habits.But still a lot of families still enjoy driving to destinations within Europe and bring their camper and be able to be flexible, be able to move from place to place and keep cost under control.
Skiing is also very popular – especially with the younger generations (post world war two). Denmark is very flat and doesn’t really get a lot of snow.So destinations such as northern Sweden and Norway are very popular and off course destinations within the Alps: France, Italy, Swiss and Austria.
A lot of Danes still stay in Denmark for their Vacations, and typical by the water and by beaches.They bring their campers to camping grounds or they would rent summer homes for the vacation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CopenhagenCopenhagen – the capitol of Denmark – has a lot of interesting sites and attractions for visitors to see and visit:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str%C3%B8getStrøget is a carfree zone in Copenhagen, Denmark. This popular tourist attraction in the centre of town is the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NyhavnNyhavn (pronounced [ˈnyhɑʊ̯n]) is a 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from KongensNytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. Serving as a "heritage harbour", the canal has many historical wooden ships.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FolketingThe Folketing (Danish: Folketinget, Danish pronunciation: [ˈfʌlg̊ətˢeŋˀ]), is the national parliament of Denmark. The name literally means "People's thing"—that is, the people's governing assembly. It is located in Christiansborg Palace, on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen.The harbour of Copenhagen has largely lost its industrial importance. In 2001, Copenhagen Harbour merged with the harbour in Malmö to create Copenhagen-Malmö Port. It has several functions, the most important being as a major cruise destination. In 2007 a record 286 cruise ships with 420,000 cruise passengers visited Copenhagen.Copenhagen also has a lot of castles and old buildings. Such as the royal castle: Amalienborg Palace.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lille_havfrueThe statue of The Little Mermaid (Danish: Den lillehavfrue) sits on a rock in the harbour of the capital of Denmark. Based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tivoli_gardensTivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.With more than 4.5 million annual visitors[Tivoli is the most popular seasonal theme park in the world, the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the second most visited in Europe, only behind Disneyland Paris.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AmalienborgAmalienborg Palace (pronounced [aˈmæːˀljənbɒːˀ]) is the winter home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consists of four identical classicizing palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard (AmalienborgSlotsplads); in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederick V.Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Palace burnt down on 26 February 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KronborgAnother famous castle is Kronborg fortress. Kronborg is a star fortress situated near the town of Helsingør (immortalized as Elsinore in Shakespeare's Hamlet) on the extreme northeastern tip of Zealand at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. In this part, the sound is only 4 km wide, hence the strategic importance of maintaining a sea fortress at this location commanding one of the few outlets of the Baltic Sea. The castle has for centuries been one of the most important Renaissancecastles in Northern Europe and was added to UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list on November 30, 2000. Along with the fortress Kärnan, Helsingborg on the opposite of Øresund, it controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LegoOne of the most famous toys in the world are Lego’s which is Danish.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legoland_BillundLegolandBillund, the original Legoland park, opened in 1968 in Billund, Denmark. The Park is located next to the original Lego factory and Denmark's second busiest airport Billund Airport. 1.6 million guests visited the park in 2007 and over the years more than 40 million guests have been through the park. This makes it the largest tourist attraction in Denmark outside of Copenhagen. The Legoland parks that have since been built are modelled upon LegolandBillund, most noticeably the Miniland area, which serves as the heart of the park.---------The Lego Group began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen (7 April 1891 – 11 March 1958), a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934, his company came to be called "Lego", from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means "play-well".It expanded to producing plastic toys in 1947. In 1949 Lego began producing the now famous interlocking bricks, calling them "Automatic Binding Bricks". By 1954, Christiansen's son Godtfred Kirk Christiansen had become the junior managing director of the Lego Group. It was his conversation with an overseas buyer that struck the idea of a toy system. Godtfred saw the immense potential in Lego bricks to become a system for creative play but the bricks still had some problems from a technical standpoint: their locking ability was limited and they were not very versatile. In 1958, the modern brick design was developed but it took another five years to find the right material for it, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) polymer. The modern Lego brick was patented at 1:58 P.M. on 28 January 1958; bricks from that year are still compatible with current bricks.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkagenSkagen (The Skaw) is a projection of land and a town, with a population of 8,515 (1 January 2011), in Region Nordjylland on the northernmost tip of Vendsyssel-Thy, a part of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. Skagen takes its name from the region, which projects into the waters between the North Sea and the straits of Denmark. Skagen is considered the boundary between the Skagerrak (named after Skagen) and the Kattegat. At its very tip is a sandy, shifting headland known as Grenen. Here it's possible to experience the sight of waves clashing together from each side of the tip. Danish national road 40 also passes through Skagen.The area is closely associated with the Skagen Painters, a community of artists (artist colony), who flocked to this picturesque, and then unspoiled, area in the late 19th century to escape the city and to record artistically a way of life they realized was soon to disappear.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den_Gamle_ByThe Old Town in Aarhus, Denmark (Danish: Den Gamle By), is an open-air village museum consisting of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships in all parts of the country. In 1914 the museum opened for the first time as the world's first open-air museum of its kind and to this day it remains one of just a few top rated Danish museums outside Copenhagen serving some 3.5 million visitors pr. year.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VikingeskibsmuseetThe Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde is the Danish national museum for ships, seafaring and boatbuilding in the prehistoric and medieval period.Around the year 1070, five Viking ships were deliberately sunk at Skuldelev in Roskilde Fjord in order to block the most important fairway and to protect Roskilde from enemy attack from the sea. These ships, later known as the Skuldelev ships, were excavated in 1962. They turned out to be five different types of ships ranging from cargo ships to ships of war.The Viking Ship Museum overlooks Roskilde Fjord and was built in 1969 especially to exhibit the five newly-discovered ships. In the late 1990's excavations for an expansion of the museum uncovered a further nine ships including the longest Viking warship ever discovered at 36 meters.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KoldinghusKoldinghus is a Danish royal castle on the south central part of the Jutlandpeninsula in the town of Kolding. The castle was founded in the 11th century and was expanded since with many functions ranging from fortress, royal residency, ruin, museum, and the location of numerous wartime negotiations.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_cuisineDanish cuisine (Danish: Dansk køkken), originating from the peasant population's own local produce, was enhanced by cooking techniques developed in the late 19th century and the wider availability of goods after the Industrial Revolution. The open sandwiches, known as smørrebrød, which in their basic form are the usual fare for lunch, can be considered a national speciality when prepared and decorated with a variety of fine ingredients. Hot meals traditionally consist of ground meats, such as frikadeller (meat balls), or of more substantial meat and fish dishes such as flæskesteg (roast pork with crackling) or kogttorsk (poached cod) with mustard sauce and trimmings.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sm%C3%B8rrebr%C3%B8dSmørrebrød (originally smørogbrød; Danish for "butter and bread") usually consists of a piece of buttered rye bread (rugbrød), a dense, dark brown bread. Pålæg (literally "on-lay"), the topping, then among others can refer to commercial or homemade cold cuts, pieces of meat or fish, cheese or spreads. This daily practice is the base on which the art of the famous Danish open sandwich, smørrebrød is created: A slice or two of pålæg is placed on the buttered bread, and then pyntet (decorated) with the right accompaniments, to create a tasty and visually appealing food item.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fl%C3%A6skestegFlæskesteg, the Danish version of roast pork, is considered to be one of Denmark's principal national dishes. Always prepared with crackling, it is also a favorite for the Danish Christmas dinner served as the evening meal on 24 December or Christmas Eve.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_Baconhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FrikadellerGiven that Denmark has a lot of pig farms, a lot of the meats used in the daily cuisine is based on Pork meat.Roasts, Sausage, Meatballs, Bacon and more.
Denmark has a long tradition of fishing since it is surrounded by the sea, consists of many islands and a 7000 kilometer coastline. It is the country that exports most fish in the European Union and one of the world's greatest fishing nations. Fish consumption is a natural part of the Danish food tradition.
A typical school lunch would consist of food from the traditional Danish cuisine.Smørrebrød is very typical. Vegetable and Fruits, Yogurts for breakfast is also very typical.
Sport in Denmark is diverse. The national sport is Football (soccer) with the most notable results being qualifying for the European Championships six times in a row (1984–2004) and winning the Championship in 1992. Other significant achievements include winning the Confederations Cup in 1995 and reaching the quarter final of the 1998 World Cup.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_handballAnother very popular sport is a sport that is not very well known in the US. It is played like indoor soccer with two teams, goals and goalies. Except the ball is handled by hand and is dribbled down the court like Basketball.Handball (also known as team handball, Olympic handball, European handball, or Borden ball) is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball to throw it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team with the most goals scored wins.
Other traditional sport in Denmark, and sports that the Danes are typically good at are:Badminton, Ping Pong, Volleyball, Cycling and Motor Sports including Speedway.
Denmark is surrounded by water and therefore sailing is a very popular sport as well.Of the notable Danes in Sailing are:12 times windsurfing world champion BjörnDunkerbeckSailors Jesper Bank and Paul Elvstrøm one of only four persons ever to win four consecutive individual Olympic gold medals
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycling_in_DenmarkAs a sport Cycling is very popular, but the most common transportation is by bicycle.Cycling in Denmark is both a common and popular recreational and utilitarian activity. Bicycling infrastructure is a dominant feature of both city and countryside infrastructure with segregated dedicated bicycle paths and lanes in many places and an extensive network of bicycle routes extending more than 12,000 kilometres (7,500 mi) nationwide (in comparison Denmark's coastline is 7,314 kilometres (4,545 mi)). Often bicycling and bicycle-culture in Denmark is compared to the Netherlands as a bicycle-nation.In the United States parking lots for cars are very common. In the major cities of Denmark parking lots for bicycles are very common (picture on the right).The picture on the left is showing people on the way to work. Even though most families own a Car, lot of people still use their bicycles to get to work instead.The Danish cycle VIN-system is a system introduced in 1942 by the Danish government, providing all cycles in Denmark with a unique code. The code is a combination of letters and digits embedded into the bicycle frame and made up of a manufacturer-code, a serial-number and construction year. By law it has been illegal since 1948 to sell cycle frames in Denmark without an embedded VIN and, as a result, insurance companies in Denmark do not pay indemnities for stolen cycles without a VIN.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_Folkeskole_Educationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_pre-school_educationhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_DenmarkThe Folkeskole (American English: Public school) is one type of school in Denmark, covering the entire period of compulsory education. This form of education cannot, as in the case of many other nations' education systems, be divided into primary and secondary education.The teaching in the nine-year basic school covers the following subjects which are compulsory for all pupils and very similar to the subjects in a US school:Danish, Christian studies — including in the oldest forms instruction in foreign religions and other philosophies of life, PE and sport, and mathematics during the entire 10-year period; English from the 4th to the 10th year; history from the 4rd to the 10th year; music from the 2nd to the 7th year; science from the 1st to the 7th year; art from the 1st to the 6th year; social studies from the 8th to the 10th year; geography1 and biology2 from the 8th to the 10th year; physics and chemistry in the 8th to 10th year; needlework, wood- or metalwork and cooking for one or more years between the 5th and 10th year.The main difference is off course Danish instead of English, and then languages such as English, German, French, Spanish. Students start learning from 4th grade. English at 4th grade, German or French from 7th grade, and then other languages such as Spanish available from 9th grade.Given that there are only 5-6 million Danes and Danish is only spoken in Denmark, Danes know they need to understand other languages in order to work, communicate and do business with the rest of the world.
School is typically from 8am to 3pm.Bikes are used to get to school – even from 1st grade.Lessons are about 50 min with 10 min breaksThe only long break is the Lunch break at noon.After school sport is encouraged in school, and there are local sports clubs in all cities and most towns.
You might think that people from the “old counties” would wear the original national costumes or folk clothes.But that is off course not true.
Most kids in school wear similar clothes that kids wear in the rest of the western world including the United States.Here are some pictures of kids in school in Denmark.
As you can see they wear similar clothes as you are used to too.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Mammals_of_DenmarkTypical farm animals in Denmark includes: Cows, Pigs, Horses, Chicken, Duck, rabbits and more.
Pets in Denmark are very typical and similar to what is found in other places such as here in the US.Cats and Dogs are very common. One of the dog breeds has been named after the country: the “Great Dane” – a dog almost as big as a small horse.
But kids in Denmark also have smaller pets such as Rabbits, Hamsters, Turtles and fish.
Wild animals in Denmark are very typical for the climate:Fox, rodents such as otters and Mice, Deer.Not to long ago wild bore could be found in the woods of Denmark. Today most are gone or behind fences.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Birds_of_DenmarkDenmark also have a lot of different kind of birds. Small birds and also larger birds such as Pheasants and Geese.
Talking about Birds – the Danish national bird is the Swan.
Vikings• Said to have discovered America before Columbus and even sailed all the way into Minnesota
Hans Christian Andersen• Wrote stories such as the little mermaid, the ugly duckling, Thumbelina, and many many others
Vitus Bering• Famous Explorer from the - Discovered the “Bering straight between Alaska and Siberia”
Niels Bohr• Scientist contributing to understanding atomic structure and Quantum Mechanics. Contributed to Atomic Bomb
Victor Borge• Entertainer moved the the US before world war two.
Actors (Danes and half-Danes)Viggo Mortensen – from Connie Nielsen – from Ulrich Thomsen – TheLord of the rings, History of Violence, Gladiator, Bothers, Devils Advocate and Thing, Season of theHidalgo and others Detective Dani Beck from Law&Order Witch, Centurion, The International, Hitman.Leslie Nielsen – from Airplane, the Sven-Ole Thorsen – from Predator, Peter Sarsgaard – fromNaked gun and other comedies. Gladiator and other Action movies. Jarhead, Flightplan, Green Lanters and many others.
Actors from Bond MoviesMads Mikkelsen Jesper Christensen as Cecilia Thomsen asas Le Chiffre Mr White Professor Inga Bergstrom
SportsNFL Football – Morten Andersen Golfer – Thomas Bjorn Windsurfer - Björn DunkerbeckRace Driver – Tom Kristensen Cyclist – Bjarne Riis Winner of Tour de France 1996
Others Supermodel – Helena Christensen Current head of NATO – Anders Fogh RasmussenModel and Actor –Brigitte Nielsen
General Information 16,500 sq. miles. North Carolina is 54,000 sq. miles Population: 5.5 million. NC is 9.5 million Money: Kroner Internet: .dk
Geography• Flat with very little elevation • Average height above sea-level is 100 feet • Highest point is 560 feet – less than 65 stories high • Highest point in NC is Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet• Denmark is surrounded by water • Less then 32 miles to the water from any point
Climate• Temperate Zone • Not very cold in the winter – average around freezing in the winter and average 60 F in the summer• Average 120 days with rain • Autumn is the wettest • Spring is the driest• We do get some snow • But not a lot
Constitutional Monarchy• Probably the most celebrated and loved family in Denmark
Government is the Parliament• Called “Folketinget”• First woman Prime Minister: Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Holidays• New Year• Easter (and Second Easter day)• Christmas (and Second Christmas day)• Thursday/Friday before Easter• Whitson (Sunday and Monday – 7 weeks after Easter)• Great Prayer day• Christmas Eve
Celebrated days• Fastelavn - Like Halloween and with piñata• April 9th - Occupation of Denmark in WW2• May 1st - International Workers Day• May 5th - Liberation day from WW2• June 15th - Day of Valdemar and Reunion (Flag)• June 23rd - Saint John’s eve
Tivoli Gardens• 2nd oldest Amusement part in the world - opened on 15 August 1843 – The oldest is a smaller park just 20 miles north – also in Denmark.
Amalienborg – Royal Palace• Residence of the Royal Family, Queen and Prince, The crown prince and his wife.
Kronborg Castle• Was used to guard the access to the baltic see.• Was the scene of Shakespeare’s Hamlet “There is something rotten in the state of Denmark”
Legoland – fun place for kids• Lego’s are from Denmark and the first Legoland ever was created in Billund, Denmark where Lego’s are made
Skagen – Northern most part of Denmark• Also known for community of painters from 100 years ago
The old town in Aarhus• was founded in 1909 as the worlds first open-air museum of urban history and culture
Viking Ship Museum• The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde is the Danish museum for ships, seafaring and boatbuilding culture in ancient and medieval times.
Museum at Koldinghus • Above the centre of Kolding stands the castle of Koldinghus. • It was on this site in 1268 that the Danish King built a fortress for the purpose of guarding the border between the kingdom of Denmark and the Duchy of Schleswig.
Typical Curriculum• Danish (Like English but in Denmark)• Math• Social Studies (Geography, History)• Physical Ed / Gym• Art / Working with your hands – woodworking, sewing, etc.• Language: English, German, French
School from 8am to 3pm• Everyone typically bike to school • No school bus !!• Typically 50 min lessons – with 10 min break• Only long break is Lunch at noon• After school is typically sports from 4 to 6 • Sport is organized in clubs– not the school.
My school – “Sundskolen” But that was long ago :-)