An Introduction to Danish Culture by Norman Berdichevsky

By Norman Berdichevsky

For lots of non-Danish voters of the area, Denmark is still an enigma. Too frequently harassed with different Scandinavian international locations, this southernmost Nordic country has been characterised by means of stereotypes and cliches with regards to socialism, cradle-to-grave safety, soccer, pornography, Hamlet, pigs, dairy livestock, and beer. This enlightening consultant to Danish society, tradition, and background bargains an inside of examine the "real" Denmark, highlighting the easiest of either the rustic and its humans. It information Denmark's huge contributions to technology, engineering, exploration, seafaring, literature, philosophy, track, structure, and lots of different fields. short graphics depict recognized Danes, together with "Clown Prince of Denmark" Victor Borge, Hans Christian Andersen, Kierkegaard, and Out of Africa writer Karen Blixen. all through, Denmark's striking human rights list, democratic associations, and humanistic traditions are transparent. through illuminating Danish tradition and clarifying misperceptions, this paintings fosters a better appreciation of Denmark, its humans, and their lifestyle.

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It was significant that not a single Danish monarch had ever thought it worthwhile to visit the West Indies. Second Round The time was thus ripe for a renewed interest in a sale and a number of events converged to make this a likely eventuality in 1902. The well meaning King Oscar II of Sweden on a visit to Berlin even raised the idea of an exchange in which Germany would acquire one or more of the islands in return for the 38 I. GEOGRAPHY AND ECONOMY lost Danish province of North Slesvig. Whereas high-ranking German naval officers were positively disposed to the idea, the more influential and powerful German General Staff was unwilling to consider any loss of the strategic province astride a possible invasion corridor from the North.

The native Inuit peoples (formerly called Eskimos) of Greenland and northern Canada are related and speak closely related languages. Greenland’s interior ice cap, which covers the greater part of the island, measures up to 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in thickness. Underneath, lies the Greenland Shield, a mass of ancient hard rock, mainly gneisses and granite. ” Although Greenland has been an autonomous part of the Danish kingdom since 1953, it is roughly fifty times the size of Denmark proper. However, Greenlanders opted out of membership in the European Union in 1982 shortly after Denmark joined, thus stressing that although part of the same country officially, Greenlanders wish to preserve much that is uniquely their own.

To speed things up, no referendum of the islanders’ wishes was solicited. All that needed approval was the vote of the Danish upper house. Here, opposition was considerably stronger due to the 40 I. GEOGRAPHY AND ECONOMY right wing parties’ more conservative stance and dislike of the egalitarian American society. Several elderly members of the chamber, who had been appointed by the king and resided in Jutland, and for whom the trip to Copenhagen was difficult, were afforded special aid to travel and take part in the vote.

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