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712191.  Mon May 24, 2010 12:05 am Reply with quote

Saxo relates that it is the legendary Danish King Dan, son of Humbli, who gave the name to the Danish people, though he does not expressly state that he is also the origin of the word "Denmark". Rather he tells that England ultimately derives its name from Dan’s brother Angel.
Denmark is the oldest monarchy in the western Europe.
The national flag of Denmark, the Dannebrog is the oldest country flag in the world still in use.
Denmark, with a mixed market capitalist economy and a large welfare state, ranks as having the world's highest level of income equality. Denmark has the best business climate in the world, according to the U.S. business magazine Forbes.
From 2006 to 2008, surveys ranked Denmark as "the happiest place in the world", based on standards of health, welfare, and education. The 2009 Global Peace Index survey ranks Denmark as the second most peaceful country in the world, after New Zealand. In 2008, Denmark was ranked as being the least corrupt country in the world.
Historically, Denmark, like its Scandinavian neighbors, has been one of the most socially progressive cultures in the world. For example, in 1969, Denmark was the first country to legalise pornography.And in 1989, Denmark enacted a registered partnership law, becoming the first country in the world to grant same-sex couples nearly all of the rights and responsibilities of marriage.Denmark was the first European country to abolish slavery on moral grounds.

Hans Christian Andersen is known beyond Denmark for his fairytales, such as The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, and The Ugly Duckling.
Karen Blixen (pen name: Isak Dinesen), Nobel laureate author Henrik Pontoppidan, Nobel laureate physicist Niels Bohr, comedic pianist Victor Borge and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard have also made a name for themselves outside Denmark.

712466.  Mon May 24, 2010 8:49 pm Reply with quote

According to Wikipedia, apart from Greenland and Faroe, there are 444 named islands, of which 76 are inhabited.

According to my Danish friends, nowhere in Denmark are you more than fifty miles from the sea.

dr bartolo
736663.  Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:48 am Reply with quote

i've been to denmark, and there is ajoke around scandinavian countries that if you speak in danish,.... you sonnd as if you have throat disease.
to give you an idea, the danes spell the city we call"copenhagen" as købnhavn...(a more antiqutated spelling is "kjøbnhavn")

736666.  Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:15 am Reply with quote

The scandinavians really speak dialects of the same language and can easily understand each other..oh and they sell "E" now in "Copenhagen", so it is spelled København or Kjøbenhavn. When you say "Copenhagen" You are talking German...

736679.  Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:32 am Reply with quote

The d sound in the middle or end of a Danish word is sort of swallowed, and many consonants are semi-elided. The true test of the ability to pronounce it in Danish is, according to my Danish friends, the name of a dessert of red berries with cream, which is written rødgrødmedflød. The name of a street in København called Middelfart is pronounced something like 'milfar' with a slightly Welsh double ll sound on the l.

Sadurian Mike
736716.  Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:47 pm Reply with quote

A "not many people know that" fact is that Denmark was the second country to be successfully invaded during WWII*.

The land invasion began at 4.15am on the 9th April 1940, whereas the invasion of Norway, planned to be a little earlier, was delayed (both by fog preventing paratroopers landing, and by the cruiser "Blücher" being sunk with the German spearhead forces) and only recommenced at 6am.

The invasion of Denmark lasted all of two hours before the Danish government wisely bowed to the inevitable and capitulated. Sixteen Danish soldiers died during those two hours and the Danes did not even have the opportunity to formally declare war.

Possibly as a result of the early surrender (although more probably due to ethnicity), the Danes were lucky enough to be carry on under occupation under relatively favourable terms.

*This discounts the occupations of Austria and Czechoslovakia, as these happened before the invasion of Poland and were therefore pre-WWII.

It also discounts air and sea attacks, and is therefore only true if you hold an invasion to be the taking of ground by foot troops (which is what most militarians do).

736772.  Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:22 pm Reply with quote

In the First World War a number of Danes fought in the German Army. They have their own small cemetery at Braine in France.

736789.  Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:44 am Reply with quote

Yes -Rødgrød med fløde is the true test and Middelfart is a town on the island Fyn-It is a joke in danish too as Middelfart kan mean average speed. So you get the "What is the average speed in Middelfart?" Can you danish friends pronounce V in words jenny? Like the name Vinnie..We have trouble with that.

dr bartolo
736797.  Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:07 am Reply with quote

as we all probably know, carlesberg is a danish beer-but look at this-

(I have been to the site, and I have seen this)
and another view...

736806.  Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:04 am Reply with quote

The Elephant Gate & Tower (Danish: Elefantporten & -tårnet) is designed by Vilhelm Dahlerup and was built in 1901. The gate is the Carlsberg district's most famous landmark and is so named because four granite elephants flank the gate. They carry a 115 sqm tower in red, ornamented tile.The inspiration come from Bernini's obelisk-carrying elephants on Piazza della Minerva in Rome. It originally functioned as a water tower and as a herb silo....Is it the swastika that worries you?..That is a commen symbol of the sun and later on used by the Germans, it does not mean the elephant is a member of the SS. I suggest you look it up. In fact I suggest you look everything up before posting. Oh and its Carlsberg.

Alfred E Neuman
736808.  Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:12 am Reply with quote

If I ever go to Denmark, it'll be for the beer. :-)

My father-in-law brought some back from his last trip, one can of each of about 8 or 9 different beers, and I enjoyed each and every one of them.

736813.  Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:26 am Reply with quote

we like beer :) I normally buy the Elephant beer for foreign friends, they are some 8% alcohol and after a few, you actually see pink elephants ;) My local brewery does a mean special brew every easter, one year it was a whooping 19%...Sold out rather quick.

Sadurian Mike
736822.  Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:48 am Reply with quote

Nazi elephants.

These are elephants from the Hamburg zoo used to plough fields during WWII.

Nazi elefant.

A massively armoured and exceptionally well-armed German tank destroyer, again during WWII.

736911.  Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:56 am Reply with quote

busk31 wrote:
Yes -Rødgrød med fløde is the true test and Middelfart is a town on the island Fyn-It is a joke in danish too as Middelfart kan mean average speed. So you get the "What is the average speed in Middelfart?" Can you danish friends pronounce V in words jenny? Like the name Vinnie..We have trouble with that.

My friends' second son is called Viktor... that must cause his friends some problem. Sorry busk for my inaccuracies - comes from trying to write what you *think* you remember!

I have actually stayed on Fyn, so I've probably driven (at average speed) through Middelfart. I thought it was a street in Copenhagen as well though, but that's probably my memory playing tricks again.

dr bartolo
736916.  Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:33 am Reply with quote

thanks, busk I'm not worried about nazi elephants, as as I thaught that no thread upon denmark could be complete without any mention of carlesberg.
anaway, I heard that danish kings are not crowned, like in england, but ,only proclaimed by shouting "the king is dead, long live king xxx!"- can any danes vouch for me, or provide me with the actual phrase?


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