By Norman Berdichevsky
For plenty of non-Danish voters of the realm, Denmark is still an enigma. Too frequently stressed with different Scandinavian international locations, this southernmost Nordic state has been characterised through stereotypes and cliches relating to socialism, cradle-to-grave safety, soccer, pornography, Hamlet, pigs, dairy farm animals, and beer. This enlightening advisor to Danish society, tradition, and heritage bargains an within examine the "real" Denmark, highlighting the simplest of either the rustic and its humans. It information Denmark's immense contributions to technological know-how, engineering, exploration, seafaring, literature, philosophy, tune, structure, and lots of different fields. short snap shots depict famous 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. by way of illuminating Danish tradition and clarifying misperceptions, this paintings fosters a better appreciation of Denmark, its humans, and their lifestyle.
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John (called Sankt Thomas, Sankt Croix and Sankt Jan in Danish), were acquired by a Denmark anxious to obtain precious metals, spices, sugar, tobacco, rum, cotton, indigo, ginger, cacao and coffee. No other colonial outpost in the New World proved so hospitable and advantageous for Jews. They played a major role in stimulating trade during the era of sailing ships and contributed greatly to the islands’ development. Few Danes had been enticed to settle in the West Indies voluntarily. The Danish colonies were nevertheless handicapped in spite of a well developed merchant ﬂeet by the scarcity of manpower at its disposal.
Most reject the idea that Greenland should dissolve its union with Denmark. When Norway ﬁnally re-established its independence (from Sweden) in 1905, claims were made to regain at least part of Greenland. This simmering dispute later erupted into the most serious “border conﬂict” among the Scandinavian states in the 20th century. ” Norway insisted that this violated its traditional hunting and ﬁshing rights along the east coast and argued that prior discovery by Norwegians entitled it to claim at least part of the island.
Hay believed him enough to ask an American diplomatic envoy, Henry White, to accompany Mr. Christmas to Copenhagen to enquire about Danish willingness to sell all three islands to the United States and how much they wanted for them. Through the good ofﬁces of Mr. Christmas, the price asked by the Danish government was $5,000,000. Although Christmas had no diplomatic status, the Danish government had begun to work through him until news leaked out and reached Niels Grøn, who spilled the beans to the American press.
An Introduction to Danish Culture by Norman Berdichevsky