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Transcript of Denmark
by: Alison Swanitz
* Denmark is 42,916 square kilometers.
* The main peninsula is Jutland.
* Denmark is made up of 406 islands.
* The largest islands are Funen,
* The capitol of Denmark is
The Danish flag is named the Danneborg. "Meaning flag of the Danes."
The Danish flag is reconized by the United Nations as the oldest continously used national flag in the world.
Legend has it that King Waldemar II was being defeated in a battle with the Estonians and he prayed. Later the Danneborg fell out of the sky and they won the battle.
The white cross symbolizes Christianity.
Danish Traditions and Festivals
The Little Mermaid
* It was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen
story about a little mermaid named Ariel.
* In 1909 Carl Jacobson saw a performance of the
Little Mermaid ballet and fell so deeply in love with
the beautiful mermaid that he had a sculptor
named Edward Eriksen carve the Little Mermaid
* There is a replica Little Mermaid statue in
Popular Tourist Sites
* The Queen of Denmark's crown and jewels are
stored in the castle and are on display for tourist
* Pure silver lions guard the King and Queen's
* Rosenborg Castle is in Kings Park in
* It is one of the top 5
oldest amusement parks
in the world. The front
gates opened in 1843.
* Rides range from fast
looping roller coasters to
a slow relaxing Ferris
wheel that opened in
1943 during WWII.
* Walt Disney based
Disneyland off of Tivoli.
The national language of Denmark is Danish.
Hej, Jeg hedder Konrad, og jeg bor nord for København i Birkerød. Jeg er 10 år, går i 4. klasse og er Alisons ven.
Hi, my name is Konrad, and I live north of Copenhagen in Birkerød. I am 10 years old, in 4th grade and I am Alison’s friend.
The Danish Flag
St. John's Eve celebrates the birthday of John the Baptist. Families and friends gather together for dinner and sit by a bonfire.
Shorvetide is a children's festival in which children get to dress up, ring doorbells, and sing for money.
It is known as the Nordic Halloween.
St. John's Eve
In 1940 the Nazi Germany invaded Denmark. For the first couple of years, the invasion was peaceful but in 1943 Hitler took full control of Denmark causing thousands of Danish Jews to flee the country.
The Danish people are descended from the Vikings. The Vikings took control of Northern England in a time called the Viking Ages. The Viking Ages lasted only three hundred years.
Major Historical Events
Although not a major historical event, an interesting part of history is that the Danish also started a settlement in California called Solvang. The word "solvang" is Danish for "sunny field." The city of Solvang was founded in 1911 by a small group of Danish teachers, and it now has a population of 5,385 people.
Oil and natural gas are important natural resources to Denmark. Neither of these resources need to be imported, because Denmark is self-sufficient
in these resources.
* Ten billion liters of oil are extracted from the Danish oil beds in the North
Sea each year.
* In Denmark, crude oil is used for powering large pieces of machinery such
as big ships.
* Natural gas is a substance made of hydrogen and oxygen. It is used for
running vehicles and heating houses.
Climate of Denmark
* Denmark is rainy and can get an average of 24 inches a year.
* The temperature in Denmark averages 30º F in February, the coldest month of
* In the warmest month of the year, July, it can reach a temperature of 74º F.
* Denmark is a very low-lying country, and it has gentle hills and lakes with large
* The topography of Denmark was shaped by glaciers.
Topography of Denmark
The tasty Danish pastry has a very interesting history. About 350 years ago a baker forgot to add butter to the dough he was making. Later he added the butter to cover up his mistake. He ended up with a light and fluffy dough that quickly became a very popular breakfast worldwide. Now, in America, instead of saying Danish pastry, you just say "Danish." Enjoy, or as the Danish say, "Nyde!"