By Norman Berdichevsky
For lots of non-Danish voters of the area, Denmark is still an enigma. Too usually burdened with different Scandinavian international locations, this southernmost Nordic state has been characterised via stereotypes and cliches relating to socialism, cradle-to-grave safeguard, soccer, pornography, Hamlet, pigs, dairy livestock, and beer. This enlightening consultant to Danish society, tradition, and historical past deals an inside of examine the "real" Denmark, highlighting the simplest of either the rustic and its humans. It information Denmark's huge contributions to technology, engineering, exploration, seafaring, literature, philosophy, song, structure, and lots of different fields. short pictures 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 remarkable human rights list, democratic associations, and humanistic traditions are transparent. via illuminating Danish tradition and clarifying misperceptions, this paintings fosters a better appreciation of Denmark, its humans, and their lifestyle.
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