A country that is a suburb …
The Kingdom of Denmark is a very small country, very far to the north in Europe. The weather’s not worth mentioning, and the national soccer team is really a joke.
The country is a mess of tiny islands, we have no mountains and no rivers, our language (danish) sounds exactly like german to strangers, though we think german sounds ridiculous. The population is only 5 million people, over 85% ethnic Danes, irreligious lutherans; eating herring and pigs, served with snaps and beer.
Denmark was the centre point in the viking realm, vandalising the Baltic States, western Russia, northern Germany, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, Iceland, Greenland and north-east America. It’s the oldest monarchy in the world, with the oldest flag.
Danes are designers, inventors and entrepreneurs, but on a small scale. This means more than 75% of all Danes work in a company with eight or fewer employees; one in ten of the workforce are a company owner. The average Dane does 16 years of school before joining the workforce.
Schools, and even a college education, is free. – you actually get paid! Doctors and Hospitals are also free. The average Dane pays 49% tax… 99% of all Danes agrees this is the best system in the world, but argues a lot about the finer details.
In Denmark we have a long lasting democracy and tradition of free speech, and we’re not afraid to use it.
Denmark was occupied by the nazi’s during world war II, and all jews were forced to have a star of David sewn to their clothes. So the danish king Christian put one on his jacket as well, and a lot of Danes followed his example.
Before the danish jews could be transported to concentration camps, fishermen took them all(!) to Sweden.
– and in the national anthem there is a line explaining how the king will smash the germans helmet and brain with his axe …
No-one actually believes in the trolls and witches, but they are a part of the danish culture, never the less, and if you happen to be in Denmark for the summer solstice celebration (Sankt Hans), you will notice huge bonfires in parks, gardens and on beaches, all decorated with a witch doll on top, with howling fireworks inside.
Denmark is not for the faint hearted …
A word of advice: If young people drinking beer from the bottle on a pedestrian street, homosexual men kissing in public, topless girls on the beach, or blasphemous cartoons in newspapers makes you uncomfortable; don’t go to Denmark.
Also: All zoo’s put down healthy animals for the good of a healthy breeding programme, but only the Copenhagen Zoo informs the media, and makes a public autopsy, to educate visiting children.
If you do go, be aware we use a lot of irony, without any kind of warning or labelling. If a remark is slightly exaggerated, we probably mean the opposite of what we are saying.
You may have read that an extreme nationalist party has gained too much political power in Denmark in recent elections. That is correct. I have nothing to say in our defence.
Denmark is officially at war with Canada over Hans Island. The military of both countries periodically visit to remove the other guy’s flag and leave their own flag, along with a bottle of danish snaps or canadian whiskey.
I could go on and on about Denmark and the Danes, but honestly; If London was a country, it would have a population twice the number of Danes. And London is not a country, it’s just a city… So what does that make us?