Horseman King in Nazi days

Horseman King in Nazi days

Danish King Christian X had a very unusual habit for a royal – to ride his horse daily through Copenhagen’s streets, without any guards, saluting the citizens who paused to acknowledge him. But 75 years ago, on such an excursion in October 1942, his horse lurched –...
Danish Christmas plates

Danish Christmas plates

One of the most iconic Danish collectibles found around the world are pretty, blue-and-white Christmas plates, produced for over a century by Denmark’s two main porcelain manufacturers – Bing & Grøndahl since 1895 and Royal Copenhagen since 1908. The scenes...
Denmark’s national bird

Denmark’s national bird

The lovely mute swan is Denmark’s national bird symbol. These large creatures have decorated the country’s lakes, ponds and waterways for thousands of years. But unlike the bald eagle – named U.S. national bird in 1782 – the mute swan received its lofty status only in...
Royal Margrethe marriages

Royal Margrethe marriages

Celebrations abound in Denmark this month to recognize the 50th wedding anniversary of Queen Margrethe II and Frenchman Count Henri (now Henrik) de Laborde de Monpezat. The couple married in Copenhagen on 10 June 1967. Flashback photos and articles about Margrethe on...
Danish West Indies bargain

Danish West Indies bargain

One hundred years ago today, Denmark handed over ownership of three beautiful tropical islands and received gold worth US$25 million, or the equivalent value today of a paltry $1.5 billion. The U.S. added these Danish West Indies – St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix –...
Fake Viking helmet horns

Fake Viking helmet horns

Some myths are so appealing that people refuse to drop them – and so it is with Viking horns. From singers in a Wagner opera to a souvenir shop in Copenhagen to the Minnesota Viking Football team logo, Viking warrior helmets are commonly adorned with a pair of large...
Denmark’s hyggelig way

Denmark’s hyggelig way

The concept of “hygge” is integral to Danes’ lifestyle, reflecting a special kind of coziness that makes people feel content. The word recently attracted a burst of international attention when it became a finalist for the Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 word of the year...
Depriving Danes of bikes

Depriving Danes of bikes

Danes have long relied on their bicycles as a means of commuting and for general mobility, so were especially outraged by a bizarre Nazi plan to steal their vehicles. A new research paper details the degree to which the bike proposal circulated among German...
Escaping the potato famine

Escaping the potato famine

This is potato harvesting time in Denmark, when growers dig up the tubers before a hard frost turns them grey and mushy. Potatoes form a central part of the Danish diet, appearing daily in most households and even joining the traditional Christmas dinner plate,...