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 bicycles

Depriving Danes of bicycles

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,...
Setting rules, striking gold

Setting rules, striking gold

Danes have a long familiarity with the sport of indoor handball – in fact a countryman published the first official rules – but it took until 2016 for the Danish men’s national team to capture an Olympic gold, on the final day of the Rio de Janeiro events. The women’s...
Resurrecting witches

Resurrecting witches

Denmark is preparing to open its first witch museum, fittingly in an old hotbed for witch-burning – the Jutland town of Ribe. Danes once feared that witches brought sorcery and evil into their communities, and the courts condemned about 1,000 female souls to a painful...
Flag with an old, old origin

Flag with an old, old origin

Valdemarsdag or Flag Day each June 15 is a festive holiday in Denmark, a great excuse for parties and painting faces in the red and white colors of this important national symbol – Dannebrog. Perhaps no other country celebrates its flag as much – right down to...