Dane invented troll dolls

Dane invented troll dolls

In the upcoming season of gift-giving, many eyes will brighten at on seeing a troll doll. These funny-looking figures were created in the 1950s by a Dane, Thomas Dam, who was struggling to earn a living as a fisherman. A carving hobbyist, he made a wooden figurine...
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 –...