When I explained the true meaning behind bæ to a fellow coworker I realized that some readers may know little about where I’m going to be writing about for the next four months. So here’s a bunch of random, and highly informative, facts about Denmark:
- First things first, Denmark is located just above Germany and southwest of Sweden. The mainland country – Denmark also owns Greenland and the Faroe Islands – is a peninsula, Jutland, with 443 named islands (only 70 are inhabited).
- Some famous Danes: Hans Christian Andersen, Niels Bohr, Søren Kierkegaard.
- Oh, yeah, if you’re from Denmark you are not / you do not speak Denmarkian. If you are from Denmark you are Danish / a Dane and you speak Danish.
- Denmark is a constitutional monarchy. The Queen is Margrethe II and the Prime Minister is Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
- According to Wikipedia, Denmark: has the world’s highest social mobility; a high level of income equality; is the happiest country; has one of the world’s highest per capita incomes; has one of the world’s highest income tax rates.
- This year, Danes were ranked number one at speaking English as a second language.
- My dad used to tell the joke that Denmark only gets three days of sunlight a year. Clearly an exaggeration but man is it going to be cold.
- Danes have a lot of national pride which means that every occasion is the perfect occasion to decorate everything in Danish flags. Luckily, my mom kept this tradition alive in our own household!
- My current favorite Danish song is Venner for evigt (Friends Forever) by Bjørnskov (incase you were wondering).
And there you go! Hopefully this will give you a better understanding of what I’ll be blogging about for the next four months. If you have any questions, whether it’s now or later, you can fill out this form or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And, in honor of all the snow we now have in Virginia, here’s a photo of two-year-old me in snowy Copenhagen with my dad. Only 11 more days!