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Month: March, 2012

The culture of Denmark-geography, topography, family life, and education

Denmark is located in Northern Europe, borders both the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany. Denmark also also includes several major islands-Sjaelland, Fyn, and Bornholm. The weather is very temperate. They have mild, windy winters and cool summers. The topography is rather low and flat, with many gently rolling hills. The nuclear family unit is very important in Danish culture. Children are raised to be independent from an early age. Most are put in day care centers at about 1 years old.
In addition, marriage is not a prerequisite to starting a family. Many couples live together without legalizing the arrangement with marriage. In addition, women are highly respected in business and generally receive equal pay and have access to senior positions. Danish women expect to be treated with respect in the office. Working mothers can easily arrange flexible hours so that they can maintain both a career and a family. One interesting fact about education in Denmark is that it is free. It is required that students go to school for at least nine years. The elementary and lower secondary is comprehensive, which means that children are not divided based on ability or social background. Once a child gets to their secondary education, they can decide for themselves if they want to continue their education.



Timeline of Danish History

Denmark is an old country with tons of rich history. If I were to go into that, I would be writing for the rest of my life. In lou of pages upon pages of Danish history, I found a timeline with the most important events and time periods in Danish history.

Historical Survey
c. 12500 BC Immigration of the first hunters
3900 BC Agriculture and animal husbandry
400-700 Incipient urbanisation
866-867 Viking conquest of York
c.965 Introduction of Christianty
1015-1034 England under Danish rule
1397-1523 The Kalmar Union with Norway and Sweden
1479 Founding of Copenhagen University
1536 The Reformation. Incorporation of Norway in Denmark
1660-1661 Introduction of absolutism
1666 1917 Danish colonies in Caribbean
1807 Bombing of Copenhagen by the English navy
1814 Norway’s departure from the Union
1848 Abolition of absolutism
1849 First liberal constitution, the June Constitution
1864 Loss of the German duchies
1901 Introduction of cabinet responsibility
1914-1918 Danish neutrality during the First World War
1915 Constitutional reform, enfranchisement of women
1920 North-Schleswig vote in favor of re-union with Denmark
1940-1945 German occupation
1945 Founding membership of the UN
1949 Membership of NATO
1973 Membership of the EEC
1993 Membership of the EU