Welcome to the Denmark Portal!
Velkommen til Danmarksportalen!
Denmark is the smallest and southernmost of the
Nordic countries. Unified in the 10th century, it is also the oldest. Located north of its only land neighbour,
Germany, south-west of
Sweden, and south of
Norway, it is located in northern
Europe. From a cultural point of view, Denmark belongs to the family of
Scandinavian countries although it is not located on the
Scandinavian Peninsula. The national
Denmark borders both the
Baltic and the
North Sea. The country consists of a large peninsula,
Jutland, which borders
Schleswig-Holstein, and many islands, most notably
Bornholm, as well as hundreds of minor islands often referred to as the Danish
Archipelago. Denmark has historically controlled the approach to the Baltic Sea, and those waters are also known as the
Denmark has been a
constitutional monarchy since 1849 and is a
parliamentary democracy. It became a member of the
European Economic Community (now the
European Union) in 1973. The Kingdom of Denmark also encompasses two off-shore territories,
Greenland and the
Faroe Islands, both of which enjoy wide-ranging
home rule. The
Danish monarchy is the oldest existing monarchy in Europe, and the national
flag is the oldest
state flag in continuous use.
Thorvald August Marinus Stauning (26 October 1873 – 3 May 1942) was the first
Prime Minister of Denmark.
Stauning was trained as a
cigar sorter and soon became involved with
trade union activity. From
1908 he was leader of the Cigar Sorters' Union, in
1904 also editor of the magazine Samarbejdet (Co-operation) of the Federation of Trade Unions, and elected Member of Parliament (
1910 he was elected chairman of the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokratiet), a position he retained for almost thirty years, until
1939. He became
Prime Minister in
1924 - leading a
minority cabinet which would survive until
1926. His cabinet was considered ground breaking not only as it was the first purely Social Democratic cabinet, but also because a woman,
Nina Bang, was appointed
Minister of Education, which attracted some international attention.
1929 he led a successful
coalition cabinet with the
Danish Social Liberal Party that would steer Denmark out of the
Great Depression, shaping a major political compromise that greatly improved the
Danish economy, and also transformed the Social Democratic Party from a class party to a popular party.
Nicolas Steno -
Knud Rasmussen -
Johan Ludvig Heiberg
Illustration from an article Fra den sidste Tid written by Erik Schiødte and published in "Tidsskrift for Kunstindustri", 1893
Team Saxo Bank-SunGard
(UCI Team Code: CSC
) is a professional
which competes in the
road bicycle racing
. The team is owned and managed by former
Tour de France
, under the management of his company Riis Cycling. The sponsor is
a Danish investment bank
Founded for 1998 Team home – Jack & Jones, the team started in cycling's second division. In 2000 it moved into the
UCI ProTour, previously as the First Division. Since 2000, under differing sponsor names (Memory Card-Jack & Jones and CSC-Tiscali), the team rode the Tour de France. It has won stages in all three Grand Tours and won overall in two of them. In the
2008 Tour de France,
Carlos Sastre won the
Andy Schleck won the
young rider classification, and the team won the overall
team classification, and
Ivan Basso won the
2006 Giro d'Italia, as well as finishing third and second in the
2005 Tour de France. In addition, the team has won many major classics, including 6 Monuments.
The team has a reputation for consistently being ranked as one of the top cycling teams in the world, having won the UCI ProTour's team classification each year from 2005 through 2007, as well as winning the CQ Team Rankings from 2005 through 2008.
is a town in
on the northeast coast of the
peninsula in northern
. Its name translates to "Frederik's harbour". Frederikshavn has a population of 23,331 (1 January 2010), and is an important traffic portal with its ferry connections to Sweden and Norway. The town is well known for fishing, and its fishing and industrial harbours. The Danish term "frederikshavner
" ("Someone from Frederikshavn") is used to denote a quality
fish, probably the most popular eating fish in Denmark.
Due to its advantageous proximity to the entrance to the
Baltic Sea, Frederikshavn has historically been a
naval base of some strategic importance.
Peder Tordenskjold barricaded himself here in the fortress that German troops had already built in the 17th century.
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