“O Denmark! in thy quiet lap reclined, The dazzling joys of varied earth forgot, I find the peace I strove in vain to find, The peace I never found where thou wert not.”
Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlager, “To My Native Land“
Denmark’s two main national holidays celebrate completely contradictory principles. One celebrates the birthday of the monarch (April 16) while the other celebrates the anniversary of the taking of power …Read more
In 1814 the four-century union between Denmark and Norway abruptly ended when Denmark was forced to cede Norway to Sweden following the Napoleonic Wars. Norway also lost what had once been its own. Iceland and Greenland, settled by the Norse in the 9th and 10th centuries, would remain in Denmark’s possession.
With the emergence of a national ‘farm culture’ in Norway, and a growing awareness of the French and American …Read more
May 3 is Constitution Day in two countries on opposite sides of the globe.
May 3 Constitution, by Jan Matejko, 1891
Poland’s most recent constitution dates only to 1997, but it stems from the Constitution of May 3, 1791, one of the oldest codified constitutions in the world. Only the Constitution of the United States is older. [The Constitution of San Marino dates to 1600, but apparently is not codified enough to compete with the …Read more