Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

On January 14, 1972, Queen Margrethe II ascended the throne, the first Queen of Denmark since 1412 and the first Danish monarch not named Frederick or Christian since 1513. Margrethe II (Margrethe 2. in Danish, Margreta 2. in Faroese and Margrethe II in Greenlandic; her full name is Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid) is the Queen of Denmark as well as the supreme authority of the … Continue reading Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

“The Little Mermaid” (Den lille havfrue in Danish) is a fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. The tale was first published in 1837 and has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre, anime and … Continue reading Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

Skarpsallingkarret at the National Museum of Denmark

For today’s “random stamp”, I chose one from Denmark — the second this month — which reflects my love of archaeology and earthenware pottery. In the early 1990’s, as a member of the Kansas Anthropological Society, I participated in the Kansas Archeology Training Program doing fieldwork near the Arkansas River in the southeastern portion of the state. I soon enrolled in pertinent courses at Johnson County Community … Continue reading Skarpsallingkarret at the National Museum of Denmark

Post Mill

The post mill is the earliest type of European windmill. Its defining feature is that the whole body of the mill that houses the machinery is mounted on a single vertical post, around which it can be turned to bring the sails into the wind. The earliest post mills in England are thought to have been built in the 12th century. The earliest working post … Continue reading Post Mill

Greenland #1 (1938)

Greenland #1 (1938)

Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat in Greenlandic and Grønland in Danish) is an autonomous constituent country within the Danish Realm between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Though physiographically a part of the continent of North America, Greenland has been politically and culturally associated with Europe (specifically Norway and Denmark, the colonial powers, as well as the nearby island of Iceland) for more than … Continue reading Greenland #1 (1938)

Faroe Islands #130 (1985)

Faroe Islands #130 (1985)

The Faroe Islands (Føroyar in Faroese, or Færøerne in Danish), are an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic approximately halfway between Norway and Iceland, 200 miles (320 kilometers) north-northwest of mainland Scotland. The area is approximately 541 square miles (1,400 square kilometers) with a 2016 population of 49,188. The land is rugged and has a subpolar oceanic climate: windy, wet, cloudy and cool. … Continue reading Faroe Islands #130 (1985)

Denmark #945 (1991)

Denmark #945 (1991)

Denmark (Danmark) is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost and smallest of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark (Kongeriget Danmark) is a sovereign state that comprises Denmark proper and two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands (Føroyar in Faroese, or Færøerne in Danish) and Greenland (Kalaallit … Continue reading Denmark #945 (1991)