DENMARK, CULTURAL BACKGROUND
In 2014, the Danish ranked number one on the list of the happiest people of the world. One of the reasons is a high life expectancy rate, because of a good health care system. In general life in Danmark is good, high standards of living, modesty, freedom and respect for each other, are vibrant cultural and gastronomic culture are other important aspects of life in Danmark
Danish identity has not been linked to a particular racial or biological heritage, as many other ethno-national identities have. The cultural definition of ethnicity or actually non-ethnicity has been suggested to be one of the reasons that Denmark was able to integrate other Europeans and foreigners within the Danish society. This ideology of Danishness has been politically important in the formulation of Danish political relations with the EU, which has been met with considerable resistance in the Danish population, and in recent reactions in the Danish public to the increasing influence of immigration.
Danish people have been free minded for a long time, who doesn’t know the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Danish films have attracted international attention, especially those associated Lars von Trier. Danish cinema dates back to 1897 and since the 1980s has maintained a steady stream of product due largely to funding by the state-supported Danish Film Institute.
Three Danish heritage sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in Northern Europe: Roskilde Cathedral, the main burial site for Danish monarchs since the 15th century; Kronborg castle, immortalized in the play Hamlet; and the Jelling stones, carved runestones.
Danmark, is the world capital of designer decorations furniture and modern architecture, which started developing since the early 19th century, architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint, and in the 1960s that Danish architect Arne Jacobsen entered the world scene with their Functionalist architecture. This, in turn, has evolved into more recent world-class masterpieces including Jørn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House and Johan Otto von Spreckelsen’s Grande Arche de la Défense in Paris, paving the way for a number of Danish designers such as Bjarke Ingels to be rewarded for excellence both at home and abroad. Danish design is typically applied to industrial design, furniture and household objects, with international awards.
The cuisine of Denmark, consists mainly of meat and fish. This stems from the country’s agricultural past, its geography, and its climate of long, cold winters. Open sandwiches, known as smørrebrød, are usually for lunch, hot meals traditionally consist of ground meats, such as frikadeller (meat balls), meat and fish dishes such as flæskesteg (roast pork with crackling) or kogt torsk (poached cod) with mustard sauce and trimmings. Danish chefs, inspired by continental practices, have in recent years developed an innovative series of gourmet dishes based on high-quality local produce. As a result, Copenhagen and the provinces now have a considerable number of highly acclaimed restaurants, Restaurant Noma in Copenhagen has been ranked best restaurant in the world by the Michelin Restaurant magazine in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Lets not forget the famous Danish beers like Tuborg and Carlsberg, export product number one.
Sports are popular in Denmark, and its citizens participate in and watch a wide variety. The national sport is football (soccer), handball, cycling, golf and rugby and many other water-themed sports.