Gråsten in Denmark

8 January 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

Gråsten Palace © Erik Christensen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gråsten Palace © Erik Christensen/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gråsten (German: Gravenstein) is a town with a population of 4,365 (1 January 2023) on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula in south Denmark by the Nybøl Nor at an inlet of the Flensburg Fjord. It belongs to the Sønderborg municipality in Region of Southern Denmark. The town is located almost exactly at the center of a triangle defined by the towns of Aabenraa, Flensburg and Sønderborg Castle (Sønderborg Slot). The Danish royal family has their summer residence, Gråsten Palace, in the town.   read more…

Amager Bakke in Copenhagen

12 December 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, Sustainability, Environment Reading Time:  3 minutes

© Kallerna/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Kallerna/cc-by-sa-4.0

Amager Bakke (lit. ‘Amager Hill’), also known as Amager Slope or Copenhill, is a combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant (new resource handling centre) and recreational facility in Amager, Copenhagen, Denmark, located prominently within view of the city’s downtown.   read more…

The European Union: European Sky Shield Initiative

12 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Editorial, EU blog post series, European Union Reading Time:  6 minutes

Flag_of_Europe European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI) is a project to build a ground-based integrated European air defense system which includes anti-ballistic missile capability. As of July 2023, nineteen European states participate in the initiative. ESSI is part of the Common Security and Defense Policy and as such is designed to complement and relieve the burden on NATO.   read more…

Strøget in Copenhagen

15 August 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Shopping Reading Time:  5 minutes

Amagertorv © - Olga Itenberg/cc-by-2.0

Amagertorv © – Olga Itenberg/cc-by-2.0

Strøget is a pedestrian, car free shopping area in Copenhagen, Denmark. This popular tourist attraction in the centre of town is one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe at 1.1 km. Located at the centre of the old city of Copenhagen, it has long been one of the most high-profile streets in the city. The pedestrianisation of Strøget in 1962 marked the beginning of a major change in the approach of Copenhagen to urban life; following the success of the initiative the city moved to place a much greater emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle access to the city at the expense of cars. This approach has in turn become internationally influential.   read more…

Freetown Christiania in Copenhagen

14 July 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Schorle/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Schorle/cc-by-sa-4.0

Freetown Christiania, also known as Christiania (Danish: Fristaden Christiania), is an intentional community, commune and micronation in the Christianshavn neighbourhood of the Danish capital city of Copenhagen. It began in 1971 as a squatted military base. Its Pusher Street is famous for its open trade of cannabis, which is illegal in Denmark. Christiania is considered to be the fourth largest tourist attraction in Copenhagen, with half a million visitors annually.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland – Nuuk

24 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  17 minutes

Nuuk © - patano/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nuuk © – patano/cc-by-sa-3.0

Nuuk is the capital and largest city of Greenland, a constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark. Nuuk is the seat of government and the country’s largest cultural and economic centre. The major cities from other countries closest to the capital are Iqaluit and St. John’s in Canada and Reykjavík in Iceland. Nuuk contains a third of Greenland’s population and its tallest building. Nuuk is also the seat of government for the Sermersooq municipality. In January 2021, it had a population of 18,800.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland – Sisimiut

23 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  < 1 minute

Sisimiut and Nasaasaaq mountain © Algkalv/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sisimiut and Nasaasaaq mountain © Algkalv/cc-by-sa-3.0

Sisimiut, formerly known as Holsteinsborg, is the capital and largest city of the Qeqqata municipality, the second-largest city in Greenland, and the largest Arctic city in North America. It is located in central-western Greenland, on the coast of Davis Strait, approximately 320 km (200 mi) north of NuukSisimiut literally means “the residents at the foxholes” (Danish: Beboerne ved rævehulerne). The site has been inhabited for the last 4,500 years, first by peoples of the Saqqaq culture, then Dorset culture, and then the Thule people, whose Inuit descendants form the majority of the current population. Artifacts from the early settlement era can be found throughout the region, favored in the past for its plentiful fauna, particularly the marine mammals providing subsistence for the early hunting societies. The population of modern Greenlanders in Sisimiut is a mix of the Inuit and Danish peoples, who first settled in the area in the 1720s, under the leadership of the Danish missionary, Hans Egede.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland – Tasiilaq

22 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

© - Christine Zenino/cc-by-2.0

© – Christine Zenino/cc-by-2.0

Tasiilaq, formerly Ammassalik and Angmagssalik, is a town in the Sermersooq municipality in southeastern Greenland. With 1,985 inhabitants as of 2020, it is the most populous community on the eastern coast, and the seventh-largest town in Greenland. The Sermilik Station, dedicated to the research of the nearby Mittivakkat Glacier, is located near the town.   read more…

Theme Week Greenland – Qeqertarsuaq

21 September 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

Waiting for winter © - Göran Ingman/cc-by-2.0

Waiting for winter © – Göran Ingman/cc-by-2.0

Qeqertarsuaq is a port and town in Qeqertalik municipality, located on the south coast of Disko Island on the west coast of Greenland. Founded in 1773, the town is now home to a campus of the University of Copenhagen known as Arctic Station. Qeqertarsuaq is the Kalaallisut name for Disko Island and is also now used for several other islands on Greenland, including those formerly known as Upernavik and Herbert Island. Qeqertarsuaq means ‘the big island’ in Kalaallisut (Danish: den store ø). In 2020, the town had 839 inhabitants. The remainder of the population of the island (less than 50 people) lives in the Kangerluk settlement, a few hours by boat to the northwest.   read more…

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