December 7, 2008 |
"You're going to die up there," came the warnings from my coworkers after I announced that I was going to spend Christmas in Denmark. "You'll freeze to death. " Although I am prone to midwinter depression, I packed my bags and flew off to visit friends in Vejle, Denmark, during the coldest, darkest part of the year - determined to tough it out. Little did I know, that wasn't going to be necessary, because of something called hygge. Hygge is a Danish word that can't be translated or even pronounced in English.
January 28, 2002 |
On Dec. 28, five days before he was to be deported, 16-year-old Zafar Mohammad stole out of the Gribskov refugee center with a book of matches and a bottle of gasoline. Immigration authorities had ruled that, with no family in Denmark, Mohammad had to return to Austria, the first European Union country he'd entered last spring after a journey by foot, thumb and train from Kabul, Afghanistan. The Danes still were checking reports that he'd found two older cousins living nearby when the teenager bent among the pine and beech trees and doused his legs.
April 17, 2012
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Arnold Maersk Mc-Kinney Moeller, Denmark's richest man who created the country's largest enterprise, the shipping and oil conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S, died Monday, at 98. The shy Mc-Kinney Moeller, who was listed on Forbes magazine's annual billionaire's list, turned two small shipping companies that his father had created into a global giant with 108,000 workers across 130 countries. The Moller-Maersk group owns the world's biggest publicly held container shipping group, Maersk Sealand.
September 15, 1986 |
Looking for a place to live where you can count on being comfortably provided with medical care? Get a good education? Live under a stable, progressive, efficient government? You'll find it all, and then some - should you decide to pull up stakes and move to Denmark. Right. Denmark. Which, once again, is the big winner in a University of Pennsylvania study to determine what country has the best overall quality of life. The United States placed 27th in the survey of 124 nations.
April 5, 2001 |
Central Bucks East boys' tennis coach Nicole Saft met Nick Hjorth last spring. Hjorth, now a senior, had come to visit his friends, Thomas and Peter Christiansen, who play for the Patriots. The Christiansens knew Hjorth from their home country, Denmark, before they came to the United States. The Christiansens told Saft that Hjorth also played tennis. Hjorth worked out with the team for a week. During that time, the Patriots joked about Hjorth going to East and possibly becoming the Patriots' No.1 player.
March 12, 2006 |
Heather O'Reilly scored twice as the U.S. women's soccer team beat Denmark, 5-0, yesterday in the Algarve Cup in Faro, Portugal. Captain Kristine Lilly, Abby Wambach and Natasha Kai also scored for the U.S. team, which rolled up its largest margin of victory in the 13-year history of the tournament. Horse racing Round Pond, owned by Wilmington's Rick Porter and trained by John Servis of Bensalem, Bucks County, outdueled Happy Ticket to win the $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup for fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. The 4-year-old Round Pond, with Stewart Elliott aboard, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 43 4/5 seconds to win by a nose.
November 16, 2012 |
HISTORY CLASS is in session. In the same month that Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" begins its long march to the Oscar podium comes "A Royal Affair," a powerfully understated Danish film that throws light on an obscure event in the country's past that has relevance today. It's the mid-1700s and a young British princess, Caroline Mathilde (a vibrant Alicia Vikander) is excited to be marrying the king of Denmark, Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard). But she soon realizes her Prince Charming is a phlegmatic imbecile with little interest in governing and even less interest in her. The only person he seems to open up to is his manly German physician, Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen)
February 1, 1987 |
It seemed like such a great idea - a winter weekend in Copenhagen. Jetting off to Hans Christian Andersen's fairy-tale city for a few days, as though we were globe-hopping European royalty. And the best part: doing it without having to hock the crown jewels. $395. That's what the Scandinavian Airlines ad said - $395 per person for round-trip air fare between New York and Copenhagen, and a hotel room, with breakfast, for three nights. A long winter weekend in Denmark for the price of a long weekend in New York City - or less.
May 30, 2012 |
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Two Danish brothers originally from Somalia were given four weeks of pretrial detention Tuesday after they were arrested by Denmark's security service on suspicion of plotting a terror attack. The older brother, 23, was also suspected of having received terror training from the Somali militant group al-Shabab, the PET security service said. He was arrested Monday at Copenhagen's international airport as he arrived by plane from an undisclosed location.
September 25, 1994 |
Blond hair, blue eyes, bracing air, and bicycles everywhere. Free hospitals, sand dune beaches, and five weeks off every year. Surely the people of Denmark must be among the healthiest in the Western world. Surely the highly educated Danes are too well-informed to commit slow suicide with cigarettes. Well, looks can be deceiving. Suffice it to say that if Humphrey Bogart were alive today, he'd want to live in Denmark. While most Westerners are slowly weaning themselves from tobacco, Danes are making one last stand.