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Introduction to Denmark[redigér]

Welcome to the Danish Educational Web Port to China - KinaPortalen!

Below you can read about the purpose, General Danish Websites offering you information on e.g. the educational system, Danish geography, history and culture. Special Websites in order to get information on Denmark. And finally, disclaim of the whole web port to China.

Purpose[redigér]

The Web Port to China is established for educational purpose only, to serve the students and teachers of the Danish middle schools, senior high schools (junior colleges), Higher Preparatory Examination and teacher-training courses.

The Web Port to China is intended for different teaching methods such as simultaneous teaching, working on an individual basis, projects, interdisciplinary education.

Teachers who use the Web Port to China material for different types of teaching together with their students, are invited to share their instructions and reports with others. In this way the Web Port to China will be able to support a constructive open co-work, mainly between Danish teachers.

The Danish menu entries are:

Fag = Choose subject.

Opslagstavle = Notice board.

Kinesiske medier = Chinese medias.

Storbyprojekt Beijing = Big city studies: Beijing.

Opslagsvaerker = Reference books and encyclopaedias.

Baggrund = Background of the Web Port to China and editors.

Mail til en kineser = Mail to a Chinese.

For further details or suggestions of links to include, please, contact Birthe Mølhave birthe.molhave@skolekom.dk


General Danish Websites[redigér]

Maps of Denmark, look here[redigér]

Denmark, Greenland and Faeroe Islands: http://www.fortidensjelling.dk/Norden.jpg


Simple map of Denmark, which shows the biggest cities: http://www.at-rejse-er-at-leve.dk/kort/egne/danmark_kort_med_bornholm.gif


Detailed map of Denmark, press to enlarge: http://www.viggo.com/me/danmark.JPG


Map showing Denmark’s 5 regions: http://www.nyidanmark.dk/bibliotek/publikationer/rapporter/2007/indfoedsretsproeve_laeremateriale/images/thumb_image_15-exdg_124.jpg


Map of Denmark’s 98 communities and inhabitants 2007: http://www.sum.dk/Indenrigs/Kommunalreformen/~/media/Filer-dokumenter-IN/Kommuner-regioner/Kommunalreformen/Ny-dk-kort/indbyggertal.ashx


The 5 biggest cities in Denmark[redigér]

Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, 1.181.239 inhabitants, Copenhagen Community’s homepage, read here: http://www.kk.dk/english.aspx


Aarhus is Denmark’s second biggest city, about 315.000 inhabitants, 55.601 are students (2012). Aarhus Community’s homepage, read it here: http://www.aarhuskommune.dk/omkommunen/english.aspx or Look here: http://www.withaarhus.com/


Aarhus has been chosen by EU as European Capital of Culture 2017. View Aarhus photos: http://arslonga.dk/Aarhus_Photos.htm


Odense at the island of Funen, 166.305 inhabitants. Odense is the birthplace of famous author H.C. Andersen. Odense Community’s homepage, read here: http://www.odense.dk/english.aspx


Aalborg, 123.432 inhabitants. Aalborg Community’s homepage, read here: http://www.aalborgkommune.dk/english-version/Sider/english.aspx


Esbjerg, 71.459 inhabitants. Esbjerg Community’s homepage, read here: http://www.esbjergkommune.dk/frontpage.aspx


The Danish Monarchy, read and look here: http://kongehuset.dk/english


Welcome to the Prime Minister's Office and read about the Danish government: http://www.stm.dk/Index/mainstart.asp?o=2&n=3&s=2


Denmark.dk is The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs' official website is just below. Choose the menu "Cultural Denmark" to get an overview of our art, history, literature etc. - or press the menu entry 'Site Map' to get an overview. Try for example to look up 'Meet the kids': http://www.denmark.dk/en


Danish Arts Agency’s international website Danisharts.info collects information on Danish art and culture outside Denmark’s borders. http://www.kunst.dk/english/


Copenhagen Business Confucius Institute — Building Bridge between China and Denmark was opened 5.8.2008 in copenhagen as a result of Sino-Danish Diplomatic Relations. After the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, Denmark was one of the first countries to initiate diplomatic relations with this newly founded country.

Copenhagen Business Confucius Institute was established in collaboration with Renmin University of China and Copenhagen Business School, with the sponsorship and authorisation of Hanban, the Office of Chinese Language Council International, under the Ministry of Education, China.

The mission of CI is to offer academic Chinese courses, Chinese business courses, public lectures, seminars and conferences on Chinese studies, Chinese culture and Chinese language. CI at CBS also aims to help develop effective Sino-Danish business and arrange language trips to anyone who has a general interest in China. Read more here: www.cbs.dk/confucius


Danmark’s Culture Canon. Remember that you have to choose English every time you open a new front photo. Films, music, readings, interactive presentations and much more. You can explore all the works in Denmark's Cultural Canon here on this website. We hope you have an exciting odyssey, which will make you want to experience more culture and art. http://www.kulturkanon.kum.dk/


The Danish Cultural Institute located in Beijing promotes cultural exchanges and informs about Denmark. Look for activities at the homepage in Chinese or in English: http://www.danishculture.cn


The Danish Ministry of Education's introduction in English to Danish education: http://eng.uvm.dk/


Embassy of Denmark in Beijing San Li Tun, Dong Wu Jie 1, Beijing 100600, People's Republic of China.

Tlf. +86 (10) 8532 9900. Fax +86 (10) 8532 9999 bjsamb@um.dk http://kina.um.dk/en.aspx


Films from Denmark and background material can be found here: http://www.dfi.dk


Read about Danish food: http://www.visiteastdenmark.com/international/en-gb/menu/turist/enjoy-life/gastronomy/gastronomy.htm


The Heritage Agency of Denmark gives you information on archaeology, museums etc.: http://www.kulturarv.dk/english/index.jsp


Literature Centre in the Danish Arts Agency's website. Here you can find information on Danish literature and Danish authors. You can also find information on Danish support schemes for international literary projects, which the Literature Centre administers. http://www.danishliterature.info/


DanishMusic.info - the official key to music in Denmark and Danish music abroad. Here you will find useful links, feature articles and profiles of Danish musicians and composers. http://www.danishmusic.info/


National Environmental Research Institute, or Danish Environmental Research Institute (DMU) at Aarhus University has an interesting homepage, if you want to know about Greenland, please press the menu entrance 'Artic'. Please look here: http://www.dmu.dk/International/


DanishPerformingArts.info is your key to the performing arts in Denmark as well as Danish performing arts around the world. http://www.danishperformingarts.info/


StatBank Denmark (Danmarks Statistik) contains detailed statistical information on the Danish society: http://www.dst.dk/en.aspx


Visit Denmark - this homepage provides you with information useful for tourists: http://www.visitdenmark.com/uk/en-gb/menu/turist/turistforside.htm


DanishVisualArts.info is your key to the visual arts in Denmark as well as to Danish visual art around the world. http://www.danishvisualarts.info/


Weather forecast from The Danish Meteorologic Institute in English: http://www.dmi.dk/eng/index/forecasts.htm


Danish News in English[redigér]

Read the Danish News Update of The Copenhagen Post: http://www.cphpost.dk/

The newspaper JyllandsPosten has a homepage in English: http://jp.dk/uknews/

News from Greenland, most northern part of Denmark in English, read the Greenlandic internet newspaper here: http://sermitsiaq.gl/english/


Greenland [redigér]

Greenland Home Rule - read here: http://uk.nanoq.gl/

News from Greenland, most northern part of Denmark in English, read the Greenlandic internet newspaper here: http://sermitsiaq.gl/english/

Tourism - read here: www.greenland-guide.gl/

Greenland in figures: http://www.stat.gl/default.asp?lang=en

Greenland: Statistics, read here: http://www.nationmaster.com/country/gl-greenland

Greenland Culture: http://www.culture.gl/uk/about.htm


Special Danish Websites[redigér]

Here you have a selection of special Danish websites on certain subjects. Have a look to see if they are of interest for you.


Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875); get an introduction to his life, works a.o. fairy-tales from University of Southern Denmark: http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/index_e.html

The Chinese people have read Hans Christian's tales since the first book of H. C. Andersen's tales was translated into Chinese by Chen Jialin and Chen Jiadeng and published in Shanghai in 1918. After 1949, more and more of Andersen's literary works have been translated and published in China. His works have been translated not only into Chinese, but also into the languages of Chinese minority nationalities, such as Uygur, Kazakh, Mongolian, and Zhuang. Since the 1950s, H. C. Andersen's tales have become obligatory in text books for primary and middle school students in China.

H. C. Andersen is popular here in China because he has seen through society and its roles. His intelligence transcends cultural boundaries, for Andersen deals with human themes.You can read the whole lecture from 1992 by Dehua Guo when you follow the instructions here: You can read the whole lecture from 1992 by Dehua Guo here: http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/forskning/konference/ Find left side menu: Indlaeg - oversigt and scroll down the page to What Can We Chinese Learn From Hans Christian Andersen (by Guo Dehua), press the title and you get the lecture.

Blixen, Karen, pen name Isak Dinesen (1885-1962) Blixen wrote works both in Danish and in English. She is best known, at least in English, for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babettes Feast both of which were adapted into highly acclaimed motion pictures. Read her biography here: http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Blixen.html Detailed information site: http://www.karenblixen.com/ Karen Blixen Museums: http://www.karen-blixen.dk/index.php?lang=en

Café Scientifique (in Danish: Videnskabscafé) is a panel and an audience discussing an issue of any kind of science. It could be e.g. bio- or nanotechnology, sociology, art, history, dance. A café scientifique can be arranged by schools inviting one or two scientists to give a short introduction to their research on the issue and be part of the panel together with two or three students from the school who have studied the issue during classes. The moderator being in charge could be a teacher from the school. Café scientifique can take place at the school or in town.

Grundtvig, Nikolai Frederik Severin (1783–1872). Danish educator, minister, and writer, founder of the Danish folk high school, type of adult education that in its most widely known form originated in Denmark in the middle of the 19th century. The idea as originally conceived by Bishop Nikolai Grundtvig was to stimulate the intellectual life of young adults (generally from 18 to 25 years of age) of rural Denmark, to foster patriotism and strengthen religious conviction, and to provide agricultural and vocational training. A champion of mass education, he was responsible for evolving a system of folk high schools that has aroused international interest. The first folk high school, established in Schleswig (1844), was moved across the Danish border after Schleswig passed to Prussia. The movement then gained momentum, and numerous schools were established, with national history and literature emphasized in the curriculum. The folk high schools had a great influence on the civic life of rural Denmark and helped to improve the condition of the small farmer whose products were marketed through cooperative societies. The folk school idea spread throughout Europe with local adaptations, but by the early 20th century the movement had abated.

Grundtvig came into doctrinal conflict with church authorities and was forbidden to preach but was reinstated (1832) and became titular bishop (1861). In education Grundtvig stressed national history and literature. Grundtvig's many literary works include his epoch-making Northern Mythology (1808, rev. ed. 1832), which loosely retells the Old Norse myths. His poems and songs treat historical, mythological, and religious subjects. He was influential in reviving interest in Anglo-Saxon literature, and he translated Beowulf into Danish (1820).

The Centre for Grundtvig Studies was established in 1988, with the aim of reevaluating the significance and accomplishments of N. F.S. Grundtvig in the light of the wider reassessment of European cultural and intellectual history stimulated by the formation of the European Union, and in the light of growing internationalism and globalisation. http://grundtvigcenteret.au.dk/en/

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) philosopher, author and theologian: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kierkegaard/

K. E. Loegstrup (1905-1981) ” A person never has something to do with another person without also having some degree of control over him or her. It may be a very small matter, involving only a passing mood, a dampening or quickening of spirit, a deepening or removal of some dislike. But it may also be a matter of tremendous scope, such as can determine if the life of the other flourishes or not. ” Knud Ejler Løgstrup: The Ethical Demand (Notre Dame and London: University of Notre Dame Press 1997), p. 15f. The Løgstrup Archive comprises the works of the Danish theologian and philosopher, look here: http://teo.au.dk/en/research/current/loegstruparchive/


Disclaim[redigér]

The Danish-Chinese coordinating group disclaims any abuse of this non-commercial educational web port.


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