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The cultural life in Denmark has a diversity that has been made possible, among other things, thanks to large contributions from both public bodies and private foundations.

Museums exist all over the country and attract a total of 14 million visits a year. The most visited museums are with an exception in or near Copenhagen. The flagship is the National Museum with world-class archaeological and ethnographic collections. Two of the finest art museums are private, Ny Carlsbergs Glyptotek and Louisiana, which are the most visited in the country.

  • Countryaah: Latest population statistics of Denmark, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.

The most prominent Danish writers of all time have often written with a touch of disrespect, irony and a certain degree of low-key objectivity. Some examples are the Danish-Norwegian Ludvig Holberg (1684–1754), who besides comedies also wrote philosophical and historical works, the likewise Danish-Norwegian with Bellman soul-liberated poet Johan Hermann Wessel (1742–1785), the Yuland folk-life painter, novelist and poet. Steen Steensen Blicher (1782-1848), the lyricist and physician Emil Aarestrup (1800-1856), the author of Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), the father of existentialism, the philosopher Sören Kierkegaard (1813-1855), the novelist and novelist Herman Bang (1857) –1912) and Henrik Pontoppidan (1857–1943, Nobel Prize 1917), lyricist and proseist Johannes V Jensen (1873–1950, Nobel Prize 1944) and the aristocratic novelist Karen Blixen (1855–1962). Newer writers include Halfdan Rasmussen with his extremely popular songs and children's songs, the clever and popular language artist Benny Andersen, Klaus Rifbjerg, Suzanne Brøgger, Kirsten Thorup, Ib Michael, Jens Christian Gröndahl, Helle Helle, Carsten Jensen, Leif Davidsen, Hanne- Vibeke Holst, crime writer Jussi Adler-Olsen and poet Yaya Hassan.

  • Songaah: List and lyrics of songs related to the country name of Denmark. Artists and albums are also included.

Culture of DenmarkDenmark has a diverse theater and musical life, including a well-rooted jazz tradition since the 1940s. A large new opera house was opened in Copenhagen in 2005, and the national stage The Royal Theater received a new stage in 2008. The following year a large concert hall was opened.

The most significant classical composers are D Buxtehude (1637–1707), CEF Weyse (1774–1842), F Kuhlau (1786–1832), JPE Hartmann (1805–1900) and NW Gade (1817–1890), and not least Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) whose symphonies, concerts, chamber and piano music and numerous folk songs still represent the most significant contribution to Danish music life.

The great, classic director of Danish film is Carl Theodor Dreyer (1889–1968), but also in recent years, Danish film has flourished with directors such as the Oscar-winning Gabriel Axel, Bille August and Susanne Bier, the Gold Palm winner Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Per Fly, Nils Malmros, Lone Scherfig, Niels Arden Oplev, Nikolaj Arcel, Henrik Ruben Genz and Simon Staho.

Danish visual art flourished during the first half of the 19th century (the "golden age") with sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844) and painters CW Eckersberg (1783-1853) and Christian Kjøke (1810-1848) as the biggest names. At the end of the 19th century, a number of excellent painters began to gather in Skagen for mutual inspiration with Anna and Michael Ancher and PS Krøyer as central figures. However, their contemporary Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864–1916), JF Willumsen (1863–1958) and LA Ring (1854–1933) were probably the greatest and most original painters of the period, while the graphic artists and painter Johannes Larsen (1867–1961) became known and loved for their book illustrations. From the middle of the 20th century, the so-called Cobra group with abstract painters, with Asger Jorn (1914–1973) in particular, can be highlighted. Among contemporary artists, sculptor Jørgen Haugen-Sørensen stands out,

Danish architecture and design in furniture art, silversmithing, porcelain, ceramics, fashion and designed industrial products (Georg Jensen, Arne Jacobsen, Lego and Bang & Olufsen) have won international reputation.



Conservative People's Party replaces leaders

Conservative People's Party leader Bendt Bendtsen resigns and is replaced by Lene Espersen, who also replaces him in the post of finance minister.


Requirements for family immigration are mitigated after EC verdict

The European Court of Justice states that Denmark's requirements for family immigration violate EU rules on free movement of labor, including the age limit of 24 years. The Danish People's Party demands that the government disregard the court's ruling, but the party bends and supports the government's proposal to allow family immigration even for persons under the age of 24.


Attempt to murder satire signers is averted

The security police seize two Tunisians and a Moroccan with a Danish passport, suspected of planning to murder cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who made the most contentious caricature of Prophet Muhammad in the Jutland Post in 2005 (see Modern History).


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