Maritime Denmark

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The port to commerce and leisure

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Erland Porsmose
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Erland Porsmose

Great Belt money box

The Sound was famous for its rich herring markets in the Middle Ages, but the productive herring…

Erland Porsmose
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Erland Porsmose

Pilot island

The uncommon Danish place name Nyord" is derived from "Nywarth". The name first…

Per Grau Møller
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Per Grau Møller

Fertilising with seaweed

Seaweed was used for more than just roofs on Læsø. Early peasant societies piled seaweed into…

Søren Bitsch Christensen
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Søren Bitsch Christensen

Strange and curious parts

The author Herman Bang had just returned home from a visit to a residential property in…

Jakob Seerup
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Jakob Seerup

Died of fright

On 23 October 1808, British bombs rained down on Christiansø. A British fleet was intent on…

Morten Pedersen
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Morten Pedersen

Gjøl fishermen hung out to dry?

Fishing from Gjøl became famous throughout Denmark when Hans Kirk's novel The Fishermen was…

Morten Pedersen
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Morten Pedersen

Queen of the Liim Fiord

When the Vikings' gateway to the North Sea closed, the Liim Fiord area became a closed system …

Lise Andersen
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Lise Andersen

Good times

The 1830s were hey days of Danish farming. Farmers were selling large volumes of grain, to England …

Elsemarie Dam-Jensen
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Elsemarie Dam-Jensen

North Sea whalers

Rømø's captains were relatively wealthy. They worked as captains on Dutch and German whalers…

Leif Plith Lauritsen
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Leif Plith Lauritsen

The queen with a head for business

Queen Dowager Sofie had a good head for money and trade. Through her connections, she gained great …

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