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Denmark: Lego's, Vikings, Paper Hearts, and Meatballs

Updated on December 17, 2015
Frederiksborg Palace or Frederiksborg Castle
Frederiksborg Palace or Frederiksborg Castle | Source

Do you want to know more about Denmark? Are you a lover of travel, geography teacher, homeschooling or involved parent, student, or life-long learner? In an effort to make world geography more meaningful and memorable, I've compiled all you will need to locate Denmark on a map, cook a Danish meal, watch YouTube clips on Denmark, color the flag, create a Danish craft, read a great book about Denmark, and more! This is part of a series of lessons I did with my family while as we studied various countries from around the globe!

Map showing Denmark's location
Map showing Denmark's location | Source

Where is Denmark?

Locate Denmark on this map of Europe. Use this map of Denmark to label the capitol, Copenhagen. Mark other relevant features (rivers, mountains, famous locations, etc.) if desired. If you'd like to spend a bit more time researching the country, you can add the language, currency, type of government, religion, and/or famous landmarks. Write them on the back of the map. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark to easily find all this information.

Great Belt Fixed Link (Storebæltsbroen)
Great Belt Fixed Link (Storebæltsbroen) | Source

Fun Facts About Denmark

The national flag of Denmark, known as the Dannebrog, claims to be the oldest country flag in the world which is still in use today.

The Roskilde Music Festival of Denmark is the biggest music event in all of Europe.

The Danish royal family is amongst the oldest uninterrupted monarchy in Europe.

The Great Belt Fixed Link, a suspension bridge in Denmark, has the second longest free span (1 mile) in the world.

The 'Danish exodus' in ancient and medieval times has resulted in most people in countries like Germany, Northern and Eastern France and Britain claiming Danish ancestry.

Info Credit

Flag of Denmark
Flag of Denmark | Source

Denmark's flag

Print and color the flag of Denmark and learn the history and meaning of it from Flag_of_Denmark.

Danish Meal

Prepare and serve Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce (Frikadeller), mashed potatoes, Danish Pickled Cucumbers (Syltede Agurker), Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde), and hot chocolate.

Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce (Frikadeller)
Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce (Frikadeller)
  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
  • Yields: 8

Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce (Frikadeller)

  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (or use a meatloaf mix which combines ground beef and ground pork)
  • 1/2 lb ground pork (or use a meatloaf mix which combines ground beef and ground pork)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • paprika (to taste)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix the meat, salt, pepper, eggs, onion and cream. With moistened hands (this will be sticky), shape the meat mixture into 1 inch balls. Roll the meatballs in bread crumbs until well coated. Arrange the meatballs in a single layer on shallow baking pans. Drizzle melted butter over the meatballs. Bake at 375 F, turning 3 or 4 times, until evenly browned, about 35 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, make the creamy dill sauce by melting the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Whisk in the flour till smooth. Gradually stir in the chicken broth. Continue stirring until thickened and bubbly, then blend in sour cream, dill and seasonings.
  3. Place meatballs in a serving dish and cover with the sauce. (This recipe came from food.com.)
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Danish Pickled Cucumbers (Syltede Agurker)
Danish Pickled Cucumbers (Syltede Agurker)
  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 2 hours 50 min
  • Ready in: 3 hours
  • Yields: 4-6

Danish Pickled Cucumbers (Syltede Agurker)

  • 2 thinly-sliced cucumbers
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced dill

Instructions

  1. Place the cucumbers in a glass bowl. Mix the vinegar, water, sugar, salt and pepper; pour over the cucumber slices. Cover and refrigerate, stirring occasionally, at least 3 hours. Drain; sprinkle with dill weed. (This recipe came from food.com.)
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  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 6

Danish Red Berry Pudding with Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde)

  • 4 cups red berries (strawberries or raspberries or currents)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup potato starch or cornstarch (Find potato starch in the Jewish Foods section.)
  • 1 1/2 cup cold water
  • Sugar for sprinkling
  • Whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  1. Bring berries and water to a boil. Strain the seeds out using a cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Pour the red berry juice back into the pot and bring to a boil. Add sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the potato starch with cold water until it is syrupy. Then add it to the boling berry juice, stirring constantly. As soon as it thickens, remove the pan from the heat and pour it into individual glass dishes. Sprinkle the tops with sugar to prevent a skin from forming.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with whipped cream just before serving. (This recipe came from experienceplus.com.)
Lego flag image credit: http://frhinestonebeagle.blogspot.com%2f2011_07_01_archive.html/RK=0/RS=yzF4sGb2DP0nsaAml6y_s9evHcM-
Lego flag image credit: http://frhinestonebeagle.blogspot.com%2f2011_07_01_archive.html/RK=0/RS=yzF4sGb2DP0nsaAml6y_s9evHcM-

Danish Activities: Lego's and Paper Heart Baskets

Lego's was founded in Denmark in 1932. Use red and white Lego's to construct the Denmark flag.

For Christmas Danish children will create paper heart baskets called Flette Jule-Hjerter. You'll need two different colors of construction paper, scissors and a pattern. (You can use this pattern from craft-ideas-for-kids.com.) After you cut out the pieces from the pattern, weave them together. Use glue to help hold the pieces together if desired. The two sides of the heart open up to form a basket. Add a strip of construction paper for a paper handle.

Pray for the people of Denmark

To find out about the religious nature of Denmark and specific ways you can pray for the country, go to operationworld.org.

The Books We Read About Denmark

Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale
Fat Cat: A Danish Folktale

This is a cute 32 page picture book that tells the Danish folktale about a greedy cat. My youngest children loved that this book features a cat. It shows some Danish culture.

 
The Young Hans Christian Andersen
The Young Hans Christian Andersen

This 40 page picture book tells of the life of Hans Christian Anderson, who was born in Denmark. The author points out various events in his young life that may have led to the creation of many of his fairy tales.

 

Visiting Denmark on YouTube

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Where is Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark?

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Other countries starting with the letter D

Would you prefer to study a different country? Try one of these.

Djibouti

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ready to visit other countries?

Tour bus in Paris
Tour bus in Paris | Source

Go to Around the World in 26 Letters to find links to all the countries we "visited." Each webpage features a menu, craft, books, video clips, worksheets, and more!

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      iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

      @carolweez: Yes, children can definitely slow down travel plans a bit. We'd love to visit that area someday.

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      carolweez 4 years ago

      A good few years ago we spent 2 lovely weeks in Sweden, but unfortunately we missed our chance to visit Denmark. Now with 3 small children, life is not as simple anymore. Beautiful country and lens too.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: Thank you!

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 5 years ago

      @DonD LM: I recently returned from a totally unplanned and unexpected trip to Denmark (Copenhagen). Did you have your vacation there yet? I would be happy to try to answer any questions you may have.

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      DonD LM 5 years ago

      What are the most visited places in Denmark? I'm listing all the places in Denmark but only the most visited landmark, we are planning to have a vacation. Cool lense very informative.