Denmark’s 5.5 million inhabitants, known as Danes, live in a space only about twice the size of New Jersey. It is much smaller than the combined size of Norway and Sweden, its neighbors across the Baltic. These three nations are referred to as “Scandinavia.”
Denmark’s geography sets it apart from its neighbors. It has played a major role in the country's history and culture. Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen, for example, grew up around an island castle built in 1167 by a bishop named Absalon. Absalon chose his site because it was near another, more populated island. He felt he would be able to enjoy the sea’s protection while remaining close to trade routes and markets.
Residents are no longer afraid of attackers as Absalon was. But Copenhagen remains tied to trade and the sea. A boat ride is still the best way to see the city. Its harbor and airport are among the busiest in Europe. Denmark’s transportation system is one of the most advanced in the world. Copenhagen has a fully automated subway system. Bikes are everywhere. Danes often chose bicycles over cars that cause pollution.
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From golden frogs to big cats to colorful birds, the national animals of Central America represent the geography and cultures of the region. For a quick sampling of creatures plain and beautiful, common and rare, read on.
31 Countries Biosphere
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THE LEGEND OF THE QUETZAL BIRD
A Mayan Tale retold by Pat Betteley illustrated by Amanda Shepherd
Semana Santa GUATEMALA'S HOLY WEEK
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The Maya are groups of people who live in parts of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their ancestors created a great society. At its peak, from 600-900 C.E., the Maya civilization was more advanced than its neighbors in the Americas.
Playing Games Honduras-style
Would you play the same games in Honduras that you do in the United States? You might. Children in Honduras enjoy many of the same games North Americans do. They go fishing and shoot baskets. They play sandlot baseball—called bate (BAH tay). They fly kites and ride bikes. Their parents may go horseback riding or play golf or tennis.
LIVING A LONG LIFE IN THE Blue Zone
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Sea turtles float in clear waters, colorful corals hug the ocean floor, and aquatic animals glide among the mangrove roots. Welcome to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, the second-largest coral reef in the world (Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is number one). Several years ago, this reef was in crisis, heading toward destruction. But the people of Belize fought back to save their reef’s health.
The Panama Canal
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This is Central America!
It’s time to visit Central America. But first, it helps to know exactly where Central America is. Despite its name, it is the southernmost part of North America, which can seem a little confusing. It makes up most of the isthmus dividing the Pacific Ocean from the Caribbean Sea. An isthmus is a narrow strip of land that connects two larger landmasses and has water on both sides.
EUROPEAN ACTIVISTS FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO REPAIR ELECTRONICS
At a table scattered with tools and wires, volunteer repairers sit across from the owners of an assortment of inoperable electronics.
Constructing green gasoline from scratch using renewable methane
Shortly after our June “Green Issue” dropped, an enthusiast reader wrote to us to say we missed a key alternative fuel technology from Houston-based Nacero: green gasoline constructed from renewable natural gas using renewable energy.
THE SLOW LIFE
A LATE SUMMER CRUISE IN DENMARK PROVES A TONIC FOR TOM CUNLIFFE
IN SEARCH OF PLAN B
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The Last Children of Down Syndrome
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POETIC LANDSCAPES:DITA JACOBOVITZ
Most of my landscape paintings are from my Residential area and from north Italy. I use various techniques, but mostly Oil on canvas. I decided several years ago that I will not try to reach the reality; I am trying to put the colors and shapes as I view them; sometimes, the place is the exactly the same spot, but the artworks are so different." - Dita Jacobovitz
SailGP will restart in 2021
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“Danish glass artist in dialogue with nature”
European Mobile Payment Systems Team Up
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