Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children

Faces People, Places, and World Culture for Kids and Children January 2020

In an increasingly global and multicultural world, FACES helps kids understand how people in other countries live. Each issue focuses on a different culture – from Vietnam to Egypt to Haiti – including stories about daily life, folk tales, and engaging articles about history and traditions of the people and their culture. Grades 5-9

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1 min.
high five

Denmark’s geography sets it apart from its European neighbors. You are never more than 30 miles from the sea in this Scandinavian country. Danes are known for their independence and are often considered some of the happiest people in the world. Here are five facts to get you started. 1 Queen Margrethe II has been the country’s head of state since 1972. The Danish monarchy has existed for more than 1,000 years. It is considered the oldest continuous monarchy in the world. 2 Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales are known the world over. His 150 tales have been translated into more than 90 different languages. His most popular stories include “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling.” 3 Many of us have played with Legos. These colorful toys were created in Denmark by toymaker…

1 min.
at a glance

LOCATION: Denmark is located in northern Europe. Except for a 42-mile border with Germany, all of Denmark is surrounded by water—either the North Sea or the Baltic Sea. The largest portion of Denmark is the Jutland peninsula. Denmark consists of more than 400 islands, only about 80 of which are inhabited. CAPITAL: Copenhagen POPULATION: 5.8 million (July 2018 estimate) AREA: 16,639 square miles (43,094 square kilometers) PEOPLE: The vast majority of the population is of Danish ancestry. The country is also home to small minorities of German, Polish, Turkish, Yugoslavian, Iranian, and Pakistani people. LANGUAGES: Danish (official) Many Danes know a second language, usually English. RELIGIONS: About 90 percent of the population considers themselves Lutheran. Roman Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam are also practiced. CURRENCY: Danish kroner NATURAL RESOURCES: Petroleum, natural gas, fish, salt, limestone, chalk, stone, gravel, and…

2 min.
the mute swan

This big bird has it all. It is graceful, smart, and strong. Find out why people love it and leave it. (Leave it alone, that is!) Hans Christian Andersen, a famous author and poet from Denmark, wrote a fairy tale called, “The Ugly Duckling.” It is the tale of a baby swan raised among ducks who bully him because he looks different. Fast forward to 1984. A Danish TV show holds a contest to select the National Bird of Denmark. Partly because of the popular Hans Christian Andersen story, the people vote for the mute swan. The bird symbolizes beauty, fierceness, majesty, and the power of the country. The mute swan is native to Denmark. In Danish, the swan is known as knopsvanen, which means “knob swan,” because of the black knob…

3 min.
welcome to denmark

Find Germany on a map of Europe, and then look to its north. There you will find a peninsula known as Jutland. To its west is the North Sea; to its east, the Baltic Sea and a thick cluster of more than 400 islands. Together, Jutland and the islands form one of the smallest but most admired nations of Europe—the kingdom of Denmark. 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…

3 min.
a dane’s best friend: bicycling in denmark

When was the last time that you rode a bike? Did you ride to school, or a park, or just to have fun with your friends? TODAY, MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING BIKES OVER CARS. In the United States, about 100 million people own a bicycle. Most only ride them a few times a year. But most Danes not only own bikes, but they also ride them regularly. Nine out of 10 Danes have a bike, and the average person rides at least a mile (1.6 km) every day. They aren’t just riding bikes for fun. They use them to get to work, to take their kids places, and even to carry cargo. Danes ride their bicycles no matter what the weather. It could be sunny, raining, hailing, or even snowing,…

2 min.
speaking danish

The Scandinavian languages are part of the Germanic language group. This group includes German (obviously), English, and many other languages. Danish is closely related to other Scandinavian languages such as Swedish and Norwegian. In fact, they are so similar that a Dane, a Swede, and a Norwegian can all have a conversation while each person is speaking his or her own language. You might wonder why, if the three languages are mutually understandable, they aren’t considered a single language. Well, language isn’t only about communication; it’s an important part of a nation’s cultural and political identity. For centuries, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway have worked to maintain separate identities, and having distinct languages helps. Besides, communication between the three languages isn’t easy; speakers have to work hard to understand each other. In medieval…