Friday, May 30, 2008

Under the Dannebrog They Stand - Part 2

Denmark is the oldest monarchy in western Europe having been established in the 10th century. The only real documentation of the birth of Denmark is the Jelling Stones which are often referred to as the birth certificate of Denmark. The stones were made in memory of the first royal family. The first king of Denmark, Gorm the Old, erected a stone in memory of his wife around 940. When Gorm died, his son, Herald, took over as rightful king and erected another stone in memory of his father and mother. The current queen of Denmark is Queen Margrethe II and the prime minister is Andres Fogh Rasmussen. The neutral politics of Denmark ensured the country a smooth journey through World War I, but not through WWII, when Denmark was occupied by German forces 1940-45. In 1949 Denmark was one of the founding members of NATO, In 1972 Denmark voted for joining the European Communities, EC (changed in 1993 to the European Union, EU). Today Denmark – especially considering its relatively small size – is an active player on the International political scene.

The national flag of Denmark is a red flag with a white cross. It is the oldest country flag in the world still in use today. It is called the Dannebrog. Legend has it that during the Battle of Lyndanisse (also called the Battle of Valdemar) a mysterious flag fell from the sky among a bunch of Danes during a critical point in the battle which led to their victory. No records support this account, but it is still a very popular legend among Danes.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The National Society of High School Scholars

I am now, officially a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. Congratulations to me! Since I know y'all can't read that, I'll quote it.

The National Society of High School Scholars

To whom these letters may come


This certifies that Jennifer Moore in recognition of academic achievement and
excellence, has been granted membership in The National Society of High School
Scholars and is hereby awarded all rights, honors, and privileges thereunto
appertaining. This membership is for meritorious scholastic achievement
and the pursuit of excellence at Sherman E. Burroughs High School

Friday, May 23, 2008

Under the Dannebrog They Stand - Part 1

You are about to embark on a reading of a lifetime. This is part 1 of a mulitple part mini-series I'm starting on Denmark. I figured that since I am to be living in this foreign country for a year that it might be wise to provide the public with a bit more information on it. I've come to the realization that most people don't even know where this fascination country is. Each part will attempt to address different aspects of the country. This information has been gathered from a number of sources and I hope it will provide you with some informatoin on my host country.

The Kingdom of Denmark, as it is formally known as, is a smaller country that is slightly less than twice the size of Massachusetts. Most importantly is its general location north of Germany. It shares only one border (Germany… Duh). It is composed of the main land, the peninsula of Jutland, and 443 named island, 73 of which are inhabited. Little do people know that Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also a part of Denmark. The capital of Denmark is called Copenhagen which is situated on one of the larger islands named Zealand. This island is closest to Sweden where the two are connected by a bridge. To the direct east of Zealand is Funen, another one of the largest islands. Bridges link the two islands together and to the main land. Denmark is a relatively flat country with its highest elevation topping a sad 173 m (576.613 ft) and its lowest point a dramatic 7 m (22.967 ft). The climate is overall temperate; humid and overcast, mild, windy winters and cool summers.

The four largest cities in Denmark are in order of largest to smallest Copenhagen, Århus, Odense, and Ålborg. Denmark is divided into five regions and a total of 98 municipalities. In 2007 the regions were created and many of the smaller municipalities were merged to for larger units. The most important area of responsibility for the new regions is the national health service. Unlike the former counties, the regions are not allowed to levy taxes, and the health service is primarily financed by a national 8% tax combined with funds from both government and municipalities. Denmark’s market economy features very efficient agriculture, up-to-date small-scale and corporate industry, extensive government welfare measures, average European living standards, a stable currency, and high dependence on foreign trade. Main exports include: Animal Foodstuffs, Chemicals, Dairy Products, Electronic Equipment, Fish, Furniture, Leather, Machinery, Meat, Oil and Gas, and Sugar.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Paperwork Update!

Well, sadly and unfortunate I've recieved more paperwork... On a lighter note the information it contains has elated my down spirits. I now have on my person my suitcase tags along with my departure information!!!! The information is as follows:

Departure: Newark 31 July 2008 5:40 PM
Arrives: Copenhagen 1 August 2008 7:15 AM
Orientation: 30 July 2008 2:00 PM
St. John's University
Century Hall
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens NY 11439

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth

I'd like to begin my adventure by bringing the concerned world up to speed. I've applied for the year program to the country of Denmark (more later on the country) and have been officially accepted. There have been few times in my life's existences that I have been happier than when I heard thoes words. Feeling the euphoria rush through your body, knowing that in a few months time you were going to be sitting on a plane bound for a foreign country is a feeling unlike any other.

As for where I am in the application process, all the paperwork (to my knowledge) is done! I just sent off my visa application with great difficulty and am now sit like a duck on a pond awaiting for the dearly beloved finals to roll around so as to end my sophomore year. In the near future it appears that I'll be sitting in LA with my parents for the pre-departure orientation come next weekend, Saturday 24 May. The unfortunate side to is that the location happens to be a 3 or so hours drive away.

P.S. I'd like to thank Rebbecca for being my model in putting together this Blog page so if y'all see any similarities its cause I copied :D Thanks Rebbecca!