Monday, April 27, 2020

2020 Travel the World - Week 17

PLEASE NOTE: This week's Travel the World card is posting a day early as I have another commitment on my blog tomorrow. 

I started a Travel the World Series last year. (It should be noted that I did a similar thing in 2018, only it was the 50 states.) For 50 weeks in 2019, I visited a different country (virtually) and shared facts about that country. I then selected one tidbit of information about that week's country as inspiration for a card. Fifty weeks; fifty countries... BUT there are 195 countries in the world so that was just a little over 25% of them. Of course I couldn't stop, so this year I'm continuing with fifty more countries, one per week.

This week's country is...


Denmark is an archipelago made up of over 100 islands, some of which are not even inhabited.

In Denmark one is never more than an hour's drive from the sea.

Greenland is part of the kingdom of Denmark.

Denmark is known for its happiness. Survey after survey report that the Danes are the happiest people in the world.

The Danish language has no word for "Please".

Danish houses are kept clean and tidy at all times because looking at something beautiful and well kept makes them happier.

The Danish flag was first acknowledged back in 1219, which makes it the oldest state flag still in use by an independent nation.

Swimming in a harbor is rarely considered to be a healthy idea, but  Copenhagen Harbor is clean enough to swim in.

There are 18 different shark species living in the Danish waters.

Danes love to sing.

Danish pedestrians typically wait for the traffic signal to change to "go" before crossing, even if the road is clear. Jaywalking is rare, too, as it can result in a hefty fine.

There are a lot of bicycles in Denmark. Interestingly, there are more bicycles in Copenhagen than there are people.

The longest pedestrian street in the world is in Denmark in the heart of Copenhagen – the shopping street Stroget, which became the world’s first pedestrian zone. 

Danish buses have an interesting feature – they can lean to the right, thereby facilitating boarding for disabled people and parents with children in wheelchairs. In addition, there is a free Wi-Fi on the buses.

The average age in Denmark as of January 2017, is 41.3 years. Also, at the same time, there were 1,143 people that were older than 100 years.

Healthcare and education are free in Denmark.

Denmark has the highest cancer rates in the world. One-fourth of all deaths in Denmark are caused by cancer.

Danes eat an average of 42 sausages a year.

They also drink an average of 4 cups of coffee each day.

Denmark’s sales tax of 25% is one of the highest in the world.

While most Danes are easygoing and shy away from formality, they are quite hung up on being punctual and precise.

The highest mountain in Denmark is only 561 feet tall.

Interestingly, in Denmark, it is the birthday boy who buys the cake for his friends and not otherwise. On your birthday, your college would put a Danish flag on your table. It is a tradition in the country.

If you are unmarried by the time you turn 25, cinnamon is sprinkled on you and if you are 30 and still unmarried, they will sprinkle pepper.

The average age to get married for men and women in Denmark is 34.8 and 32.2 years respectively.

The children’s LEGO toys are one of the most famous Danish inventions.

There are more pigs than people in Denmark.

In 1902 Denmark became the first country in the world where fingerprints were used as proof of the guilt of the suspect in the crime.

Denmark remained neutral during World War II.

Readers Digest did an experiment in 1996 and left some 40 wallets on streets in various locations in some countries. Only in Denmark and Norway the all 40 wallets were returned.

I decided to let this Denmark fact be the inspiration for this week's card... It rains an average of 170 days a year in Denmark.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Sets: Colorado Craft Company Sympathy and MFT Umbrella stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Daffodil Delight CS and MFT Black/White Stripe and SU Gingham DP

Embellishments: Brads from an unknown vendor


jimlynn said...

Beautiful card Jeanette! Love that sunny looking yellow with the pop of black.

Lynn McAuley said...

I just saw this on Splitcoaststampers and loved it, Jeanette!! I think I would enjoy Denmark since I love rain!!

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

How can Danes be so happy with such high taxes and rain? Your card reflects the rain very well.

kiwimeskreations said...

What a stunning card Jeanette - that is amazing - love your simple colour scheme, it is so dramatic. Thanks for all the details about Denmark - DH's family immigrated to N.Z from there 5 generations (or so) ago!
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