Denmark

Feeling a bit cooped up at home? Travel with us to the country previously voted the happiest place on Earth - Denmark! The home of Hans Christian Andersen, Scandinavian crime thrillers and our own Princess Mary. Our librarians have found digital resources for you to enjoy; movies, books for children and adults, and a course to learn how to speak Danish.

Films

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Babette’s feast

Daughters of a devout clergyman, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) become spinsters on the desolate coast of Jutland, keeping alive their father’s teachings long after his death. But when Philippa's former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette (Stéphane Audran) to serve as the family cook, their small world begins to change in a big way.

The Human Scale

The human scale questions our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our equations.

For 40 years the Danish architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behaviour in cities. His starting point was an interest in people, more than buildings – in what he called Life Between Buildings. What made it exist? When was it destroyed? How could it be brought back? This lead to studies of how human beings use the streets, how they walk, see, rest, meet, interact etc.

Big Time

Bjarke Ingels started out as a young man dreaming of creating cartoons. Now, he has been named "one of architecture’s biggest stars" by The Wall Street Journal. BIG TIME follows Bjarke during the course of 5 years (2011-2016), while he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. The film offers an intimate look into the innovative and ambitious Danish architect, whom the entire world is celebrating as a genius.
 

Magazine

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Danes are renowned for their sense of style and fabulous interiors - learn their tricks from Elle Decoration Denmark. The latest issue is available to download for free each month (along with many other books and magazines, in English and other languages) from Libby or Overdrive.

Books

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Mirror, shoulder, signal/ Author: Dorthe Nors, available from Libby or Overdrive

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a poignant, sharp-witted tale of one woman's journey in search of herself when there's no one to ask for directions. Shortlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize this is a spikily funny, startlingly perceptive and beautifully written novel about modern life by the brightest light in Danish fiction.

The Vanished/ Author: Lotte and Soren Hammer, available from Libby or Overdrive

Lying at the bottom of his apartment stairs, a postman is found dead. At first glance, his death appears to be a tragic accident. However, when Detective Superintendent Konrad Simonsen is called to investigate, he notices that something doesn't add up. Did he fall? When life-sized images of a vanished girl are discovered plastering the walls of the dead man's attic, the case takes a new and sinister turn. Who is she? Could she be alive? Soon the homicide team find themselves delving into the past, but as they approach the truth, Simonsen is forced to confront long-hidden skeletons in his own cupboard.

Eat Nordic/ Author: Trine Hahnemann, available from Libby or Overdrive

Forget the Mediterranean diet – the Nordic diet is the best approach for healthy living. Findings suggest that the traditional diet, lifestyle and foods produced in northern climates are not only extremely healthy but also environmentally friendly. In this updated edition of the best-selling book, The Nordic Diet, Trine Hahnemann, doyenne of Scandinavian cooking, provides a succinct guide to the Nordic diet, its elements, ingredients and basic philosophy and how to use it to lose weight. All these elements are then combined in 75 diverse and delicious recipes.

For Kids

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The Girl who brought mischief/ Author: Katrina Nannestad, available from Libby or Overdrive

 When Inge Maria arrives on the tiny island of Bornholm in Denmark to live with her grandmother, she's not sure what to expect. Her grandmother is stern, the people on the island are strange, and children are not allowed to run wild or express themselves the way they did back in Copenhagen - especially if you are a girl. Inge Maria tries not to feel sorry for herself, but she misses her mama. And on top of everything else, mischief seems to have a way of finding her no matter how hard she tries to be good ... But could it be that a bit of mischief is exactly what Grandmother and the people of Bornholm need?

Denmark/ Author: Adam Markovics, available from Hoopla
Breathtaking. Bold. Friendly. Welcome to Denmark! In this bright, exciting book, young readers will travel to this amazing country without ever leaving their homes or classrooms. During their journey, they will learn all about Denmark's land, history, cities, food, and more. They'll even learn how to speak a few words in Danish!

Mirror, Shoulder, Signal is a poignant, sharp-witted tale of one woman's journey in search of herself when there's no one to ask for directions. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2017, this is a spikily funny, startlingly perceptive and beautifully written novel about modern life by the brightest light in Danish fiction.

Languages 

Learn how to speak Danish with Mango Languages