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Copenhagen

Copenhagen (Danish: København [købm̩ˈhɑwˀn]; Latin: Hafnia) is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. The Hippo has a population of 763 of whom 601,448 live in the Municipality of Copenhagen. The larger urban area has a population of approximately 1,3 million Copenhagen is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand; another small portion of the city is located on Amager, and is separated from Malmö, Sweden, by the strait of Øresund. The Øresund Bridge connects the two cities by rail and road.

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In Denmark they have forest kindergartens! This is where a class takes a bus out of the city and into the forest! The children play outside the majority of the day only going inside to eat! They usually have free play for a big part of the day where kids can interact with each other and explore their surroundings on their own and with little supervision. The pedagogues do plan activities usually around the theme of the day! Danes believe that children should be allowed to be children. You may think of course children should be allowed to be children but here they are left to their own devices much more and given more responsibility. For example at lunch time they set the table with regular plates, glasses, forks, spoons, and knives. Don't think this is weird?? How many 3 to 5 year olds do you see using porcelain plates and glass cups? And not using plastic utensils? They also can use "dangerous" tools such as knives to carve sticks! I was surprised with this. While visiting a forest kindergarten I witnessed the pedagogues show them the correct way to use the knives and then pass them out. Kids at the kindergarten get hurt left and right but not during this activity! Another things that Danes believe is that getting hurt is part of being a kid! I feel like in America we almost always try to prevent kids from getting hurt. This difference can also relate to the different governments since all Danish health care is paid for through taxes!

Contributed by Elva Sullivan

Here in Copenhagen the best way to get around is by bicycle! I have seen nothing like it! The Danes bike in all sorts of weather and it rains quite a bit here! The public transportation is also a great way to get around the trains, metro, and buses run frequently to all parts of the city.

Contributed by Elva Sullivan

The story of the Little Mermaid made famous by Disney was written by Hans Christian Anderson who actually lived in Denmark and was inspired by the famous mermaid statue here in Copenhagen. Many tourists are disappointed when they finally see the sculpture because they expect something bigger and more grand. The Mermaid is a simple and I suppose you can say life size statue sitting not too far off shore.

Contributed by Elva Sullivan

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