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    • August 10, 2020
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    • August 15, 2020
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    • Colorado Trail

    HIKING FOR DANISH AMERICA - FUNDRAISER FOR ALL ORGANIZATIONS


         


    The Hike For Danish America was completed August 11!  But you can still pledge for a few more days! Please send your pledge funds directly to the organization you chose.  If you need assistance, please email us and we will help.  Thank you to everyone for their support and participation!

    This summer, let’s raise funds for our Danish American organizations! Sponsor Danish America’s “Hiking Viking”, NFDA’s president, Bruce Bro, as he traverses the 500-mile Colorado Trail.

    In the National Foundation for Danish America’s weekly emails, you’ve seen the widespread cancelling of every major event in our Danish American world. It’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on organizations across the country. Across Danish America donations are down.  The NFDA is here to help the “down” go “up”. 

    Enter the “Hiking Viking”!  Starting June 29th, Bruce Bro will traverse the 500-mile Colorado Trail for six-to-eight weeks from Waterton Canyon, southwest of Denver, to Durango.  He will navigate to 13,271 feet above sea level and keep above 10,000 feet for most of the trail.



    You can help Danish America as Bruce clocks miles . Here’s how:

    • Individuals and/or organizations  can participate
    • Pledge per-mile, or a fixed amount for the entire hike
    • Identify which Danish American organization or combination of organizations you’d like to support.  100% of your pledge goes to the organization you choose!


    What the NFDA will do:

    • Track all pledges 
    • Monitor the “Hiking Viking’s” progress
    • Let you know when the hike is completed and how to send your funds directly to your supported organization


    How we’ll make it fun and inclusive:

    • Take the hike with Bruce through social media and the website
    • Bruce will post pictures and videos as he progresses
    • Send Bruce “hilsener” and tell everyone which organization you support and why
    • Include your pledges on our website and weekly emails
    • Promote the event and pledges on social media


    Oh -- if you’re skeptical about Bruce’s ability, don’t be. He can do it – he’s hiked the Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim, reached Mt. Everest’s Base camp in the Himalayas, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, and climbed the highest peaks in the U.S.!  


    Please join us to raise funds for Danish America!  Let us know that you’re interested in being a part of Project “Hiking Viking”. 

    Tusind tak,

    The NFDA Board
    Karin Schoen Wasler, Linda Steffensen, Katrine Vange, Bruce Bro

    Submit Your Pledge Here

    NFDA Facebook Page


    Benevolent Mountaineer Hikes For Danish America - by Barb Ceruti

    Participating Organizations:
    (To add your Danish American non-profit club or organization, please email us at info@DanishAmerica.org )

    • American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York
    • Danebod Folk School - Tyler, MN
    • Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)
    • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN
    • The Danish Home of Chicago
    • The Danish Home of Chicago Foundation
    • Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
    • Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    • Danish National Committee of Southern California
    • Danish Seamen's Church - Brooklyn, NY
    • Danish Sisterhood of America, Museum Archival Project
    • Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    • Denver Danes - Colorado
    • Den Danske Klub '88 - Colorado
    • Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA
    • Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center - New York
    • Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    • National Foundation for Danish America
    • Northwest Danish Association - Portland, OR and Seattle, WA
    • Rebild National Park Society
    • Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL

    Well over $20,000 in Pledges so far!!!

    Tusind Tak to these individuals and families who have pledged to support Danish America!

    Craig Longuevan Irvine  California  Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    Patti Olsen Shoreline   Washington Northwest Danish Association - Portland, OR & Seattle, WA
    Patti Olsen Shoreline  Washington  Danish Sisterhood of America
    Karen Keathley  Itasca Illinois  Other Danish American Non-Profit Club or Organization (Museum of Danish America DSS archival fund )
    Sandy Wunder
     Eaton  Colorado Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Deb Christensen Larsen Harlan   Iowa Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Laura Malczewski Des Plaines   Illinois Danish Home of Chicago
    Ivan Paulsen  Walker  Minnesota Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
    Seena Drapala Minden   Nevada Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Thomas Lund  Kila Montana 
    Museum of Danish America - Elk
    Horn, Iowa
    Penny McDonald  San Antonio Texas 
    Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Janie C. Las Vegas Nevada  Rebild Natl Park Society
    Alan & Daria Iversen  Clifton Park New York  Danish Home of Chicago
    Chris Haxager Winnetka Illinois  Danish Home of Chicago
    Svend & Lois Toftemark Eugene  Oregon  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Danish Sisterhood, Lodge #102  Des Moines Iowa  Danish Sisterhood of America
    Donna and Jorgen Andersen  Arcadia  California Rebild Natl Park Society
    Erin Bro 
    Marshalltown
     Iowa Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
     Doug Bro  Claremont California  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Kristian Poulsen Sierra Madre California  Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    Reed and Jamie Bro Colorado Springs  Colorado  National Foundation for Danish America
    Dansk Amerikansk Klub, aalborg Denmark Aalborg  Arizona Danish Home of Chicago
    Sune Frederiksen  Berea Kentucky  Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Steve Albertsen  Lincoln  Nebraska Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Kirsten Pedersen Elgin   Illinois Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL
    Glenda M Madrid  Solvang California  Other Danish American Non-Profit Club or Organization (Danish Sisterhood of America - MODA Archival Fund)
    Kirsten Pedersen  Elgin Illinois  Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL
    Danish Sisterhood Dagmar Lodge #4 Chicago  Illinois 

    Danish Sisterhood of America for the Museum Archival Project

    Shirley Iversen  Rochester   New York Danish Sisterhood of America
    Shirley Iversen Rochester   New York Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
    Alexandra Barrett Berrie Altadena California  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Esther Jacobsen Bates  Solvang California  Elverhøj Museum of History and Art - Solvang, CA
    Marie Farrell North Ridgeville  Ohio Danish Sisterhood of America
    Ellen Stolfa Chicago Illinois  Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL
    Ellen Stolfa Chicago Illinois  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Ellen Stolfa
    Chicago Illinois  Danish Home of Chicago
    Marianne Swanson
    Littleton Colorado  Other Danish American Non-Profit Club or Organization (Danish-America,Bruce Bro)
    Sara Whitney
    Colorado Springs Colorado  Danish Sisterhood of America
    Bernadette Brown
    Raleigh North Carolina  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Lydia Plunk
    Diamond Bar California Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    Sindy Mikkelsen
    Santa Rosa California  Other Danish American Non-Profit Club or Organization (Contributing toward the preservation work at the museum.)
    Harvey Andersen
    Exira Iowa  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Mike Nielsen
    Altoona Iowa  Other Danish American Non-Profit Club or Organization (Danish Brotherhood Lodge #15, Des Moines, IA)
    Anonymous Erlanger
    Kentucky Rebild Natl Park Society
    Christy Conner Pasadena California Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    Jane Mennem Castle Rock Colorado Rebild Natl Park Society
    Lori Carlson
    Scottsdale Arizona  Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Anonymous Montclair
    New Jersey National Foundation for Danish America
    Ellen Lodge 21 Danish Sisterhood
    Littleton Colorado  Danish Sisterhood of America
    Ellen Lodge 21 Danish Sisterhood
    Littleton Colorado  Danish Home of Chicago
    Ellen Lodge 21 Danish Sisterhood
    Littleton Colorado  Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
    Ellen Lodge 21 Littleton  Colorado  Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Ellen Lodge 21 Danish Sisterhood
    Littleton Colorado  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Melinda Brown
    Littleton Colorado  National Foundation for Danish America
    Melinda Brown
    Littleton Colorado  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Carol and John Rudisill
    Des Moines Iowa  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Jensen Accounting Inc. Cardiff by the Sea California Other Danish American Non-Profit Club or Organization (House of Denmark)
    Jensen Accounting Inc. Cardiff by the Sea
    California Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    Benedikte Ehlers
    Eugene Oregon Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Benedikte Ehlers Eugene Oregon Danish Home of Chicago
    Judith Bro Weehawken
    New Jersey Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Jette Bender Hoschton Georgia Danish Home of Chicago
    Lara Rasmussen
    Libertyville Illinois Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL
    Bente Rasmussen
    Libertyville Illinois Danish Sisterhood of America
    Bente Rasmussen
    Libertyville Illinois Danish Home of Chicago
    Jean Jackson
    Western Springs Illinois  Rebild Natl Park Society
    Jean Jackson
     Western Springs Illinois Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL
    Jean Jackson
    Western Springs Illinois  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Johannes Smits
    Roselle Illinois Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL
    Jan & Chris Glintborg Elgin Illinois  Scandinavian Park Inc. NFP - South Elgin, IL
    Thomas "Gunny" Harboe Chicago Illinois Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Barbara Ceruti Naperville Illinois Danish Home of Chicago
    Christie Gehringer Omaha Nebraska Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
     Doug Bro Claremont California Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    Alan Leo Mores Harlan Iowa Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Alan Leo Mores Harlan Iowa Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Alan Leo Mores Harlan Iowa Museum of Danish America, Elk Horn
    Mette A Haydt Hemet  California Rebild Natl Park Society
    John Mark & Dawn Nielsen Blair Nebraska National Foundation for Danish America
    Dianne and Paul Anderson Seattle Washington Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Dianne and Paul Anderson Seattle Washington Northwest Danish Association - Portland, OR & Seattle, WA
    Marianne Swanson Littleton Colorado National Foundation for Danish America
    Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago Illinois Rebild Natl Park Society
    Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago
    Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
    Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago Illinois Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago Illinois Other Danish American Non-Profit Club or Organization Danish Sisterhood -Dagmar Lodge #4
    Bruce & Kristie Hansen Mendez Chicago Illinois Danish Home of Chicago
    Larsen Wealth Management of Raymond James
    Scottsdale Arizona National Foundation for Danish America
    Maria Donhauser
    Claremont California Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
    Bert Schou Cedar Falls Iowa Rebild Natl Park Society
    Lisa Riggs Elk Horn Iowa Rebild Natl Park Society
    Lisa Steen Riggs Elk Horn Iowa Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Julie Mortensen North Ridgeville Ohio Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
    Sune Frederiksen Berea Kentucky Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Sune Frederiksen Berea Kentucky Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)
    Sune & Barbara Frederiksen Berea Kentucky Rebild Natl Park Society
    Lee Ann Black Sun City Arizona National Foundation for Danish America
    Anonymous Beaverton Oregon Danish Sisterhood of America
    Ron and Mary Bro Cedar Falls Iowa  Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
    Anonymous Liberty Missouri Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

    Beth Bro-Roof

    Cedar Rapids

    Iowa

    National Foundation for Danish America

    Beth Bro-Roof

    Cedar Rapids

    Iowa

    Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    DSS Ellen Lodge #21, Denver CO

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Den Danske Klub '88 - Colorado

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Denver Danes - Colorado

    Karin Wasler

    Los Angeles

    California

    Danish Sisterhood of America

    Frank and Edith Christensen

    Shoreline

    Washington

    Northwest Danish Association - Seattle, WA

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Audubon IA

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Audubon IA

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kimballton IA

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Den Danske Pioneer

    Joanna Christensen

    Castle Rock

    Colorado

    Rebild Natl Park Society

    Lydia Plunk

    Diamond Bar 

    California

    Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA

    Christine Lundsberg Geiger

    Buffalo Grove

    Illinois

    Rebild Natl Park Society

    Elizabeth, Linda and Elsa Steffensen

    Hoffman Estates

    Illinois

    Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)

    Elizabeth, Linda and Elsa Steffensen

    Hoffman Estates

    Illinois

    Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE

    Elsa, Linda and Elizabeth Steffensen

    Hoffman Estates

    Illinois

    Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa

    Elsa, Linda and Elizabeth Steffensen

    Hoffman Estates

    Illinois

    Danish Sisterhood of America

    Linda, Elsa and Elizabeth Steffensen

    Hoffman Estates

    Illinois

    Danish Home Foundation of Chicago

    Linda, Elsa and Elizabeth Steffensen

    Hoffman Estates

    Illinois

    Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

    Linda, Elsa and Elizabeth Steffensen

    Hoffman Estates

    Illinois

    Rebild Natl Park Society

    HANNE BEUBE

    Burr Ridge

    Illinois

    Danish Home of Chicago

    Nike Whitcomb

    Chicago

    Illinois

    Danish Home Foundation of Chicago

    Gerry Henningsen

    Monument

    Colorado

    Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

    Peter Orum

    St. Charles

    Illinois

    Danish Home of Chicago

    Paul Roge

    Grayslake

    Illinois

    Danish Home of Chicago

    Kent and Connie Hanson

    Glendora

    California

    Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa

    Kent and Connie Hanson

    Glendora

    California

    Rebild Natl Park Society

    Anne Grethe Nielsen

    Yorba Linda

    California

    Danish Lutheran Church, Yorba Linda

    Arne Brinkland

    Chino Hills

    California

    Rebild Natl Park Society

    Arne Brinkland

    Chino Hills

    California

    Danish Lutheran Church, LosAngeles

    Linda 

    Hoffman Estates

    Illinois

    Rebild Natl Park Society

    Joy Duling

    Bartonville

    Illinois

    NFDA


    Some of Bruce's past hiking adventures...

    2008 - Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. (Photo at right - he claimed the mountain for Denmark!)
    2013 - Mt Everest Base Camp, Nepal
    2013 - Mt Whitney, highest peak in lower 48 states
    2016 - Grand Canyon Arizona Rim-to-Rim
    Over many years - 20 of Colorado's highest peaks "The 14ers"

    • August 12, 2020
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    • August 28, 2020
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    • Danish Sisterhood of America

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA 
    Recommendations during COVID-19 Pandemic

    July 24, 2020

    Dear members, friends and lodge leaders of the Danish Sisterhood of America,

    In this time of global concern about the spread of COVID-19 and based on recommendations and information from the CDC (The Center for Disease Control and Prevention), state and local agencies, the Danish Sisterhood’s main focus is to protect our members and limit the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that we continue to protect the health and well-being of our communities and work to not overwhelm our health care system.

    Local lodges are urged to suspend gatherings and events until your local health department and leaders recommend in-person meetings. As we mentioned earlier this year, if your district convention is cancelled and your lodge will incur a cancellation fee, please contact a member of the National Board.

    We encourage you to reach out to your Sisters. Use video calls and video conference technology such as Zoom to hold your monthly gatherings. A number of our lodges have are successfully using Zoom and finding they are able to enjoy the participation of members from far away. Reach out to your National Board if you have not yet tried Zoom and are curious.

    The Supreme Lodge recognizes that many of our members fall within the high risk category established by the CDC.

    The entire board urges you to continue to take the necessary precautions and stay safe and healthy.

    Christina Sallee, National President

    ~~~~~~~~~~

    Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date on news and events within the Danish Sisterhood.

    Danish Sisterhood Website


    • August 12, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • December 30, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 41 sessions
    • Online Concerts

    JESSICA LYNNE

    Online Concerts on Facebook

    Tour and Tickets

    My story is not ordinary. I feel pretty ordinary, on the inside. But when I tell people where I come from and how I got here, it usually stirs up a gasp or two. My official story simply states that I grew up in Denmark and now live in the Pacific Northwest, but there is much more to it than that. So I decided to tell it. 

    My childhood was spent divided on three different continents. Strangest of all, I was born in South America. Valdivia, Chile to be exact. My parents were missionaries, but soon after my arrival, they decided to move back to the US. I was 6 months old. Needless to say, I don't remember anything from Chile at all. I ended up with dual citizenship - but not a Chilean one, as you might think, but a Danish/American citizenship. 

    My parents met in New York. My mom, from a small town of Sejlflod in Jylland, Denmark. My Dad from the Pacific Northwest. So when they decided, with 6 months old me in their arms to move back to the US, they settled on Tacoma, WA. Kind of fortuitous that my journey should lead me back here - only about 10 blocks away from my first American home. But that's for a later chapter. 

    My parents divorced when I was three and my mother decided to move us, three girls, to Denmark. First Skanderborg, then what I now consider my hometown, Haslev. This is where I went to school, where I had friends, where I learned about life, and love and longing. This is where I grew up. If you can call yourself a "grown-up" at 17; that's when I moved away from home. 
    I then became what I would call a "Copenhagen nomade" moving almost 25 times in the 13 or so years I lived there, interrupted only by a 2-year stint in Barcelona - also a story for another chapter.

    I finally up-rooted, if I ever had roots, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 when I was 31.

    And that's the short, cliff notes version story. But that's not really how I want to tell it. I want to tell my story by delving into how that story made me, me. What it was like, being a part of two worlds, and what sometimes felt like not being a part of anything at all. Feeling like an outsider for all the wrong reasons, trying so hard to belong, but not feeling like I belonged at all.
    As a child, I would spend the entire year going to school and living my life in Haslev and every other summer I would visit my Dad in Seattle. The alternating summers, he would visit us. I spoke (and still do speak) both languages fluently... mostly without an accent in either language. My dad would call every week long-distance to keep in touch with us girls. And in the '80s that was not cheap! My mom, even though she is 100% Dane, would make traditional Danish cooking right alongside fried chicken and cornbread. I felt the duality every day. 

    Consequently, it somehow made me feel divided. Instead of belonging everywhere, I felt like I didn't belong anywhere. 
    I suppose, with a different outlook on life, this duality could have made me feel abundant, like a citizen of the world, who had many homes. But my upbringing in so many ways nourished lack and dependence. And it made me feel stretched too thin. I was too American to be Danish and too Danish to be American. So I was, effectively, neither.

    Every time I came back to Denmark I would miss the US terribly. But it was never actually true the other way around. This only occurred to me when I finally moved here, that the homesickness I would feel for the US when gone, never set in for Denmark. Yes, I missed my family, but not the culture, not the place itself. 

    In reality, moving to the US clarified a lot of things for me. I have always been more American than Danish, I know that now. I've been loud, brazen, and always had big dreams and big gestures. Not in any way the proper little girl my mother tried to raise me to be. I had a terrible temper, that felt uncontrollable at times and a big voice that was repeatedly told to not shine too brightly, not to make the other kids feel bad. 

    This may seem harsh, but anyone from Denmark would notice this as "Janteloven" or "The Law of Jante" - a culturally-induced oppression that the Danes all know too well. Again, this is a phenomenon I will explain in depth in another chapter. Suffice it to say, it's a classic "crabs in a bucket" syndrome. When one tries to climb out the others will pull it back down.

    So I suppose I was not entirely caught in the middle. I sometimes describe myself as "half-and-half", with a chuckle. But that doesn't really describe me. In reality, I am more like 75/25. In the last ten years, I have learned to embrace my Danish roots, while also fully encompassing how American I really am. Immigrant heritage and all. 

    In truth, it probably doesn't matter what continent we are on. Denmark for me was a time in my life when I tried to hide who I truly was, in order to try and fit in. It was a time of listening to others over my own intuition, my inner voice. It was a time of not being and owning who I truly am and what my life's purpose is. The US for me has been the journey of fully growing into my true self. A journey of growth and self-exploration. Of owning all sides of me, even the ones I don't necessarily like. And most importantly listening to my own truth rather than what others say. It's not about Denmark and it's not about the US. It's about what each country represents to me and who I became during each timeframe I spent there. 

    I can now look at being "half-and-half" and feel grateful that I was blessed with so much diversity. And I can own my big voice and my larger than life attitude and put myself on a stage and feel right at home. But I can also remember where I came from, and what is truly important in life. Love of family, love of friends and most importantly, self-love.
    • August 14, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • September 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York, NY

    ASF TRANSLATION AWARDS

    Application Deadline: Extended - September 15, 2020

    The American-Scandinavian Foundation annually awards three translation prizes for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written by a Scandinavian author born after 1900.

    Submission Information
    Entry deadline:
    September 15

    The Nadia Christensen Prize includes a $2,500 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    The Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award, given to an individual whose literature translations from a Nordic language have not previously been published, includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    The Wigeland Prize, given to the best translation by a Norwegian, includes a $2,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

    —Apply Now!

    Rules

    1. The prizes are for outstanding English translations of poetry, fiction, drama or literary prose originally written in a Nordic language.
    2. If prose, manuscripts must be no longer than 50 pages; if poetry, 25 (Do not exceed these limits). Manuscripts must be typed and double-spaced with numbered pages.
    3. Translations must be from the writing of one author, although not necessarily from a single work. Please include a one-paragraph description about the author.
    4. An entry must consist of:
      • One copy of the translation, including a title page and a table of contents for the proposed book of which the manuscript submitted is a part. 
      • One copy of the work(s) in the original language; please send the relevant pages.
      • A CV containing all contact information, including email address, for the translator; and
      • A letter or other document signed by the author, the author’s agent or the author’s estate granting permission for the translation to be entered in this competition and published in Scandinavian Review.
    1. Translator’s names may not appear on any page of their manuscripts, including the title page.
    2. The translation submitted in the competition may not have been previously published in the English language by the submission deadline.
      (If the translation being submitted to this competition is also under consideration by a publisher, you must inform us of the expected publication date.)
    3. Translators may submit one entry only and may not submit the same entry in more than two competitions.
    4. The Translation Prize cannot be won more than three times by the same translator.
    Previous ASF Translation Prize Opening and Winners.pdf

    INFO@AMSCAN.ORG
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    • August 15, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • September 26, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 7 sessions
    • Online - Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center New York

    HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORYTELLING CENTER ONLINE

    SATURDAY MORNING HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORYTELLING GOES VIRTUAL

    A SIXTY FOUR YEAR NEW YORK TRADITION PREVAILS

    HCA Storytelling Online 

    Saturday Mornings from 11 am to Noon (Eastern Time)
    Storytellers from throughout the world tell Andersen’s iconic stories
    From Central Park to Your Home anywhere in the world 

    This year the Hans Christian Andersen Story Telling Center, Inc. (“HCASTC”)  is proud to launch a 2020 Live On-line Season starting on May 30th.   World renowned New York storyteller and artistic director of the HCASTC, Laura Simms,  has curated a season of stories told by the  best  storytellers from across the globe.  Different Andersen stories will be told every week. 

    Click Here for the Complete Schedule

    Hans Christian Andersen’s stories are the  most translated literature next to the Bible.   His stories, penned in the nineteenth Century, have been delighting audiences worldwide since. They  were created as commentaries for social injustice and inequality.  They remain  contemporary  and thrill children and adults alike with their array of fabulous characters including the Ugly Duckling who overcomes bullying and the Emperor Without Clothes whose vanity and idiocy is exposed by a child.  Kindness, humor, and the power of imagination and truth prevails. 

    If you are looking for something wonderful and valuable to share with your family in these times, join us for live performances on Saturdays at 11 a.m. straight to your kitchen or living room or garden. Recorded The link for our live performance will be on our website shortly. performances will subsequently be made available on our YouTube channel and on Facebook. Our website will also have those links. The program will continue through the end of September. If social distancing rules permit, live performances may be resumed in Central Park later during the season. Stories have always been the most brilliant and engaging way to start a great conversation.   Let the tale of the Nightingale about authenticity and real communication lift your spirits.  The poignant  tales of The Last Pearl and The Little Match Girl soothe your heart. And laugh out loud with the tales of Jack, The Dullard and the Swineherd. We will have mornings of Andersen’s longer irresistible tales of the Snow Queen (the real story behind Frozen), The Wild Swans, or The Little Mermaid. 

    Storytelling is entertaining. It is also life confirming. It keeps imagination and faith alive.  Technology has helped us immensely through this time, but put away the laptop when the story is over and talk together about the stories.  Tell your own. And keep up a tradition that has been ongoing for 64 years.  

    There is a restorative power in storytelling. The most experienced and wonderful storytellers will support a sense of inner safety while exploring profound resolutions to emotional experiences. Research has shown that listening to stories helps increase empathy and navigate challenging times. AND it improves the ability to  feel closer to one another by building connection among  people.  Let’s strengthen our sense of being one global  community. 

    What better time in which to shrink  physical distances and join us mind to mind across the world.

    HCASTC has been freely delivering stories to New Yorkers of all ages since 1956, rain or shine from its signature location at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park (72nd Street and 5th Avenue). We bring stories, and the Park  into your home. 

    HCASTC is a nonprofit organization that, aside from its historical site, has been bringing storytelling projects in schools, and is partnering with the Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark, hometown of the author, HCASTC is supported by private donors, contributions from listeners,  and the Parks Department of New York City. For the last 64 years it has been proudly offering spoken word performances that gathered thousands of families throughout the summer months. This is still today kept as a gift: an open invitation for us all to meet in the spirit of Andersen’s love for justice, children and literature.

    For detailed information, please visit our website at http://www.hcastorycenter.org

     

    • August 15, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • December 19, 2020
    • (CST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Member's home - Denver, CO

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF COLORADO REGULAR MEETING

    Danish Sisterhood Gatherings and Meetings are suspended until further notice.  Please check with your local Lodge.

    3rd Saturday of each month

    DANISH SISTERHOOD OF AMERICA
    Ellen Lodge #21

    D.S.S. Ellen Lodge #21

     Heritage Presentations 2020

    February 22 - Lynne

    March 21 - Gitte (mailing it in)

    April 18 - Ethel

    May 16 - Chris H.

    June 20 - Andrea

    July - No meeting

    August 8 - Pia E. (Picnic)

    September 19 - Luncheon

    October 17 - Joanna

    November 21 - Inge

    December - Christmas Luncheon

    https://danishsisterhoodcolorado.weebly.com

    www.DanishSisterhood.com

    • August 15, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
    • Nottingham Forest Club - Houston, TX

    DCH SOMMERFEST AND ANNUAL MEETING

    The Danish Club of Houston will hold its Annual Meeting and Sommerfest on August 15th, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the Nottingham Forest Club in west Houston.


    We hope you and your family will join us for a fun afternoon-evening, including Danish-style Hot Dogs with remoulade, onions and agurksalat, beer, soft drinks, water, and juice boxes for the kids, and dessert.

    Bring swimsuits and enjoy the child-friendly pool – it’s all FREE!!

    There will be a short business meeting to elect the 2020-2021 Board beginning at 4:30, with dinner served beginning at about 5:00 p.m.

    Please indicate in the Comments field if you are bringing children and their ages, and if you'd like to bring any food items to share.

    RSVP August 15th.

     · Hosted by Danish Club of Houston


    • August 19, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • August 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Danebod Folk School - Tyler, MN

    VIRTUAL EVENT - 74th ANNUAL DANEBOD FOLK MEETING

    Danebod Website

    Due to the COVID-19 virus the Danebod campus in Tyler, MN is closed for the summer 2020.

    The 2020 Danebod Folk Meeting will be an on-line activity affirming the joy of living through enlightenment. The meeting will feature music, stories and lectures.

    You are invited to attend the on-line activity planned for August 19-21. We invite you to whip up a batch of kringle, brew a cup of coffee, and join us virtually on Zoom.

    View schedule, programming  and registration information on the website. Registration for this event is $150.  Please submit your registration and payment no later than July 15.

    There will be a Zoom tutorial held at 10 AM, Wednesday August 19, 2020.

    Link to Registration

    Danebod Folk Meeting

    140 Danebod Court | Tyler, MN 56178 | (507) 247-3000

    danebodlutheran@yahoo.com | rickeann64@gmail.com


    • September 20, 2020
    • 11:00 AM (CDT)
    • Online - Zoom Meeting

    REBILD NATIONAL PARK SOCIETY - ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

    Online meeting of Rebild Membership - Denmark and U.S.A.


    Rebild Website

    Rebild Facebook

    • October 04, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Online - Zoom Meeting

    REBILD NATIONAL PARK SOCIETY - FALL LEADERSHIP MEETING

    Online meeting of Rebild Leadership - Denmark and U.S.A.


    Rebild Website

    Rebild Facebook

    • October 18, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Club Room - Dallas, TX

    SMØRREBRØDS PARTY

    The Danish American Club of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

    Club Room 
    3883 Turtle Creek Blvd 
    Dallas, TX 75219


    Website

    Facebook Page
    • October 21, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • October 21, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Petersen House Museum - Tempe, AZ

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - NIELS PETERSEN (1845-1923)

    Niels Petersen was born on October 21, 1845, to Peder Mikkelsen and Gunder Marie Nisdatter in Vilslev,
     Denmark, a small farming village in the southwestern portion of Jutland. Petersen spent several years in the English Merchant Marines, beginning in 1863, allowing him to travel the world. He continued in this stead until 1870, when he immigrated to the United States.

    In 1871, Petersen arrived in the Salt River Valley of central Arizona, where he decided to stake a homestead claim and begin farming. He filed a declaratory statement on July 1, 1874, claiming 160 acres (0.65 km2) in section 29, southwest of Tempe (the original homestead is currently bordered by Priest, Southern, Alameda and 52nd Streets).  After submitting his claim, Petersen began work on the construction of a two-room adobe house. Four years later, in 1878, Petersen became a United States citizen and subsequently filed a homestead entry, the next step in permanently establishing himself in the valley. The final action in this process was the filing of a homestead proof, providing evidence that improvements to the land had been made by the claimant, which Petersen filed on May 12, 1883. By the time of his final homestead filing, Petersen had built two small adobe houses on the property and maintained 140 acres (0.57 km2) in cultivation.

    Among his various undertakings was the operation of Tempe founder Charles Hayden’s general store when he was away on business. Additionally, he worked for the Tempe Irrigating Canal Company, eventually earning shares in the company. In 1884, Peterson married Isabel Dumphy, a teacher at Tempe Grammar School; Isabel subsequently resigned from her teaching position and moved into the Petersen house. She died during childbirth one year later, in 1885, and their infant son, John Petersen, is believed to have likewise died within months of his birth.

    Within a few years, Petersen began acquiring properties surrounding his homestead claim, thus expanding his interest in the area. His ranch grew to more than 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) and Petersen emerged as one of the area's leading producers of cattle and grain.

    As his financial interests grew, so too did his involvement in the Tempe community. Petersen served as a trustee for the Tempe School District and was a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, thus asserting his interest in local education. He played a role in the development of the Tempe Methodist Episcopal Church, the Bank of Tempe, and the Tempe Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, which was chartered on March 5, 1888. Other positions held by Petersen included treasurer of the Tempe Irrigating Canal Company, president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, and a term on the Arizona's Eighteenth Territorial Legislature from 1895-1896.

    By the 1890s, Petersen had emerged as one of the Salt River Valley's wealthiest and most revered citizens. In 1892, he made the decision to construct a new home, in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Architect James Creighton was commissioned by Petersen to design the new two-story home to be constructed at Petersen's ranch south of town. While the new home was being built, Petersen traveled back east, where he met his future bride Susanna Decker of South Montrose, Pennsylvania. They were married on September 1, 1892, and when he returned to his new house in Tempe his new wife accompanied him. Upon completion, Petersen's house was widely considered one of the most elegant homes in the region.

    Niels Petersen died in Tempe on April 27, 1923, at the age of 78. As a testament to his status in the community, flags were flown at half-mast and all schools and businesses were closed during his funeral. Originally buried in Tempe's Double Buttes Cemetery, he was exhumed and reburied on the grounds of his home next to the grave of his wife Susanna.

    History of the house

    The house is significant as the oldest Queen Anne Style brick residence in the Salt River Valley. When Rev. Edward Decker inherited the house in 1927, he made modifications.

    Petersen House Museum Video

    • October 25, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Columbine Lakes Clubhouse - Littleton, CO

    DENVER DANES ANNUAL SMØRREBRØD FEST

    2020/2021 Event Schedule

    Oct 25 - Annual  smørrebrød fest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    Dec 13 - Julefest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    2021 -

    Jan 24 - Annual Meeting at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    Apr 25 - Annual Roadtrip at TBD

    Jul 25 - Annual picnic at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    Oct 24 - Annual  smørrebrød fest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    Dec 12 - Julefest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse


    $35 per event

    If you're interested in the Denver Danes, IM us or email: thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    The Denver Danes
    Columbine Lakes Clubhouse
    4192 W Pondview Dr
    Littleton, CO  80123


    thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    Denver Danes Facebook

    • November 08, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • TBD - Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

    FLÆTTE HJERTER, GLØGG OG ÆBLESKIVER

    The Danish American Club ofDallas/Fort Worth, Texas

    Location - TBD


    Website

    Facebook Page
    • December 06, 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CST)
    • Club Room - Dallas, TX

    DANISH CHRISTMAS PARTY

    The Danish American Club of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

    Club Room 
    3883 Turtle Creek Blvd 
    Dallas, TX 75219


    Website

    Facebook Page
    • December 13, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CST)
    • Columbine Lakes Clubhouse - Littleton, CO

    DENVER DANES ANNUAL JULEFEST

    2020/2021 Event Schedule - 

    Dec 13 - Julefest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    2021 -

    Jan 24 - Annual Meeting at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    Apr 25 - Annual Roadtrip at TBD

    Jul 25 - Annual picnic at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    Oct 24 - Annual  smørrebrød fest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse

    Dec 12 - Julefest at Columbine Hills Clubhouse


    $35 per event

    If you're interested in the Denver Danes, IM us or email: thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    The Denver Danes
    Columbine Lakes Clubhouse
    4192 W Pondview Dr
    Littleton, CO  80123


    thedenverdanes@gmail.com 

    Denver Danes Facebook

    • April 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • University of Oklahoma

    FRANS ØRSTED ANDERSEN - LECTURE: CHRISTIAN MADSEN

    ”Come and hear about one of the many Danes, who emigrated to ”God’s own country” in the 19th century. In the period btw 1850 and 1920 more than 50 million Europeans emigrated to the US to improve their lot and get away from poverty, unemployment and war. Among these were 300.000 Danes - and one of those was Chris Madsen. He was born in Denmark 1851 and emigrated 1875. He had a very interesting and a long, dramatic life. He spent 15 years as an Indian fighter in the US Fifth Cavalry (1876-1892) - and got as much promotion as possible for a NCO. He was at center stage in the battle of Slim Buttes 9th September 1876 and played a key role in the succesful Milk River expedition 1879, where the Ute uprising was countered. When finally leaving the army in 1892 it was because he had got a job as Deputy US Marshal in Oklahoma, where he became a leading character in the fight against criminal gangs like the Daltons and the Doolins. He married and had two children in Oklahoma. Later, he also joined Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and participated in the war with Spain 1898. He kept being curious, learned and got new experiences all through his long life. In stead of retiring, in 1915 he went into the new movie business and together with former colleagues he set up a film company, that produced a famous Western, “The Passing of the Oklahoma Outlaws”. Besides, he loved writing all his life - articles, letters, poems and two autobiographies. Like the fictious characters, “Forrest Gump” and “Little Big Man”, he had a special talent for meeting and becoming friends with famous people and be at center stage at major events, both in Denmark and the US. In the US, e.g. he became frinds with Buffalo Bill Cody and several Indian Chiefs. He went fishing and hunting with President Arthur and helped Teddy Roosevelt. But he also encountered many problems, crisis and tragedies in his long life - 1851-1944. Nevertheless, he always managed to get back on tracks and was active until he died in 1944. All through his life he benefitted from paying attention at school back home in the old country, where he also had received good education at an agricultural folk high school.”

    Aarhus University Site

    • June 11, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • June 11, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions

    A GREAT DANISH AMERICAN BIRTHDAY - PETER OLSEN HANSEN

    Peter Olsen Hansen (11 June 1818 – 9 August 1895) was the translator of the Book of Mormon into Danish.  Throughout Danish American history,  the State of Utah has had one of the highest concentrations of Danes and those of Danish ancestry.  That is directly due to the work of early Mormon missionaries like Peter Olsen Hansen and his contemporaries.

    Hansen was born in CopenhagenDenmark.  A sailor by trade, he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Boston in 1844. After this, Hansen moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. While at Nauvoo. Hansen assisted in building the Nauvoo Temple and, at the request of Brigham Young, worked on the translation of the Book of Mormon into Danish.  Hansen was a Mormon pioneer and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in September 1847.











    Hansen accompanied Erastus Snow on the first Latter-day Saint mission to Denmark.  He served on this mission from 1849 to 1855, during which he served as the first editor of the Skandinaviens Stjerne. Hansen later served additional missions in Denmark from 1873 to 1875 and from 1880 to 1882.

    The Mormon missionaries arrived at an opportune time for the propagation of their faith.  The new Danish constitution written in 1849 granted religious liberty and the missionaries to Denmark did not experience the restraints by the state encountered by the missionaries in Norway and Sweden.  Religious life in Denmark also was undergoing upheaval, and people were questioning the ineffective Lutheran Church.  Baptists, Methodists, and religious dissenters appeared on the scene and sowed the seeds of religious debate.  The Mormons, therefore, were protected against government intervention and found an audience attuned to new religious approaches.

    Even though the constitution of Denmark guaranteed religious freedom there were no laws supporting that right.  As a result some religious and political leaders attempted to place restrictions on the Mormons, but they were unsuccessful.  The Mormons also suffered harassment from the populace.  At Aalborg, for example, a crowd of more than 1,000 who had come to witness a Mormon Baptism by immersion in the Limfjord, was antagonized by the Mormon speaker when he told them that their church and clergy were of the devil.  The crowd stoned the Mormons and broke windows in Mormon homes.  More personal violence and property damage took place in small towns, where converts were more easily identified, than in large cities.  In the cities hostility was directed to the religious services by unruly elements who disturbed the services and interfered with the speaker.  But the government would not prohibit the assembly of the Mormons, and after ten years, after the Mormons became more commonplace, harassment declined.  The actual loss in converts is hard to estimate, but as in most other instances, the victims probably gained from the publicity and the attention.   (From: The Danish Americans by George R. Nielsen)

    Hansen died in 1895 at Manti, Utah Territory.

    • June 23, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • June 23, 2024
    • (CDT)
    • 4 sessions

    Sankt Hans Aften (Midsummer)

    A Nordic tradition, celebrated on the night before the Midsummer's Day

    Midsummer's Eve or Sankt Hans Aften is a relic of pagan customs, where the shortest day, the winter solstice, and the longest day, the summer solstice, were celebrated. Originally it was believed that midsummer night was filled with magical forces of nature—both bad and good. All herbs and sources were particularly sacred, and it was a tradition to seek sacred springs or picking healing herbs on this night.

    The tradition of burning bonfires came later. Originally they were not associated with Midsummer's Eve celebration, although later some farmers who believed in witches started burning bonfires on this night. A shape that looks like a witch was put in the fire. The purpose of the fire was to scare the witches and evil spirits away, rather than burning them.

    Today the Midsummer's Eve is still celebrated with bonfires, dancing, singing and a traditional speech from someone well known in the community. The celebrations are held all around the country, both in cities and small towns.

    Some of the most vibrant celebrations take place in Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus, and Skagen. The capital has bonfires at several places, including Tivoli Gardens, Frederiksberg Gardens, Islands Brygge, and more. Likewise, Aarhus offers quite a few locations to celebrate, such as Aarhus University campus, Godsbanen, or Langenæs Church. In Odense, the festivities take place at Engen in the Fruens Bøge forest. At last, the remote Skagen promises an exceptional celebration. Thousands come to the northern tip of Denmark to enjoy traditional songs at the bonfire that lasts here longer than anywhere else in the country.

    Burning the witches in Denmark

    The height of Danish summer is celebrated on the evening of June 23 under the name Sankt Hans (Saint Hans), who is known in English as John the Baptist. The festival of Sankt Hans and the celebration of the summer solstice have pagan roots and date back to the days before Christianity came to Denmark. 

    Sankt Hans is generally celebrated with a dinner at home with family and friends followed by a stroll to a community bonfire, often by the beach or on the shore of one of Denmark's many lakes.

    Tradition calls for an effigy of a witch to be placed on top of the bonfire, and as it burns the community sings the song "Midsommervisen", written by the Danish poet Holger Drachmann in 1885. The effigy of the witch symbolises all the misery that Denmark as a nation wants to avoid, and the song celebrates the hope that peace will prevail.


    Midsommervisen “Vi elsker vort land”  
    (Youtube)

    De tre første vers, som normalt synges ved bålfester
    Text: Holger Drachmann, 1885
    Melodi P. E. Lange-Müller, 1885 

    Vi elsker vor land,
    når den signede jul
    tænder stjernen i træet med glans i hvert øje.
    Når om våren hver fugl,
    over mark, under strand,
    lader stemmen til hilsende triller sig bøje:
    Vi synger din lov over vej, over gade,
    vi kranser dit navn, når vor høst er i lade,
    men den skønneste krans,
    bli'r dog din Sankte Hans!
    Den er bunden af sommerens hjerter,
    så varme så glade. 

    Vi elsker vort land,
    men ved midsommer mest,
    når hver sky over marken velsignelsen sender,
    når af blomster er flest,
    og når kvæget i spand
    giver rigeligst gave til flittige hænder;
    når ikke vi pløjer og harver og tromler,
    når koen sin middag i kløveren gumler,
    da går ungdom til dans
    på dit bud Sankte Hans
    ret som føllet og lammet, der frit
    over engen sig tumler. 

    Vi elsker vort land,
    og med sværdet i hånd
    skal hver udenvælts fjende beredte os kende,
    men mod ufredens ånd
    under mark over strand,
    vil vi bålet på fædrenes gravhøje tænde
    hver by har sin heks,
    og hver sogn sine trolde.
    Dem vil vi fra livet med glædesblus holde
    vi vil fred her til lands
    Sankte Hans, Sankte Hans!
    Den kan vindes, hvor hjerterne
    aldrig bli'r tvivlende kolde
    .

    English Translation...

    Vi Elsker Vort Land/"We Love Our Country"

    We love our country
    when the blessed Christmas
    light up the star in the tree with a twinkle in each eye
    When in spring each bird
    over the field, down by the beach
    lets its voice give into greeting trills:
    We sing your law across the road, across the street,
    we wreath your name, when our harvest is in the barn,
    but the most beautiful wreath
    becomes yours, Saint Hans
    It is bound by the the hearts of the summer so warm, so happy
    but the most beautiful wreath
    becomes yours, Saint Hans
    It is bound by the hearts of the summer so warm, so happy

    We love our country
    but mostly around midsummer
    when every cloud sends the blessing across the field
    When most flowers are here
    and when the cattle drag the plough
    gives plenty of gifts to laborious hands;
    when we don't plough and harrow and roll,
    when the cow munch its dinner of clover:
    At that time youth will start to dance
    at your command Saint Hans!
    Straight as the foal and the lamb which freely romp across the meadow
    At that time youth will start to dance
    at your command Saint Hans!
    Straight as the foal and the lamb which freely romp across the meadow

    We love our country
    and with the sword in our hands
    every foreign enemy shall prepared know us
    But against the spirit of strife
    over the field, down by the beach
    we will light the bonfire on the forefathers' burial mounds:
    Every town has its witch, and every parish its trolls,
    we will keep those from our lives with fires of happiness
    We want peace in this country,
    saint Hans, saint Hans!
    It can be won where the hearts never become doubting cold
    We want peace in this country,
    saint Hans, saint Hans!
    It can be won where the hearts never become doubting cold

    We love our country
    and we greet that king
    who has tried and chosen the right princess:
    In his fairy tale castle
    every woman, every man can
    find an example of love for life!
    Let the times grow old, let the colors fade,
    we will however draw a memory in our hearts:
    From the North so rich in legends
    a glory goes across the world
    It is the reflection of the wonderland's enchanted meadows,
    From the North so rich in legends
    a glory goes across the world
    It is the reflection of the wonderland's enchanted meadows!


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