Perhaps the most lasting impression that a visitor to Denmark takes home with him is the sea and wind. But there is a lot more to the Danish landscape. In spite of the absence of mountains it is never felt to be monotonous. Only in the west is the country entirely flat, and it is there that the forces of nature are most majestic. In the rest of the country hills, fjords and islands provide a variety of new visual impressions. Anyone seeking solitude will find extensive beaches and forests. Denmark is not regarded as a real tourist country, nor does it wish to be one. It is a country that one wants to seek out for totally different reasons.
One of its most fascinating aspects is the manner in which it tries to tackle the problems of modern society. Denmark is a small country, unable to impose its will on others. Nor can it solve the problems of other nations. But it is a country ready to experiment, and its contribution consists in showing new pathways to others by trying out new possibilities at home. This applies chiefly to the areas of social welfare and public health, education and culture, architecture and planning. Denmark must first of all solve its own problems, but over and beyond it would like to set an example to others. It is anxious to prove, by practical results, that it is possible to take certain ideals of western civilization seriously and to achieve justice and freedom for the individual by peaceful means.
This illustrated book shows both: the tranquil and peaceful idyll of Denmark in a landscape with ample space to breathe and, at the same time, modern Danish society in continuous transformation. It attempts moreover to understand present-day Denmark through its past. Starting with the origin of the country it outlines the history of the monarchy which created unity in diversity and traces the country's development down to its present endeavours to create a modern welfare state.
Small tear on rear of dust jacket.