The sculpture of the famous Danish author and storyteller Hans Christian Andersen is located in Scandinavian Heritage Park, Minot, ND, USA
from the publisher
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Friendly old girl of a town
’Neath her tavern light
On this merry night
Let us clink and drink one down
To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen…
Whenever I visit my bronze-colored friend Hans Christian Andersen at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, in my hometown of Minot, North Dakota, USA, I recall the lyrics of that delightful song, “Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.” I am so affected that I am almost compelled to burst into song, but knowing there are laws against noise pollution, I keep my joy to myself.
Hans was born at Odense, Denmark, on April 2, 1805, and frankly, I don’t know how he or anyone in Denmark can possibly retain such a slim, athletic body with all the marvelous food that is served in the many eateries of this land of fairy tales and fun.
The wonderfulness of Hans’ Copenhagen can be found in many different, but similar, ways in all five of the Nordic countries. Scandinavia’s charm extends over 1,200 miles from Cape North in the Arctic Circle to the Danish-German border, and from Bergen on the west coast of Norway to the Finnish-Russian border—half the distance. There is so much to see and do in this comparatively compact but uncrowded “wonderland.”
A New Chapter for Scandinavian Press
Perhaps Hans’s children’s stories that spread to the whole world is encouragement to anyone who loves Scandinavia to take on the quest to tell the wonderful, wonderful stories of those countries of the “Northern Lights” via the medium of an easy-read magazine.
That being said, my family and I assumed publication of Scandinavian Press magazine on Jan. 1, 2013. We are pleased that our friend Anders Neumuller and his wife, Hamida, chose us to carry on their 18-year-long stint of publishing this magazine. Anders, who has also served as Honorary Consul for Sweden in British Columbia, and Hamida have returned to Sweden to be closer to their daughters and family.
Because Scandinavian Press has been so popular with its family of readers, we have tried not to change its focus, but to only enhance its presentation with the addition of full-color inside pages and photos. We solicit your comments and positive suggestions, because together we can better continue to serve our valued readers in all 50 United States, all the Canadian provinces and abroad.
So, I extend a warm welcome to those of you who are just now discovering Scandinavian Press magazine. And I also offer my heartfelt appreciation to all our many long-time subscribers.
– Al Larson
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