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DENMARK Denmark is a thousand-year-old kingdom with a democratic constitution. The four-and-a-half million Danes are merely a drop in the bucket compared to the world's population, but Denmark is a large country if we include Greenland, the enormous Arctic island. (Without Greenland, Denmark is but a speck on the globe) The fewer we are, the more we have to buckle down and do our bit for the world's welfare and culture. A small nation cannot afford to waste time on inferiority complexes, in a defeatist sense of the word. Our ships sail the seven seas and our fishermen haul up an abundance of fish from narrow straits and oceans. Our foreign trade exceeds that of most countries. Our agriculture and industry are dynamic producers. We participate enthusiastically in international work, whether it be of a political or a research nature or assistance to the developing countries. We are a member of the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and several other international organizations. For obvious reasons we are on particularly close terms with the other Scandinavian nations. In the old days, Danish Vikings traveled far and wide and conquered foreign lands - but we have long ago sheathed our sword. Nowadays, we only dream of living at peace with other nations and contributing our share towards the dream of a united world. At home we seek justice and welfare, equality before the law and an even chance for a good start in life for all our citizens. In big politics we put our faith in common sense and understanding for our fellow beings. AGRICULTURE is like sports - one must train to get results. The lazy- bone has little chance in the competition. Danish agriculture has been successful in international bouts, because it has what it takes and it is in tip-top shape. Denmark is the world's champion exporter of bacon and canned meat - it claims the runner- up title with butter and has come in as No. 3 in the race for the cheese and egg market. Geographically, we're not in a very favorable position. The weather is unpredictable and the soil could be better, but Danish farmers have that fighting spirit. They meet nature's challenge with a stubborn will to come out on top. And this will is combined with imagination and applied science. The individual farmer does not stand alone. He is a member of the community without, however, losing his identity. By joining societies and cooperatives, he can gain valuable information and reap larger profits. Agricultural and veterinary theories are put into practice by a large staff of extension agents. All the farmer has to do is pick up the phone, call the agent and he'll get the latest research results right then and there, not to speak of new inspiration. This free circulation of know-how can hardly be over-estimated. Breeding work best illustrates the importance of this interplay. Scientific institutions are carrying out extensive experimental activities with plants and animals. Through this painstaking research, strains and races are improved and the farmer carefully studies the results. He now has a chance, on his farm, to improve the productivity of his livestock and increase his crop yield. But the road is also a two-way street leading from the individual to the entity. What the farmer has gained through diligence and experience benefits others. May we back up our point with just a few statistics? In 1925 the average Danish cow produced 275 pounds butter. Today she yields more than 440 pounds butter per year. In the course of 30 years the back of the Danish pig has been reduced by 0.4 inches from 1.6 to 1.2 inches and the weight of the head has been decreased from 10.9 pounds to 8.3 pounds. (Consumers want neither fat pork nor heavy skulls) The cooperative movement started at the end of the 19th century and spread within a few years all over the nation. The folk high-schools played their role - not only in the cultural, but also in the economic development of the farmers. Here they learned that spiritual advantages and materialistic profits are mutually dependent. Just as the mind could be enlightened through the free exchange of thoughts, so products could be improved on a cooperative basis. The answer to the many individual farms was a joint large-scale operation. Since then, marketing has been organized and it was soon realized that an effective control system was needed. The government accepted the job of strict supervisor and we may confidently claim that only first- class quality is allowed to pass through the needle's eye. Our investment in quality has paid off handsomely. Danish food products are sold in practically all the countries of the world. Europe is our largest market, although the U. S. ranks high with a substantial portion of canned meat and cheese. In our export-history, the sale of milk and other animal products to the American and Canadian forces in Germany is a chapter all its own. Danish agriculture does its share in keeping the Armed Forces in good shape and Army veterinary inspectors must give their O.K. to the quality. Agricultural exports a- mount to almost half of Denmark's total exports. Two-thirds of the agricultural products are sold abroad, permitting Denmark to earn foreign exchange for the purchase of important raw materials and finished products. The developing countries are seeking Danish advice and assistance in the development of modern agriculture. We fully appreciate this compliment which we feel bound to honor.
|Description||Brochure from Denmark Pavilion, Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair), describing Danish agriculture, industry, and design.|
Denmark Pavilion (Century 21 Exposition, 1962, Seattle, Wash.)
Century 21 Exposition (1962 : Seattle, Wash.)
Exhibition Buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle
|Period||During the Fair|
|Original Publisher||Seattle? - Century 21|
|Digitization Specifications||Master images scanned on Epson 10000 XL flatbed at 600 ppi, 24 bit color, and saved as TIFF files. Adobe Photoshop used to resize images to 300 ppi and convert to JPEG format. Master file size: 873,473,370 bytes (4 files).|
|Collection||Century 21 Digital Collection|
|Contributing Institution||The Seattle Public Library|
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