The Legacy of Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark

October 22, 2012 by

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A Book By Hans Christian Andersen. Photo courtesy of snigl3t via Flickr.

A Book By Hans Christian Andersen. Photo courtesy of snigl3t via Flickr.

The author of more than 160 fairy-tales, Denmark’s famous Hans Christian Andersen’s legacy lives on in Denmark well after his death. Today, traveling through the country affords visitors a glimpse back at the celebrated writer’s life via museums, statues and more. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a town that doesn’t pay homage to the scribe in some way, whether a square, street or statue recognizes his importance.

Andersen’s birthplace, Odsense, now houses the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Here, visitors can learn about his life via exhibits which includes more than 8,000 handwritten notes and more. In Copenhagen, the Little Mermaid Statue sits on the Baltic Sea. The country’s most visited attraction brings in upwards of one million people a year. But, the celebration and memory of his life doesn’t stop there. There is the Hans Christian Andersen Marathon, his birthday celebration every April (which also serves as the International Day of Children’s and Youth Literature) and more.

-Diana Edelman

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