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Denmark
Denmark
Denmark
(/ˈdɛnmɑːrk/ ( listen); Danish: Danmark, pronounced [ˈdanmɑɡ] ( listen)), officially the Kingdom of Denmark,[N 9] is a Nordic country and a sovereign state. The southernmost of the Scandinavian nations, it is south-west of Sweden
Sweden
and south of Norway,[N 10] and bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark
Denmark
also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark
Denmark
proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands,[N 2][10] with the largest being Zealand, Funen
Funen
and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate
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Procopius
Procopius
Procopius
of Caesarea
Caesarea
(Greek: Προκόπιος ὁ Καισαρεύς Prokopios ho Kaisareus, Latin: Procopius Caesariensis; c. 500 – c. 554 AD) was a prominent late antique Greek scholar from Palaestina Prima.[1] Accompanying the Byzantine chief-general Belisarius
Belisarius
in the wars of the Emperor Justinian, he became the principal Greek-Byzantine historian of the 6th century, writing the Wars (or Histories), the Buildings of Justinian and the now-celebrated (and infamous) Secret History
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Sweden
Coordinates: 63°N 16°E / 63°N 16°E / 63; 16Kingdom of Sweden Konungariket Sverige[a]FlagGreater coat of armsMotto: (royal) "För Sverige – i tiden"[a] "For Sweden
Sweden
– With the Times"[1]Anthem: Du gamla, Du fria[b] Thou ancient, thou freeRoyal anthem: Kungssången Song of the KingLocation of  Sweden  (dark green) – in Europe  (green & dark grey) – in the European Union  (green)  –  [Legend]Capital and largest city Stockholm 59°21′N 18°4′E / 59.350°N 18.067°E / 59.35
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Salla
Salla
Salla
(Kuolajärvi until 1936) is a municipality of Finland, located in Lapland. The municipality has a population of 3,600 (31 August 2017)[2] and covers an area of 5,873.08 square kilometres (2,267.61 sq mi) of which 142.73 km2 (55.11 sq mi) is water.[1] The population density is 0.63 inhabitants per square kilometre (1.6/sq mi). Neighbour municipalities are Kemijärvi, Kuusamo, Pelkosenniemi, Posio
Posio
and Savukoski. The nearby settlement of Sallatunturi is home to the Salla Ski Resort.Contents1 History 2 Communications 3 Climate 4 Historical places 5 Gallery 6 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] Salla
Salla
is in the Eastern Lapland and as a border area was affected by the Second World War
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Vefsn
Vefsn (Southern Sami: Vaapste) is a municipality in Nordland county, Norway. It is part of the Helgeland traditional region. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Mosjøen (population: 9,631). Other villages include Drevvassbygda, Elsfjord, and Husvik. The 1,929-square-kilometre (745 sq mi) municipality is the 33rd largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Vefsn is the 88th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 13,465. The municipality's population density is 7.3 inhabitants per square kilometre (19/sq mi) and its population has decreased by 0.8% over the last decade.[2]Contents1 History1.1 Name 1.2 Coat-of-arms2 Churches 3 Geography3.1 Birdlife4 Government4.1 Municipal council5 See also 6 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] The municipality of Vefsn was established on 1 January 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt)
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Reinheimen National Park
Reinheimen National Park (Norwegian: Reinheimen nasjonalpark) is a national park in Norway that was established in 2006. The park consists of a 1,969-square-kilometre (760 sq mi) continuous protected mountain area. It is located in Møre og Romsdal and Oppland counties in Western Norway. The park includes parts of the municipalities of Lesja, Skjåk, Vågå, Lom, Norddal, and Rauma. The park consists of much of the Tafjordfjella mountain range as well as the reindeer habitat in the northern part of the Ottadalen valley.[1][2] The park is one of the largest wilderness areas still intact in Western Norway. Much of the original alpine ecosystem, including wild reindeer, wolverines, golden eagles, gyr falcons, and ptarmigans, is still intact. The park is made up of numerous mountains and valleys. The highest mountains in the park tower more than 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) above sea level. The landscape in Reinheimen is extremely varied
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Oppland
Oppland
Oppland
[²ɔplɑn] ( listen) is a county in Norway, bordering Trøndelag, Møre og Romsdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Buskerud, Akershus, Oslo
Oslo
and Hedmark. The county administration is in Lillehammer. Oppland
Oppland
is, together with Hedmark, one of the only two landlocked counties of Norway. Innlandet is one of several names proposed for a future administrative region consisting of Hedmark
Hedmark
and Oppland.[4][5] The two counties are slated to be re-merged after having been split in 1781 (then called Hedemarkens amt and Kristians amt, respectively)
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Greenland
Greenland
Greenland
(Greenlandic: Kalaallit
Kalaallit
Nunaat, pronounced [kalaːɬit nunaːt]; Danish: Grønland, pronounced [ˈɡʁɶnˌlanˀ]) is an autonomous constituent country within the Kingdom of Denmark
Kingdom of Denmark
between the Arctic
Arctic
and Atlantic Oceans, east of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
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Norse Mythology
Norse mythology
Norse mythology
is the body of myths of the North Germanic people stemming from Norse paganism
Norse paganism
and continuing after the Christianization of Scandinavia and into the Scandinavian folklore
Scandinavian folklore
of the modern period
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Ullr
In early Germanic paganism, *Wulþuz ("glory") appears to have been an important concept, perhaps personified as a god, or an epithet of an important god; it is continued in Old Norse
Old Norse
tradition as Ullr, a god associated with archery.Contents1 Literary tradition1.1 Epigraphy 1.2 Gesta Danorum 1.3 Poetic Edda 1.4 Prose Edda 1.5 Skaldic poetry2 Toponymy2.1 Norway 2.2 Sweden3 Modern reception 4 See also 5 Notes 6 References 7 External linksLiterary tradition[edit] The term wolþu- "glory" (c.f. Old English
Old English
wuldor and the Gothic wulþus), possibly in reference to the god, is attested on the 3rd century Thorsberg chape
Thorsberg chape
(as owlþu-), and there are many placenames in Ullr
Ullr
and a related name, Ullinn, but medieval Icelandic sources have only sparse material on the god Ullr. The medieval Norse word was Latinized as Ollerus. The Icelandic form is Ullur
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Skaði
In Norse mythology, Skaði
Skaði
(sometimes anglicized as Skadi, Skade, or Skathi) is a jötunn and goddess associated with bowhunting, skiing, winter, and mountains. Skaði
Skaði
is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources; the Prose Edda and in Heimskringla, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson, and in the works of skalds. In all sources, Skaði
Skaði
is the daughter of the deceased Þjazi, and Skaði
Skaði
married the god Njörðr
Njörðr
as part of the compensation provided by the gods for killing her father Þjazi. In Heimskringla, Skaði
Skaði
is described as having split up with Njörðr
Njörðr
and as later having married the god Odin, and that the two produced many children together
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Paulus Diaconus
Paul the Deacon
Deacon
(c. 720s – 13 April 799 AD), also known as Paulus Diaconus, Warnefridus, Barnefridus, Winfridus and sometimes suffixed Cassinensis (i.e. "of Monte Cassino"), was a Benedictine
Benedictine
monk, scribe, and historian of the Lombards.Contents1 Life 2 Works 3 Notes 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External linksLife[edit] An ancestor named Leupichis entered Italy in the train of Alboin
Alboin
and received lands at or near Forum Julii (Cividale del Friuli). During an invasion, the Avars swept off the five sons of this warrior into Pannonia, but one, his namesake, returned to Italy and restored the ruined fortunes of his house
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Bog
A bog is a wetland that accumulates peat, a deposit of dead plant material—often mosses, and in a majority of cases, sphagnum moss.[1] It is one of the four main types of wetlands. Other names for bogs include mire, quagmire, and muskeg; alkaline mires are called fens. They are frequently covered in ericaceous shrubs rooted in the sphagnum moss and peat. The gradual accumulation of decayed plant material in a bog functions as a carbon sink.[2] Bogs occur where the water at the ground surface is acidic and low in nutrients. In some cases, the water is derived entirely from precipitation, in which case they are termed ombrotrophic (rain-fed). Water flowing out of bogs has a characteristic brown colour, which comes from dissolved peat tannins. In general, the low fertility and cool climate results in relatively slow plant growth, but decay is even slower owing to the saturated soil. Hence peat accumulates
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Egil Skallagrimsson
Egill Skallagrímsson
Egill Skallagrímsson
(c. 904 – c. 995[1]) was a Viking-Age poet, warrior and farmer.[2] He is also the protagonist of the eponymous Egil's Saga. Egil's Saga
Saga
historically narrates a period from approximately 850 to 1000 CE and is believed to have been written between 1220 and 1240 CE.[2]Contents1 Life 2 Issue 3 Poems 4 Runes 5 Egill in popular culture 6 See also 7 Footnotes 8 References 9 External linksLife[edit]The following is based on the Icelandic saga "Egil's saga"; like many sagas, it can be unreliable as a source of historical fact.Egill engaging in holmgang with Berg-Önundr; painting by Johannes FlintoeEgill was born in Iceland, the son of Skalla-Grímr Kveldúlfsson[3] and Bera Yngvarsdóttir, and the grandson of Kveld-Úlfr ("Night Wolf")
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Haakon The Good
Haakon Haraldsson (c. 920–961), also Haakon the Good
Haakon the Good
(Old Norse: Hákon góði, Norwegian: Håkon den gode) and Haakon Adalsteinfostre (Old Norse: Hákon Aðalsteinsfóstri, Norwegian: Håkon Adalsteinsfostre), was the king of Norway
Norway
from 934 to 961. He was noted for his attempts to introduce Christianity
Christianity
into Norway.[1][2][3]Contents1 Early life 2 Reign 3 Succession 4 Modern references 5 Ancestors from the sagas 6 Note 7 References 8 Other sources 9 External linksEarly life[edit] Haakon is not mentioned in any narrative sources earlier than the late 12th century. According to this late saga tradition, Haakon was the youngest son of King Harald Fairhair
Harald Fairhair
and Thora Mosterstang. He was born on the Håkonshella peninsula in Hordaland
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