Great Dane

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nginx/1.14.0 (Ubuntu) For nearly two centuries, the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen have been among Denmark’s most famous exports. “He’s the only Dane with a worldwide brand,” says Christian Have, director of public affairs for the Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Foundation. And he’s one of the most widely translated authors in the world, with classics like The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid having appeared in 144 languages and 163 countries.

Now the Danes are getting ready to throw a 200th birthday bash for their most famous son. On April 2, the bicentennial of his birth, Denmark kicks off a global celebration of Andersen and his evocative stories with Once Upon a Time, a cultural extravaganza at the national soccer stadium in Copenhagen that portrays the author’s life and works through music, theater and ballet. Tickets range from $60 to $460. tel: (45-70) 15 65 65;

Then starting April 2, the “Greatest Fairy Tale” exhibition, located next to Rosenborg Castle in downtown Copenhagen, displays a collection of Andersen’s personal belongings, manuscripts, drawings and paper cutouts in an enormous book-shaped building designed especially for the bicentennial. tel: (45-70) 23 55 55; www.unitedexhibits. com.

There will be some 2,000 other events around the world this year, from an opera based on The Tinderbox in Japan to Estonian national TV and radio programs. For more on these and other Andersen-related activities, check out

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