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  • Duborg-Skolen
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    Duborg-Skolen

    Duborg-Skolen is a Danish gymnasium located in Flensburg, Germany. It is one of a number of schools operated by members of the Danish minority of Southern Schleswig, and it is the leading school for this community.

    The school teaches both Danish and German on a native-speaker level. All other topics are instructed in Danish.

    Duborg-Skolen was established in 1924 as a Danish realskole and in 1958 it was recognized as a gymnasium. The curriculum enables its students to continue education in both Germany and Denmark.

    Its buildings are located in the Flensburg district of Duburg (Danish: Duborg), hence the name, and operated by the Dansk Skoleforening for Sydslesvig (Danish School Association for Southern Schleswig).

  • Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park
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    Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park

    The Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park (German: Nationalpark Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer) is a national park in the Schleswig-Holstein area of the German Wadden Sea. It was founded by the Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein on 1 October 1985 by the National Park Act of 22 July 1985 and expanded significantly in 1999. Together with the Lower Saxon Wadden Sea National Park, the Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park and those parts of Elbe estuary which are not nature reserves, it forms the German part of the Wadden Sea.

    The national park extends from the German-Danish maritime border in the north down to the Elbe estuary in the south. In the North Frisian area, it includes the mudflats around the geest-based and marsh islands and the Halligen (undyked islands). There the mudflats are 40 km wide in places. Further south lie areas of mudflats which contain particularly large sandbanks. In addition to the plants and animals that are typical of the entire Wadden Sea, especially large numbers of porpoise, shelduck and eelgrass may be seen in the Schleswig-Holstein part.

    With an area of 4410 km ² it is by far the largest national park in Germany. Some 68% of its area is permanently under water and 30% is periodically dry. The land element consists mainly of salt marshes. Since 1990, the national park, including the North Frisian Halligen, has been designated as a UNESCO recognised biosphere. Together with other German and Dutch Wadden Sea areas it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 26 June 2009.



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Flensburg Overview

Flensburg is situated in the north of the German state Schleswig-Holstein, on the German-Danish border. After Westerland (Westerland vacation rentals | Westerland travel guide) on Sylt (Sylt vacation rentals | Sylt travel guide) it is Germany's northernmost town. Flensburg lies at the innermost tip of the Flensburg Fjord, an inlet of the Baltic Sea. Flensburg's eastern shore is part of the Angeln peninsula.

Things to See in Flensburg

Theatres

  • TheatreSchleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater (at the Stadttheater) and Symphony Orchestra
  • Niederdeutsche Bühne der Stadt Flensburg ("Low German Stage of the city of Flensburg")
  • Det Lille Teater (Danish theatre)
  • Theaterwerkstatt Pilkentafel (Theatre Workshop)
  • Orpheus-Theater

Buildings

  • Johanniskirche, town's oldest church, 12th century
  • Marienkirche, High Gothic, Baroque additions, tower from 1885, well decorated
  • Nikolaikirche, Gothic main church, famous organ design by Hinrich Ringeringk
  • Heiliggeistkirche (Helligåndskirken), former chapel of the Hospital zum Heiligen Geist
  • Franziskanerkloster, ruins from 1263
  • Nordertor, a gate, and the town's landmark
  • Kompagnietor another gate, built in 1602, shipping company and harbour gate
  • Alt-Flensburger Haus, where the Eckener brothers' parents lived, Norderstraße 8
  • Flensborghus, a former orphanage, today seat of the Danish minority, Norderstraße 76

Flensburg Fjord

Museumsberg – Museum for artistic and cultural history

Schifffahrtsmuseum – Museum for shipping and shipbuilding

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More about the History of Flensburg

Between 1460 and 1864, Flensburg was, after Copenhagen, the second biggest port in the Kingdom of Denmark, but passed to the Kingdom of Prussia after the Second Schleswig (Schleswig vacation rentals | Schleswig travel guide) War in 1864. There is still, however, a considerable Danish community in the town today. Some estimates put the percentage of Flensburgers who belong to it as high as 25%; other estimates put that percentage much lower. The SSW political party representing the minority usually gains 20-25% of the votes in local elections. Before 1864, more than 70% belonged to the minority, witnessed even today by the great number of Danish surnames in the Flensburg telephone directory (Asmussen, Claussen, Jacobsen, Jensen, Petersen, etc.). The upper classes and the learned at that time, however, were German, and since 1864, the German language has prevailed in the town.

After World War II, The town of Flensburg profited from the planned location of military installations. Since German Reunification, the number of soldiers has dropped to about 8,000. Since Denmark's entry into the European Economic Community (now the European Union), border trade has played an important role in Flensburg's economic life. Some Danish businesses, such as Danfoss, have set up shop just south of the border for tax reasons. In 1970, Flensburg district was expanded to include the municipalities in the Amt of Medelby, formerly in Südtondern district, and in 1974 it was united with Schleswig district to form the district of Schleswig-Flensburg, whose district seat was the town of Schleswig. Flensburg thereby lost its function as a district seat, but it remained an independent (district-free) town.

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Flensburg is an independent town in the North of the German state Schleswig-Holstein. Flensburg is the center of the region Southern Schleswig. After Kiel and Lübeck it is the third largest town in Schleswig-Holstein.

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