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“The black diamond” of Denmark

DenmarkThe largest library in the Nordic countries is located in Denmark.

Resembling a huge black diamond, the Danish Royal Library is anchored next to the Copenhagen port platform. Its collection has more than 2.5 million books, including Hans Christian Anderson’s manuscripts. Here are also stored journals, newspapers, pamphlets and corporate publications, manuscripts and archives, maps, prints and photographs, music scores leading to the impressive number of 30,100,000 items. The Library was founded by Frederick III in early1648 on the basis of important European literature and documents, but was open to public only in 1793. In 1999 a new building was built adjacent to the old structure, which, for its appearance, received the name “Black diamond”. It is made of black marble and glass.