Thøger Birkeland

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Thøger Birkeland (20 March 1922 – 6 April 2011) [1] was a Danish teacher and writer mostly known for his children's books.

Birkeland was born in Kalundborg. The most notable of his works are Saftevandsmordet (The Lemonade Murder) and the stories about Krummerne . Thøger Birkeland received several Danish awards: Ministry of Culture's children book prize (Kulturministeriets Børnebogspris) (1962), Danmarks Skolebibliotekarers Børnebogspris (1980), Den danske boghandlermedhjælperforenings børnebogspris (1981) and together with Bjarne Reuter he received Kommunernes Skolebiblioteks forenings Forfatterpris (1983). [2]

Kalundborg Town in Denmark

Kalundborg is a Danish city with a population of 16,523, the main town of the municipality of the same name and the site of its municipal council. It is situated on the northwestern coast of the largest Danish island, Zealand, on the opposite, eastern side of which lies Copenhagen, 110 km (68 mi) away.

Krummerne, or The Crumbs is a Danish film series about the family Krumborg and particularly the boy 'Krumme'. They are loosely based on Thøger Birkeland's popular children's book series that was filmed for the first time. The Crumbs had theatrical release on October 4, 1991, and despite lukewarm reviews the film was a commercial success with over 850,000 cinema admissions.

The Ministry of Culture's children book prize from Denmark is a prize, which is given in order to honor a special effort for the Danish children's and youth book of high artistic quality. The award can be given either for a single title or for a whole work of an author. Along with the honor follows DKK 30.000, which partially comes from the "tipsmidler" (money from "Danske spil's" gambling, in Denmark a 66,44% of the money of gambling like lottery goes to cultural work and various kind of charity. In 2011 the "tipsmidler" gave a 1,5 billion Danish kroner profit which the government ministries must give to charitable purposes.

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  1. "Forfatteren Thøger Birkeland er død" (in Danish). Dagbladet Information . 6 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  2. "Thøger Birkeland" (in Danish). Retrieved 6 April 2011.