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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...

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