Christian VIII

Christian VIII,

1786–1848, king of Denmark (1839–48), nephew of Christian VII; successor of Frederick VI. As governor and king (May–Oct., 1814) of Norway he accepted a liberal Norwegian constitution that is still in use with some modifications. His reign brought prosperity to Denmark. The nature of Danish rule in the duchies of Schleswig-HolsteinSchleswig-Holstein
, state (1994 pop. 2,595,000), c.6,050 sq mi (15,670 sq km), NW Germany. Kiel (the capital and chief port), Lübeck, Flensburg, and Neumünster are the major cities.
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 became a prominent issue in 1846. His son Frederick VII succeeded him.
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In times of political unrest in Europe, he was able to persuade the then 31-year-old King Christian VIII to support his business idea, arguing that "when people are amusing themselves, they do not think about politics." The king granted him the former military grounds along the city wall with permission to build an amusement park and pleasure gardens there.
King Christian VIII (1786-1848) built a personal mineral collection beginning at the age of seven, but it was destroyed by fire in 1794.
These were purchased for 4,170 silver rigsdalers in 1839 by Christian VIII, for inclusion in his personal collection which, as mentioned, was turned over to the University nine years later.

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