Denmark

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Location: Northern Europe, Southern Scandinavia

Bordering Countries: Germany

Capital City: Copenhagen

Other Main Cities: Århus, Skagen, Odense, Ålborg, Helsingør, Herning, Roskilde, Billund, Kolding, Vejle, Viborg, Silkeborg, Hirsthals, Ærøskøbing

Language(s): Danish, minority languages including German, Faroese and Greenlandic

Population: 5 million+

Religion: Christianity – Church of Denmark (77.8%), Other including Judaism, Buddhism and Jehovah’s Witnesses (16%), Islam (3.7%)

Currency: Danish Krone (DKK)

National Airlines: Scandinavian Airlines

Known for: Colourful houses, bikes, Carlsberg, Tuborg, design, Vikings, Christiana Old Town, Royal Danish Opera House, The Little Mermaid

Celebrations and Festivals: Vinterjazz, , Shrovetide, Great Prayer Day, Denmark’s Liberation, Jazz Festival (Copenhagen), North Side Music Festival (Aarhus), International Jazz Festival (Aarhus), Distortion (Copenhagen), Roskilde Festival (Roskilde), Carnival (Aalborg), SPOT Festival of Nordic Music (Aarhus), Moesgaard Viking Moot (Højbjerg), Flower Festival (Odense), Opera Festival (Copenhagen)

Fun Facts…

  • The official name for Denmark is The Kingdom of Denmark
  • Denmark is home to “Noma”, voted the world’s most famous restaurant for 5 years running. The name is a combination of the words “Nordic” and “mad” meaning food in Danish.
  • 50% of people in Copenhagen commute via bike
  • Denmark is reported to be the world’s happiest country
  • Danish women are said to have the lowest rates of obesity in the EU
  • The Danes are very strict rule followers, especially on the roads
  • Denmark has more than twice the amount of bicycles than cars
  • It is very common for Danish parents to leave their sleeping babies on the streets in their prams
  • Denmark is considered the least corrupt country in the world
  • The breed of dog, Great Dane, comes from Germany not Denmark
  • Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen was the prime influence for Walt Disney to create Disneyland in America
  • The Danish men marry the latest within Europe, the average is 32
  • Denmark has the highest employment rate in Europe
  • Lego originates from Denmark