Denmark is a small kingdom in northern Europe that is almost surrounded by
water. It consists of a peninsula and 482 nearby islands. The peninsula, called
Jutland, shares a 68-kilometre border with Germany.
Greenland, off the northeastern coast of Canada, is a province of Denmark even
though it lies 2,090 kilometres away.
The Faeroe Islands, north of Scotland, are a self-governing part of the Danish
kingdom. Denmark, along
with Norway and Sweden, is one of the Scandinavian countries.
A Short Background
Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power,
Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in
the political and economic integration of Europe.
So far, however, the country has opted out of some aspects of the European
Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the economic and monetary system (EMU) and
issues concerning certain internal affairs.
With an area of just 43,069 square kilometers (16,629 square
miles), Denmark is a small, relatively flat nation encompassing the Jutland
Peninsula and roughly 500 islands (100 of which are inhabited).
This complex of islands makes travel somewhat like an amusement-park ride, with
combinations of trains, buses, and boats coming into play any time travelers
want to move from one island to the next. Jutland, the country's largest area,
has a varied landscape, from the dunes and flat meadows of the east coast to the
more dramatic cliffs of the west coast. It is here that Denmark is connected to
The highest hill, at 173 meters (568 feet), is Yding Skovhoj in Jutland. On
Funen, northeast of Faborg, are the Svanninge Bakker, low hills that are
nonetheless high enough to offer a panorama of the islands south of Funen.
Denmark is an agricultural country, with three-quarters of the land devoted to
As you drive across the country, you'll notice the unique farm buildings called
gaards. The thatched roofs on so many of the half-cottages are uniquely Danish.
They are made from rush harvested from fresh-water lakes and are expensive both
to construct and to insure, but many Danes persevere, not wanting to relinquish
a long-standing tradition.
||5,352,815 (July 2001 est.)
||Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an
Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
note: English is the predominant second language
||Danish krone (DKK) note - the Danes rejected the Euro in a
28 September 2000 referendum
||1 EURO to Danish Krone: 7,439 (April
||Northern Europe, bordering the
Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany (Jutland);
also includes two major islands (Sjaeland and Fyn)
||56 00 N, 10 00 E
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