Here are the top fun and interesting facts about Denmark:
1 It is a sovereign country found in Northern Europe, bordered by the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, Sweden, Norway, and Germany. It is connected to Sweden by a bridge. This nation is officially known as ”the Kingdom of Denmark,” and its name can be translated as “Land of the Danes.”
2 The total area of this country is 43,560 square kilometers and is part of Scandinavia. The Faeroe Islands and Greenland are also part of Denmark, however, they have governments of their own since they are autonomous regions.
3 There are 443 named islands (of which only 70 are inhabited) with the biggest being Zealand.
4 Its history has particularly been influenced by its geographical location between the Baltic and North seas, an economically and strategically important placement between Germany and Sweden, at the heart of mutual struggles for control of the Baltic Sea.
5 Viking society, that had developed by the ninth century, included the peoples which lived in what are now Norway, Denmark, Sweden, plus, from the tenth century, Iceland.
6 Contrary to popular belief, Vikings did not only engage in pillaging and raiding, but they also established many settlements in Scotland, England, Ireland, Iceland, and Normandy.
7 Danish follows the constitutional monarchy – that is thought to be the oldest surviving monarchy in Europe and fourth oldest in the World.
8 Copenhagen is Denmark’s capital and is also the largest city in Scandinavia. This city extends across two islands–Zealand and Amager. It has a population of 763,908, of whom 601,448 live in the Municipality of Copenhagen.
9 This capital has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in Scandinavia. Interestingly, Copenhagen is the happiest city in the world, according to a 2013 report by the World Happiness Report, compiled by the Earth Institute.
10 In this capital, there are more bicycles than people, at least five times as many bicycles as cars. Moreover, there are more than 400km of cycle lanes which are not shared with pedestrians or cars.
11 With historical gardens and palaces as well as with the world-famous Tivoli amusement park, Copenhagen is the most visited and beloved of all Nordic cities. The Little Mermaid statue is probably the most famous landmark in the city.
12 The national flag, adopted in 1219, is called Dannebrog (translating “the red flag” or “the flag of the Danes”) is the oldest national flag in the world that is still in use by an independent nation.
13 The total population is about 5,4 million and the population density is approximately 135 people per square kilometer. The average life expectancy at birth has increased in the latest decade, however, it is still lower than all of its neighbors, particularly for women.
14 It is the 60th largest in the world measured by purchasing power parity and the 39th largest national economy in the world measured by nominal gross domestic product. This is most likely due to more than $100 billion worth of exported goods per year. The leading exports include:
- animal or human blood ($2.31B);
- electric generating sets ($2.33B);
- pig meat ($3.24B);
- refined petroleum ($3.79B);
- packaged medicaments ($9.2B).
16 In 2014, 2015 and 2016, the World Trade Organization has ranked this nation as the 3rd easiest worldwide after New Zealand and Singapore and the easiest place to do business in Europe.
17 Organic foods and drinks sales in this country have been continuously growing in the last years. For example, from 2015 to 2016, the consumption increased with about 14 percent.
19 It has a place to surf called ”Cold Hawaii” and is considered one of the best and interesting beaches in Scandinavia for surfing. The area surrounding the beach was discovered by surfers as early as the 1980s.
20 Copenhagen is home to Stroget, the longest (1,1 km) pedestrian shopping street worldwide. Stroget is located in the center of the old city of Copenhagen. Here, you will find many international brands as well as smaller Danish chains.
22 College tuition in this country is free for all Danes. Actually, college students receive a monthly stipend from the government for living expenses.
23 Healthcare is also free in this country. The Danish health service is financed by progressive income taxes. However, about one-third of the population has private health insurance, that typically provides cover for dentistry and expenses for medicines.
24 Amalienborg in Copenhagen is the winter residence of the Danish royal family. Amalienborg consists of 4 identical classical palace façades. In the center of the square is an equestrian statue of King Frederick V, the Elector Palatine of the Rhine in the Holy Roman Empire from 1610 to 1623.
26 The Danes are among the largest electricity consumers in the world. Nevertheless, this electricity comes primarily from renewable energy. In addition, in the latest years, oil, coal, and natural gas consumption dropped by approximately 30.4 percent.
27 “Lurpak” butter is most likely the best-known brand of butter in the world and is produced here. It is sold in more than 80 countries in the world and is renowned for its high quality and distinctive silver packaging. The brand started in 1901 as a combination of a few Danish dairy farmers to create a common brand for butter with the target of increasing the sales.
28 Gudena is the longest river in this country. It flows a distance of 158 km (98 miles) from its source, just northwest of Tørring, through the Silkeborg Lakes and then northeast to empty in the Randers Fjord (a 30 km long Danish fjord) on the east coast.
29 There are more than 300 species of birds in this country. Also, a few species of wild orchids grow north of the capital in an area called Gentofte Municipality.
30 The largest mammal living in this country is called the red deer (Cervus elaphus). This animal inhabits most of Europe, Asia Minor, the Caucasus Mountains region, Iran, and parts of central and western Asia. Furthermore, birds are abundant in these lands (more than 300 species).
31 The national sport is football and the national team is called ”The Danish Dynamite.” Michael Laudrup is the current manager of Qatar Stars League club Al Rayyan and a Danish former footballer. Michael Laudrup is regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation by many soccer specialists. He is actually the older brother of the retired footballer Brian Laudrup, another Danish former footballer.
32 Peter Bolesław Schmeichel is a Danish former famous footballer who played as a goalkeeper. In 1992 and 1993, Schmeichel was voted the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper. More importantly, he played for Manchester United, whom he captained during the 1999 win of UEFA Champions League. Peter Schmeichel also won the 1992 Euro.
33 Lars Ulrich was born in this country. He is the founder and drummer of Metallica.