Denmark is one of
the Scandinavian countries placed in the North of Europe.
consists of the peninsula Jutland (Jylland) surrounded by 500 islands
of which only a hundred are inhabited. The capital Copenhagen is
placed on the largest Island Zealand (Sjælland). Odense is placed on
the island Fyn, while Aarhus is placed in Jutland.
The population of
Denmark is 5½ million people. Compared to the size of the country the
capitol - Copenhagen - is a large city with approximately 1,5 million
inhabitants. The second largest city is Aarhus
with 300.000 citizens. Among other large towns are Aalborg, Odense and
The main airport of Denmark is Kastrup -
Copenhagen Airport - the
largest airport in Scandinavia. In Jutland the main airports are
Billund near Esbjerg and Aarhus Airport in Tirstrup. Arriving to
Denmark by airplane you will most often be landing in Copenhagen. The
airports of Aarhus and Billund only have few international flights.
Among them connections to London, Sweden, Norway and Spain.
There are highways
and regular intercity train connections connecting the larger cities
and towns in the country.
coming king of Denmark
- crown prince Frederik
Denmark is a constitutional monarchy and considered to be the oldest
kingdom of the World. The present queen Margrethe 2nd is considered to
be a direct descendent of king Harald Bluetooth who became king of
Denmark in year 958 - in the Viking age.
Denmark is a member of the European Union but the currency is not
Euro although the Danish Kroner is closely connected to the Euro. Only
tourist shops, hotels etc. accept Euro for payment, while ordinary
shops only accept Danish Kroner. 1
Euro is aprox. 7,50 Danish Kroner. 1 US$ is aprox 6,50 Danish Kroner
(Read more about Danish money)
rebuild Viking ship Sea Stallion from Glendalough at
the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde
Everything in Denmark is relatively small - including many of the
tourist attractions. Many visitors has been surprised when they see the
Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and realize that she is hardly the
size of an adult person. Also the well-known house Hans Christian
Andersen in Odense looks surprisingly small - although it feels
larger once you enter the museum.
One of the big
attractions is the Roskilde Cathedral and the Viking
Ship Museum in Roskilde. An
exhibition of real Viking ships found near the coast.
In Århus The
Old Town is the main attraction. Nearly an hour from Aarhus is the
exhibition of the Frigate Jylland (Fregatten Jylland) - the
longest wooden ship in the World. A tall sailing ship that among other
been sailing visiting Saint Petersburg in Russia.
Traditionally farming and agriculture and food production has been
very important for the national economy and still the production of
pork and cheese is very large. Industry now has taken over the status
as most important economic factor. In the last decades the energy
sector has grown dramatically. Among important products from Denmark
are windmills (Vestas, Siemens), pumps (Grundfos), toys (Lego),
medicine (Novo / Lundbeck) and design (Bang & Olufsen).
surrounded by water and shipping is still an important part of Danish
economy. Denmark's largest company is A.P. Møller - Mærsk - known as
Maersk Sealand - transporting containers on ships everywhere in the
World. It also is the owner of many other important companies in Denmark.
Traditionally Denmark has had a large production and export of food
but only in the latest 10 - 15 years the gourmet food of Denmark has
been known outside the country. Nordic Food has spread to
restaurants all over the world partly because of the famous
restaurant Noma which often has been called the best
restaurant of the world. But many other restaurants and cooks has
contributed the success of the nordic kitchen. Copenhagen has a
growing number of restaurants with Michelin stars and also Aarhus
and several other cities has a growing number of restaurants serving
There is a pretty high interest in evironment and ecology among people
in Denmark. This is clear for any visitor who sees the large number of
windmills spread over the country. 20 percent of all electricity in
the country is produced by windmills.
But also in the
supermarkets the organic interest is clear. Almost 30 percent of fresh
milk sold in Danish supermarkets is organic milk. Also the production
of organic pork is high although still minor compared to the 25
million conventional pigs slaughtered every year in Denmark.
national homepage of Denmark is www.denmark.dk