Denmark occupies the Jutland peninsula and over 400 islands in southern Scandinavia. Greenland and the Faeroe Islands are self-governing associated territories.
Geography: Fertile farmland covers two-thirds of the terrain, which is among the flattest in the world. About 100 islands are inhabited.
Climate: Damp, temperate climate with mild summers and cold, wet winters. Rainfall is moderate.
People & Society: Income distribution is the most even in the West: society is galitarian with few tensions. Cultural clashes have arisen with immigrant minorities. Almost all omen now work and Denmark is a world leader in childcare provision. Marriage is becoming less common, even for couples with children.
The Economy: Natural gas and oil reserves. Skilled workforce key to high-tech industrial success. Pork, bacon, dairy products are exported. Opted not to join the euro, though its currency is pegged.
Insight: Denmark is Europe’s oldest kingdom – the monarchy dates back to the 10th century
Official Name: Kingdom of Denmark
Date of Formation: 960 AD
Population: 5.47 million
Total Area: 16,639 sq. miles (43,094 sq. km)
Density: 334 people per sq. mile
Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 89%, other 10%, Roman Catholic 1%
Ethnic Mix: Danish 96%, other (including Scandinavian and Turkish) 3%, Faeroese and Inuit 1%
Government: Parliamentary system
Currency: Danish krone = 100 øre