Denmark

Denmark

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

Fact File:

 Official Name: Kingdom of Denmark

 Date of Formation: 960 AD

 Capital: Copenhagen

 Population: 5.47 million

 Total Area: 16,639 sq. miles (43,094 sq. km)

 Density: 334 people per sq. mile

 Languages: Danish

 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

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