Info about Denmark – Get the quick facts.

Living here in the US I have found that not a lot of people know where Denmark is located or have ever heard of it. The people who have heard about Denmark or visited Denmark seem to be mostly military people and the older generation. I am here to help you get more info about Denmark -Get the quick facts.

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Denmark is part of Scandinavia and borders Germany to the south.  Denmark is a country comprising the Jutland (Jylland) peninsula and its offshore islands. The capital Copenhagen is located on the island Zealand (Sjælland). Between Jutland and Zealand, we have an island named Funen (Fyn), The biggest city on Funen is Odense and that is the home of our famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen.

Denmark Map

Denmark is a very small country, we have a population of roughly 5.6 million people. You can travel from the very south to the very north and back again in less time than it takes to travel from Phoenix AZ to Denver CO (13 hours). You don’t really realize how small it is before you have lived in a bigger country. That really put in into perspective.

Here you can see how big Denmark is compared to Arizona

Denmark Compared to AZ

The official language of Denmark is Danish. A lot of the younger generation in America thinks we speak Dutch, but that is the official language of Holland, so now you know :) People from Denmark, Norway and Sweden can mostly understand each other while speaking their native language (Danish, Swedish and Norwegian). Of course, the further you travel into the separate countries you will start getting dialects, and then it is impossible to understand each other.

Another thing that I think a lot of people don’t know is that Greenland is part of Danish territory, so if you add that huge island to the square miles Denmark is not that small after all.

I found this cool little comparison table, so you can see a different perspective between Denmark and the US.

Compare Denmark to United States

The Constitution of Denmark was signed on 5 June 1849, ending the absolute monarchy which had begun in 1660. It establishes a constitutional monarchy—the current monarch is Queen Margrethe II—organized as a parliamentary democracy. Every year on December 31st she will speak to the people about the year that has pasted and what she believes we need to do in the coming year.

A daily attraction that is attached to the Queen is the changing of the guards, which happen daily at noon. You will see long people line up to watch the guards walk down the public streets to Amalienborg Palace, which is located in central Copenhagen.

Changing of the guards

 

The government and national parliament are also seated in Copenhagen, Copenhagen is the nation’s capital, largest city and main commercial center. Denmark exercises hegemonic influence in the Danish Realm, devolving powers to handle internal affairs. Like the Queen, the prime minister will also speak to the people, that happens the day after the Queen has done her speak on January 1st.

Danish Parlement

 

This is just a few quick facts about Denmark. I will add more to the page Fun Facts in the near future, so please be sure to check back often.

Sincerely,

Brian