Interesting Facts about Denmark

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Denmark is a Nordic country which is also a member of the European Union. It comprises of Jutland, Peninsula and many small islands including Zealand, Lolland, Bornholm and Funen.

The Scandinavian country has several hundreds of small islands that stretch along the 7,500 km of coastal area. Here are some more interesting facts about Denmark.

  • The word ‘œDenmark’ was used from the Viking Age which was found carved on the well-known Jelling Stone from 900 A.D. Denmark of this date has no resemblance to its past.

  • The country is a lowland country which extends only up to 170 meters above the sea-level. Faroe Islands and Greenland are not a part of this country officially but still they are treated as its own territory.

  • Denmark covers an area of 43,098 square kilometer where the popularity density is 1,264 a square km. The estimated population of this region was 5,584,758 in the year 2012.

  • The history of the Danish architecture is wonderful. Many of the world’s finest buildings are designed by Danish architects. Jom Utzon had designed the famous Sidney Opera House while the world’s best residential mansion was architected in 2011 by Bjarke Ingels. The house is in Copenhagen, addressed ‘œ8 House.’

  • Denmark has a multi-party political system where more than one party has the potential to be a presenter in the Parliament simultaneously. The Government is sometimes termed by minority admins, supported by one or more parties.

  • Danish politics can be concluded as consensus democracy. It is surprising but true that since the year 1909 no party had the capability to rule Denmark alone. None of them had attained the absolute majority.

  • Monarchy still prevails in this region with Queen Margrethe II as head of the state ever since January 14, 1972. At the same time, the government is run by Helle Thorning Schmidt, who came into power on October 3, 2011.

  • The Danish democracy started from the advent of the Constitutional Act verified in the year 1849. The Act is based on rights of citizens and human rights including freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly etc. They were all developed to protect the citizens from violation of rights.

  • The Danish are known to cycle a lot more than using cars. In 1960, the increased usage of cars was a threat to the use of bicycle in major cities. Soon they got aware of the oil crisis and switched back to cycling. Certain road project disputes were also responsible for reversing the fashion.

  • Denmark exquisitely follows the Christian calendar to celebrate all their festivals. Easter, St. John’s Eve and Christmas are celebrated with great pomp and glee. There are other festivals as well like the New Year, ‘œFastelavn’, Great Prayer Day, Labour Day or May Day. Valentine’s Day and Halloween are also celebrated.

  • Denmark joined NATO in the year 1949 and EU in the year 1973. The country also stepped out of certain European Union Maastricht Treaty such as the Monetary Union (EMU) and European Economic.

  • The flag of Denmark, Dannebrog, is the oldest flag adopted by an independent nation to be used still. It was adopted in 1219.

Denmark is one of the most prosperous nations of Europe. It has consistently featured among the top countries ranked according to the Human Development Index.

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