Denmark Country Profile Travel Guide Business Information

Denmark Country Profile Travel Guide Business Information

Denmark population Denmark religion Denmark history Denmark economy Denmark currency Denmark road travel & other useful Danish national information

 Related pages  Contact the Danish Consulate /  Copenhagen Visitors Guide

Denmark Recent History

During WW1 Denmark was neutral but it did lay mines in the Baltic Sound to avoid invasion by the German forces. After WW1 the Danish mainland increased slightly when the Danish German border was redrawn. At the beginning of WW2 Denmark declared itself as ‘neutral’, but the Nazis occupied it in 1940. It was liberated by Allied troops in May 1945.

In 1944 Iceland exited itself from Danish Rule and declared itself an independent state. In 1945 Denmark joined the United Nations and then NATO in 1949. In 1948 the Faroe Islands followed by Greenland in 1952 were granted ‘home rule ‘.

Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden founded the Nordic Council in 1952 which Finland joined three years later. In 1957 it rejected the stationing of nuclear weapons ‘in present circumstances’ on its territory but withheld its support for the proposed ‘Nuclear Free Zone’ within the member states of the Nordic Council.

After 14 years as a founder member of the European Free Trade Association Denmark joined the EEC in 1973. Twelve years later Greenland officially withdrew from this membership.

Denmark’s membership of the European Union has met strong opposition in Denmark. The 1992 referendum on Maastricht Treaty was ratified by a slender 2% of Danish voters. A subsequent referendum in 1993 resulted the hostility towards the EU in some quarters. On 2 June 1992 a majority of less than 2% voted against Denmark ratifying the Maastricht Treaty of the European Union.

After a second referendum on the Treaty gave Denmark four exemptions from the terms of the treaty on EU defence, currency and citizenship. It also negated Denmark obligations in areas including law enforcement and allied laws. In 2000 Danes voted by over 6% not to join the Euro.

Denmark is a ‘constitutional monarchy’ : Queen Margrethe who came to the throne in 1972 presides over the 179 members of the Parliament (Folketing) who are elected by proportional representation. The Faroe Islands and Greenland each have two seats. . The Danish electoral system historically produces numerous political parties and thus coalition governments.

The Faroe Islands and Greenland have their own administrations. However Defence, Foreign & Treasury policies are determined by the Danish Government.

The Danish Monarchy

The Danish Monarchy is the oldest ‘surviving’ monarchy in the world with King Gorm (see the Jelling Stones above) becoming the first King of Denmark on 900AD

Denmark Phone Code International telephone codes are prefixed with the digits 00 45.Denmark Time Zone summer time zones are + 1 hour GMT. Denmark Population The population of Denmark is 5.4 million. in April 2006 4. 649,300. The Capital is Copenhagen with a central population of over 503,000 though it is nearer 1,212,000 if the suburban areas are accounted for. Denmark Language The official national languages are Danish,Faroese and , Greenlandic. The most common spoken second language is English. A little German and Nynorsk (modern Norwegian) is also spoken. Religions In DenmarkThere official religion in Denmark is the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark by which 85% of Danes are christened. Danish Currency The unit of currency in Denmark is the Danish Krone (DKr). Denmark Currency Regulations Visitors entering or leaving Denmark with cash in any currency which exceeds 10,000€, must declare it to customs officials.

Denmark Economy – Business

For four decades’s Denmark like many of its neighbours has prospered from interests and revenue in North Sea Oil. It economy grows annually by around 3% a point above the annual inflation rate. Unemployment is around 6%. The Danish Treasury has not borrowed any foreign money for three years. The main Danish industries are agricultural – including beer, dairy products, fish, grains, and meet. Other prominent industries are oil, gas domestic electronics and increasingly furniture and fashion. The Danish economy has at its disposal a wealth of natural resources particularly oil gas and fish.

The Danish territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland make significant contributions to the country’s economy. The former in the form of fish, gas, petroleum products, gravel limestone, salt sand and stone. The latter in the form of fish, gold, lead, molyb- denum, platinum uranium and zinc. Its mains trading partners are countries in the EU and Norway.

Danish Foreign Policy

Denmark is a prominent member of the European Union and actively supported has membership of countries from the Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe into the EU. Denmark also has very close relations with Norway and Sweden. It supported the Nato peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and maintains troops there to this day.

Coach Travel In Denmark

Information on Danish coach services can be found in our coach index

Rail Travel In Denmark

Information on Danish rail services can be found in our rail index

Emergency Healthcare Medical Treatment In Denmark

Denmark will provide free emergency treatment to visitors from the UK and most other European Union countries Healthcare in Denmark is extremely high. more details

The Leading Danish World Heritage Sites


Jelling: The Jelling stones carved out of Rune Stone date back to the 10th century. The oldest of the two was commissioned by Denmark’s first King ‘Gorman The Old’ as a tribute to his wife Thyra. The second and larger was created by King Gorm’s son, Harald Bluetooth to celebrate his fathers conquest of Denmark and Norway and the Danes becoming followers of Christianity. The stones in a churchyard are often visited by Danes who view them as a symbol of Denmark’s identity as a nation.

Kronborg Castle just outside Elsinore on the edge of Zealand and just 4Km from Sweden was built in the 15th century not only as form of defence against invaders but also to oversee the shipping using the waters between the countries.The castle was built by King Eric of Pomerina who exacted a toll from ships using the waters.

Roskilde Cathedral in the city of Roskilde on the same island as the castle was the first brick Gothic cathedral in Europe. Its was completed in the 13th century and set a precedent for the use of brick across Northern Europe. Architecturally it has Gothic and Romanesque features and two very commanding twin spires. It also has been the final home of Danish monarchs for several hundred years.

Road Travel In Denmark

Road in Denmark are generally good as are driving standards. Cyclists in Denmark frequently have the ‘right of way’.  Motorists should check parallel cycle lanes before turning right.  Seatbelts must be worn. All vehicles have to carry a warning triangle which must be used in the event of a breakdown.

When driving at day or night headlights have to be used in a dipped mode and shrouded with an opaque European mask. A new addition to Danish road traffic law is the requirement that on a motorway drivers indicate before changing lanes.

Denmark Drug Laws

The use of drugs in Denmark is now illegal. Anyone found possessing illegal substances even if purely for personal use is automatically fined DKK 500. Anyone who is found guilty of drug dealing or importing drugs is likely to receive a prison sentence.

The World’s Oldest Amusement Park Copenhagen

Denmark has the worlds oldest amusement park outside Copenhagen see the sightseeing & attractions guide.

Denmark Geography

Apart from the Jutland Peninsula Denmark is made up of 406 islands. Many of the islands are linked by bridges. The highest point in Denmark is Himmelberg just 179 metres above sea level.

Related Links

Denmark National Weather Details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/country_guides/results.shtml?tt=TT003490

Denmark National Tourist Board Information: http://www.dt.dk/

 

 

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