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Denmark

Background

Denmark

Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973. However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.

About

Denmark is a country in Scandinavia. The main part of it is Jutland, a peninsula north of Germany, but also with a number of islands, including the two major ones, Zealand and Funen, in Østersøen Sea between Jutland and Sweden.

Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. However, the country has opted out of European Union's Maastricht Treaty, the European monetary system (EMU), and issues concerning certain internal affairs.

Denmark is also the birthplace of one of the world's most popular toys, Lego. There is no other better place in the world where one can buy Lego bricks than at the Legoland theme park in Billund.

These days the Danish Vikings have parked their ships in the garage, and put the helmets on the shelves, and along with the other Scandinavian nations, have forged a society that is often seen as a benchmark of civilization; with progressive social policies, a commitment to free speech so strong it put the country at odds with much of the world during the 2006 cartoon crisis, a liberal social-welfare system and, according to The Economist, one the most commercially competitive. Top it off with a rich, well-preserved cultural heritage, and the Danes legendary sense of design and architecture, and you have one intriguing holiday destination.

Read more about Denmark in our Denmark travel guide »

Featured journals from

Denmark

Copenhagen

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Featured hotels in

Denmark

DenmarkMarriott Copenhagen 

Kalvebod Brygge 5
Copenhagen 1560
Denmark

Price (US$): $297 - $387 / night

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Location. Marriott Copenhagen is located close to Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Tivoli Gardens, and National Museum of Denmark. Additional points of interest include Danish Royal Library and Copenhagen City Hall. Hotel Features. Marriott Copenhagen features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa services,… more »

DenmarkRadisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen 

Hammerichsgade 1
Copenhagen 1611
Denmark

Price (US$): $403 - $498 / night

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Location. Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen is located close to Tivoli Gardens, Stroeget, and City Hall Square. Additional points of interest include Copenhagen City Hall and Old Square. Hotel Features. Dining options at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Copenhagen include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 5 star property has a business center and offers limo/town car service,… more »

DenmarkNIMB HOTEL 

Bernstorffsgade 5
Copenhagen 1577
Denmark

Price (US$): $1046 - $1623 / night

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A seriously stylish boutique hotel with just 14 rooms and suites, Nimb Hotel Copenhagen resides in an impressive early 20th century Arabian styled building complete with arches, domes and minarets and overlooking the Tivoli Gardens. With two brasseries, a grill restaurant, a classic hotel bar and a Vinotek in the vaulted cellars, this extraordinary boutique hotel is full of charisma. Nimb Hotel is a refined, truly sophisticated place with gorgeous rooms and suites all beautifully styled with… more »

DenmarkHilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel 

Ellehammersvej 20
Kastrup 2770
Denmark

Price (US$): $215 - $567 / night

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Location. Located in Kastrup, Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel is connected to the airport and close to Fields Shopping Centre and Bella Center. Other points of interest are Stroeget and Tivoli Gardens. Hotel Features. Dining options at Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, and a spa tub. The property's full service health spa has body treatments,… more »

DenmarkFeriepark Langeland · Emmerbølle Strand Camping 

Emmerbollevej 24
Tranekaer 5953
Denmark

Price (US$): $83 - $84 / night

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Location. Feriepark Langeland · Emmerbølle Strand Camping is located on the beach in Tranekaer, close to Tranekaer Palace and TICKON Park. Other regional attractions include Valdemar Palace and Troense Maritime Museum. Property Features. Dining options at Feriepark Langeland · Emmerbølle Strand Camping include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Recreational amenities include a children's pool, an outdoor tennis court, a fitness… more »

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Denmark

Full name
Kingdom of Denmark
Capital
Copenhagen
Location

Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany (Jutland); also includes two major islands (Sjaelland and Fyn)

Geographic coordinates

56 00 N, 10 00 E

Area comparative

slightly less than twice the size of Massachusetts

Border countries

Germany 68 km

Coastline

7,314 km

Climate

temperate; humid and overcast; mild, windy winters and cool summers

Terrain

low and flat to gently rolling plains

Lowest point

Lammefjord -7 m

Highest point

Mollehoj/Ejer Bavnehoj 171 m

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas, fish, salt, limestone, chalk, stone, gravel and sand

Population

5,515,575 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Scandinavian, Inuit, Faroese, German, Turkish, Iranian, Somali

Religions

Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Christian (includes Protestant and Roman Catholic) 3%, Muslim 2%

Languages

Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)

Government type

constitutional monarchy

Independence

ca. 965 (unified and Christianized under HARALD I Gormson); 5 June 1849 (becomes a constitutional monarchy)

National holiday

none designated; Constitution Day, 5 June (1849) is generally viewed as the National Day

Chief of state

Queen MARGRETHE II (since 14 January 1972); Heir Apparent Crown Prince FREDERIK, elder son of the monarch (born on 26 May 1968)

Head of government

Prime Minister Lars Loekke RASMUSSEN (since 5 April 2009)

Internet country code

.dk

Internet users

4.75 million (2009)

Airports

92 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Ensted, Esbjerg, Fredericia, Kalundborg

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