A Brief Tour Through Denmark

*A Part of the Danish Cultural Heritage*
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Destination Denmark
Denmark - A Cute little Country - But a Giant Subject!
Presentation of Denmark
This presentation of Denmark is designed and produced as one long page - and in a chronological order - which the editorial team find is the best way to portray the Danish nation - and also the most convenient method to learn about Denmark step by step in this brief profile that describes the Danish history - culture - heritage - every day life and the ambitious and freedom loving Danes behind it all. First we present a map of the country - then the birth of the Danish Kingdom - the capital and bigger cities - the Viking era - The Danish Monarchy - paving the way to democracy - religion and Christian culture - the Danish democracy - the flag - the history and landscape - Denmark at a glance - the Danish food culture - the Danish model - the Danish export companies - assistance and founding to the Third World - relationship to NATO - EU and the Danish Troops abroad - the Danes - the unofficial National anthem - the Danish emigrants and finally a picture gallery from all around Denmark called - Destination Denmark

The Cultural Heritage and the Danes
This is also a brief summery of the Danish Cultural Heritage and Christening of the Danes that reaches more than thousands years back in time - to the Protestant Reformation in 1536 - and until the Democratic Constitution was finally signed in June 1849 - as well as great credit to all the freedom loving Danes that have contributed to build up the Danish Kingdom - Nation and Welfare Society through countless generations - and over numerous centuries.

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This presentation will constantly be extended and changed with new topics about Denmark - until our separate Denmark-Portal is completed!

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The Viking Era
Paving the way to Democracy

Denmark Map
Denmark Map

The Danish Royal Coat of Arms

The Kingdom of Denmark


Denmark is placed on top of Europe and a part of Scandinavia with its southern border towards Germany.
Native name:
Danmark. (Dania) - (Hafnia)
Red - with a white Cross. (Dannebrog)
43,093 km².
Population: 5,6 million.
Language: Danish.
Coast line:
7,313 km.
Biggest island: Sealand - 7,031 km².
Islands: 450 - 90 inhabited.
Highest point:
173 m. Yding Skovhøj.
Odsherred - Sealand.
Northern point:
Skagen - North Jutland.
Southern point:
Gedser - Falster.
Western point:
Blåvands Huk - West Jutland.
Eastern point:
Denmark - Østerskær - Christiansø.
Capital: Copenhagen. (København)
(Biggest Capital in Scandinavia)
Currency: Danish Kroner. (DKK)
Latitude: 56° 00' N - longitude: 10° 00' E.
Time Zone:
Right side.
Evangelical Lutheran & Christian Protestant Church - since 1536.
Government type: Parliamentary Democracy - Constitutional Monarchy.
Head of state: Queen Margrethe II.


Largest Danish Cities and inhabitants:
1. Copenhagen - 1,8 million + Greater Copenhagen
2. Aarhus - 290,000
3. Odense - 190,000
4. Aalborg - 168,000
5. Esbjerg - 88,000


The Runic Stones
The biggest "Jelling Stone" from 964 A.C. - is engraved with a sizeable portrait of Christ on the Cross.
The Kingdom of Denmark - and the two Runic "Jelling Stones"
Denmark is one of the oldest kingdoms in the world that dates back to the first Danish monarch - King "Gorm the Old" (910-958 - King of Denmark 930 - 958) - who established his reign in the 10th century. He was succeeded by his son - King and historical legend Harald "Bluetooth" (911 - 987 - King of Denmark and Norway 958 - 985) - who erected his big runic stone in year 964 A.C. - over his parent’s burial plot at Jelling in Jutland. This large over ten tons heavy stone has an inscription that praises himself as King Harald "Bluetooth" - for making all Danes Christian - "The Harald who won the whole of Denmark and Norway and turned the Danes to Christianity”.

On the same 2.5 metre high runic stone is also carved the oldest illustration of Christ - ever discovered or known in the Nordic countries. The smallest and oldest runic stone mentions the name “Denmark” (DanmarkaR) - as a nation for the first time in Danish history - and is erected by King "Gorm the Old" in memory of his wife Queen "Thyra Dannebod".
Christianity in Denmark since 964 A.C.
Christianity in Denmark
The biggest three-sided Runic Stone at Jelling that was erected by the Danish King Harald "Bluetooth" in 964 A.C. - is recognised as a National Symbol and Historical Monument - as well as the Danish Kingdom's Birth Certificate - indicating that Christianity had come to Denmark for over 1,000 years ago. Since then - more than 2800 city - urban and rural churches have been built and spread all over the Danish countryside - for millions of Christian churchgoers - which also is a strong part of the Danish Cultural Heritage. King Harald "Bluetooth" Gormsson was King of Denmark for nearly 30 years - beginning in approximately 958 A.C. During his reign - King Harald "Bluetooth" united the outlying tribes of Denmark and defended his people from the incursions of Norway and Germany - while overseeing the completion of vast construction projects that strengthened the defenses of his nation. King Harald "Bluetooth" is equally known for casting off the Norse Pagan traditions of his forbearers - becoming a devout Christian - who strove to peacefully convert the people of Denmark during his rule into Christianity. The final resting place for King Harald "Bluetooth" is at Roskilde Cathedral.

Roskilde Cathedral
King Harald "Bluetooth"
Portrait of King Harald "Bluetooth" decorates the wall behind the High Altar inside Roskilde Cathedral - where the Danish King also formally has his final resting place.

The Jelling Runic Stones from 964 A.C. is a World Heritage site
The Jelling Runic Stones - and the two surrounding royal burial mounds of King Gorm and his wife Queen Thyra of Denmark - as well as Jelling Church from 1050 A.C. - is selected by UNESCO - as a World Heritage site. The brief description from the World Heritage list states that - "The Jelling burial mounds - and one of the runic stones are striking examples of Pagan Nordic culture - while the other runic stone and the church illustrate the Christianisation of the Danish people towards the middle of the 10th century".




The Runic Stones at Jelling
The Runic Stones at Jelling from 964 A.C. - are considered as the birth certificate of the Danish kingdom. It is King Gorm's runic stone in memory of his wife Thyra on the left - and King Harald's sepulchral monument over his parents King Gorm and his mother Thyra Dannebod on the right.
Jelling Church from 1050 A.C.
Jelling church built around year 1050 A.C. - where King "Gorm the Old" and his Queen "Thyra's" big mound's are placed on each side of the church. The two royal burial mounds are the largest in Denmark - about 8.5 meters high and 65 meters wide. Jelling is a small village located on the Jutland peninsula.
The National Danish State Church since 1536 - is the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Denmark is a Protestant country - where 90 % of all ethnic Danes are members of the National Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark (Den Danske Folkekirke) - which is totally financed by the Danish State via the Danish tax payer's loyal contribution - and in strict unity with the Danish Constitution from 1849. The Protestant Reformation was introduced in Denmark by the Danish Monarch King Christian III (1503- 1559 - King of Denmark and Norway 1534-1559) in 1536 - and fortunately for the Danes - the Evangelical Lutheran Church became the National State Church of Denmark - and since contributed to shape the Danes cultural background - historical heritage - and national identity.
Other Religious Denominations in Denmark - Religions
Numerous Churches and Places of Worship belonging to other religious denominations than Evangelical-Lutheran are located around Denmark - Copenhagen and in other major Danish cities.
The Danish Capital and other major cities

- (København)
Copenhagen is the Danish capital - and Scandinavian’s largest city - situated on the east coast of Sealand. Copenhagen was founded by the Danish bishop Absalon in 1167 - who built a little fortress on a small isle called “Slotsholmen” outside of the growing town named (København) - and inhabited at the present with over 1.8 million citizens - including the urban areas of Copenhagen. The Danish capital is also an international metropolis with the biggest airport and cruise terminals in Northern Europe and Scandinavia. In Copenhagen the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) is placed together with the Royal Residence Amalienborg Palace - as Copenhagen became a regal city in 1443. There are numerous cultural venues and historical edifices located in and around the Danish capital.
Aarhus is best known for its cultural engagement and university plus the old town.
Odense is best known as the birth place of famous H. C. Andersen on the isle of Funen.
Aalborg - the vibrant town of Jutland - located at the Limfjord that divides Jutland.
Esbjerg is the centre of the offshore activities plus the oil and gas industry in Denmark.
Aarhus - Odense - Aalborg and Esbjerg
The other major cities in Denmark is Aarhus (Jutland) with almost 300,000 inhabitants - and best recognized for its cultural engagement and university - then Odense (Funen) - the birth town of famous Hans Christian Andersen - with nearly 200,000 citizens. After Odense comes Aalborg (Jutland) - famous for producing the Danish firewater called “Snaps” and with a population of 170,000 - and finally Esbjerg (Jutland) known for its off-shore activities - and former large fishing industry with over 90.000 living in the city.
See Onsite - History and Denmark Photo Gallery
Denmark is Vikings and Viking Country
The Vikings
Viking Country has throughout the time - obviously always been associated with Denmark and the - Home of the Vikings - as well as the heartland of the great Viking society during the historical Viking age and era from around 800 to about 1050 AC - which is a very important part of Denmark’s history and culture that formed the way to build up the Danish kingdom. As a descendant of the Vikings - ethnic Danes are commonly coupled with the terms of being a Viking - coming from the "Barbaric North" with adventurous blood running through their veins. More Viking stuff
The Vikings & North America
Map showing how the Vikings in the 9th and 10th century expanded their territory by exploiting their seafarer and navigation skills to find new trade routes around Europe and North America - as far east as to Turkey and Russia and as far west as to Iceland - Greenland and Newfoundland.
The Sea Stallion
Replica of the Sea Stallion (Havhingsten) Viking Ship that had a crew of 60-70 persons and was used for voyages to England and Ireland. The original ship was found at Roskilde Fjord in 1962 and now exhibited at the Viking Ship Museum. The vessel was the largest Viking ship ever built.

Denmark is
Viking Country

come from the
"Barbaric North!"

The Royal Family and Monarchy
The Danish Royal Family and Monarchy is a very popular institution in Denmark - and is highly respected and supported by nearly all the Danes. The Kingdom of Denmark is a constitutional monarchy - and Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has a constitutional role - which means that the sovereign cannot perform political acts independently - but she is still the head of the Danish state.
From King "Gorm" to Queen Margrethe II.
There is a straight monarchical line from old King "Gorm" (910-958) to our currently reigning monarch Queen Margrethe II - who has ancestral links stretching back over 1,000 years.

King Gorm
Queen Margrethe II

King Gorm & Queen Thyra Dannebod
King Gorm the Old and his Queen Thyra Dannebod receiving the news of the death of his son Canute Dana Ast in England in 950s. King Harald Bluetooth succeeded the throne after his father King Gorm in 958. Painting by August Carl Vilhelm Thomsen.
Queen Margrethe II
Portrait of Queen Margrethe II, painted by Duo Duo Zhuang in 1992. The Queen succeeded to the throne in 1972 after her father King Frederik IX - and became the first female Danish Sovereign under the new Act of Succession from 1953.
The Danish Queen Margrethe II - 70

The Danish Queen celebrated in 2010

The Danish Queen Margrethe II was celebrated thoroughly on her 70 year birthday on April 16th - 2010 by thousands of Danes from all over the Danish Kingdom. At 12:00 the Queen and her family received many warm and heartfelt greetings by the crowd of congratulators at Amalienborg Palace - and since the Monarch was celebrated at various events during the whole day that ended with a gala dinner at Fredensborg Palace for private friends.

Every year the Queen is celebrated on her birthday by thousands!
See event calendar  

Queen Margrethe - 70

Cliff Richard singing Congratulations for the Danish Queen - Video
40 Years on the Danish Throne - 1972-2012
40 Years on the Danish Throne - 1972-2012
Queen Margrethe II and Prince Consort Henrik at their cozy Wine Castle Château de Caïx in Cahors in the southern part of France.
40 Years on the Danish Throne - 1972-2012
The Danish Queen Margrethe II - was celebrated together with the Royal family on her 40 years jubilee by all the Danes and royalist in Denmark in January -2012. The beloved and popular Queen has been the reigning monarch in Denmark for four decades from 1972 - 2012 - and is truly a national symbol that is heavily supported by 85-90% of the Danes. Within 40 years of reign the Danish Queen Margrethe II - has captured the hearts of the Danes - and her creativity and engagement in painting - music and dance has enriched the Danish cultural scene.

The Queen & Royal Family
40 years on the Danish throne disserves cheerful congratulations and warm heartfelt greetings to the Queen of Denmark - as well as to the rest of the Royal family - from all royalist in Denmark with special thanks to the Danish monarchy for many years of extraordinary and excellent service and performance to the entire Danish Kingdom. The Queen is also a respected Danish representative and monarch on the global scene for Denmark and Danish Export Companies operating on the world wide markets.

The Prince Consort and sons
Prince Henrik
of Denmark is of French origin and the Queen's consort. The royal couple has two sons - Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Joachim - Prince of Denmark.
Crown Prince Frederik
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark is educated in the tough Danish Navy's Frogman Corps - and holds an MSc degree in Political Science from Aarhus University.
Crown Princess & Prince Consort
Crown Princess Mary from Australia - and father-in-law Prince Consort Henrik of French origin - are new members of the Danish Monarchy - and awarded with new royal titles.
Amalienborg Palaces
The four royal residences is a part of the Amalienborg Palace complex from 1750-1758 - built by King Frederik V - and placed around an octagon square.

The Royal


The Crown Prince and Family
Crown Prince Frederik is married to Australian Mary Donaldson from Tasmania - now Mary Elizabeth - and Crown Princess of Denmark. The Royal couple has 4 children. Prince Christian - Princess Isabella and the twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine. Baptism of the two Royal babies took place on April 14 - 2011 in The Old Royal Naval Church - Holmens Church.
Royal Personalities and Members of the Danish Monarchy Royal sites
Amalienborg Palaces - Royal residence
The Yellow Palace - and the Royal Glücksborg Dynasty
Historical venue
Roskilde Cathedral - Danish Kings and Queens final resting place
Roskilde Cathedral is select by UNESCO as a World Heritage site - as this was the first Gothic Cathedral in Scandinavia to be built of brick in the 12th and 13th centuries - and it encouraged the spread of this building style throughout northern Europe. It has been the mausoleum and final resting place of the Danish royal family since the 15th century. Roskilde Cathedral is a great tourist attraction with more than 150,000 visitors every year.

Roskilde Cathedral


Four Danish Kings formed the new Democratic Era in Denmark - 1788-1849

King Christian VII
King - 1766-1808
King Frederik VI
King - 1808-1839
King Christian VIII
King - 1839-1848
King Frederik VII
King - 1848-1863
From Absolute Monarchy to The Democratic Era
From 1660 - when the Absolute Monarchy was introduced in Denmark by King Frederik III (1609-1670 - King of Denmark and Norway 1648-1670) - Danish Kings had a tremendous power to govern the country - and their word was the law. But up trough a certain stage - four Danish Kings from the Royal House of Oldenburg...

- King Christian VII (1749-1808 - King of Denmark and Norway 1766-1808)
- King Frederik VI (1768-1839 - King of Denmark and Norway 1808-1839)
- King Christian VIII (1786-1848 - King of Denmark 1839-1848) and
- King Frederik VII (1808-1863 - King of Denmark 1848-1863)

...gave in for additional freedom to the Danish people bite by bite - and were more or less involved in the new Democratic Era - starting with the year - when abolition of Adscription took place in 1788 - up to the abolition of Absolutism was a reality in 1848 - and until the Democratic Constitution was finally signed in June 1849 - by King Frederik VII. All the four "Oldenburg" Kings have their final resting plot in Roskilde Cathedral. Roskilde Cathedral

The Evangelical Lutheran Church - and the Democratic Era in Denmark
Religion and Democracy has played a vital role in Denmark since the protestant reformation in 1536 - during the reign of King Christian III (1503- 1559 - King of Denmark and Norway 1534-1559). The reformation was accomplished peacefully as Lutheranism spread throughout Denmark - and luckily for the Danes - the Danish National Church was establish with an Evangelical Lutheran background that was active and engaged in the Democratic Era. The Danish culture and democracy has grown out of Christianity in Denmark - and is the cornerstone and fundamental base of the Danes democratic mindset and culture upbringing.
The Danish Constitution from 1849
1848 - The National Constitutional Assembly - painted by Constantin Hansen - at their first meeting in 1848. The new Danish Constitution was signed by King Frederik VII in 1849 that finally put an ending to the absolute monarchy from 1660. The Assembly was held at the second Christiansborg - and the painting is displayed at Frederiksborg Museum.
The Protestant Confirmation
Every year more than 50,000 Danish juveniles confirm their vow to God by sealing of the covenant made during the Holy Baptism. It has been for many generations a great tradition in Denmark that youngsters are confirmed by a confirmation ritual in the church - after one year of preparation together with their local priest.

The Danish
from 1849

Since 1536






"Folkekirken" - The Peoples Church - and the Democratic Constitution
Up to the 19th century the Danish State Church (Folkekirken - The Peoples Church) had great influence in forming the conditions for supporting modern democratic values and thinking - as well as the impact for setting the foundation for the present welfare state in close cooperation with the blossoming liberal movement in the 1830s - with demanding social and democratic reforms - that later paved the way for the Democratic Constitution in 1849 - which the Danish State Church (Folkekirken) is a naturally part of.
Religion and Christian Culture
The Danes have quite a relaxed relation to their Evangelical Lutheran Church and Christian upbringing - but always with a deep-hearted affection to their religion - which gives them lot of space for cultivating their social responsibility - gender equality - educational development and leisure activities - in their everyday hectic lifestyle. Over 90% of all ethnic Danes are members of the Protestant Danish Church - but a very few percent occupy their church pews on Sundays as church-goers - except for family celebrations and gatherings - where they are highly represented at Christenings - Confirmations - Weddings - or at other Christian events - or special holy occasions like Christmas and Easter.

Holy Days

The Christian Wedding Ceremony
The Christian wedding ceremony takes less than a half hour - and over 38,000 couples get married in the church every year in Denmark.
Christmas and Easter
The Churches are packed in Denmark at Christian events like Christmas and Easter with church-goers that attend the High Masses and holy occasions.
Danish Priest’s - Education and Outfit
All Danish Priest’s that are serving the Stately Evangelical Lutheran and Protestant Church - “Folkekirken” - must have passed an academic candidate degree at the Faculty of Theology awarded by a Danish University. During the daily Christian Services - the Danish Priest will wear an ordinary black cassock and outfit - which originates from the 1600s - together with an eye catching and remarkable round white collar called a “ruff”. The “ruff” is a stiffly starched collar - and was worn in the primeval past to protect the huge powdered wigs to stain on the robes - and has since been a part of the Danish State Theologians dress code. The Church services in the Danish National Church are performed by an equal number of university educated female and male priest’s.
Protestant Inheritance
The Danes also participate heavily in celebrating all of the many Holy Public Holidays related to their Protestant inheritance - as well as having great appreciation and respect for their thousand year old cultural background and national identity. That’s also a part of the Danish Cultural Heritage - and thousand years of eternal history.

Public Holidays - Christian Holy Days - and Flag Days



June 5th

Reformer Hans Tavsen
The Bronze relief - on the reformation monument - with the Lutheran monk and protestant reformer Hans Tavsen - who was the prime protagonist of the Danish Reformation and later became bishop of Ribe Cathedral - Jutland - until his death in 1561. The reformation monument is placed on The Bishop’s Square - just opposite of Copenhagen's Cathedral - The Church of Our Lady.
"Grundlovsdag" - June 5th
Every year and summer on June 5th - the democratic- and freedom-loving Danes celebrate their constitution day (Grundlovsdag) - with many political meetings and arrangements all over Denmark. Here a group of folk dancers from Funen with the traditional costumes from their region celebrating constitution day - which also is a national Flag Day and public holiday.
Constitution - 1849
Constitution from 1849.
Denmark is an Old Democracy
Danish democracy is rooted in the Democratic Constitution from 1849 - and the Danes have been governed by this well functional and strong Democratic Constitution ever since - signed by King Frederik VII on the 5th of June - giving the Danes their personal liberty and democratic rights - which mainly means freedom of speech - freedom of the press - freedom of religion and worship - and free elections. The Danish Parliament (Folketinget) is the sole organ empowered to legislate - and the supreme power in Denmark is divided into three independent systems that controls each other - namely the legislative - the executive and the judicial powers. Every year on the 5th of June - the constitution day - "Grundlovsdag" - is celebrated with many arrangements and meetings by all of the democratic and freedom-loving Danes that are very proud of all the core values - which have for numerous generations contributed to build up and develop their democratic nation - Denmark.
Christiansborg Castle & The Danish Parliament 
The Constitution of Denmark (My Constitutional Act)
Christiansborg Castle & The Danish Parliament
King Frederik VII & The Danish Constitution
The equestrian statue of King Frederik VII - who signed the Danish constitution in 1849 - is placed on the Parliment Square in front of the Danish "Folketing". The King was the last monarch representing the Oldenborg line of royalties.
Christiansborg & The Danish Parliament 
Christiansborg Castle houses the Danish Parliament and the Royal Reception Rooms. Christiansborg was constructed during 1907-28 - as the fifth castle on the same spot located on a little isle named “Slotsholmen” right in the middle of Copenhagen.

Frederik VII
and the

The Danish
has 179 elected members


The Danish Parliament - "Folketing" - with 179 democratic elected members

The Danish Parliament called "Folketinget" seats 179 members - all elected for a four-year term - and from many different parties. Governing is still based on the Constitution from 1849 - signed by King Frederik VII - which opened for the Danes democratic rights - and the symbolic status of the Danish monarchy

The Danish Parliament  
First Danish Election - 1849
The first Danish Election took place December 4th 1849 - after the new Danish constitution was signed June 5th 1849 - by King Frederik VII - and there were 101 candidates elected to represent different parties in the Danish Parliament. (Landsting and Folketing) The “Landsting” was the house of Parliament in Denmark from 1849 until 1953 - and then replaced by the present “Folketing” situated at Christiansborg.

Danish Prime Minister
Prime Minister
Lars Løkke Rasmussen
National Election Result - 50,3% against 49,7% - 90 mandates against 86

The Danes have elected a new Blue Government for the next 4-years! With all legal and total 85,8% of all votes counted - the Blue Liberal-Conservative alliance won with a narrow win of 51,9% - against the Red Socialist alliance with 48,1%. 90 blue mandates against 86 red mandates. The Prime Minister and conservative-liberal party (Venstre) leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen will take over the prime minister’s office - even though his conservative-liberal party (Venstre) in Denmark suffered the worst and lousiest election in over 100 years! The Danish People’s Party (Dansk Folkeparti) - was the sole Winner of this nationwide election - and became the largest party within the Blue alliance. The Radical Left (Radikale Venstre) - and Socialist People’s Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) from the Red alliance was also sized down severely - and lost many loyal voters at this June 2015 election. The June 2015 election - was a comeback for the new Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen - as he has been Prime Minister before for a 2-year term until the September 2011 election - where the first female Prime Minister in Denmark and Social Democratic leader Helle Thorning-Schmidt took over the seat of the prime minister’s office.

That’s Danish Democracy in all of its colourful facets - and constitutional values!

Contact the Danish Prime Minister’s office: Lars Løkke Rasmussen

First woman Speaker in the Danish Parliament “Folketinget” elected
At the June 2015 election - Pia Kjærsgaard and former leader of The Danish People’s Party - “Dansk Folkeparti” - will take over the speaker’s seat at the Danish Parliament - and be the first female Speaker of the Danish “Folketing” - which is ranked as the next highest and most prominent position in the Danish society after the Danish Queen Margrethe. This is Danish History in the making!

Contact the Speaker of the Danish Parliament - “Folketing”: Pia Kjærsgaard
Over 800 ambitious and hopeful Candidates
Before each election time and period - there is a great long queue of ambitious and hopeful Danish citizens with different political opinions - and political candidates representing various parties from all parts of the Danish society that are seeking one of the very 179 prestigious seats with bundles of privileges at the Danish Parliament. At the June 2015 election - over 800 hopeful candidates were seeking election to the Danish Parliament. There were elected 179 members into the Danish Parliament from all over the country - and the new Danish parliament (Folketing) 2015 - consists of 67 women and 112 men. Of those 179 elected - 175 members were elected in Denmark - two in the Faroe Islands and two in Greenland.

The National Flag

Every citizen is proud of their country and national flag - so are the Danes - and there is a special history and myth connected to the Danish flag. According to the myth - the Danish King Valdemar II - called "Valdemar the Victorious" (1170-1241 - King 1202-1241) - was during his crusade to Estonia caught in a battle in June 1219 at Lyndanise near Reval - and while combating - a revelation happened - as a red flag with a white Christian cross surprisingly fell down from the sky and landed beside the King. With the red white flag in his hand - King Valdemar II won the battle at Lydanise near Tallinn - and after this historical event the Danish King Valdemar II commanded the flag to be the Danish national flag - and since named "Dannebrog".

The Legend
This legend of the Danish flag is very popular among the Danes and their favourite storytelling - about the Danish flag’s origins - even though a handful of other legends about the Danish flag exist.


The Oldest
Flag in the

The Danish Flag from 1219
The Danish flag fell down from the sky in 1219 in Estonia and helped King Valdemar II to win the battle at Lydanise near Tallinn.
Scandinavian Flags
Scandinavian flags blowing in the fresh Nordic wind from right to left respectively - Finland - Iceland - Norway - Sweden and Denmark.
National Flags & Sport
Colourful girls with the German and Danish flag painted on their faces. The face decoration is often used for national sports events.
The Danish flag called “Dannebrog” - is possibly the oldest national flag in the world. As being a part of a Christian culture together with other Scandinavian countries - the design and pattern of the Danish flag - with the Christian Cross was also later adopted by the other Nordic countries including Sweden - Norway - Finland - Iceland and Faeroe Islands - to symbolise their Christian heritage and the foundation of Christianity in each of the five Scandinavian nations.
National Coat of Arms.
The Danish Kingdom
Long after the Viking Age (800 - 1050 AC) - Denmark was much larger than today. From 1380 to 1814 - Norway was a part of the Danish Kingdom together with southern Sweden (Skåne) up to 1659. Schleswig and Holstein in North Germany belonged to Denmark until 1864.
Denmark's size is currently 43,093 sq. km - with a coast line of totally 7,313 km.
Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also a part of Denmark.



Faroe Islands

Ilulissat Icefjord is a beautiful
World Heritage Site

Greenland is the Biggest Island in the World
Greenland is a part of the Danish Kingdom and the biggest island in the world - located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The Capital is Nuuk - and the total numbers of inhabitants in Greenland are nearly 60,000. Greenland is dependent on fishing and fish exports. Greenland’s Ilulissat Icefjord was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2004.
Faroe Islands since 1948
The Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean has been an autonomous region of the Danish Kingdom since 1948 - with a population of almost 50,000 inhabitants - and the capital is named Torshavn. The Faroe Islands is an archipelago between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean - just halfway between Norway and Iceland.

Denmark - Flat as a Pancake
Denmark is flat as a pancake and one of the highest spots rises about 147 metres over sea level and called “Himmelbjerget” -
The Sky Mountain - situated in mid Jutland. A little bit more than three quarters of the Danish Kingdom is 100 metres above sea level and most of Denmark’s landscape is cultivated for producing agricultural products. Many forests - pastures and meadows are characteristic features of the Danish landscape together with a very diversified coastline that is dominated by white sandy beaches - marchland and dunes.

Green Pastures & Meadows
Green pastures - meadows and forests are characteristic features of the Danish landscape and rural areas which was formed by the last Ice Age more than 11,000 years ago.
Rural Cultivated Landscape
Most of Denmark’s rural landscape is cultivated for producing agricultural products and farming plays a vital role with demanding export markets for quality-minded consumers.

Denmark is
Flat as a
Pancake -
Since the
Ice Age

Denmark's Regions and Scandinavia
Denmark is connected to the European continent with Germany in the south - and the kingdom is surrounded by its nearest neighbours Sweden and Norway. Together Sweden - Norway - Finland - Iceland and Denmark is also called Scandinavia.

Sweden & Norway are called
"Brother Countries"

by Denmark -
and is an equal part of the Scandinavian countries
The southern Swedish province - "Skåne" - belonged to Denmark until 1659 - when the peace treaty was signed at Roskilde. The transition to Sweden was later confirmed by the Treaty of Copenhagen 1660. The Danish attempt to retake the province failed in 1710. Since - the Oresund Bridge has linked Sweden and Denmark closer together - and formed a new transnational region in northern Europe - as the main important hub for economic and cross-border activities in Scandinavia - with focus on the cities of Malmö and Copenhagen.
Norway was a part of Denmark until 1814 - when Denmark went bankrupt and had to cede Norway to Sweden. Norway took this opportunity to declare independence - and a peaceful separation in 1905 of Norway from Sweden - plus a brotherly settlement was a reality - which later led to the union of five Nordic countries in the region called Scandinavia. The Norwegians elected the Danish prince Carl of Denmark and Iceland as King - who took the name King Haakon VII - and reigned from 1905 to 1957 - as a very popular sovereign.
Sweden and Norway - "Brother Countries"
Denmark often calls Sweden and Norway for their "brother country" (broderland - a Nordic term) - as the Danes have much in common with the Swedes and Norwegians - such as the - language - religion - culture - mentality - history - political alliances - Nordic inheritance and population - and most of all - the very close cooperation between these three Scandinavian countries. Finland and Iceland are also a respected part of Scandinavian nations.
History - Culture and Everlasting Heritage
The Danish countryside is filled with beautiful landscapes and coastlines - historical relics of the past - Viking fortresses and settlements - cultural sights - old and new architecture - marvellous castles and palaces - middle-aged towns and churches - extensive beach areas and natural scenic coastlines - exciting attractions and amusement parks - idyllic old market towns and fishing villages - and last but not least modern city life with many thrilling activities and plentiful of experiences.
That’s what the Danes call history - culture and everlasting heritage plus deep-rooted Danish traditions.


The Stone Age
In the Stone Age - 1,000 to 1,500 BC. - the Danes buried their dead with a monument of stones - which still can been seen in the landscape today.
The Bronze Age
The Chariot of the Sun from the Bronze Age around 1350 BC. Found in North Sealand in 1902 and one of the precious relics at the National Museum.
Jutland and the Islands
The Peninsular of Jutland - Jylland - is joined to central Europe - while the rest of Denmark consists of 406 islands of which 90 are inhabited. The largest island is Sealand - Sjælland - where the Danish capital Copenhagen - København - is situated. Funen - Fyn - and the twin island Lolland - Falster together with the rocky island of Bornholm are some of the biggest isles in the Danish continent.

Small and Big Bridges
Denmark is linked by small and big bridges to main Scandinavian countries and the rest of the European continent. Especially the gigantic suspension bridge the Great Belt Bridge across the 20 km Great Belt between Funen and Sealand has been the largest bridge project of them all. There are almost 2,200 bridges connecting Denmark.

The Great Belt Bridge construction is the largest suspension bridge of its type in the world with a height as tall as the Eiffel Tower.
The Great Belt Bridge
The Great Belt bridge (Storebæltsbroen) was opened in 1998 - and the construction comprises a 6,790 m long suspension bridge with two pylons that are 254 m above sea level, and a 6,611 m long combined rail and road bridge.

Big Bridges
the rest of
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The Coastline
Denmark's coastline measures about 7,300 km. - and stretches with sand dunes - fjords and seascapes - white sandy beaches - marina's and many ancient market towns.

7,300 km


Charming Old Towns on Denmark's Coastline
One of many charming old towns on Denmark's coastline is Nakskov - founded around 1260 on the island of Lolland with beautiful old houses and buildings surrounding the harbour area.
Impressive Sand Dunes and Harsh West Coast
The impressive sand dunes on the harsh west coast of Jutland with 400 km of sandy beaches facing the North Sea - and a recreation area where both Danes and tourist flock by thousands in the summertime.
The Sea and Beaches is Always Nearby
From any point in Denmark - there will be less than 52 km to the sea.

A Dynamic and Modern Society

Denmark is a dynamic and modern society with one of the most competitive economies in the world generating a budget surplus with nearly no government debt. Danes considered themselves as movers - creative - friendly - and open-minded along with a vast reputation of being a part of a freedom loving nation that has a natural hard working mentality and moral plus an easygoing lifestyle with high-quality family ideals that is rooted in great harmony with Danish culture - traditions and democratic values.
Innovative Nation
Denmark is the fourth most innovative nation in the world - which is an important feature and bonus - when competing on export markets in a globalised world.
The Danes & their Easygoing Lifestyle
The Danes have a reputation of being a freedom loving nation with an easygoing lifestyle that is rooted in Danish culture and democratic values.
Denmark - An Innovative Nation
Denmark is the fourth most innovative nation in the world - which is an important bonus - when competing on export markets in a globalised world.

Denmark is

a freedom loving nation with an easygoing lifestyle

Competing on
Export Markets

in a Globalised
Infrastructure and Bicycles
Denmark has one of the most developed transport systems in the world with an effective infrastructure and public transport system that is well organized and efficient - even though many Danes use their bicycles for transportation.


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A effective Infrastructure and Transport System
Denmark has one of the most developed transport systems in the world with an effective infrastructure and public transport system.
Bicycles and Cycling is Danish Lifestyle
Even though Denmark has an efficient transport system - the Danes just love their bicycles and cycling is a part of the Danish lifestyle.
Evening school and leisure activities
The Danes are very active after working hours practising various sports - leisure activities - evening school classes - social and cultural meetings - club and association life etc. and most of all - the Danes are online with the rest of the world - as nearly everyone has a PC and a Cell Phone in Denmark.
Social and Cultural Activities
Sports - leisure activities plus club and association life is an active part of the traditional Danish life style and form.
Online with the whole World
Almost everyone in Denmark has a computer or has access to one. Pupils at school start at first grade using a computer.

Life is


Population and names
The population of Denmark is just over 5,6 million and more than 75 % are living in urban areas with surnames like Jensen - Nielsen - Hansen - Pedersen and Andersen - as the most common. The five most used first given names for girls are Anne - Kirsten - Hanne - Mette and Anna - and for men the five most used first given names are Jens - Peter - Lars - Michael and Henrik.

Danish Food Culture
Danish food culture has been cultivated and improved for many generations - and is mainly rooted from the old country kitchen - with deep-seated recipes created first and foremost - as a shield to protect the Danes against the cold weather conditions in Denmark. That’s why the Danes eat a lot of meat - especially loads of pork - but also beef together with plenty of vegetables. Poultry and fish products are the Danes second choice The cold and often wet climate in Denmark requires a lot of food with high nutritional values that contains many vitamins - minerals and proteins to mobilise a great potion of energy - which is a vital source - needed for work - school - sports - and other form of daily activities - when living in a dynamic and modern society like Denmark that demands plenty of human recourses every day. More...


Famous Danish "Smørrebrød"
Danish Dishes & Recipes
Traditional Danish dishes.
For the Sweet Tooth
Danish desserts and sweeteners.

Danish Food Culture and Cooking
- Read the Story about the Danes favourite Pork based spread "Leverpostej" on “Smørrebrød"
- The Danes national dish for generations "Frikadelle" - Juicy porky meatballs
- See the Danes favourite "Smørrebrød" - Open Faced Sandwiches
- The everyday national sport and competition - Peeling Potatoes
- Why the Danes are the most pork eating people in the world
- Traditional everyday Danish food and the Danes favourite dishes
- The typical and popular Danish desserts - from the old country kitchen
- What the Danes prefer to drink with their food - and at other occassions

- Danish Fast Food - "The Pølsevogn" - and the traditional and national "red" porky sausage
- Sweets - Delicious "Danish" - and Coffee

Danish Food Culture

Education - Education - and Education!
Denmark is a strong educational nation for the new generation - with focus on education - education and education.
Education - Knowledge - Growth - Welfare
The backbone of the Danish welfare system originates from the first school reform from 1720 - under the rule of King Frederik IV (1671-1730 - King of Danmark and Norway 1699-1730) - who established 240 schoolhouses bearing the royal insignia and called them Cavalry Schools. A new Education Act in 1814 - under the reign of King Frederik VI (1768-1839 - King of Denmark and Norway 1808-1839) - was the very first birth of the Danish “Folkeskole” - Peoples School - introducing free primary schools with compulsory education for all pupils in the country between age 7 and 14 years. In 1894 the Danish “Folkeskole” became a part of the government-funded primary education system to meet the requirements of the beginning industrial society.
First School Building
The oldest existing school building in Denmark from 1791 - was established by Prince Carl at Faxe - on the east cost of Sealand. The school included both class room and the teacher’s living quarters.
Folks High School
The world's first Folks High School - "Folkehøjskole" - was founded in 1844 in south Jutland and was based on the Danish national icon N.F.C. Grundtvig's ideas of a school for the uneducated adults.
Aarhus University
The University of Aarhus was inaugurated in 1928 and has by various merges with other Institutes and Faculties more than 34,000 students spread all over Jutland and at the Aarhus Campus.




The Folks High School - "Folkehøjskole"
Throughout the 19th century the Danish education system was especially influenced by the ideas of priest and national legend N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783 - 1872) - who founded the popular “Folkehøjskoler” - Folks High School in 1844.




International Study
Technical University of Denmark
DTU - is one of Europe's leading technical universities in the areas of natural sciences and technology. Every year - 8,500 students are studying for their Doctoral - Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.
IT University of Copenhagen
The new Copenhagen University built in 2002 and situated at the “Ørestad” areas on the Isle of Amager. Everyday more than 14,000 students are educated here and at the new IT-University.
Vejle Business College
Vejle Business College - situated in east Jutland - is one of largest colleges in Denmark, where over 2000 students participate in courses for computer science and business logistics management.
The Danes are well prepared with Know-How and Competences
During the 20th century - a wide range of new educational institutions was established - providing every Dane from the age of 6 free public support for his or her higher education - despite of social standing. As the educational level in Denmark is of a very high standard in all categories and stages of the education system - the Danes are well prepared for confronting the challenges of globalization with their know-how and competences.
Over 9,600 different educational institutions and Science Parks
Today there are more than 9,600 different educational institutions spread all over Denmark.
Compulsory Education in Denmark
There is compulsory education in Denmark for all pupils in the country between age 6 and 16 years.
Free Support for Higher Education
There is free public support for student’s higher education in Denmark - despite of social standing.



A foresighted King and 300 years of educational development
The educational development in Denmark started for nearly 300 years ago by a foresighted King - who found it vital to invest in people and their education that created knowledge - growth and last but not least - one of the best welfare systems in the world. The process is called - "The Danish Model".
Study in Denmark (Study Programmes and much more info)
The Danish Export Companies create Welfare and a High Standard of Living
Danish Export Companies were early Pioneers of Globalization long before the term was invented and introduced!
Innovative export locomotives and a well educated working force
Thanks to a considerable range of innovative export companies and corporations that create economic growth - as well as a well educated and flexible working force - the Danes have a high standard of living than most other countries.

Geared to compete on global markets
The Danish export companies are geared to compete on global markets with high technology products - and advanced engineering solutions - as well as food - beverages - tobacco supplies - plus agricultural products - Danish design - Furniture - handicrafts and architecture - medical and pharmaceutical goods - processing plants and productions lines - alternative energy systems - shipping - offshore services and turnkey solutions - and more than 750,000 people are employed in the export sector giving the Danish state billions in export revenues - and creating thousand of specialised jobs.

to Compete

Danish Furniture Design
The furniture industry in Denmark counts almost 400 companies - that produce furniture for more than DKK 16 billion. The different types of furniture is targeted and sold to the global export markets. The Danish furniture industry employs over 15,000 people - and the combination of advanced technology - high professional design and expertise makes the sector highly productive with desirable furniture products.
High Technology & Engineering Solutions
FLSmidth is the world's leading supplier of cement plants and technology to global cement producers - and offers everything from plant design and project management - as well as commissioning - training and after market service and support. There are almost 2000 engineering companies in Denmark offering and exporting high technology - advanced know-how - plus cutting edge engineering services to the overseas markets world wide.

The private and public sectors share the labour market with equal employees
The yearly export revenues contribute to fund the heavy central administration and public sector - as the private and public sectors nearly share the labour market with equal employees.

Raw materials - exports markets - and economic growth
As Denmark is lacking of raw materials - other than agriculture - as well as oil and natural gas - Danish exporters has for over a century continuously developed and shaped their industrial products and services - and directed them towards existing and new targeted export markets offering advance technology - sophisticated knowhow - foodstuffs and agricultural products - pharmaceuticals and medical devices plus operational services - technical solutions and turnkey systems - which make Danish exporters the locomotives that create the economic growth in Denmark - each exporter with an annual turn-over that reaches many billions - and each exporter strongly well established and represented on world markets - mainly based on the export of high quality and state of the art technology - technological know-how - high-end services and products - industrial plants and process - Danish design and Innovative solutions etc.

Some of the world's leading and biggest Exporters are Danish!
Kopenhagen Fur
Kopenhagen Fur - is the world’s largest fur skin auction house and the center of the international fur trade.
The Novo Group
The Novo Group - is the world’s largest insulin supplier and a international leader in diabetes and healthcare.
The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group
The A.P. Moller-Maersk Group - is the world’s largest container ship operator - with the biggest container ships in the world.



Diabetes Care

World Wide


Wind Power

Quality Meat

Vestas - Wind Power
Vestas - is the world’s largest supplier of wind power solutions and offers the biggest research and development unit in the wind power industry.
Danish Crown
Danish Crown - is the world's largest meat exporter and the biggest meat processing company in Europe producing quality pork and beef products.
Danfoss is an international group and a world leader in research - development and production of refrigeration - heating and motion controls plus a global trendsetter.
The Lego Group
The Lego Group is a global enterprise and the world’s largest manufactures of toys - that are branded and sold in more than 130 countries. Lego is based in Jutland.
The Rockwool Group
The Rockwool Group is the world's leading producer of stone wool for insulation of buildings all over the globe and operates with 23 factories in three continents.
The Arla Group
The Arla Group is one of the largest dairy manufactures in Europe with subsidiaries in 23 countries world wide and develops over 200 new products every year.


Toys & Bricks

Stone Wool



and Brands

Drugs for

Carlsberg Breweries
Carlsberg - "Probably the Best Beer in the World" - with 43.000 employees in 150 difference markets - and the world’s fourth largest brewery group.
H. Lundbeck A/S
H. Lundbeck A/S is a global pharmaceutical company engaged in research - production and sale of drugs for psychiatric and neurological disorders.
Hempel A/S
Hempel A/S is a world wide developer - producer and supplier of paint related solutions for the Marine - Protective - Container - Decorative and Yacht markets.
ISS - A World of Services with more than 480,000 employees - and present in 53 countries all over the globe - providing a range of broad-based services.
Oticon A/S
Oticon is an international hearing aid manufacturer providing hearing instruments for hearing impaired people world wide. The history of Oticon spans over 100 years.
Haldor Topsoe A/S
Haldor Topsoe’s commitment to catalysis has created a strong international business - from catalysts to proprietary equipment - process design and engineering.









Chr. Hansen
Chr. Hansen develop natural ingredient solutions for the food - pharmaceutical - nutritional and agricultural industries - and is one of the world leaders in bioscience technology and products with a global market position.
Brüel & Kjær A/S
Brüel & Kjær is a world leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration test and measurement solutions. The company’s core technology assists countless industries and governments worldwide.
FOSS develops and produces analytical instruments that improve customer’s production efficiency - product quality and profitability - and is a world leading provider of dedicated analytical solutions to major global industries.
Agriculture - High Technology - Shipping - Energy - Health Care etc.
Not only are the Danish export companies world leaders in their line of business but also major exporters on a global scale like international corporations as (in random order) The Arla Group - Danish Crown - Kopenhagen Fur - Carlsberg Breweries - Scandinavian Tobacco Company - The A.P. Moller–Maersk Group - Novo Nordisk - DanfossGrundfos - Vestas Wind Systems - F.L. Smith - Hempel - The Rockwool Group - Chr. Hansen - H. Lundbeck A/S - Bang & Olufsen - Coloplast - Lego - The VKR Group - SAS Group (Scandinavian Airlines) - Foss - Oticon - Jysk - Radiometer - ISS Group - Haldor Topsøe - Brüel & Kjær - NKT Holding - DSV A/S etc. - who all have been presence on the expanding export markets for several decades - and was the early pioneers of globalization long before the term was invented and introduced.
The Energy Sector
Especially in the energy sector - Denmark has since 1998 - been an exporter of Fossil Energy by the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group and the Vestas Wind Systems that has a 25 per cent world market share in Wind Power solutions.




Maersk Oil & Gas
Maersk Oil & Gas A/S is part of A.P. Moller-Maersk Group and has a concession for exploiting oil and gas in the Danish North Sea until the year the 2042. Maersk Oil & Gas A / S is the biggest oil and gas operator in Denmark - and produce about 95% of the Danish gas supply and 85% of the Danish oil production.
Seven Science Parks in Denmark
NOVI is one of Denmark’s largest Science Parks of seven. At its unique location right next to Aalborg University - NOVI accommodates close to 100 companies - mainly in the area of high tech - ICT and medical technology. NOVI Innovation offers the entrepreneur a package of services to ease the transformation of the idea into a business.
Lucky Danish Government and proud Danes
The total export revenue at the present amounts DKK 950 billions - which is 70% of Denmark’s gross national product (GNP) - and the Danish government - politicians - as well as the central administration are really spoilt and very lucky to have such motivated risk taking export companies that are innovative frontrunners and locomotives - and the sole benefactors and creators of the Danish welfare system - plus the high quality of life and living.
And by the way! - The Danes are certainly quite proud of their export companies and their products!
See survey of popular: Danish Export Products  
Attractive Business Climate
As indicated - Denmark has an attractive business environment - with a modern infrastructure - a highly educated and flexible labour force and a low corporate tax rate - which provides companies from abroad with the best from both worlds to select a suitable venue for their business operations - activities - and a positive return on investment.
Denmark welcomes new investors and businesses
Denmark welcomes new investors and businesses - and with its perfect location right in the centre between the lucrative and nearby Scandinavian and European markets - companies also have access to all of the attractive world markets via Denmark - and has the same beneficial conditions offered to all of the successful Danish export corporations targeting opportunities in a globalized world. Numerous Danish export companies are over 100 years old - and benefit by means of a comprehensive goodwill and reputation established through generations to overseas business relations - customers and selected market segments.

Science Parks
Denmark’s has Seven government appointed Science Parks and Innovative Incubators - whose purpose is to transform ideas - inventions or research results into commercial businesses. The emphasis is made on the strengthening of technology transfer and cooperation between public research institutes and the private sector - as well as on the stimulating of the commercialization of research results. The Ministry of Science - Technology and Innovation is the main government department responsible for the innovation policy and Science Parks.


Assistance and Contribution to Developing Countries - DKK 37,0 Billion!

Even though Denmark in size is a small country - it is a heavyweight and giant - when it comes to founding assistance to the Third World. In 1962 - the Danish Parliament passed its first act on international cooperation for economic development to undeveloped countries. The development and financial assistance supported to the developing countries is bilateral - as well as multilateral - and the total founding of projects amounted DKK 20,0 billion in 2014 - which is roughly 11 per cent of Denmark’s gross national product (GNP). Denmark is placed among the world’s richer nations - and the Danish taxpayers are one of the prime and biggest Humanitarian Contributors and Generous Philanthropists in the world of official aid and founds to the Third World and Developing Countries.
Contribution to developing countries
 Denmark is one of the prime contributors of official aid and founds to developing countries.
Water Wells in the Third World
Much of the development funds from Denmark are used to establish clean water wells in the third world.

Founding &
to the
Third World
Middle East

Shelter and homes to people from the Third World & Middle East
Up through the 1970s - and to date - poor immigrants from the Third World and Middle East have flock by thousands towards the Danish boarders - even though Denmark is one of the most expensive countries to live in - with the highest taxes in the world. In spite of the facts that Denmark never has had any type of colonial empires around the world like other European nations - the total number of immigrants and descendants in Denmark from the developing countries - as well as from the Third World and Middle East has increased to around 495,000 - which is equivalent to nearly 8.9% of the small Danish population of 5,6 million. Around 140,000 emigrants and their descendants from Scandinavia - and the Western part of the modern civilised world - work mostly in international based export companies - as well as in the public sector in Denmark - and have permanently settled down in Denmark - which is equal to 2.5% of the Danish population.

No one is left in the lurch in Denmark
To avoid a decidedly cultural clash - the present integration programme to assimilate and educate immigrants - from non western parts of the world into a deep-rooted Christian and Protestant culture - with solid democratic values - which includes - gender equality -
freedom of speech - freedom of the press and very high educational traditions - using a well established welfare system - costs the Danish taxpayers roughly DKK 17,0 billion per year - including those poorly educated non-Western immigrants that are not yet active and ready to enter the labour market - or to be absorbed into a modern western civilisation. But no one is left in the lurch in Denmark - as everyone is taken good care of - and these many billions are also considered as a additional form for development assistance and contributed aid by the Danes too - which has lifted a huge burden economically from all of the developing countries political establishment and ruling governments in the Third World and Middle East.

NATO and EU Membership
Denmark has been a member of NATO
since 1948 - and became a member of the EU in 1973.

Denmark's Membership - and the EU-Budget

The Danish membership of the EU costs the Danish taxpayers yearly 2,50 billion EURO (2014) - or approx. DKK 18,6 billion. Denmark received almost just as much from the EU for funding of certain subsidized programs and projects.





Member of NATO
Denmark has been a member of NATO since 1948 - and has carried out many peace keeping operations.
Member of the EU
Denmark was one of the first members of the EU - and an active part of European democracies.
The Danish Yellow "Support our Troops" ribbon.
Supporting the Danish troops abroad

The majority of the Danes are proud of their brave troops and supports the Danish soldiers on peace keeping missions abroad - firmly to defend democracy and freedom in the developing countries - and to prevent and reduce the threat of terrorism worldwide.
New National Memorial
The new National Memorial of remembrance placed at the Old Citadel (Kastellet) in Copenhagen.
A New National Monument and Flag Day

A new national monument of remembrance for the many brave Danish soldiers - who lost their young and precious lives in international peace keeping missions abroad has been inaugurated on September 5th - 2011 - at the Old Citadel (Kastellet) in Copenhagen - on the special flag and memorial day for Denmark’s deployed personnel.

The Citadel

The Danes and their country - in brief
The Danes just adore their country - even though they are the most heavily taxed people in the world. They work hard - but happily pay for their welfare system that gives every individual equal rights to have free access to the public health care system - plus other social and public services and benefits.

Democratic rights and freedom
Most of all the Danes protect and defend their democratic rights - as freedom of speech - freedom of the press - gender equality - high quality of life - financial security and social benefits - informal working atmosphere - clean environment - equal educational possibilities - Christian values and much more - which is a part of the cultural heritage and national identity that has contributed to build up the Danish kingdom through many generations and centuries - and also by means of mutual trust and confidence to each other and amongst fellow citizens - which are the basic elements and core values of a democratic and Christian society.

Gender Equality - A Fundamental Danish Value
One of the most important and basic elements in the Danish society is the fundamental principle of gender equality - which is the primary driving force that has for generation developed a unique and well functioned welfare system in Denmark - and given the Danes in many international surveys - the status and appraisal of being the happiest people in the world with a high living standard.

Happiest Place on Earth
The Danes are elected as the most satisfied people in the world - who claim they live in the happiest place on earth.
Free and Equal Education
The educational system in Denmark offers free and equal educational possibilities for all Danes from the age of six.
Most Pleased Employees
Danish companies have the most pleased employees in Europe due to a fine working atmosphere and gender equality.

Love and
Their Country
The Happiest people in the world
According to several surveys and studies in international magazines and newspapers - the Danes are the most pleased people in the world - living in the happiest place on earth. A recent study of the working environment in Denmark also shows that Danish companies have the most satisfied employees in Europe.
Video - Denmark - the happiest place on earth
Typically Danish

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The Danish National Anthem
The Danish National Anthem
Jokes & Danish Folk Song
Victor Borge
The Danish Language
Parody by the Norwegians
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Hans Christian Andersen
Portray of H.C. Andersen from 1850 by Elisabeth Jerichau-Baumann - and was one of the paintings he liked best of himself.
Vocal Line
The Danish A Cappella Choir - Vocal Line - in concert in the USA.
”I Danmark er jeg født” - The Unofficial National Anthem

This song is one of the most favourite and beloved hymn that touches the Danes deeply inside - and is known by every Dane - who has sung this song from a very early age - and leant every word and line by heart. The song is written marvellously by famous Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875). Each written word and sentence is a broad compassionate portray of Denmark - plus the Danish kingdom's passing history. The lyrics have a great deep-felt affection on the Danes appreciation and faithfulness for their beautiful country and cultural heritage.

The text is written by a true master that strikes the entire soul of the Danes national identity - as well as the Danish mentality and mindset - which was his legacy - and true area of excellence.

No one like Hans Christian Andersen can interpret Danish in such an inspiring and picturesque way - which makes his storytelling and song writing so imaginative and outstanding - that leave Danes of all ages with a meaningful understanding of their native tongue. It’s a pity that the words and text is impossible to translate into any other languages - as well as songs from other countries are just as hopeless to translate into Danish - without missing the deeper meaning and spirit of the lyrics. Many Danes have suggested during the past that “I Danmark er jeg født” should be our national anthem.

“I Danmark er jeg født” is written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1850 - as a tribute and honour to his country - where he was born and raised. In some senses - it’s a very patriotic song that praises Denmark in a passionate - poetic and inspiring way - and also describes admiringly how proud he is of his Danish background - and how much he loves Denmark as his homeland.

See and enjoy the video with the Danish choir - Vocal Line - that was formed in 1990 - as a modern a cappella choir of 30 singers - who really can express their native Danish mother tongue brilliantly - in a unique vocal style - with delicate and sophisticated harmonies heaping the arrangements full of flavour and texture - while performing this special arrangement of “I Danmark er jeg født” at the old Koldinghus Castle from 1268.

Every country is very proud of their National Anthem - and Denmark has nearly three!

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H.C. Andersen


Danish emigrants travelling to North America and Canada
Many Danes left their homeland Denmark around 1880 to seek new opportunities primarily in USA and Canada together with other emigrant from Scandinavia - Sweden and Norway. At that time no social benefits or social security were offered to the emigrants - who was compelled to manage by their own - and begin their new life with a lot of hard struggle for the daily bread. Find Ancestors




Passager-Contract - Thingvalla - 1885
The Thingvalla Steam Ship transported nearly all Scandinavian emigrants to USA and Canada from Denmark. The contract above shows that a ticket in 1885 to America with Thingvalla line cost DKK 300 for 3rd class passengers.
Rebild Festival - 4 July
Every year since 1912 the American Independence Day on July 4th. is celebrated at Rebild National Park in Jutland with thousand of Danish-Americans and Danes - as a gratitude to USA for welcoming the Danish emigrants in the middle of the 1800s.
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Inspiring - captivating and relaxing travel destination...
This is a pictorial selection of interesting places and historical venues in Denmark - as well as presenting some nationwide traditions - and an everyday typical Danish lifestyle - but it is most of all a visual glimpse of Denmark - as an inspiring - captivating and relaxing travel destination - with its everlasting Historical and Cultural Heritage.
For Homesick Danes - and our Brave Troops Abroad
This photo section of Denmark is especially a tribute and salute to our homesick Danes - plus our brave Troops abroad - missing their country and homeland!
UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in Denmark - 6
National Parks in Denmark - 4
The Sand-Covered Church
The sand-covered church at Skagen from the 14th century - where nearly half of the church tower rises from the heavy sand dunes. The church was finally closed in 1795. North Jutland.
The National Dybbøl Mill
The historical and national Dybbøl Mill and national symbol from 1744 - of Danish patriotism - endurance and resistance - was the centre of the Battle of Dybbøl in 1848 and 1864. South Jutland.
The Old Town - Aarhus
The prehistoric Old Town in Aarhus is a 5-star experience and an open air museum for Danish urban history and culture - with 75 historical houses from all over Denmark. East Jutland.
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Fishing Boats - Vorupør
Fishing boats on the beach at Vorupør. West Jutland.
The Old Town Hall - Ebeltoft
The old Town Hall at Ebeltoft from 1789. Mols East Jutland.
Koldinghus Castle - 1268
Koldinghus Castle and former royal residence from 1268. East Jutland.
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Medieval Ribe Town
The oldest town in Denmark is the medieval city Ribe that was founded around the 1150s. Ribe has also one of the oldest Cathedrals in Denmark - (The Church of Our Lady). South-East Jutland.
Himmelbjerget - “The Sky Mountain”
One of the very highest points in Denmark is called the “Sky Mountain” (Himmelbjerget) - and is located at the Silkeborg lakes - with a height of 148 metres over sea level. Mid Jutland.
Hans Christian Andersen's - Home
The world famous fairytale writher Hans Christian Andersen's childhood home in Munkemølle St. in Odense from 1785. The home also houses the H.C. Andersen Museum - opened in 1908. Odense. Funen.
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Egeskov Castle - 1554
Egeskov Castle from 1554 - and Veteran Car Museum. Funen.
Beach Houses - Ærø
Little beach houses (Strandhusene) - Isle of Ærø. South Funen.
Svendborg Harbour & Town
Svendborg Harbour and acient town from 1253. South Funen.
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Rebild National Park
Rebild Bakker (Rebild National Park) and its heather-covered hills - Himmerland. Northern Jutland.
Gunpowder Tower - 1688
Gunpowder Tower (Krudttårnet) 1688 - rest of the old fortification - Frederikshavn. North Juthland.
The “Strip” - Jomfru Ane Gade
Aalborg's famous nightlife at the “Strip” - Jomfru Ane Gade - Virgin Ane Street. North Juthland.
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Vejlefjord Bridge
Vejlefjord Bridge with a lovely view over Vejle Town. East Jutland.
Nyker Round Church - Bornholm
Nyker round church from 1150 - with frescos from 1400. Bornholm.
The Sandy Isle of Rømø
The sandy isle of Rømø is ideal for driving Sea Buggy’s. North Sea.
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Spøttrup Castle - 1520
Spøttrup Castle from 1520 - well preserved medieval castle with an active museum. North Jutland.
Bulbjerg Cliff
Bulbjerg Cliff is a 48 metre high limestone cliff and the only bird cliff in Denmark. North Jutland.
Sea Rescue Station - Thorup Strand

Sea Rescue Station at Thorup Strand - The fist Rescue post was established in 1840. West Jutland.

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Svendborgsund - Funen
Svendborgsund is the broad Sound that divides Funen from the isle of Tåsinge that is connected with a bridge - which also leads the way to lovely Langeland Island. The area with the many Islands is also called - “The South Funen Archipelago”. Det Sydfynske Øhav. South Funen.
The Open Air Museum
The Open Air Museum with over 100 rural houses from 1550-1950 - derived from all regions of Denmark - and then painstakingly recreated brick by brick - and furnished with the original artefacts. The settlement is spread over a large landscape area. Greater Copenhagen.
Porskær Stenhus - 3300 BC
“Porskær Stenhus” from 3300 BC - is Denmark's largest stone burial chamber - surrounded by the beautiful and scenic Mols Rolling Hills - which is situated on the hilly peninsula of “Djursland” - that also is a part of the Danish National Parks. East Jutland.
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Sandy Beaches & Clean Bathing Water
Bathing nymphs after a fresh swim at the Oresound. East Sealand.
Knuthenborg Safaripark
Knuthenborg Safaripark is North Europe's largest. Lolland.
Møns Cliff
Møns Cliff - Denmark’s highest cliffs over 6 km long. Isle of Møn.
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ARoS Art Museum - Aarhus
ARoS Art Museum founded by Aarhus citizens in 1859 - and located in new premises from 2004 - in Aarhus. East Jutland.
Maribo Cathedral - 1416
Maribo Cathedral and Abbey from 1416 - and former Bridgettine monastery - was founded by Queen Margrete I. Mid Lolland.
Valdemar Castle - 1644
The head entrance to Valdemar Castle built in 1644 - on the beautiful Isle of Tåsinge near Svendborg. South Funen.
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Odense Canal - 1796
Odense Canal from 1796 - connects Odense harbour with beautiful Odense fjord. Mid Funen.
The North Sea Oceanarium
The North Sea Oceanarium at Vorupør is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe. Northwest Jutland.
Fredensborg Castle - 1720-1726
Fredensborg Castle from 1720-1726 and the Royal summer residence. North Sealand.
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Givskud Zoo & Safari Park
Lion park - Givskud Zoo and Safari Park - with over 1000 animals from the world's 5 continents. Mid Jutland.
Smoked Herring - Bornholm

Fresh smoked herring - a national dish from the isle of Bornholm. Prepared and served since the Middle Age.

The Goose Tower - 1364
The Goose Tower from 1364 - and a part of an old fortress built by King Valdemar. Vordingborg. South Sealand.
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Nyborg Castle - 12th century
Come to Nyborg and visit the oldest royal castle in Denmark. A medieval castle dating back to the 12th century - and from the time - when the Valdemar dynasty were Danish Kings. Nyborg Castle - remained royal property for the rest of the Middle Ages - and up the 1520’s - when Nyborg was declared to be the capital of Denmark. South Funen.
Danish "Smørrebrød"
Danish "Smørrebrød" - Open Faced Sandwiches - is a very popular treat especially for the Danes. The Danish “Smørrebrød” - is a national dish that is created and served in numerous variations - for several occasions - and eaten with buttered rye bread. The “Smørrebrød” was invented around 1840’s - and is always enjoyed with beer and "snaps". Denmark.
The “Fyrkat” Watermill - 1440
The “Fyrkat” watermill is located by a little stream that runs into the “Onsild” creek - and very near the Viking settlement “Fyrkat” - established around 980 A.C. The watermill was built around 1440 - and was the remains of the existing “Ryds” watermill from Funen that was moved to mid Jutland - and painstakingly brick by brick rebuilt in new surroundings. Mid Jutland.
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Trelleborg Viking Ring Fortress - 980 AC
Trelleborg Viking ring Fortress from 980 AC - with room for some 1300 people. South Sealand.
The Gisselfeld Castle - 1547
The Gisselfeld Renaissance Castle built by the Danish High Chancellor Peder Oxe in 1547. Mid Sealand.
Fjenneslev Church - 1130
Fjenneslev Church from 1130 - the birthplace of Copenhagen’s creator Bishop Absalon. Mid Sealand.
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Fishing Boats - Gilleleje Harbour
Fishing boats at Gilleleje harbour. North Sealand.
Bovbjerg Lighthouse - 1877
Bovbjerg Lighthouse from 1877. West Jutland.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. North Sealand.
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Kronborg Castle - 1574-1577
Kronborg Castle from 1574-1577 - is also called “Hamlets Castle” - and situated on the narrowest point of the Oresound. North Sealand. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thy - West Coast of Jutland
The heavy sand dunes and blue sea at the rough west coast of Thy in Jutland - is a great recreational area - and a part of the Danish National Parks. West Jutland.
Jelling Church - 1150
Jelling Church from 1150 - and burial plot for King "Gorm the Old" - who is burried under the church floor. East Jutland. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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The Mute Swan
The Mute Swan - was elected as Denmark's national bird in 1984.
Dragør Museum - 1682
Dragør Museum from 1682 - on the isle of southern Amager.
The Faroe Bridge
The Faroe bridge from 1985 - connecting Sealand with Falster.
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Traditional Local Symbols - Jutland
Traditional painted stones from the west coast of Jutland.
Kalundborg Cathedral - 1170
Kalundborg Cathedral from 1170 - with 5 towers. West Sealand.
The Limfjord
Sail Boats on the Limfjord that runs from Kattegat to the North Sea.
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Hammershus Castle - 1255
Ruins of Hammershus Castle from 1255. North Bornholm.
Windmills Across Denmark
Windmills - for cleaner energy - on the windy coast of Jutland.
Tranekær Castle - 1230
Tranekær Castle from 1230 - isle of Langeland. South Funen.
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Randers Regnskov - Tropical Zoo
Randers Regnskov - Tropical Zoo with thousand of species beside Guden River. East Jutland.
"Frikadeller" - National Dish
The Danish national dish called - "Frikadeller" - eaten by the world's most pork consuming people.
Mønsted Limestone Caves
Mønsted Limestone Caves near the medieval town Viborg from year 1200. Mid Jutland.
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Sjællands Odde
"Sjællands Odde" - the beautiful tip of Sealand. West Sealand.
Hanklit - Limfjord
Hanklit on the isle of Mors in the Limfjord. North Jutland.
A Nation of Cyclists
Denmark is a nation of cyclists - who enjoy cycling all over the country.
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"Dannebrog" - The Royal Yacht
"Dannebrog" - The Danish Royal Yacht from 1931 - is the official and private floating residence for the Royal Family.
Danish Countryside
Danish countryside is beautiful in spring with poppies - marguerites and yellow mustard fields alongside country roads. Mid Sealand.
Nybjerg Watermill - 1548
Nybjerg watermill from 1548 - grinded corn until 1935 is a genuine tourist attraction that still is in full function. East Jutland.
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Hollyhocks & H.C. Andersen
Old house on Funen with hollyhocks - taken right out from a song with lyrics by writer H.C. Andersen.
Liselund Castle - 1887
Romantic Liselund mini-castle from 1887 and its beautiful park in English style. Isle of Moen.
Rold Forest
Denmark's largest forest Rold Skov (Rold Forest) on a lazy afternoon. Mid Jutland.
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Fanø Island
Kite flying at Fanø Island in the North Sea, with miles of sandy beaches stretching all around the isle. Southwestern Denmark.
The Common Seal
The Common Seal is a regular guest in Danish waters - with breeding grounds alongside southwestern Jutland.
Paddle Steamer "Hjejlen" - 1861
The oldest Paddle Steamer in the world from 1861 - Hjejlen - is still sailing on the scenic Silkeborg Lakes. Mid Jutland.
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Rugbjerg Knude - Lighthouse
Rugbjerg Knude has covered the lighthouse with sand - and is one of the biggest migrating dunes in Denmark. The lighthouse will disappear into the North Sea in few years. West coast - Jutland.
Mols Bjerge
Mols Bjerge (Mols Rolling Hills) in Syddjurs Municipality - and as well as a National Park of Denmark located on the small peninsula of Mols. East Jutland.
Lejre Historical Centre
Lejre Archaeological centre - showing 10.000 years of Danish history brought to life in original settings - and a part of the Danish National Parks. Mid Sealand.
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Klitmøller Surfing Venue
The North West coast of Denmark is a Mecca for surfers - and Klitmøller is one of Europe's best surfing venue - as the wind and waves create perfect conditions for surfers. North West Jutland.
The Viking Ship Museum
The Viking Ship Museum at the shores of Roskilde Fjord houses the museum for prehistoric ships from the Viking period around 1030-50. The ships were found in 1960 - and excavated in 1962. Mid Sealand.
Church Ships
In nearly every Danish church there is a ship model hanging from the ceiling. The oldest ship is in Ho church from the beginning of 1600s. The church ships symbolize gratefulness to life and God. West Jutland.
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River Guden -"Gudenå"
Wellness in a canoe on River Guden (Gudenå) - Denmark’s longest river - near Gudenå Camping Resort. East Jutland.
Red Danish Letter Box - "Postkasse"
The traditional red Danish letter box (Postkasse) designed in 1870. The Danish postal service was established in 1624.
Royal Schackenborg Slotskro (Inn)
Royal Schackenborg Slotskro (Inn) from 1687 in the tranquil village of “Møgeltønder” near Schackenborg Palace from 1600. South Jutland.
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Summer Cornfields
Picnic in summer cornfields with Danish open faced “sandwiches” and cool fresh Danish beer. The Danes just love their outdoor life - and get together activities.
Danish Wedding Ceremony
Typical Danish wedding with horse carriage and brides made. The Christian wedding ceremony take about 45 min. - and is followed up by a festive family gathering.
Sailing Schools Across Denmark
Sailing school at Arresø Lake - where new pupils learn the fine art of sailing the Optimist class. Sailing is a national sport in Denmark with over 7,000 km coast line.
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The Runic Stones at Jelling
The Runic Stones at Jelling from 964 A.C. - erected by King Harald "Bluetooth" with the inscription “who turned the Danes to Christianity" - is recognised as a National Symbol - and the Danish Kingdom's Birth Certificate. The Christian symbol on the Runic Stone is printed in every Danish passport. East Jutland. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Delicious Danish Bacon
Danish Bacon is one of Denmark’s oldest and most important export products - and each average Dane eats over 2.0 kg of juicy bacon every year. A meal with delicious bacon is one of the Danes most popular and favourite dishes - as they also are one of the most pork eating people in the world - and global exporters of pork meat.
The Polish “Turnip Girls”
To commemorate the hardworking Polish emigrants from the early 1900's - who mainly worked in the turnip fields and industry on the isle of Lolland - a bronze statue was erected in 1940 - on the city square of Sakskøbing displaying two so called Polish “turnip girls” to honour the reliable and devoted Polish working force. Lolland.
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Højerup Church at Stevns Cliff - 1250

Famous Højerup Church from 1250 at the edge of Stevns Cliff - where the choir collapsed in 1928 - and fell into the water. East Sealand. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Celebrating Midsummer in Denmark
Midsummer in Denmark is every year celebrated with Bon Fires all over the country on the 24 June and is called Sankt Hans aften.
Winter Bathing
Winter bathing is cool wellness and quite popular in Denmark. There are over 50 clubs with almost 120.000 active members.
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The World at Klejtrup Lake
The whole world is established at Klejtrup Lake near Hobro - where one can cruise the Pacific Ocean - play golf - ride a pony and try other amusements. Mid Jutland.
The Pantomime Theatre - 1874 - Tivoli
Harlequin dancing with Columbine at the Pantomime Theatre from 1874 in Tivoli. The mime theatre performance gathers thousands of tourists every year. Copenhagen.
Vintage Train - Maribo to Bandholm
Vintage train from Maribo to Bandholm with the oldest Danish steam engine from 1879. The line was inaugurated in 1869 - and open in the summer season. Lolland.
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BonBon-Land - Theme park
BonBon-Land - Theme park with 60 hysterically amusement and loads of fun. Mid Sealand.
Cold Danish Buffet
A part of the Danish buffet called the Great Cold Table. Normally served at Christmas time.
The Royal Danish Guard
The Royal Danish Guard in red "gala" uniforms celebrating their 350 year jubilee in 2008.
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Frederiksborg Castle - 1560
Frederiksborg Castle from 1560 - built by King Frederik II. In 1859 - the castle was razed by a fire and rebuilt. It houses The Museum of National History. North Sealand.
Lindholm Høje - 700 Viking Burial Plots
Lindholm Høje near Aalborg is the largest Viking burial area in Denmark with over 700 plots. It was found in 1889 - and dates back to 700-1050 AC. North Jutland.
Viborg Cathedral - 1876
Viborg Cathedral from 1876 - is built on the rest of a former Cathedral from 1726 - that was razes by a fire. The first medieval church was from 1130. Mid Jutland.
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Translocation of Danish Students
The traditional translocation of Danish students. After the ceremony they visit each others parents in decorated trucks. Almost 40,000 students receive their High School diploma every year.
Danish Golf Courses
There are more than 160 beautiful located golf courses spread all over the Danish countryside - with 180,000 active players. Golf is a very trendy sport in Denmark both for leisure and for professionals.
Kølstrup Church - 1150
Kølstrup church from 1150 - is a typical Danish church built in gothic style with crow-stepped gables - which was an architectural feature in the past. There are over 2800 churches in Denmark. East Funen.
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Tasty Red Sausage
"Danish Fast Food" - is the famous and tasty "Red Pølse" - which is a must to eat for any busy Dane. Over 140 million porky red sausages are consumed every year in Denmark.
Medieval Centre Nykøbing - Falster
At the Medieval Centre in Nykøbing Falster there are knight tournaments and heavy battles throughout the season. The venue is a great tourist attraction. Falster.
The Frigate "Jylland" - 1860
The Frigate "Jylland" (Jutland) from 1860 - is a historic wooden battleship with 44 muzzle-loading cannons - and a museum at Ebeltoft harbour. East Jutland.
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Small Allotments in Denmark
There are 65.000 allotments with small houses spread all over Denmark. The first gardens were established in Aalborg in 1884.
Carnivals in Denmark
Carnival in Denmark is a yearly event in major cities in May - where happy dancers are active in Copenhagen - Aalborg and Aarhus.
Leisure Holidays on Horseback
Horseback riding for tourists through beautiful scenic routes along the countryside - is a great experience in Denmark.
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KUNSTEN Museum - Aalborg
KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art from 1972 - situated in the city of Aalborg - and focuses on art from 1900 - and up to our century. North Jutland.
The Danish "Ingrid Marie" Apple
The "Ingrid Marie" apple is a genuine Danish apple that was found in a garden at Funen in 1910. The Cox style apple is popular in northern Europe.
The Top of Denmark - "Grenen"
The top of Denmark is called "Grenen" - where the Skagerrak and Kattegat Seas meet at the very northern point of Denmark. Skagen. North Jutland.
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Gedser Odde - Southernmost Point
The cliffs and tip at Gedser Odde - is the most southern point of Denmark - and near the ferry terminal of Gedser - with ferries sailing between Gedser and Rostock - Germany. Falster.
Blåvandshuk - Westernmost Point
The lighthouse at Blåvandshuk near the bustling town of Esbjerg - and the popular sandy coastline - and beaches of west Jutland is the most western point of Denmark. West Jutland.
Christiansø - Easternmost Point
Christiansø with it’s military fortification and tower from 1684 - on the isle of Christiansø - near the rocky island of Bornholm - is the most eastern point of Denmark. Christiansø.
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"Dannebrog" - The Danish Flag
The Danish Flag - "Dannebrog".
Roskilde Fjord
Roskilde Fjord. Mid Sealand.
Ferries - all Around Denmark
Ferry over Guldborgsund. Falster.
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"Holger the Dane" - Kronborg Castle
The Danish hero and national icon "Holger the Dane" in the dungeons of Kronborg. The myth is that he will wake up and defend Denmark if the country is attacked by any enemy. North Sealand. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tilting Contest - Sønderborg
One of the biggest tilting contests in the world is in Sønderborg with 500 riders and a yearly attraction. The challenge is to hit the ring while riding. The first festival began in 1895. Southern Jutland.
The "Wave Residences" - Vejle Fjord
The "Wave Residences" is built at the shorelines of Vejle Fjord and is a modern architectural pearl overlooking the promenade and the bay. The Wave is the new landmark for Vejle. East Jutland.
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Mariager Fjord
Mariager Fjord is the longest fjord in Denmark and cuts its way into the Jutland peninsula from the Kattegat Sea to the city of Hobro after passing the cities of Hadsund and Mariager. Mid Jutland.
Danish Red Cattle
The Danish red cattle produce each 26 litres of milk every day. The first breeding of the cattle started in Denmark about 1950 - and the milk race is a very common sight in the Danish landscape.
Roskilde Cathedral - 12th Century
Roskilde Cathedral from the 12th century is the biggest Cathedral in Denmark and the main burial site for Danish Kings and Queens since the 15th century. The Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Rainy Days in Denmark
The pedestrian street “Strøget” in Copenhagen on a rainy day with many colourful umbrellas and lots of wet pedestrians bumping in to each other. Central Copenhagen.
Danish Priest - Dress & Collar
Danish Protestant priest in her black cassock and white collar derive from the 16th century during a wedding ceremony at Kølstrup Church from 1150. North Funen.
Danish Folk Dancers
Danish Folk Dancers from West Jutland with their traditional costumes from the isle of Fanø. There is over 110 different types of Folks costumes in Denmark.
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Fish Dried by Sun & Wind
Plaice dried by sun and wind at Skagen - has been a preservation method for generations in Denmark and Scandinavia. The dried fish has a very long storage life - and even eatable after several years of storage. North Jutland.
Marinated - Fried or Smoked Eel
Marinated - fried or smoked eel is considered to be a luxurious dish and treat in Denmark - as well as a delicacy either with potatoes and parsley sauce - or with a raw egg on top of an open-faced sandwich with rye bread. All over Denmark.
The Deer Park - Eremitage Plains
The Deer Park at Eremitage Plains has a habitat of over 300 herds that was imported in 1737 from the Middle East. The stags and their antler are admired at this recreational area. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. North Sealand.
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Border Stone
A great attraction is the border stone between Germany and Denmark that is placed in the middle of the street at Rudbøl. On the one side of the street the houses are Danish and on the other - German. South Jutland.
The “Doll House” - Ærøskøbing
The smallest residence in Denmark is only 26 m² - and built around 1775. Once there lived two families in the little building called the “Doll House”. The house is the most photografed in Ærøskøbing - Isle of Ærø. South Funen.
Harvest of Danish Crops
The Danish farmers harvest their crops once a year - mainly in the middle of August. The final autumn's harvest every year totals to around 10.5 million tonnes of grain - where 65% is exported. Denmark.
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Danish Wind Farms
The world's biggest wind farm at sea is Rødsand 2 at Rødby with 90 gigantic windmills producing 800 GWh each year - and built by E.ON AB - Sweden. Lolland.
Danish Food & Dairy Products
Denmark is one of the world's largest producers and exporters of food and dairy products - with an export of over DKK 120 billion - including new ecological products.
The Tycho Brahe Planetarium
The Tycho Brahe Planetarium is Denmark's most advanced centre for astronomy - space research and science. IMAX films are presented on a giant screen. Copenhagen.
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Watchmen - Aabenrå
Watchmen at the watchmen's square in Aabenrå with their uniforms from 1700s - singing the watchman's song during their rounds in the city. South Jutland.
Art Museum - Herning
Carl-Henning Pedersen and Else Alfelts colourful Art Museum in Herning - inaugurated in 1976 - with over 4000 works by artist from the COBRA movement. Mid Jutland.
Jesperhus Flower Park
Jesperhus Flower Park and Amusement Grounds - the largest in Northern Europe with more than 2 million flowers spread all over the holiday resort. North Jutland.
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Legoland - Billund
Legoland and park - Built up by more than 50 million Lego bricks - Billund. Mid Jutland.
Gudhjem - Bornholm
Romantic and charming Gudhjem town and fishing village - Isle of Bornholm. East coast.
”People at Sea” - Esbjerg
Statue ”People at Sea” - A new 9 metre high landmark for Esbjerg city. West Jutland.
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“The White Gold” - Læsø
Salt production at Læsø has taken place since the 13th century by extracting salt from the sea water. In the Middle Age salt was considered as “The white gold”. Læsø. Kattegat Sea.
Coffee Table Treat
The famous Coffee Table from South Jutland. There must be at least 16 pastries or cakes on the table - and you offend the hostess if you don’t taste them all. Southern Jutland.
Fårup Sommerland - Blokhus
The Fårup Sommerland - action and aqua park for the entire family is one of north Europe’s largest amusement parks and a five star attraction in Denmark. Blokhus. North West Jutland
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Decorative Triumphal Arches
It’s a great tradition in Denmark - that friends and Nabors make a decorative triumphal arch over the doorway - when anyone close related has any type of wedding anniversary. Denmark.
Danish Chimney Sweeps
Danish Chimney Sweeps high on the roof in their traditional black working outfit and high hats from 1778 - which they receive together with their certificate after finishing 4 years apprenticeship. Denmark.
1700 Bottle Ships - Ærø
On the isle of Ærø there is the world's oldest collection of bottle ships at “Bottle Peter’s” museum - with a fascinating display of over 1700 bottled ships - and 50 old model ships. South Funen.
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"Flora Danica" - Royal Copenhagen
The "Flora Danica" hand painted dinnerware by Royal Copenhagen is truly the most prestigious and most expensive dinner service in the world. There are over 700 different wild Danish plants depicted on the Flora Danica dinnerware with gilded edges - and beautiful flora motifs.
Football - A National Sport
The national sport in Denmark is Football (Soccer) - and this popular sport has over 320,000 active players - where both females and males are extensively represented in almost 2,000 well functioning football clubs - with an increasing number of new members.
Denmark - A Dog Friendly Nation
Denmark is a very dog friendly country - with nearly 600,000 different types of dogs registered and spread over the Danish contingent - mainly in the cities and suburban areas. The most popular dog in Denmark at present is the Labrador Retriever.
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Old Blue Kitchenware - 1895
Visit the cosy homeland museum at Hals - and experience the old blue kitchenware from around 1895. The blue enamel kitchen utensils was popularly known and called “Madam Blå” (Madame Blue). North East Jutland.
Holmegaard Glass Factory - 1823
Visit Holmegaard Glass Factory (Holmegård Glasværk) - founded in 1823 - and famous for creating some of the factory's finest pieces and all-time classics the "Idelle" series - the "Ships glasses" and the "Provence" bowls. Mid Sealand.
Skagens Museum & “Skagen Painters”
Visit Skagens Museum that exhibits the precious works of the famous Danish “Skagen Painters” - who resided on the top of Denmark - mainly in the summertime - where their motifs captured the ongoing busy life at Skagen. North Jutland.
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"Arresø" - Denmark's Largest Lake
Sunset at Arresø. The largest lake in Denmark that runs into Roskilde Fjord. North Sealand.
Seaweed Thatched House - Læsø
Typical half-timbered house with thatched seaweed from 1850 - Isle of Læsø. Kattegat Sea.
Danish Herring - Akvavit & Beer
Famous Danish Herring (Sild) with Akvavit - (Snaps) - Beer (Øl) and Rye bread (Rugbrød) - National dish.
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Jærgerspris Castle - 1590
Jærgerspris Castle from 1590 - is the former Royal residence of King Frederik VII - and Countess Danner - who is buried in the castle garden. North Sealand.
The Wadden Sea
The Wadden Sea (Vadehavet) is famous for it fauna - flora and thousands of breeding birds. West Jutland. A UNESCO World Heritage Site - and Danish National Park
Sønderborg Castle - 1170
Sønderborg Castle from 1170 - where King Christian II - was held prisoner from 1531 for 17 years. The Castle is open to the public. Southern Jutland.
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Town Gate - 1470 - Fåborg
One of two existing Town Gates in Denmark are located in the city of Fåborg and Stege. The Fåborg Gate was built about 1470 - as a part of the town’s medieval fortification. Most every town in Denmark had Town Gates until around 1800s. West Funen.
The Alborg Tower - Landmark
The Alborg Tower is the landmark of the city - and was inaugurated in 1933 - together with the new Limfjord Bridge. The Tower offers a breathtaking panoramic view 105 metres above sea level - and the top can be reached by stairs or elevator. North Jutland.
Grundtvig's Church - 1921-1940
Grundtvig's Church is built 1921-1940 - and the largest public Evangelical Lutheran Church in Scandinavia. The Church ia a national monument over Priest and Danish pioneer of folk high schools - Philosopher and Social Reformer - N. F. S. Grundtvig. Copenhagen.
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Boerglum Monastery - 1035
The Boerglum Monastery (Børglum Kloster) was built from 1035 to 1220 - by the Augustiner monks. Later the Praemonstratenser monks lived at the abbey - until the reformation in 1536. Today the Monastery is privately owned - and the church is opened to the public. Vendsyssel - Jutland.
Danish Postal Staff & Red Uniforms
The Danish Postal staff have since 1848 worn their red uniforms - which is associated with the Danish Postal Service - owned by the Danish state. The red uniforms are synonymous with the delivery of letters and packages - and can be experienced all over the Danish townscape and countryside.
Hindsgavl Castle - Middelfart
Hindsgavl Castle is built in the 13th Century - and located near the medieval town of Middelfart on the isle of Funen. Today Hindsgavl Castle is a congress hotel and conference center - surrounded by a beautiful park - and the waters of the Little Belt Strait. Middelfart - North Funen.
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Oldest Timbered House in Denmark
Visit the oldest existing timbered house in Denmark from 1527 - situated in the medieval town of "Køge" - and once equipped with a thatched roof. East Sealand.
The Suså River - Sealand
The Suså River is the longest river and largest waterway on Sealand with it’s 85 km that runs into Lake Tystrup. There are 20 different fish species in the river. South Sealand.
The Crypts at Aarhus Cathedral - 1060
Aarhus Cathedral is the oldest church building in Denmark with it's many labyrinths of caverns and crypts from 1060 - and is named (The Church of Our Lady). East Jutland
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Christiansfeld & Honey Cakes
Christianfeld townscape - founded around 1770 - represents the Protestant urban ideal - and settlement of the Moravian Church - a Lutheran free congregation with architectural edifices - centred on the Church Square for all the loyal Moravian Churchgoers. Christianfeld is also famous for its delicious honey cakes and hearts - decorated with chocolate icing. Christianfeld town area is A UNESCO World Heritage Site. South East Jutland.
Eremitage Plains & Woodlands
The hunting forests on the plains of Dyrehaven was established by King Frederik III - around 1669 - and is situated about 16 - 30 km. from Copenhagen. The landscape was created by Danish kings to conduct “Par Force” hunting - with hunting lanes laid out in an orthogonal grid pattern that ends at the Eremitage Hunting Lodge. The woodlands cover - Store Dyrehave - Gribskov and Jægersborg Hegn - and is A UNESCO World Heritage Site. North Sealand.
The Danes National Dish
The Danes have elected their favourite National Dish as “Stegt Flæsk med Persillesovs”. Fried Pork Belly Slices with Potatoes and Parsley Sauce. The rural pork dish originates from the old Danish country kitchen - and has been eaten by generations of Danes for many centuries. The “Stegt Flæsk“ dish is also a popular treat at Danish restaurants and Fast Food Eateries - and is a quite inexpensive and affordable pork dish to prepare - serve and enjoy.
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Amalienborg Palace - 1750-1758
Tourists flock by thousands all year long around the Royal Families residence “Amalienborg Palace” from 1750-1758 - established by King Frederik V (1723-1766). The four identical built Royal palaces is a great and popular tourist attraction. Central Copenhagen.
Pjerrot & Bakken

The Pjerrot character has been an long institution and tradition at Bakken - situated north of Copenhagen - which is the world’s oldest amusement park established in 1583 - and also a very popular outing and picnic venue for active Copenhageners.

The Rocking Stone - Bornholm
The famous and biggest rocking stone at the “Paradise Hills” on the rocky isle of Bornholm - is a gigantic irregular rock weighing up to 45 tons - and was brought to Bornholm by the moving ice glaciers during the last Ice Age. Bornholm has 3 rocking stones that are great tourist attractions.
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The Mid-Point of Denmark
The absolute geographic mid-point of Denmark is placed at “Nørrevang” - on the peninsula of Odsherred in the north-western part of Sealand.
The Shooting Star - “Stjerneskud"
The Shooting Star “Stjerneskud" - is the Danes favourite Open Faced Sandwich - and a Danish sea food classic on the “Smørrebrød" menu.
The Marguerite Route
Follow the Marguerite Route that will direct you to Denmark’s cultural and historical places - and to the most picturesque scenic attractions.
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