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Facts about Denmark

Denmark has been a monarchy since the 9th century, and is one of the oldest monarchies in the world.

Reigning sovereign is Her Royal Highness Queen Margrethe the 2nd since 1972. Her husband, His Royal Highness Prince Henrik, is the Protector for the Lions Clubs of Denmark. The monarchy is a constitutional one, governed by a democratically free elected parliament, the Folketing. Denmark is a member of the European Union and of NATO.

The flag "Dannebrog" is the oldest national flag in the world. According to the legend, it descended from the sky during an expedition that King Valdemar the 2nd made to Estonia in 1219. Since 1748 "Dannebrog" has been the flag of the Danish kingdom.

 

The area of Denmark is 43.069 km2 and the coastline is 7.000 km. 5,3 million people live in Denmark - 123 inhabitants per km2. The average life expectance is 76 years.

85% of the population are Protestants.

The Danish Currency is "kroner" (1 Danish krone is divided into 100 øre). 1 Euro is 7,55 Danish kroner.Greenland and The Faeroe Islands are parts of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Denmark is the smallest country in Scandinavia. The country is situated between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Denmark consists of the peninsula Jutland and 406 different islands of which 78 are inhabited. On the island of Zealand you will find the capitol, Copenhagen.

Denmark has a coastal climate. In the summertime you will get temperatures from 15 to 25 degrees centigrade - even 30 degrees centigrade sometimes.
Frequently rain occurs during the summer.

The main businesses are industry, agriculture and trade. Denmark has become self sufficient in oil and natural gas since 1991.

Denmark is per inhabitant the largest contributor in the world when it comes to aid to the developing countries.

After generations of use and misuse of the natural environment, Denmark now has one of the worlds most stringent environmental legislations. Contamination of the environment is now punishable with fines and in extreme cases, prison.
All discharge water and sewage goes through an extensive and effective purification and treatment system, in the hope that the increasing problem of ocean pollution can be curtailed.

The Danish health care is one of the best in the world. All children are given regular health checks. Visits to the doctor and hospitalisation are free of charge. In contrast medication can be quite expensive.

The Danish health welfare as well as the social welfare offered by the government means that Denmark perhaps has the largest burden of taxes in the world.

After all we are still proud to be Danes.

 


 
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