- The Kingdom of Denmark
Population: 5,584,758 (2012)
Area: 43,098 square kilometres
Population density: 126.4 pr. square kilometre
Geographic region: Scandinavia
Neighbouring countries: Germany, Norway, Sweden
Gross domestic product: DKK 1,658 billion (2009)
GDP pr. inhabitant: DKK 300,241 (2011)
Capital: Copenhagen 1,213,822 (2012)
Other major cities: Århus 252,213 , Odense 168,798, Aalborg 126,556 (2012)
Form of state: monarchy
Head of state: Queen Margrethe II (since 14 January 1972)
Ethnic distribution: 90.9% Danes. Immigrants and their descendants constitute about 9.1 per cent of the population.(2009)
Life expectancy: women 81.62 years, men 77.1 (2009)
Religion: 90% Protestant
Currency: DKK 1 Krone = 100 Øre (DKK 5.9 = USD 1, 2012)
Member of: UN, OECD, EU, Nato, Schengen, OSCE, IMF, WTO and others
Running out of oil Denmark will get its energy from wind power plants at sea and maintains self-sufficiency.
The Viking Age depicted on a tapestry by the artist Bjørn Nørgaard. Today, a millennium later, the Danes still retain their Viking spirit. They have conquered many of the worlds export markets and their country has become one of the ten richest in the world.
The Egg and The Swan (1958) by Arne Jacobsen are two classics of Danish furniture design. The chairs are part of the interior Jacobsen designed for his building SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.
The Sydney Opera House is located in Sydney, Australia. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, who in 2003 received the Pritzker Prize, architecture's highest honor. The Opera House was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007.
Lego - the world famous toy building brick - made in Denmark.
Denmark - Abstract
The average wind force across the year is 7.6 m per second, which helps explain why Denmark is the worlds largest exporter of wind turbines.62% of the total area is cultivated, the highest percentage in Europe. 56% of the land is used for growing corn, 20% for grass, 4% for roots and 4% for seed. Very much grain will be fed to pigs making us the world's largest pork exporter. The agro-industry is highly developed. The Danes produce more starch per capita than any other nation. 75% of all potatoes grown are made into starch and 85% of the starch is exported world-wide.
Denmark is surrounded by the sea - no wonder that we are a seafaring nation with the largest tonnage in Europe, and aims to become the largest carrier in the world.
Denmark and the World
During the history of Denmark, the image of the Danes has changed completely. The barbaric Viking has been replaced by the Danish UN soldier with a child on his arm in Kosovo or Eritrea. The war against terrorism, peacekeeping, dissemination of democracy and support of developing countries are among the objectives given top priority in Danish foreign policy.
Among other things, this is achieved through membership of the UN (Denmark was a cofounder in 1945), NATO (since 1949), the Nordic Council (since 1952) and the EEC/EU (since 1973).
<< Denmark has been self-sufficient since 1997. Left is the oil rig Mærsk Jutlander in the North Sea
The Danish Development Assistance
Denmark’s development engagement is based on partnerships with actors who can and wish to create change. The cooperation involves implementing concrete programmes as well as developing new and better methods.
The aim of Denmark’s development cooperation is to reduce poverty through the promotion of human rights and economic growth. It is focused on some of the poorest countries in the world.
The former random aid projects have been superseded by a sector policy, so that support is given not to a single school, but the countries entire education system or agriculture or fishing, etc. 50.9% of the bilateral assistance goes to Africa, 26.5% to Asia, 9.4% to Latin America and 1.7% to the Balkans, while 11.9% is not country specific.