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Kingdom Denmark




Predominantly Lutherans, some Catholics, religious freedom

Political System

Constitutional parliamentary kingdom

(Representative democracy)

Chief of state:


Danish crowns (dkk)

Geographical Information

43.090 km²/ 122,9 inhabitants / km²

Coastal area: peninsula and 406 named islands;

one border continental to Germany, others beyond the sea (Norway, GB, Sweden, Poland)

Typical Food and drinks

Food: Heavy food with much meet (most pork), thick sauces and potatoes, milk products, fish-dishes, less vegetables and fruits (they don’t grow there so much), world famous "smörbröd" as party food and self made sandwiches, whenever they go out (picknick, at work …)

Drinks: Much coffee, milk, tap-water, beer, spicy hard liquor (Akvavit, Gammel Dansk)

Holidays and Festivals

1.1.New Year, Easter: Thursday to Monday, Penance Day in the end of April , Whitsun: Sunday and Monday, Corpus Christi (2nd Thursday after Whitsun), 5.6. national holiday, midsummer night (23./24.6.). Christmas (24.-26.12.)


Oldest continuous kingdom of the world (since 950)ruled by the same family, with only 3 interruptions: 1412-39 house of Pommern, 1440-48 Bavaria and 1481-1513 Hannover.

World war 1: neutral,

World war 2: occupied of Germany from 9.4.40

Art and culture

N.F.S. Grundtvig (Priest and fighter for education for everybody; inventor of Vhs), Bertil Thorwaldsen (sculptor), Kröyer (Skagens Maler), H.C. Andersen(fairytales) und Karen Blixen (author), Björn Windblad und Poul Henningsen (Designer) Carl Nielsen u. Adam Oehlenschläger , (composer), Sören Kirkegaard (philosoph and documentarist of 1000 years history of Denmark)

Dos and don´ts for visiting the country

Great hospitality at home (hygge),

On the beach no occupation of everyday the same part, very free for behaviour for everybody

Population and

% of foreign population /minorities

5,3 Mio. Inhabitants

(95,5 % Danish, ca. 1,5 % Turkish and 2 % immigrants of Asian, African and Scandinavian countries and former Yugoslavia)

in the south German minority (south-Schleswig)

Main Integration Problems

Language, Religion, don’t want to work (it is allowed for everybody in DK), lack of integration willpower

Map of Denmark

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