Approximately 5,3 million people live in Denmark.
Situated in Northern Europe between the North Sea and the Baltic, Denmark is the only Scandinavian country connected to the European mainland. (The southern border of the Jutland Peninsula meets with Germany.) All in all, Denmark consists of about 405 islands, many of which are uninhabited. The capital, Copenhagen is situated on Sealand, the largest island. The entire country is 43,000 square kilometres/16,630 square miles in area, not including Greenland and the Faroe Islands. By area, it's the smallest nation in Northern Europe.
Denmark is a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Margrethe II as the head of state. A popularly elected parliament, Folketinget, governs the country and the prime minister, the nation's chief political officer, usually comes from the ranks of the majority party. The Faroe Islands and Greenland come under nominal rule from Denmark.
The native tongue is Danish, but English is widely spoken.
Denmark has a mild climate with no extremes of hot or cold. In the light summer months of June to August, the average daytime temperature is 19.5 degrees centigrade and in February - the coldest month - the average is 1.2 degrees centigrade. This makes Copenhagen's weather much more like London's or Amsterdam's than that of the other Scandinavian capitals.
Although famous for a certain part of its past, there is much more to Denmark than viking ships, mead and sword fights. Denmark is also known for its rich cultural life, design and its varied nature.
Denmark is a green country in more than one sense. The Danes take good care of the natural diversity of their country and are known worldwide for their environmental awareness. In Denmark you can safely turn on the tap and enjoy fresh, clean drinking water.
The currency used in Denmark is “krone” (crown). 1 Danish krone = approx. €0.13. Most shops, hotels and taxis accept credit cards. However, if you plan on going by train or metro, we recommend that you have some cash.