Facts about Denmark
Denmark is located in Northern Europe, in the region that is called Scandinavia. Denmark is located to the north of Germany and to the south/southwest of Norway and Sweden.
Denmark is an island nation measuring about 43,000 square kilometres. It consists of the peninsula, Jutland and 474 islands, of which Zealand, Funen, Lolland, Falster and Bornholm are the largest.
The Faroe Islands and Greenland are part of Denmark, but they have home rule and are not EU/EEA members.
Denmark has 5.6 million residents. Approximately 400,000 residents are foreign nationals; around half of these come from Scandinavia, the EU or North America. As of 1 January 2014, there were approximately 600,000 immigrants and their descendants in Denmark. There is also a German minority residing in Southern Jutland. The minority comprises approx. 15,000 people.
The capital city of Denmark is Copenhagen, located on the island of Zealand. There are approx. 1.25 million residents in Greater Copenhagen.
The official language of Denmark is Danish. English is obligatory in primary schools and is spoken and understood by nearly all Danes. A great number of Danes also speak and understand German. Danish, Norwegian and Swedish are very similar and are understood by residents of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
There are 12 official public holidays in Denmark. These are New Year's Day, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Common Prayer Day, Ascension Day, Whitsun Sunday, Whitsun Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. In addition, a number of Danes do not have to work on Christmas Eve and Constitution Day (June 5), and many take May 1 off.
There is freedom of religion in Denmark. The official religion is Evangelical Lutheran and is practiced by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark.
The currency is the Danish krone. Even though Denmark is a member of the EU, Denmark has not adopted the euro, therefore Danish stores are not obliged to accept payments in euro. Many stores in central Copenhagen and tourist areas do, however, accept payments in euro.
The climate is temperate with high humidity and is very windy.
Seasons: Summer is during the months of June, July and August. Winter is during the months of December, January and February.