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Denmark is situated north of Germany and is surrounded by its Scandinavian neighbours. Denmark also has two autonomous provinces – the Faroe Islands and Greenland.


Denmark is known for its strong welfare state system and it is one of the most egalitarian societies in the world. In 2013 Denmark was once again ranked the happiest country in the world.

Do you want to learn more about Denmark? Get the basic facts on Denmark on this page or follow the links to get an overview of Denmark.

Basic facts

Population: Approximately 5,4 million inhabitants - this amounts to roughly 1,4 % of the total EU population

Capital: Copenhagen (1 million inhabitants)

Form of government: Denmark is a monarchy and a modern democracy

Placement: Denmark is located in Northern Europe between the North Sea and the Baltic. Denmark also includes the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic. Denmark lies between 54° and 58° of latitude north and 8° and 15° of longitude east.

The islands in Denmark: The country consists of the peninsula of Jutland and approximately 406 islands, of which 78 are inhabited (2003). Of these, the largest and most densely populated are Zealand on which the capital of Copenhagen is situated. In addition to Denmark itself, the kingdom also includes the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Geography: The highest point is 170.68 meter above sea level. Everywhere in Denmark is maximum 50 km from the sea.

Climate: The climate is temperate coastal climate, January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of 0.0°C and August the warmest with an average temperature of 15.7°C.  The average wind force across the year is 7.6 m per second, which helps explain why Denmark is the world’s largest exporter of wind turbines.

Cultivation: 62% of Denmark's total area is cultivated, the highest percentage in Europe. 56% of the land is used for growing corn (cereal), 20% for grass, 4% for roots and 4% for seed.

All about Denmark

Denmarks official website

The Danish Parliament


Travel and tourism

Visit Denmark

Visit Copenhagen

Education in Denmark

Danish Universities

Danish education system

Study in Denmark

Country Facts