Denmark Overview

Denmark is a small kingdom in northern Europe that is almost surrounded by water. It consists of a peninsula and 482 nearby islands. The peninsula, called Jutland, shares a 42-mile border with Germany. Greenland, off the north-eastern coast of Canada, is a province of Denmark even though it lies 1,300 miles away. The Faroe Islands, north of Scotland, are a self-governing part of the Danish kingdom.

Denmark is a land of small green farms, blue lakes, and white coastal beaches. The carefully tended farmlands make up about three-fourths of the country. In the farm areas, the roofs of most houses are made of red or blue tiles, or are thatched. Storks, which the Danes believe bring good luck, build nests on some rooftops. Castles and windmills rise above the rolling landscape. Visitors can enjoy Denmark’s charm even in the busy, modern cities, with their well-preserved sections of colourful old buildings and cobblestone streets.


The summer is the best time to visit Denmark; from May to August, the daylight hours are longer and temperatures average 25C (77F). In the winter month’s temperatures hover at freezing point, particularly in January and February, but Denmark’s climate is mild compared to other countries at a similar latitude.


CAPITAL: Copenhagen
POPULATION: 5.4 million
LANGUAGE: Danish, English
CURRENCY: Danish Krone
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.