The Danes are the happiest people in the world. If you believe the studies
which is published every year, Denmark
of the happiest nations on earth with some of the best qualities of life.
smilingdanmark.dk has studied Danish The food culture and Restaurants, which are the most excellent in the world. København
Restaurants has more Michelin stars than any other Scandinavian city, and
Denmark as a whole would undoubtedly have even more if the inspectors from
Michelin ever moved outside the capital, for example. Aalborg or
Although standards in a normal Danish café is generally very high, think
Denmark - the happiest nation on earth and home to the famous Danish poet Hans Christian
Denmark (Danish: Danmark) is a Scandinavian country in
Northern Europe. The country of Denmark, together with
and the Faroe Islands, comprises the Kingdom of
Denmark is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of
Sweden and south of
Norway, and bordered to the south by
Germany. Denmark borders both the Baltic and the North Sea.
Denmark consists of a large peninsula, Jutland (Jylland) and many islands, most notably Zealand (Sjælland),
(Fyn), Vendsyssel-Thy (commonly considered a part of Jutland), Lolland, Falster and
Bornholm, as well as hundreds of minor islands often referred to as the Danish Archipelago.
Denmark is divided into five regions + Greenland and the Faroe Islands with partial autonomy. Each region is headed by a 41-member high elected regional councils, whose political leader has the title of regional council chairman. The system of government is a flexible executive control, which means that the Executive Committee is the only committee in addition to the regional council to make decisions and the only thing standing committee. The Executive Committee must have at least 11 and not more than 19 members. There will be regional election simultaneously with local elections. The first elections to regional councils took place 15 November 2005.
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Denmark has long controlled the approach to the Baltic Sea; before the digging of the Kiel Canal, water passage to the Baltic Sea was possible only through the three channels known as the "Danish straits".
Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. Denmark has a state-level government and local governments in 98 municipalities. Denmark has been a member of the European Union since 1973, although it has not joined the Eurozone.
Denmark is a founding member of NATO and the OECD. Denmark is also a member of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe
How to get to Denmark
Visit Denmark By plane:
Denmark is served by two major and several minor airports who nearly all offer international connections. Most European airlines offers routes to
Copenhagen, and many also to Billund, but SAS Scandinavian Airlines
remains the dominant carrier. Key players in the low-cost market include the national Cimber-Sterling or Norwegian, Easyjet, Transavia and finaly Ryanair which has services only to provincial airports.
Visit Denmark By train
There are five direct trains per day from Hamburg to Copenhagen, approximately every two to three hours. These trains are loaded onto a ferry for the sea passage from Puttgarten to Rødby, and the total journey time is around 4.5 hours. There are also two train lines to Jutland from Hamburg, one via
Padborg and the other via
Trains run every twenty minutes from Malmö to Copenhagen. The total journey time is 35 minutes.
Visit Denmark By car:
Denmark is directly connected to the German Autobahn on route E45 (German route 7),
Denmark By bus:
If you are in one of the neighbouring countries, long distance buses offer a good economical alternative to trains. From Germany serveral bus companies operate routes from Hamburg and Berlin to Copenhagen and
Visit Denmark By boat:
The fastest way between Norway and the continent are through the Danish highways, this has ensured frequent ferry connections to Norway, with the busiest port being
Hirtshals, from where a trip to Norway takes as little as 3½ hours. Other busy routes are the
Roedby-Puttgarden ferry - the fastest route between Sweden and Copenhagen
to continental Europe -
Or between Sweden and Elsinore
- which remains one of the busiest ferry crossings in the world (though a bridge is on the drawing board). And though it has been waning for years, with the ever increasing competition of low cost carriers, Denmark also has the only remaining ferry route between the UK and Scandinavia
(Harwich-Esbjerg, 18 hours). Ferries are generally of a very high standard and safety regulations are strictly adhered to.
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Denmark is world renowned for design and architectureDenmark is world renowned for design and architecture, and the world's very best and award winning architects are Danish.
Two world-renowned architects residing in Elsinore Jørgen Utzon, known from the concert house in Sydney - the new triumphal arch in Paris and many other great buildings - the young award-winning architect Bjarke Ingels is also resident of Elsinore
Bjarke Ingels Cube Expo 2010 China
Denmark is Everything you can dream of
Copenhagen, with its 1.2 million inhabitants, is the capital, but big
cities as Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense have everything you could ask
for of a capital, just on a smaller scale.
Being part of Scandinavia does not make Denmark very cold or very
expensive. The climate has no extremes – in winter
the temperature averages minus 1 degree Celsius and during summer time
it is normally 20-25 degrees Celsius. This is due to the Gulf Stream
that flows into the seas around Denmark.
Denmark is less expensive than many people think. As a student, 600
Euro per month should easily cover your living expenses in Denmark,
which is less than in most countries in Europe.
Happiest people in the world
According to the World Database of Happiness, The Danes are known for
being the happiest people in the world – not surprisingly as Denmark is a
safe country with a modern welfare state that offers education at a
world class level.
Denmark also have a long tradition for a flexible education system where you can enroll at any time during your life.
The official language is Danish, which is spoken by more than 5.3 million Danes.
However, most all of them also speak very good English, and therefore
it is not a problem to be in Denmark as a foreigner not knowing the
An informal attitude
Denmark is known for its commitment to human rights and its fight for
a sustainable climate. Our discussions are free and we are very
informal. That is a key attitude to the Danes.
Five Danish attractions included on Unesco's prestigious World Heritage List, which contains the most worthy and unique cultural heritage and natural resources in the world. Recently, Denmark has the Wadden Sea and Stevns Klint with the fine company.
Visit the Jelling stones, also known as "Denmark's birth certificate", for here it is carved into how King Harald around the year 965 Christianized the Danes..READ
Roskilde CathedralVisit the Roskilde Cathedral, which has been the Danish royal family's burial church for centuries. Here rests a total of 38 kings and queens.
Kronborg SlotThe old castle Kronborg is known worldwide as Hamlet and Shakespeare's castle and the place where sagnfguten Holger Danish sitting and sleeping in the casemates.READ
VadehavetThe Wadden Sea is one of the world's 10 most important wetlands where the tide twice a day move enormous quantities of water and produces Bais for a full undik wildlife.
Stevns KlintStevns Klint is at once beautiful and dramatic, while a super
exciting and unique source of a dramatic epoch in Earth history .READ