Today we will let you know about some awesome and interesting facts about Denmark, you will be amazed after reading these facts about Denmark.
30 Interesting facts about Denmark
Country & Population
- Danish men get married the latest of all Europeans – at 32 years old on average.
There are 443 islands bearing a name in Denmark, of which 76 are inhabited.
- Denmark’s flag, the Dannebrog, is the oldest state flag in the world in continuous use by an independent nation. It was adopted in 1219.
- The average height of the country above sea level is only 31 meters and the natural highlight is Møllehøj, at 170.86 meters.
- Separate studies have established that Danes were the happiest people in the European Union (2007 Cambridge University study) and the happiest people in the world ( 2006 study from the University of Leicester ), or the 2nd happiest in the world ( World Database of Happiness 2000-2009 ).
- Danes have the lowest income inequality in the world (with Sweden), with a Gini coefficient of 24.8 in 2011.
- In 2008, World Audit ranked Denmark as the most democratic and least corrupt state in the world. He was also second for freedom of the press.
- A 2007 UNICEF report on child well-being in rich countries found that Denmark was the third best country for children to live after the Netherlands and Sweden.
- Denmark has had no less than 14 Nobel laureates, including 4 in literature, 5 in physiology or medicine and a peace prize. With a population of around 5 million, it is one of the highest per capita percentages in the world.
- According to the WHO (2002 statistics), Danish women have the lowest incidence of obesity in the EU.
History & Culture
- Denmark is historically the central place of origin of Germanic ethnicity and culture. The Franks, Burgundians, Jutes and Normans (Vikings) all come from Denmark.
- In the 9th and 10th centuries, Danish Vikings invaded and settled in many coastal areas of Western Europe and North Africa. They founded the Danelaw in the north of England and were granted the duchy of Normandy (named after the men of the North) by the king of France.
- Following the “Danish exoduses” of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, most of the current inhabitants of Germany, Benelux, North and East of France and the British Isles have a considerable part of Danish ancestors .
- The Danish royal family is probably the oldest unbroken European monarchy. It traces its origins to legendary kings in ancient times. Gorm the elder, first king of the “official line”, reigned from the year 934.
- Between 1397 and 1524, all of Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland), but also the south of Finland, were unified under Danish rule, with Copenhagen as the capital. The Union of Denmark and Norway (including Iceland and Greenland) lasted until 1814.
- Dyrehavsbakken, 10 km north of Copenhagen, is the oldest amusement park in the world. Its origins date back to the late 16th century, when comedians and traveling artists who worked in this park in the spring attracted visitors from all over Europe. The cabarets first appeared in 1866, and the first wooden roller coaster was opened in 1932. Other modern attractions followed, and the park now includes six high-speed roller coasters and more than 30 other attractions.
- The Danish prince Hamlet, Shakespeare’s famous fictional character, was inspired by the ancient Danish myth of the Viking prince Amled of Jutland.
- Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish fairytale writer, is well known in the western world, especially for tales such as “The New Clothes of the Emperor”, “The Little Mermaid” (adapted by Disney) and “The Ugly Duckling”.
- The architect of Sydney’s iconic opera house is Danish Jørn Utzon (1918-2008). In 2007, he became the second person in history to see his work recognized as World Heritage while he was still alive.
- Denmark was the first country to legalize same-sex unions in 1989 (although homosexual marriage was not granted until 2012).
- Business & Economics
- Denmark has the highest employment rate in Europe (75%).
- In 2012, Denmark had the second highest nominal GDP per capita in the European Union, after Luxembourg. At purchasing power parity (PPP), Denmark ranked 8th in the EU.
- In 2005, Denmark had the highest percentage of broadband subscriptions in the world, with around 32% of the population connected. In 2010, Denmark was third globally with 37.7% of the connected population.
- Denmark has the second highest VAT rate in the world (25%), after Hungary.
- The famous toy maker Lego is Danish.
- The group of AP Møller-Mærsk (commonly known simply as Mærsk), headquartered in Copenhagen, is the largest container ship operator and the largest supply ship operator in the world, with more than 100,000 employees in 125 countries.
- Carlsberg and Tuborg are two of the most famous Danish beer brands.
- The Danish company Bang & Olufsen (B & O) is renowned for its audio, TV and telephone products, which are among the highest in the world.
- The Great Belt Link, a suspension bridge between the Danish islands of Zealand and Fyn, is the longest suspension bridge (1.6 km) in Europe, the third longest in the world after the Akashi Strait Bridge at Japan and Xihoumen Bridge in China.