Known as a happy country with rich maritime history, exceptional historical places, small swinging roads, beautiful lakes, and delicious Danish food, Denmark is indeed a beautiful place to go. This country of many islands has so much to offer especially during Christmas, the time of the year where you can experience lots of hygge (pronounced as hooga) which means coziness. With the coziness felt all over the country, Denmark is truly a way to a relaxing life. Immerse yourself with the exceptional classic designs you can see in the surroundings, from the local restaurants to the hotel lobby and museums. In Denmark, the quality of life is a combined fun and beauty.
Important and Interesting facts about Denmark
- Denmark is the smallest of the five nations in the Nordic Region, with a total land mass approximately the same size as Finnmark County in Norway. On the other hand, Denmark has plenty of good arable land, and makes the most of this natural resource.
- The average wind speed is 7.6 meters per second, which explains why Denmark is one of the world’s largest exporters of wind turbines.
- There is not a single mountain in Denmark. The closest thing is a 170 meters high hill called Møllehøj.
- Denmark is the fifth largest exporter of food in the world.
- There are more breweries per person in Denmark than in any other country in the world.
- What’s Denmark’s biggest attraction, but also the smallest? The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, at just 4 feet tall! The Little Mermaid sits close to the shore of the cruise harbor “Langelinie” on her granite resting place, in the harbor area Nyhavn. It is a short walk from the main cruise pier, nearby many of Copenhagen’s other major attractions and locations to see the architecture in Copenhagen.
- You can’t visit Denmark’s capital and just ignore the Tivoli. Especially if you’re traveling as a family, the Tivoli should be at the top of your list of attractions and sights in Denmark. There’s everything from serene park areas and activities for smaller children to rides for thrill-seeking teens and adults.
- The Strøget in Copenhagen. Europe’s longest shopping street is also one of Denmark’s top sights. And there’s an insider tip for all you shoppers out there: Cost-conscious travelers and bargain-hunters should start shopping at the Rådhuspladsen end of the Stroget.
- Amalienborg in Copenhagen is the winter residence of Denmark’s royalty, and also a very popular attraction in Denmark. With its rococo style, Amalienborg Castle combines four externally uniform (but internally different) palaces around a courtyard. Travelers can witness the changing of the Guard daily, and/or enter two of Amalienborg’s palaces.
- Bornholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, east of Denmark and south of Sweden, with the nickname “Pearl of the Baltic”. There are wonderful beaches, lots of bicycle paths, and architecture from the 1800s. You don’t need a car on Bornholm – buses, bicycles, and Danish taxis are everywhere.
Cool, Funny and Fun Facts about Denmark
- The Danish prince Hamlet, the fictional character of William Shakespeare’s famous play, was inspired by an old Danish myth of the Viking Prince Amled of Jutland.
- The Danish fairy tales writer Hans Christian Andersen, is well known around the Western world, notably for such tales as “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Little Mermaid” (adapted by Disney), and “The Ugly Duckling”.
- Niels Bohr, a physicist, known for the explanation of the periodic system of elements, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize, is Danish.
- The architect of the iconic Sydney Opera House was the Dane Jørn Utzon (1918-2008). In 2007, he became only the second person to have his work recognized as a World Heritage Site while he was still alive.
- Lars Ulrich (One of founders of Metallica ) was born in Denmark. This fact is interesting, because in whole history only two famous performers of heavy metal were ever born in Denmark: King Diamond and Ulrich himself.
- Denmark has a lot of famous companies like: Carlsberg and Tuborg (beer), Royal Copenhagen (porcelain), Danish company Danfoss , Arla, Danish masters a well known for their furniture design. Also widely known are Danish sweet dainty- Danish pastry.
- Denmark produces a lot of stuff. Some of the goods well known in the world. In 1847 Denmark started to export to England wonderful Danish bacon. People in England liked it very much. Today Denmark export bacon worldwide.
- “Lurpak” butter is probably the best known brand of butter in the world from Denmark. You can buy it in more than 100 countries.
- Among other things Danish people have invented the widely known children playthings LEGO. The name “LEGO” – an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, is meaning “play well.” Lego started to produce toys in 1932. The really interesting fact, for the more than sixty years was sold over 320 billion units of Lego bricks all around the Globe. If we make very simple calculation we found out that every human being in the world is owner of about 56 Lego bricks.
- The Danes eat in average 42 sausages in average per year.
Historical and Cultural about Denmark
- Denmark has been inhabited since about 12,500 BC.
- Danish men marry the oldest of all Europeans – at 32 years old in average.
- Denmark is the homeland of the Germanic ethnicity and culture. The Franks, Burgundians, Jutes, and the Norses (Vikings) all trace their origin back to Denmark (as well as Norway and Sweden for the latter).
- In the 9th and 10th centuries, Danish Vikings invaded and settled in parts of Western Europe as far as North Africa. They founded the Danelaw in Northern England, and were granted to Duchy of Normandy (named after the Norse men) by the King of France.
- The Danish royal family is probably the oldest uninterrupted European monarchy. It traces back its roots to legendary kings in the Antiquity. Gorm the Old, the first king of the “official line”, ruled from 934 C.E.
- Between 1397 and 1524, the whole of Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland) as well as southern Finland was unified under Danish rule, with Copenhagen as capital. The Denmark-Norway Union (including Iceland and Greenland) lasted until 1814.
- Dyrehavsbakken, 10 km north of Copenhagen, Denmark, is the world’s oldest operating amusement park. Its origins can be traced back to the late 16th century, when entertainers and artists working in this spring park attracted crowds from all over Europe. Cabarets made their appearance in 1866, and the first wooden roller coaster opened in 1932. Other modern attractions followed, and the park now features six high-speed roller coasters and over 30 other rides.
- Shrovetide is a children’s festival in Denmark. They dress up – usually on Quinquagesima Sunday – and go around with their collection tins which they try to get filled with money. They are given money when they have rung the bell and sing to those who open the door.
- According to the legend, the Danish flag, Dannebrog, on this day fell from the sky by Lyndanise in Estonia, where King Valdemar II the Victorious was crusading in 1219. Since 1913, the day has been a national flag day when little Danish flags are sold. Until 1948, the day was a school holiday and it was celebrated with Valdemar Festivals around the country.
- Hygge: Danes have a special word for that cozy feeling of togetherness which gets them through the winter – Hygge. It is more a state of mind than anything else, but coming together and enjoying good times in great company is often (hopefully) hyggeligt.