27 Country Facts on Denmark


  1. Denmark has a massive coastline, stretching 7,314 miles around the country. There is no point in Denmark that is more than 30 miles from sea.
  2. Copenhagen Strøget is the oldest and longest pedestrian-only street in the world.
  3. Denmark has two Autonomous territories: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The Faroe Islands holds twice as many sheep as people. 
  4. As of the 2017 population estimate of Denmark, there are 5,748,769 people. which ranks 112th in the world. However, Denmark can boast a $324.146B GDP, which is ranked 34th in the world.
  5. Denmark has 443 islands. 
  6. Lake Arresø is Denmark’s largest lake, in the Hovedstaden region of Denmark. The lake has a surface area of 40.24 square kilometres (15.72 sq mi) and primarily outflows to an area of 216.1 square kilometers (83.4 sq mi). 
  7. Of Denmark’s 443 islands, 74 are inhabited. The most populous is Zealand, with about 2,287,740. Zealand makes up 39.8% of Denmark’s total population.
  8. The northernmost point in Denmark is Skagen’s Point, at 57° 45′ 7″ northern latitude. Denmark’s southernmost point is Gedser Point at 54° 33′ 35″ northern latitude.
  9. Denmark is categorized with 2 different ecological regions: the Atlantic Mixed Forests and Baltic Mixed Forests.
  10. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, had a GDP per capita of $74,000.
  11. Denmark created the Ministry of Environment in 1971, and became the first country in the world to establish an environmental law 2 years later in 1973.
  12. Denmark has 5 administrative regions. The capital region is Hovedstaden.
  13. The highest elevation point in Denmark is only 560 ft, roughly the size of the Washington Monument. 
  14. According to the World Economic Forum 2014-2015 report called the Global Competitiveness Report, Denmark is the 13th most competitive economy, and 8th most competitive in Europe. 
  15. Niels Bohr was a Danish scientist, who received a Nobel Peace Prize in 1922 for his works in atomic science. He went to the United States in 1942 to build atomic bombs as a part of the Manhattan Project. 
  16. Denmark was a co-founding nation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) when it began in 1949.
  17. The North Sea in Denmark holds on considerable amount of oil, which, helps rank the country 32nd on the list of world exporters of crude oil.
  18. The nation is 42.1% powered by wind turbines. 
  19. Denmark has a total fertility rate (TFR) of 1.73 children born per woman, which puts the country at a 0.22% population growth per year.
  20. According to The Geographist, Copenhagen is ranked 191st in the world for population, with about 1.3 million.
  21. The Flag of Denmark shares the Scandinavian Cross design with other surrounding northern European nations such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland.
  22. Denmark was the first country to allow same-sex marriage when it passed the law in 1989.
  23. There are 320,000 Danish football players playing for 1600 different clubs across the nation.
  24. Christianity is the most widespread religion in Denmark, with 75.9% of its population following the Church of Denmark, a Protestant-classified and Lutheran-oriented branch of the Christian church.
  25. The life expectancy of Denmark is 80.6 years (78.6 years for men, and 82.5 years for women).
  26. Denmark elected their first female Prime Minister, Helle Thornig-Schmidt in October 2011.
  27. The Danish National Football Team won the UEFA Euro 1992 Final, defeating Germany in a 2-0 victory.

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