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   Denmark Country Guide


Flag of Denmark Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973. However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.

Map of Denmark Full Name: Kingdom of Denmark
Area: 43,094 sq km (water: 700 sq km, land: 42,394 sq km) - includes the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea and the rest of metropolitan Denmark (the Jutland Peninsula, and the major islands of Sjaelland and Fyn), but excludes the Faroe Islands and Greenland
Population: 5,593,785
Capital City: Copenhagen


People: Scandinavian, Inuit, Faroese, German, Turkish, Iranian, Somali
Language: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
note: English is the predominant second language
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran (official) 80%, Muslim 4%, other (denominations of less than 1% each, includes Roman Catholic, Jehovah's Witness, Serbian Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Baptist, and Buddhist) 16% (2012 est.)

Government Type: Parliamentary Constitutional monarchy
Chief of State Queen MARGRETHE II (since 14 January 1972); Heir Apparent Crown Prince FREDERIK, elder son of the monarch (born on 26 May 1968)
Head of Government: Prime Minister Lars LOEKKE RASMUSSEN (since 28 June 2015)

GDP: $US 264.8 billion (2016 est.)
GDP per Capita: $US 46,600 (2016 est.)
Inflation: 0.4% (2016 est.)
Unemployment: 4.2% (2016 est.)
Industries: iron, steel, nonferrous metals, chemicals, food processing, machinery and transportation equipment, textiles and clothing, electronics, construction, furniture and other wood products, shipbuilding and refurbishment, windmills, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)

Member of EU: Yes



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