24    Nov 20080 comments

What everyone should know about Denmark

My name is Aske, and I live in Denmark on the island of Funen, which is the Island in the centre of the picture below. I live in one of the many harbour cities in Denmark, called Svendborg. As country manager for Denmark, I want to tell you a thing or two about Denmark, as part of our countries series.

Click to view photo in full sizeFirst of all, Denmark is flat. The highest point is 'Mollehoj', at only 170.86 metres (560.56 feet) above sea level. Denmark consists of a large number of small islands, of which 72 are inhabited, and therefore Denmark is connected by more than 30 large bridges (some listed here).

The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen, with 1.1 million inhabitants, which is about 21% of the country's total population of 5.5 million inhabitants.

Politically, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy. The monarch formally appoints and dismisses Danish ministers, and signs off Danish laws.

Denmark has two dependencies, Greenland and The Faroe Islands. Greenland has home rule, but is financially dependent of Denmark, and thus a part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

Denmark is known for a lot of big companies; A. P. Moller-Maersk Group (International Shipping), Lego (Toys), Bang & Olufsen (Electronics), Carlsberg (Beer), Vestas (wind turbines) and Novo Nordisk & Novozymes ( a pharmaceutical company responsible for a large amount of the modern diabetes medicine).

Denmark is the birthplace of a number of well-known people, such as fairy-tale author H.C. Andersen, Artist Lars Ulrich (Metallica, he plays the drums), Actor Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings), Architect Jørn Utzon (he designed the Sydney Opera House), Explorer Vitus Bering (he explored the Bering Sea, Bering Strait and Bering Island), and Shakespeare's character Hamlet.

In the food department Denmark is known for its Smørrebrød (Open sandwich consisting of rye bread and some sort of topping the spiced meat roll, and roastbeef. A lot of Danish meals involve pig meat, in fact for every person in Denmark five pigs are produced every year, 85% of those are exported, which makes Denmark the most pork exporting country in the world. Well-known dishes made with pork are pork liver pâté and frikadeller (known by many as the Danish version of the meat ball), of which I am a really big fan! When a Danish child compliments their mother's frikadeller, it is appreciated a lot.

That's what everyone should know about Denmark!

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