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Summary: Denmark is in northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany and also includes two major islands, Sjaelland and Fyn, and is mostly low and flat to gently rolling plains. Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation with trappings like agriculture assisted by technology, a widely privatized economy, a stable currency and a comfortable standard of living.

Capital: Copenhagen
Time Zone: DST +0200 UTC
Population: 5,413,392
Languages: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic, German, English
Power: 230 V, 50 Hz
Currency: Danish Krone - Currently 1 DKK = 0.1959 USD $
Climate: Denmark is temperate and mostly humid and overcast: mild, windy winters and cool summers.


Copenhagen: Scandinavia's largest city manages a small town feeling, most of its buildings are less than five stories, but still manages to seem cutting edge. The royal palace of Amalienborg has a daily changing of the guard in front of a very impressive statue, and includes Tivoli, the beautiful parkland and garden area, while the world's longest mall, the Stroget splits the city center and leads to the Nyhavn canal square.

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Langelinie Pier: Langelinie Pier next to Copenhagen Harbor and about a ten minute walk north of the city center hosts the statue that symbolises Denmark. In 1909 a Danish brewer, Carl Jacobsen, attended a ballet performance of Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid'. He was so enthralled with it, he had a statue erected in honour of it that a million visitors a year now come to see.

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Legoland: This is exactly what the name implies - a huge park on the island of Jutland dedicated, and made up of, Lego. Families come to visit more than a million square feet of parkland with versions of international monuments fashioned from the small plastic bricks including miniature ports and moving cars and boats. I am fairly certain that the hosts are human.

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Ribe: Founded earlier than 700 AD, Ribe is the oldest settlement in Scandinavia, with 16th century houses and the 14th century Ribe Cathedral. Ribe celebrates its past in the Ribes Vikinger, a fully Viking museum with displays back to the pre-medieval age, while walking the cobblestone streets past houses dating back as far as the 16th century around the town center helps visitors feel life as it was 500 or 1000 years ago.

 

The Nice Danes: Danes are some of the most open and friendly people, with English common and casual dress the norm.

English: English is commonly spoken and often taught in schools. As a result, most mid- to young Danes can converse quite well in English with you if you are stuck.

Parking on the Beach: In some places it is acceptable to park your car on the beach to save time walking back and forth with you beach supplies. Check first, as you normally are not allowed to do this on beaches along the Baltic coast.

When To Visit: April to October bring nicer weather and longer hours, although the end of August is the best time to go - the weather is nice but the tourist crowds have thinned out. The Tønder Festival is during this time, although there are many music festivals starting Midsummer's Eve through July.

Food: Among the locals, pork is the meat of choice, although also interesting are the smorrebrod, small brown bread open-face sandwiches served with different toppings.

Phrases: Toast by saying "Skal!"

Tipping: Rounding up the bill at bars and restaurants can be done for good service, and bathroom attendants and porters may expect loose change, otherwise, everyday tipping is not standard practice.





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