Denmark is based in Northern Europe and is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries. The Kingdom of Denmark also has 2 autonomous provinces – the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The latter is over 500 times larger than Denmark but has 100 times less people. Denmark is well known for its strong welfare state, mixed market capitalist economy and has one of the most egalitarian societies in the world. In 2010 it was voted yet again the happiest country in the world.
Denmark has a mild climate with no extremes of heat or cold. In the light summer months of June to August, the average daytime temperature is 70 F and in February - the coldest month - the average is 34 F. This makes Copenhagen's weather much more like London's or Amsterdam's than that of the other Scandinavian capitals.
The Faroes comprises of 18 islands, separated by narrow sounds and fiords, located in the northern Atlantic, almost midway between Norway, Iceland and Scotland. The capital is called Tórshavn and the total land mass is 1,399 square kilometres.
Greenland is part of the North American continent. It is the world’s largest island, with a total area of around 2.2 million square kilometres, yet only approx. 410,000 square kilometres are not covered by ice. The northernmost of the Island Cape Morris Jesup, is just 740 kilometres from the North Pole.
Forests, pastures and meadows are characteristic features of the Danish landscape together with a very diversified coastline that is dominated by white sandy beaches - marchland and dunes.
As the country that links the rest of Scandinavia with continental Europe, Denmark has always benefited from a unique stream of cultural influences: a cosmopolitan culture with a strong tradition in art, ballet, opera and theatre.
Danish architecture and design is known for its Nordic simplicity and the clean lines. IIndustrial design, furniture and aesthetic objects have always been one of Denmark's biggest exports.
Denmark’s ancient past almost tells its own story with its country manors, churches, well-preserved market towns, ancient burial mounts and modern architecture. For music-lovers, Denmark ranks in a class of its own with more than 100 rock, folk and jazz festivals.