Denmark is the most southerly of the nordic countries and covers the Jutland peninsula, and 443 individually named islands inluding Zealand (which is home to the capital city Copenhagen), Funen, Lolland and Dalster, and many smaller islands. Many of the larger islands are connected to the mainland and each other via a network of briges. Only 76 of the islands are inhabited. The Faroe Islands and Greenland also remain as dependencies, however these are now self-governing.
Denmark is almost entirely low-lying, with an average height above sea level of just 31 metres. The warm current created by the North Atlantic Drift tends to ensures a mild climate, although the northerly location does mean that even summer temperatures are just under 16 degrees celcius on average. The country is also windier than average, particularly in the winter.
The northerly location of Denmark also has an impact on the length of each day compared to more southerly countries. Some winter days can be very short, particularly around Christmas time, whilst in the summer the opposite can be the case when Danes enjoy and celebrate long days and light evenings.
Denmark is home to the Scandinavian majority, but there are also significant Inuit, Faeroese and German minorities.
Driving distance map of Denmark (click to enlarge)
Driving in Denmark
Motorway: 130 km/h
Rural: 80 km/h
Urban: 50 km/h
Useful phone numbers in Denmark
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Ambulance , fire brigade and police : 112
Some useful phrases
jah/nie (yes/no), tak (thanks), farvel (goodbye), skol (cheers)