Introduction to Denmark

Denmark is such a liberal and modern state so much so, it was the first country to legalise same-sex unions in 1989. There is said to be a strong sense of ‘hygge’ or togetherness in this Scandinavian country that’s present in everyday lives from spending time with family right through to design elements.

Did you know you can never be more than 52 kilometres away from the coast in Denmark? Apart from a land border with Germany to the south, the entire country is surrounded by water. The country’s mainland peninsula, Jutland, is surrounded by more than 400 islands that all form part of the Kingdom of Denmark along with the territories of Greenland and Faroe Islands. Denmark meets the south of Sweden via the Oresund Bridge. The west coast joins the North Sea in windy, sand-swept beaches, while a sheltered east coast meets the Baltic Sea. Kattegat and Skagerrak seas on the country’s north coast feature impressive shifting sand dunes.

The Danes have always had a strong affiliation with the sea, dating back to the Viking age from around 900AD. Denmark was a superpower from the 13th to 17th centuries with their power declining throughout 400 years of lost land and battles. Denmark is Northern Europe’s most densely population country with 128 residents per square kilometre. The country’s 5.5 million people inhabit the mainland and about 80 islands or just 20 percent of the country. One-fifth of the population lives in the trendy capital of Copenhagen.

Along with all the country’s fun activities and scenery, the Danes are a creative bunch with names like Hans Christian Andersen, Carlsberg beer, LEGO, Bang & Olufsen, the Rabo Trike (tricycle) and the GUBI and Arne Jacobsen Egg chairs, to rattle off just a few design innovations from here.

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