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Denmark Travelling Guide
Denmark Travelling Guide

General background: Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. However, the country has opted out of European Union's Maastricht Treaty, the European monetary system (EMU), and issues concerning certain internal affairs.

Area comparative: Slightly less than twice the size of Massachusetts

Climate: Temperate; humid and overcast; mild, windy winters and cool summers 

Terrain: Low and flat to gently rolling plains

Population: 5,368,854 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Scandinavian, Inuit, Faroese, German, Turkish, Iranian, Somali

Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, Muslim 2%

Language: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
note: English is the predominant second language

Government type: Constitutional monarchy

Capital: Copenhagen

Legal system: Civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations.

Economic overview: This thoroughly modern market economy features high-tech agriculture, up-to-date small-scale and corporate industry, extensive government welfare measures, comfortable living standards, a stable currency, and high dependence on foreign trade. Denmark is a net exporter of food and energy and has a comfortable balance of payments surplus. The government has been successful in meeting, and even exceeding, the economic convergence criteria for participating in the third phase (a common European currency) of the European Monetary Union (EMU), but Denmark, in a September 2000 referendum, reconfirmed its decision not to join the 11 other EU members in the euro. Even so, the Danish currency remains pegged to the euro.

Communication/Telephone system: Excellent telephone and telegraph services

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