15 Danish Facts You Need To Know Before Visiting!
Denmark is the most southerly of the Nordic nations, and one of the smallest, but this lovely country is well worth a visit! Find out more right here!
1. The Monarchy
Denmark is noted in the fact that it still has a monarchy. While perhaps not quite as famous as the British Royals, did you know that the Danish Monarchy is in fact boasts the longest continuous reign in the world?! It has existed for over 1000 years!
2. The Currency
Like its other Scandinavian neighbours Norway and Sweden, Denmark has kept its own currency, despite being part of the European Union. The Danish krone (crown) was officially adopted way back in 1875 and is the official currency of Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
3. Lego Company
Lego has to be one of Denmark’s biggest and most famous exports, and this fun and brightly coloured building toy is famed and enjoyed worldwide. The company was started in 1932, but it wasn’t until 26 years later in 1958 that the first bricks were produced, and now more than 320billion of them have been sold worldwide!
4. Hans Christian Andersen
The legendary fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen was born in Denmark in 1802 and went on to become one of the most well-known and most beloved of children’s storytellers. Some of his most notable tales include the Snow Queen, the Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and the Ugly Duckling.
5. The Little Mermaid
One of Andersen’s best known tales in of course The Little Mermaid and this great tale is commemorated with a statue by the waterfront of Copenhagen, the capital city. The small statue brings tourists from all over the world and is one of the most popular sites in the country.
Denmark boasts numerous beautiful castles throughout the country, which have been inspiring people for centuries. In fact, Kronburg Castle near Copenhagen was the inspirational setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Denmark boasts over 150 so make sure that you make time to visit one!
Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania, is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood in Copenhagen with about 850 residents. Created by squatters on a formerly military area in the early 1970s, the area was once known for its tolerance to cannabis. Nowadays it is now known more for its quirky shops and friendly cafes.
Since it is a country made up of around 100 islands, Denmark of course boasts a lot of coastline. In fact there is 1.5m of coast for each member of its population! Denmark also has some of the most lovely and most clean beaches in Europe.
9. Cold Hawaii
Denmark actually has an awesome surfing spot too, called Cold Hawaii. So obviously surfing in the North Sea can be a little chilly hence the name, but it is actually one of the best surfing spots in Scandinavia!
10. The World Clock
The World Clock located in Copenhagen, began to tick in 1955, but it took its inventor Jens Olsen 27 years to complete before that. Supposedly, it should be able to accurately keep time for over 500,000 years!
The lovely and historical city of Odense is located on one the main islands, Fyn, and is Denmark’s 3rd largest city with a population over 175,000 people. Established in the 9th Century, it is the capital of the Fyn area, and is noted as the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen.
Denmark is a nation of avid cyclists, and it is one of the main forms of commuting, especially since the flat country lends itself to it particularly well. There are more than 4million bicycles in use in the country, which is double the amount of cars.
13. Danish Beer
Denmark may be small, but it is one of the more popular Scandinavian countries thanks to its beer and cheaper prices, which Swedes and particularly Norwegians can take advantage of. Some of the best known beers from this country are Tuborg and Carlsberg.
14. National Dish
Denmark isn’t particularly well known for its cuisine, which is predominantly, fish, pickled, potato and meat based. Its national dish is frikadeller med kartofler, which translates as meatballs with potatoes, served usually with a side of red cabbage. Danish sausages are also really popular!
15. Anton Berg
And if you like sweet things, then Denmark is a great place to be! Anton Berg is the famous Danish chocolate brand, particularly well-known for its chocolate covered marzipan and liqueur-filled chocolates, so make sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of these sweet treats.