Population: 5 569 077

GDP: 324 300 000 000.00 $

Companies & Organizations: 31



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. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973. However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.



Population: 5,569,077 (2014)


Nationality: noun: Dane(s) adjective: Danish


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


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


Religions: Evangelical Lutheran (official) 80%, Muslim 4%, other (denominations of less than 1% each, includes Roman Catholic, Jehovah's Witness, Serbian Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Baptist, and Buddhist) 16%




GDP: $ 324 300 000 000.00 (2013)

Military Organization


Defense Command: Army Operational Command, Admiral Danish Fleet, Arctic Command, Tactical Air Command, Home Guard.

Conflicts and Disputes


Iceland, the UK, and Ireland dispute Denmark's claim that the Faroe Islands' continental shelf extends beyond 200 nm; Faroese continue to study proposals for full independence; sovereignty dispute with Canada over Hans Island in the Kennedy Channel between Ellesmere Island and Greenland; Denmark (Greenland) and Norway have made submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) and Russia is collecting additional data to augment its 2001 CLCS submission.

Geographical Information and Map


Capital: Copenhagen


Location: Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany (Jutland); also includes several major islands (Sjaelland, Fyn, and Bornholm). Controls Danish Straits (Skagerrak and Kattegat) linking Baltic and North Seas; about one-quarter of the population lives in greater Copenhagen.


Geographic coordinates:

56 00 N, 10 00 E.



total: 43,094 sq km

land: 42,434 sq km

water: 660 sq km

note: includes the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea and the rest of metropolitan Denmark (the Jutland Peninsula, and the major islands of Sjaelland and Fyn), but excludes the Faroe Islands and Greenland.


Land boundaries:

total: 140 km

border countries: Germany 140 km.


Coastline: 7,314 km.


Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, fish, arable land, salt, limestone, chalk, stone, gravel and sand.