• Officially: Kingdom of Denmark
  • Capital: Copenhagen


  • Population: 5.6 million
  • Language: Danish
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 77 years (men), 81 years (women)
  • EU member country: since 1 January 1973
  • Currency: Danish krone (DKK)


  • Area: 43,098 sq km (16,640 sq miles)
  • The most southerly of the Scandinavian countries
  • Denmark is located south-west of Sweden,Β south of Norway, and north of Germany.


  • Residents have one of the highest standards of living, not only in Europe, but in the whole world.


  • The Danish government signed the Schengen agreement in 19 December 1996 and started its implementation on 25 March 2001.


  • Seat Belts usage is required
  • Mobile phones must only be used in hands free mode
  • Tire thread depths of 1.6mm on vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (min)
  • In Denmark a spare set of bulbs and a warning triangle are a legal requirement
  • Motorway speed limits are set at 130 km/h
    • Some stretches are further reduced to 110km/h & even 90km/h.
    • Open roads speed limits are set at 80 km/h
    • In populated towns the limit is 50 km/h
  • Sharing only one land border – with Germany
  • Denmark is connected to Sweden by the Oresund Bridge which opened in 1999
    • Oresund Bridge connects Copenhagen and Malmo, Sweden
  • Numerous ferry services connect Denmark with Sweden, Norway, Germany, and the UK.
    • Colorline run services between Norway and Denmark on routes between Kristiansand (Norway) and the Danish ports of Hirtshals and Larvick
    • Scandlines run services between Rodby and Puttgarden, Helsingor and Helsinborg, and Gedser to Rostock.
    • Stena line run from Frederickshaven to Oslo and Gothenburg as well as from Grenaa and Varberg
    • Fjordline offer a service from Bergen, Stavanger, and Langesund into Hirtshals
    • DFDS operator the only direct ferry from the UK, from Esbjerg to Immingham
    • DFDS also run a ferry route from Copenhagen into Oslo
  • Danish Transport AuthorityΒ www.trm.dk

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This page was last updated on 2021.03.18 by Robert Vinet