Did You Know- 25 Fun Facts About Denmark & Copenhagen from herring to sky-high taxes!

1.  The Kingdom of Denmark includes, besides Denmark, the self-governing areas of Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

2. The Danish monarchy has existed for over a thousand years.

Frederiksbrog Castle, Denmark

3. In Denmark, it rains every second day. On average, a year has 171 days with a precipitation of more than 0.1mm).

4. In a year, the average temperature changes from 0 °C in January to 16 °C in August.

5. The ice free part of Greenland is almost 10 times larger than Denmark.

6. Denmark borders with only one country, Germany.

7. If you decide to buy a boat in Copenhagen and sail to the nearest shore on the other side of the water, you will arrive to Sweden.

8. LEGO is Danish!

9. The Danes enjoy salty licorice with a cold glass of milk.

10. When trying to be funny in Copenhagen, remember the Danes have a strong sense of irony.

11. You might want to consider moving to Denmark, as The UN World Happiness Report has rated Danes as the happiest people on earth two years in a row.

12. Interestingly enough, the Danish language has no word for “please”.

13. Do not jaywalk! When crossing the road Danes always wait for the traffic signals to change to “go”. Even if the road is clear!

14. First acknowledged in 1219, the Danish flag remains the oldest state flag in the world still in use by an independent nation.

Danish National Flag

15. Danes eat an average of 42 sausages a year.

16. Danes really like pickled herring.

 Classic Danish Open-Top Herring Sandwich

17. Copenhagen has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in Scandinavia.

18. The Copenhagen harbor is clean enough to swim in!


Nyhavn harborfront, Copenhagen

19. Lars Ulrich of Metallica was born in Denmark.

20. The Great Danes dog breed probably did not originate from Denmark, but from Germany.

21. Only three Danish films have sold more than one million tickets.

22. The Danish alphabet has three letters not found in the English alphabet: Æ, Ø, and Å. All three are vowels, and they come after the letter Z in the Danish alphabet.

23. The Danes love quality food. This makes this small nation the fifth largest exporter of food in the world.

24. Place names in the UK ending in -by (Whitby) and -thorpe (Scunthorpe) were Viking settlements.

25. The average tax rate in Denmark is 49%.


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