A IS FOR AGRICULTURE, ARCHAEOLOGY, & ART
Denmark has many ARCHAEOLOGY sites including prehistoric sites. The earliest archaeological findings in Denmark date back to 130,000–110,000 BC. The Nordic Bronze Age(1800–600 BC) in Denmark was marked by burial mounds, which left an abundance of findings including lurs and the Sun Chariot. In 2015, Five massive Bronze Age axes were unearthed in Denmark. The Koelbjerg Man is the oldest found in the country dated Maglemosian Culture around 8,000 BC.The country has several archaeological museums.
Denmark has a variety of species of BIRDS including waterfowl and wading birds, song birds, raptors, game birds, swifts and nighthawks. Bird watching is popular. The Blaavand Bird Observatory is at the westernmost point of the country. The National Bird is the Mute Swan.
Denmark has many BRIDGES. Some connect to other islands and some connect to other countries. Oresund Bridge connects the neighboring countries of Denmark and Sweden with a two track rail line and a four lane road. There are footbridges, 2 suspension bridges, 4 railroad bridges, and 2 cable-stayed bridges. The Infinite Bridge in Aarhus is located half on the beach and half in the sea.
Denmark has many Castles and Manor Houses including some marvelous castles. CASTLES. The Kronborg Castle was built in 1574 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe. The Rosenborg Castle was built in 1606. Koldinghus Castle was founded in the 13th century and has served as a fortress, royal residency, & ruin. Today the restored castle functions as a museum containing collections of furniture from the 16th century to present. There are many castle and manor house hotels in Denmark.
Denmark has all forms of COMMUNICATION including newspapers, magazine, radio, and television. The country has excellent telephone and telegraph services including main line and cellular. Webcams are located throughout the country.
There is evidence that DINOSAURS roamed what is now Denmark. In 2000 and 2008, teeth of the Dromaeosauroides were discovered on the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. After this discovery, remains and tracks of more dinosaurs were found in several formations on the island.
EDUCATION in Denmark is compulsory for children below the age of 15 or 16. It is usually free of charge and open to all. Denmark has a tradition of private schools and about 15.6% of all children at basic school level attend private schools, which are supported by a voucher system. Homeschooling is popular. There are also International Schools.
The current FLAG of Denmark was adopted in 1821. The cross design, which represents Christianity, was subsequently adopted by the other Nordic countries. There is a variety of other flags including Greenland, Faroe Islands, and Regional. There have been many Royal, Historical Royal, and Military flags.
Denmark FOOD was enhanced by cooking techniques developed in the late 19th century and the wider availability of goods after the Industrial Revolution. The use of imported tropical spices can be traced to the Danish food of the Middle Ages and some even to the Vikings. Most Danes have three regular meals a day. The country has Food Festivals. The Danes have been baking and eating rye bread for the last 1000 years.
Denmark has had many FORTS including several Viking Rings. Fyrkat is supposed to be Denmark’s oldest former Viking ring castles. Mosede Fort is a coastal fort built in the years before and during the First World War, to protect the Bay of Køge. It is now a protected area with a museum, grassy fields for recreation and a restaurant. Hammershus is the largest medieval fortification in Northern Europe.
The GLOBAL POSTION of Denmark is approximately 55.43 latitude north and 12.34 longitude east. The geographic center is Aarhus. The highest point is Møllehøj and the lowest point is Lammefjorden. Geocaching is a high-tech sport using a Global Positioning Finder and Denmark has many Geocaches.
The HISTORY of Denmark dates back to 12500 BC when the first hunters inhabited Danish lands. The History of Denmark as a unified kingdom began in the 10th century, The Danish Monarchy is a popular institution in Denmark and is one of the oldest in the world. The university of Copenhagen has a Natural History Museum.
Denmark has a variety of INSECTS including many species of butterflies and moths. A marine jaw worm Rastrognathia macrostoma (eol) known only from Danish waters is sometimes considered the sole member of the family Rastrognathiidae, but it has also been considered to belong to the more widespread Onychognathiidae. Other endemic invertebrates include the wolf spider Pardosathat is known only from the type specimen, a sea slug, and the cicada grasshopper.
Denmark has many ISLANDS. Some 70 of them are populated but the rest are uninhabited. Zealand is the largest island in the country. Greenland is the largest island in the world. Funen is called Denmark’s garden island. Ertholmene is a small archipelago northeast of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea and has the country's easternmost point. It consists of three main islands. Only Christiansø and Frederiksø are inhabited, while Græsholm is a bird reserve. The sound between Christiansø and Frederiksø, is crossed by a pedestrian bridge that is pulled aside to accommodate larger vessels.
The JUDICIAL System of the Kingdom of Denmark is not a single body - Denmark has one system, Greenland another, and the Faroe Islands a third. The Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen is the seat of the Danish Parliament.
Many aspects of life in Denmark focus on KIDS and the country is frequently named as one of the best family holiday destinations in the world. top attractions for kids include the original Lego Land and Tivoli Gardens the second most popular seasonal theme park in the world. In 2006, a Unicef report ranked Danish children's well being third among industrialized countries.
Denmark has LIGHTHOUSES and Light Vessels. The Faroe Islands have several lighthouses. The coastline of Greenland is rugged and deeply cut by long fjords. Denmark has installed dozens of navigational lights along this coast. All the lights are painted in bright red and yellow colors for good visibility against the usually snowy background. A lighthouse is an important aspect to the mariner.
Although Denmark is mostly flat, it does have a few MOUNTAINs. Greenland and the Faroe Islands also have mountains. Mountain Climbing is a popular activity and Indoor Climbing Gyms are located throughout the country.
Denmark has a variety of MUSEUMS including several Historic House Museums and Military Museums. The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures. The Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen includes The Botanic Garden and Museum.
Denmark has several OBSERVATORIES and planetariums. The Round Tower in Copenhagen dates back to 1642 and is the oldest astrological observatory in Europe and offers a picturesque view of the city by means of a classic telescope. The tycho brahe planetarium has an IMAX theater and a digital system which can show more than 10,000 stars. In 2017, the Danish Islands of Mon and Nyord were designated Scandinavia’s first International Dark Sky Park and International Dark Sky Community. The Dark Sky Park even has Gold Tier status. The country also has astronomy clubs and organizations. In July 2012, a 62 mile wide crater was discovered in Greenland about 34 miles southeast of Maniitsoq.
In the 1800''s Many PEOPLE across Europe departed the "Old World" to seek a better life abroad including many Danes. The population in Denmark is 5,668,743. In Greenland it is 56,370 and in the Faroe Islands it is 49,709. Important People who have called Denmark their home include writers, physicists, philosophers, athletes, designers, architects, film directors, politicians and even kings. Hans Christian Andersen is probably the best known person. Danish is the national language but several other languages are also spoken.
Take a QUIZ about Denmark.
Denmark has 6 species of
REPTILES and 14 species of Amphibians. Reptiles include the
Common European adder a venomous snake, the
Denmark has many
RIVERS. The longest river is
Gudena and runs through the central parts of the
Jutlandic Peninsula and shelters many species of animals. The
Skjern River is the largest river in Denmark in terms of volume.
Denmark has many RIVERS. The longest river is Gudena and runs through the central parts of the Jutlandic Peninsula and shelters many species of animals. The Skjern River is the largest river in Denmark in terms of volume.
Denmark has all forms of TRANSPORTATION. Being an island state with a long coastline and always close to the sea, maritime transport has always been important. waterways have historically and traditionally been crucial to local transportation in Denmark. Vehicle registration plates normally have 2 letters and 5 digits. The combination is simply a serial and has no connection with a geographic location, but the digits have number series based on vehicle type.
Denmark has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Christiansfeld a town founded in 1773, Roskilde Cathedral the first Gothic church built of brick, and Stevns Klint a white chalk cliff on the Danish island of Zealand. In 2017, Kujataa Greenland was named a UNESCO site. It is a sub-arctic farming landscape located in the southern region of Greenland. The landscape represents the earliest introduction of farming to the Arctic, and the Norse expansion of settlement beyond Europe. Northeast Greenland National Park is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Denmark also has Protected Areas.
There is evidence that at one time Denmark had active VOLCANOES. New research shows that a huge volcanic area triggered earthquakes across much of Europe including Denmark millions of years ago. Faroe Island has a stratified series of basalt sheets with intervening thinner layers of solidified volcanic ash. Researchers have found a volcanic mountain chain located between Svalbard and Greenland.
Most of Denmark has the same climate and WEATHER. The country is situated in between 3 European climatic zones - Boreal influence in the north, Atlantic influence the west and Continental influence in the east. The climate throughout Denmark is a mixture of these influences. Generally the western parts of the country has Atlantic climate and the eastern parts a more continental influenced climate. The western parts of the country are just slightly wetter and cooler than the parts to the east. Summer and autumn are the wettest times of year. In winter the country has snow, ice and icy winds. Even in April it is still possible to have a snowstorm. In the wintertime the sun rises only a little above the horizon and for months the days are dark and short. Although some winters might have 30 days of snow coverage, other years go by without significant snow at all.
Denmark has a variety of WILDLIFE. In the forested and grassy areas, elk, deer, wolves, and Brown Bears are common. Other animals common to the country are the European Polecat and the European pine martin. The Roe Deer is unique to the country - Bambi was Roe Deer. Natural animal life is limited to deer and such small mammals as the fox, squirrel, and hare.
Denmark has several ZOOS and Aquariums. The Aalborg Zoo has more than 1,500 animals. The Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest European Zoos. The tower was built in 1905 and is one of the tallest observation towers built of wood in the world. There are also several aquariums. The Blue Planet Aquarium is the largest aquarium in Northern Europe.