6 days until I go to Copenhagen?! I’m so excited. Anyway, I made a little quiz for you (and me, to impress my “visiting family” family members):
About how many people do you think inhabit its 16,569.96 square miles?
How many people reside in its capital city of Copenhagen?
Can you name any other major cities in Denmark?
What is its form of government?
Who is the head of state? Head of government?
What’s the major religion?
Is Denmark on the Euro or does it use a different currency?
Population in 2014: 5,627,235
Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, is home to 1,246,611 people (+ 1, me, Sophie Tate)
Aarhus is the second-largest city (259,754 people in 2014), followed by Odense (172,512) and Aalborg (109,092).
“The political system of Denmark is that of a multi-party structure, where several parties can be represented in Parliament at any one time. Danish governments are often characterised by minority administrations, aided with the help of one or more supporting parties. This means that Danish politics is based on consensus politics. Since 1909, no single party has had the majority in Parliament.” (more on Danish government and politics)
Denmark’s Head of State is Queen Margrethe II, and she is awesome. She and her husband, Henrik, Prince Consort at Victoria, take annual summer cruises on their royal yacht (!) to make sure they see all the lands in their realm. They also own a wine castle (!) in southwest France. And the Queen is a talented painter and illustrator. And she’s fluent in five languages! The head of government is Lars Løkke Rasmussen. He’s okay too.
The major religion in Denmark is Protestant (90%) (many are Lutheran).
The currency is the Danish Kroner (DKK or kr). As of 9:50am, the exchange rate was 1 USD = 6.94 DKK.
- I’ll be 7 hours ahead of CST
- No place in Denmark is more than 52 km (32 mi) from the sea (woo!!)
- Copenhagen is København in Danish, which means “Merchants’ Harbor”
- There are sausage stands all around the city (yess!)
- And finally, “according to the University of Pennsylvania’s study of a country’s ability to satisfy their citizens’ social and material needs, Denmark is the best country to live in. The studies show that the countries that invest the most in human and economical progress are the ones that rank the highest” -my DIS pre-departure booklet
^^all good stuff.
How many things about Denmark did you know? Did you learn somethin’ new today? I hope so (: