Comprising of the Jutland peninsula, north of Germany, and over 400 islands of various sizes, Denmark is Scandinavia's smallest country. Its landscape is predominantly low-lying, highly fertile areas that cradle lakes, winding fjords and thick woods. Denmark is a mix of lush, unspoilt countryside, and interesting medieval cities.
In contrast, holidays to Copenhagen will allow you to see the wonderful modern architecture that is on display and visit the exquisite Michelin star restaurants including the 2 star Noma, where reservations must be made four months in advance.
Hans Christian Andersen, writer of stories such as The Tinderbox, The Ugly Ducking and Thumbelina, was born in Odense in the year 1805. Copenhagen dock holds a statue of the Little Mermaid, possibly his most famous story
Folk music, its costumes, and Elf's are an important and colourful part of its history. Denmark's folklore portrays Elf's as beautiful ladies that lived under large rocks or on hills. Costumes date back to the eighteen hundreds, and their colours and styles are dictated by the customs and materials of their region of origin. The opportunity to visit museums, particularly its largest, The National Museum close to the middle of Copenhagen, is a must, as is experiencing the atmosphere of its music festivals including the Jelling Music Festival and the Kloften Festival.
Food and Drink
Pork is a huge part of its history, culture and business. One of its finest and most-loved pork dishes is Frikadelle, which dates back to around 1650. Traditionally it's served with potatoes, preserved sour vegetables and brown sauce. Denmark's moist, cool climate also heavily influences its cuisine and dairy products are one of its specialties. Long, cold winters mean food preservation has always been important, with smoking and pickling the most widely used methods. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks play a big part in the countries traditional and way-of-life. From Mead, made by the Vikings to Gløgg, a hot punch made from red wine, sherry, brandy and fruit. Akvavit and Pilsners are also very popular. Many people start the day with a coffee, whilst parents often serve their children rich, creamy hot chocolate or elderflower cordial
Successful English raids in the 11th century led to the formation of an Anglo-Danish kingdom. Denmark reached it most powerful in the early 13th century. But two hundred years later Sweden's increased power and prominence, forcing Denmark to be aggressive and stand its ground. Under the leadership of King Christian, Denmark established itself as a modern nation by 1650. Denmark gave up control of Norway in 1814 and by 1901 Denmark had introduced full parliamentary democracy. After its neutral stance during the World War I, and the end the Second World War Denmark joined NATO. In 1973 it joined the European Union and has been heavily involved ever since.