Europe: Denmark

About Denmark

Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the political and economic integration of Europe. So far, however, the country has opted out of some aspects of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the economic and monetary system (EMU) and issues concerning certain internal affairs.

Vital Statistics
Capitol City: Copenhagen
Population: 5,352,815 (July 2001 est.)
Percent below poverty: NA%
Language: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
Date of independence: first organized as a unified state
Form of government: constitutional monarchy
Title of Leader: Prime Minister
Natural Resources: petroleum, natural gas, fish, salt, limestone, stone, gravel and sand
Environmental Issues: air pollution, principally from vehicle and power plant emissions; nitrogen and phosphorus pollution of the North Sea; drinking and surface water becoming polluted from animal wastes and pesticides
Agricultural Products: grain, potatoes, rape, sugar beets; pork and beef, dairy products; fish
Imports: machinery and equipment, raw materials and semimanufactures for industry, chemicals, grain and foodstuffs, consumer goods
Exports: machinery and instruments, meat and meat products, dairy products, fish, chemicals, furniture, ships, windmills
Trading Partners: IMPORTS: EU 72.1% (Germany 21.6%, Sweden 12.4%, UK 8.0%, Netherlands 8.0%, France 5.8%), Norway 4.2%, US 4.5% (1999)
EXPORTS: EU 66.5% (Germany 20.1%, Sweden 11.7%, UK 9.6%, France 5.3%, Netherlands 4.7%), Norway 5.8%, US 5.4% (1999)


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