The Kingdom of Denmark is part of Scandinavia in Northern Europe, bordering Norway, Sweden and Germany to the south. Denmark’s history revolves around the great belts, or straits, separating the Baltic Sea from the North Sea. Today, it consists of the peninsula of Jutland and 443 islands of many sizes. Farum and Copenhagen are located on the largest of these isles, called Sealand. Also part of the Kingdom are the North Atlantic Faroe Islands and Greenland, home of the American Military base at Thule. And, at least according to the Danes, home of Santa Claus as well.
The Danish population consists of more than 90% ethnic (Germanic) Danes and less than 10% immigrants of many different ethnicities. On 1. January 2014, the population stood at 5,627,235, which is increasing slightly over time, mostly due to immigration.
The officiallanguage is Danish, a Germanic/Nordic language, which, in fact, has many similarities to English, due to common ancestry and the Viking impact on the English language. The vast majority of Danes understand English very well and kids are taught English from the start of their schooling, at age 6-7.
Denmark is a Constitutional Monarchy, with the Queen as head of state, but the Royal House is completely non-political. The Prime Minister, currently Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, is the factual leader of the Government.
Denmark is considered a fairly rich country, with a gross national product of 203 billion US$. More than 75% of the population work in the service industry.
85% of the population belong to the “Folkekirke”, the Evangelical-Lutheran faith, which was originally the only faith allowed and controlled by the King. Membership is optional today but most Danes are still part of it, mostly out of tradition and habit. Marie Kruses School was originally founded on Christian values but is a secular school today.