is a mainly flat country north of Germany and consists of the Jutland peninsula and more than 400 islands. With Greenland
and the Faroe islands
it forms the Kingdom of Denmark with Copenhagen as capital.
Sturdy Neanderthals roamed here 110.000
years ago untill the the last Ice Age
drove them away. When 13.000 years ago the glaciers receded, hunter-gatherers arrived from
the south to hunt reindeer on the newly formed tundra.
A unified kingdom appeared in the 8th century and the present monarchy can trace its ancestry back
to the time of Harald Bluetooth
, who erected one of the Jelling stones in 965 AD.
During the Viking Age
the Danes were enthousiast
participants of the raiding and trading bands that scorned Europe.
For a long time Denmark was a regional power house encompassing
Norway, parts of Sweden and Germany, but lost most of it in the 19th century.
Denmark is part of the EU and Schengen, has voted
no to the Euro
but then pegged its currency the Krone to the Euro.