Denmark Genealogy Research – Danish Family History
6 Denmark Intro
Introduction to Denmark
Denmark has a number of characteristics that distinguish it from its northern European neighbors. Did you know that Denmark has 406 islands and 7314 km of coastline, that Denmark ranks number 133 on the list of world countries in terms of size, and that the highest point in the country is only 170 metres (557 feet) above sea level? Or that the average wind speed is 7.6 metres per second (17 miles/hour), which explains why Denmark is one of the world’s largest exporters of wind turbines?
What characterizes the Danes as a people? Many non-Danes living in Denmark suggest that the Danes are open and welcoming. Others may call them reserved, especially during the long winter months. For many Danes, the word “hygge” is essential when describing something uniquely Danish. The word is best translated into English as ‘coziness’ or ‘conviviality’ and reflects the sense of community and sense of security which comes about when Danes spend quality time with people they care about.
Greenland has the same status as Faroe Islands, they both have two seats in the Folketinget, but they have considerable home rule in most issues apart from foreign and military policy, and they both have their own parliaments. Photo courtesy of Henrik Andresen.