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Denmark is a small country, compared to its closest neighbours. Sweden and Germany are respectively ten and eight times larger than Denmark. On the other hand, Denmark’s coastline is extraordinarily long for a country of this size.

One characteristic of Denmark’s geography is the many islands, a total of 407. The largest islands are, mentioned in chronological order; Zealand, Vendsyssel-Thy, Funen, Lolland and Bornholm. Jutland (including Vendsyssel-Thy) account for 70 per cent of Denmark’s total area. In addition to Denmark, the Kingdom of Denmark includes the self-governing areas of Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The ice-free part of Greenland is almost ten times larger than Denmark.


5.567.235 (2014)


Total: 43.560 sq km
Water: 660 sq km
Coast line: 7.314 km.

Note: includes the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea and the rest of metropolitan Denmark (the Jutland Peninsula, and the major islands of Zealand and Funen), but excludes the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

Life expectancy at birth

Total population: 78.63 years
Male: 78.0 years
Female: 81.9 years (2014)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

  • $30.200 (2011 est.)
    Country comparison to the world: 22
  • $39.400 (2010 est.)
  • $37.700 (2009 est.)

Note: data are in 2011 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector

Agriculture: 1.2%
Industry: 22.1%
Services: 76.7%

For more information and statistics on Denmark visit

Another source of information can be found at FactSheet Denmark, a series of factsheets that cover a wide range of aspects of the Danish culture - cinema, design and applied arts, literature, music, visual arts, architecture, ballet, dance and theatre, language etc.