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INTRODUCING DENMARK
Local Name: Danmark
Located in northern Europe, Denmark is bordered by the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, and Germany, which is its only connection to the European mainland. Most of its landmass is occupied by the Jutland Peninsula while the remaining 500 islands, of which only a hundred are occupied, comprise the rest of the country. The Skagerrak and Kattegat Straits separate it from Norway and Sweden.

Present-day Denmark owes its cultural and linguistic origins to the Danes who migrated here from Sweden around 500 AD. The Thirty Years War with Sweden followed by the Napoleonic Wars inflicted damage on the economy of the country. Although Denmark remained neutral in both World Wars, it surrendered to Germany in 1940 following the large build-up of German forces along its borders. By then Denmark was in a weakened position, especially with its colonies; Iceland successfully declared its independence in 1948, and the Faroe Islands and Greenland would later gain home rule.

Denmark was one of the founding members of the United Nations and NATO, and in 1973 joined the EU. Regardless, Danish citizens remain unwilling to support the EU's expansion, and in 2000, firmly rejected the Euro as their currency, much to the chagrin of business leaders and the government.

Denmark's prime attraction is its capital Copenhagen, one of the liveliest cities in Europe, which also has an active nightlife. Most of the city's attractions are concentrated in a small area, while the parks, gardens, squares, and fountains are interspersed all over.

It is also a proud land of Viking history, and long held traditions of independence, neutrality and royalty. Tourism is a strong industry in Denmark, as visitors from around the world return time and again to enjoy its ancient ruins and castles, cultural festivals, Copenhagen and fabulous Tivoli Gardens, Legoland (for kids of all ages), Bornholm Island and the country's many islands, picturesque towns and villages.