Denmark is a small but lovely country in the northwestern Europe. It's a constitutional monarchy but officially ruled by our queen Margrethe II. You can also visit the royal family's website but unfortunately it only exists in a Danish version. According to the statistics, we are about 5.5 million people living here which means that Danes only make up 0.1% of the world's population.
We speak Danish, which is a language closely related to the other Scandinavian languages but also English and German. It isn't the most pretty language in the world and doesn't sound romantic like French. Foreigners think it reminds them of Dutch; I'm not too sure about that myself but I am probably too prejudice to be the judge of that as Danish is my native language. Our capital is Copenhagen with a population of 1.5 million people.
Denmark hasn't always been a small country. In the (good) old days Danes were rather possessive. The Vikings (some of my great grandparents...) owned large parts of England, Sweden and Norway but unfortunately we lost a some wars against Sweden. There is still a funny love/hate relationship between Swedes and Danes - mainly because a lot of people from Sweden come sailing to Denmark each summer to buy cheap beer. And although Danes are quite known for drinking beer themselves, it doesn't seem to stop anyone from making fun of Swedish drunkards.
Greenland and the Faroe Islands have also been a part of Denmark but they are partly self-governing now. At a point, everything seemed to go down hill for Denmark. From 1940-45 Hitler had occupied the country but we were set free on the 5th of May 1945 and we have not been at war since then.
We have many interesting things for visitors to see like for example what I usually refer to as the ultimate tourist attraction: The Little Mermaid. Personally, I'm not sure I've ever seen it. But all the tourists have! Then we have Tivoli Gardens which is a very old funfair that has rides for the kids and plenty of things to look at for the adults so it's a place for the whole family. Other than that we have a lot of old, beautiful houses - especially in a city named Elsinore which is only 6 km from where my parents live. I took some pictures of it one spring:
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More information about Denmark is available at http://www.visitdenmark.com, our official tourist guide website.