Map Page 1130 Area 16,807 square mi (43,094 square km) Population 5,384,384 Capital Copenhagen Highest Point 571 ft (173 m) Lowest Point -23 ft (-7 m) GDP per capita $29,000 Primary Natural Resources petroleum, natural gas, fish, salt.
DENMARK IS A COUNTRY whose history and culture is almost entirely shaped by the sea.
With a coastline of 4,535 mi (7,314 km), nearly 500 islands, and numerous fjords and inlets, nowhere in Denmark is more than 31 mi (50 km) from the sea.
The Danes have traditionally played a role as a bridge between the language, culture, and politics of Central Europe and the Nordic nations of Scandinavia.
Denmark is the smallest of the Nordic countries but has frequently been the dominant member, with the highest population and strongest economy.
Denmark consists of the peninsula of Jutland, connected to northern GERMANY through the province of Slesvig, plus the main island of Zealand (Sjaelland), which includes the capital of Copenhagen and nearly half the population and a number of smaller islands.
Most of these islands are clustered in an archipelago to the east of Jutland, in the southwest corner of the Baltic Sea: Fyn, Lolland, Falster, and Mon.
Other islands, generally long and thin, lie off the west coast.
These are the northern Frisian islands, including Fano and Romo.
The island of Bornholm lies about 80 mi (130 km) to the east in the Baltic Sea, a relic of a time when Denmark's kings completely controlled the Baltic.
This control was due to the strategic placement of Denmark along the narrow series of straits that connect the Baltic to the North Sea: the Skagerak, the Kattegat, and the Oresund.
The Oresund in particular is only about 12.4 mi (20 km) wide, and until the 17th century, Denmark controlled both shores, effectively controlling all shipping access in and out of the Baltic Sea.
Today, the eastern shore of the Oresund is part of SWEDEN, and since the completion of the monumental Oresund bridge and tunnel system in 1999, it has become more a connector between the two countries.
Jutland is almost entirely flat, particularly along the western coast, where dikes are necessary in some places to keep out the sea.
Some areas in the center are hilly, but the average elevation is only 98 ft (30 m).
Much of this landscape shows the effects of glaciation through several ice ages: morainic hills, moors, and downs.
Several fjords indent the peninsula, notably Flensborg Fjord, which divides Denmark from Germany, the Abenra and Vehle fjords of the eastern coast, and the Lim Fjord, which slices nearly all the way through the tip of northern Jutland-with the creation of the Thyboron Canal, this section of Jutland became, in fact, an island.
Denmark's largest city and major port is Copenhagen (population 1.4 million) on Zealand.
Other major ports include Esbjerg, Alborg, and Arhus on Jutland.
Other large cities are on the islands: Odense on Fyn (home of Hans Christian Andersen), Nykobing on Falster, and Roskilde and Frederiksberg on Zealand.
Lacking significant raw materials, Denmark made use instead of its position as a seafaring nation to import, process, and re-export products, creating one of the most dynamic economies in Europe.
Its commercial fleet is the third-largest in the world, and its standard of living is among the highest.
Most of the country remains, nevertheless, a largely agricultural country, and some of Denmark's chief exports are meat and dairy, in addition to the more high-tech pharmaceuticals and electronics and the world-famous Lego toys.
Denmark joined the EUROPEAN UNION in 1973 but has resisted full integration into the economic union, opting out of the common currency in 2000.
The Kingdom of Denmark also includes GREENLAND and the FAEROE ISLANDS, both of which have developed near total autonomy in internal matters since the 1970s.
- The seaweed invasion prevents tourists to enjoy the Dominican beaches
"Tourists couldn’t but leave the country due to the experienced inconveniences. Basically, these are the eastern resorts that prevent tourists to enjoy their vacation. The embarrassing seaweed made their staying here simply intolerable. Local travel agencies say that the number of holidaymakers went down up to 95%.
The authorities are trying to deal with a bad luck collecting the weeds around the coastal areas. However, they are still facing a problem and the number of the sea “inhabitants” is still growing. It is stated that it is a priority to clean all the rubbish stored at the beaches, otherwise the country will have no tourists that will bring them no income afterwards.
Scientists report that the mounting pollution may be caused by two reasons. According to the first assumption the seaweed appeared on the Dominican coastlines due to the climate change: the average temperature has considerably increased over recent years. The second theory goes that the hurricane has brought them. "
- You can now apply for Australian Visa through the Internet
"Country entry permit application has become facilitated and the procedure itself takes less time.
Starting from October 1 this year this new system allows to apply for visa online 24/7, including holidays.
Electronic system makes possible not to visit the consulate to apply for the entry permit and you no longer need to mail papers. Moreover, the authorized individuals for applying from the applicant are free to use this system to apply for a visa instead of the applicant.
You are able to verify your application status through the Internet and when you get the entry permit to Australia all the documents will be sent either to your e-mail address or by a registered letter on the mailing address specified in the application form. You will need to take the received document with you and be able to show it if needed. However, it is noted that the airline company will be aware whether you have got the Australian visa or not (airport staff have an access to the electronic data system, which will also include information about received entry permits) and therefore you may not show your visa at passport control and during the boarding. "