Phillip Burleigh, Period 6, 5/4/15

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Denmark has a mild, damp climate because it is surrounded by water. During the winter, the land becomes colder than the sea, and during the summer the land is warmer than the sea. As a result, the sea warms Denmark during the winter and cools it during the summer. There are winds throughout the whole year, and the climate is basically the same throughout the whole country.

The average winter temperature for Denmark is about 32 degrees Fahrenheit, with the coldest days being between 15-20 degrees. Eastern waters may freeze during especially cold winters. When this happens, the water can't warm the winds and the weather may become very cold. The average summer temperature is about 63 degrees Fahrenheit with the warmest temperatures being 75-82 degrees. Winds can cause the temperature to rise.

Denmark usually gets an average of 24 inches of precipitation a year. Fog and mist is frequent in the country and snow falls from 20 to 30 days a year. The west part of Denmark receives a bit more precipitation than the east because of the wind (Wolf).


Most of Denmark shares a common ethnicity, language, and religion. A great majority of people are ethnic Danes. Danish is the official language and it is very similar to Norwegian. Freedom of religion is guaranteed, and 85 percent of people are Evangelical Lutheran. There are smaller groups of Muslims, Roman Catholics, and Jews.

Danish children must attend school from the ages of 7 to 16, but after that they may choose to continue their education or go onto work. Today, all Denmark citizens have free health care and education and income with old age, disabilities, or unemployment. All of these benefits are supported with high taxes, though.

Danes do not separate church and state. Some holidays celebrated include Great Prayer Day, Easter, Whit Monday, Christmas, and Boxing day. Nisse was a term for Christmas elves. Viking ancestry is celebrated as well with a week-long festival called Viking Market. People work and dress up as Vikings. Battles are staged with recreations of weapons used by the Vikings. During Midsummer (The middle of the summer) celebrations, people light huge bonfires on the beach. There are also music festivals and boat races throughout the summer ("Denmark").

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Current Info

Denmark uses the Danish Krone as its currency. One Danish Krone is 15 cents in USD. A constitutional monarchy is the type of government in Denmark. It has a king and queen, a prime minister and cabinet, and a parliament. The current prime minister is Helle Thorning, the first woman to hold the position. The monarchy is currently represented by Queen Margrethe II.

The economy is mainly based around the community, government, business, and personal services. Other economy sources are finance, insurance, real estate, trade, restaurants, hotels, manufacturing, transportation, and communication. Smaller parts of the economy are construction, mining, utilities, agriculture, forestry, and fishing. The five main exports of Denmark are packaged medicaments, refined petroleum, crude petroleum, pig meat, and human or animal blood.

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A popular sandwich in Denmark is smørrebrød. It is an open-style sandwich (only one piece of bread) that consists of buttered rye bread as the base. There are many ingredients that can go on top of the rye bread, but it all is a matter of making it taste good. One recipe is using a slice of buttered rye bread, and then putting 20 small shrimps on top of it. The ingredients on top of the bread are usually in a pyramid shape.

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Transportation and Lodging

For a round-trip flight to Copenhagen, Denmark, the lowest price is $838. The hotel is called the Copenhagen Island Hotel and the average price per night is $149, and the price for a 6-night 7-day stay is $894. The hotel has free WiFi in all rooms, breakfast between 6:30 AM and 10:00 AM, daily housekeeping, a pool/sauna, fitness and laundry facilities, a lounge area, a business center, a snack bar, and other amenities. There are 325 rooms with many conveniences in each of them ("Copenhagen Island Hotel").


Day 1 - Fly to Copenhagen. Check in at hotel. Use the pool and get a good rest. ($987)

Day 2 - Check out Legoland Denmark and tour the city. ($33)

Day 3 - Update friends on trip. Visit Givskud Zoo. ($28)

Day 4 - Rest and relax at the hotel for the day.

Day 5 - Go to Rosenborg Castle. Eat out for dinner. ($20)

Day 6 - Visit the National Museum. (Free)

Day 7 - Check out of hotel and fly back to Chicago.


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Works Cited

“Castle History.” Rosenborg. Rosenborg, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015. <>.

“Copenhagen Island Hotel.” Travelocity. Travelocity, n.d. Web. 1 May 2015. <>.

“Denmark.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 2011. N. pag. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 27 Apr. 2015. <>.

“Denmark.” SIRS Discoverer: Culture Facts. N.p.: SIRS, 2003. N. pag. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 28 Apr. 2015. <>.

Givskud Zoo. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2015. <>.

“Smørrebrød 2.0 - Open Faced Sandwich.” The Official Website of Denmark. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015. <>.

Wolf, Kirsten. “Denmark.” World Book. N. pag. World Book Student. Web. 27 Apr. 2015. <>.