By Ashley Dove

This is Denmark!!!

As you can tell by the title, this smore is all about Denmark. It is made by me and funnily enough, edited by too. Denmark is part of Europe and really far north. It almost touches Norway. It is next to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. It is truly a pretty awesome place to go and visit. My Smore should hopefully provide you with information on geography and travel, government/foreign policy, the economy, social and ethnic groups, religion, the flag, language, traditional holidays/festivals, traditional food and clothing of Denmark.

Geography and Travel

Denmark is not a very big country. It is considered one of the Nordic countries because of how high it is. Denmark is located next to the North Sea and Baltic Sea. It is not a very mountainous place. Most of Denmark is very flat with the exception of a few hills. The climate over there is temperate, with cool summers and very mild winters. Denmark also has a lot of islands. About 443 to be exact, but only 72 of them were inhabited in 2007. Denmark is home to not only flat land, but also very arable land and sandy coasts. The biggest city in Denmark is, of course, Copenhagen. Copenhagen is pretty awesome. It is the most popular area in Denmark and most people live there. This area is the most popular because it is big and because it has an university. A long time ago Copenhagen was actually a viking village, but later became the capital of Denmark in the 15th century. Another pretty cool city is Frederiksberg. It is a district of Copenhagen, but is technically its own city. It is beautiful there thought the population is only 100,814, well it was in 2012. You can fly to Denmark, which would probably be the fastest way. If you went from Dallas on a round trip in economy with one adult the prices would vary from 1,377 dollars to Copenhagen all the way to 8,585 dollars to Trollhattan. Time would depend on where you want to go. If Copenhagen was your destination your flight would be roughly 12 hours and 55 minutes. Down below is a picture of Copenhagen.
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Government and Foreign Policy

In Denmark their government system is a Constitutional Monarchy. Currently they have a queen and a Prime Minster. Margrethe the second is currently the queen and has been since 1972. The current prime minster is Helle Thorning- Schmidt and she has been prime minster since 2011. Denmark is a limited government and the queen is bound to a constitution. Folketing is what the people call the national Parliament. It is shown in the third picture below.Denmark is not involved in any government issues or controversies right now, but where when Helle Thorning- Schmidt was elected the first female prime minister of Denmark. I found what I think are some of Denmark's human rights and they do share some with the United States. I will put the link for the website below the pictures. Denmark has a good relationship the the U.S. and the country shares the same view on many issues. Denmark is part of the UN and is one of the original founding members. Denmark is also part of NATO and was again one of the founding members.Though Denmark does often agree with the United States it is part of the EU which has disagreed with the U.S. in the past.


Denmark uses the Danish krone as their currency. One U.S. dollar is equal to 5.41 Danish krone.Denmark imports things like machinery and equipment, raw materials for industry, chemicals, grain, and consumer goods. The total value for the imported goods, in 2012, was $97.91 billion. Denmark exports things like instruments and machinery, meat products, dairy products, fish, pharmaceuticals, furniture, and windmills. The total value for all the exported goods, in 2012, was $110.8 billion. Denmark's GDP per capita is very high. The GDP(PPP) per capita is $37,794. The GDP(nominal) per capita is $57,998. So it is a very wealthy country. The United States GDP(PPP) per capita is $52,852. The GDP(nominal) per capita is $52,852. So, Denmark is not as wealthy as the United States is, but is very close. Though Denmark is not as wealthy as the U.S. it is a rich country and I would say it is rich compared to the U.S.

Religion, Language, and Country Flag

In Denmark, like any country, there are many forms of religions. The most common one is Christianity in the form of Evangelical Lutheran. The second most popular religion in actually Islam because of immigration.Danes, or people from Denmark, are mainly secular so most of them do not go to church. The main language of Denmark is Danish Language. Though this is true a majority of the people there speak English(86%). This is because it is mandatory for students to start learning it in the third grade. In the third grade the students can learn either French or German, most choosing the latter. So 47% of people speak German over there. The third of the most common foreign languages is Swedish. People know this because Sweden is so close to Denmark. 18% of people speak Swedish. The flag of Denmark is very simple. It is named Dannebrog which means Danish cloth. It has a cross placed horizontally on it. The cross represents Christianity. According to a legend the flag came into the hands of the Danes in 1219. Versions of this flag were used in circa 1400, but the flag wasn't adopted until 1748. Below the picture of the flag is the choropleth map I made about Buddhism in Denmark. It would not let me access some of the boxes at the top so they may look like they have a lot of Buddhism, but they don't. The darker a color is the more Buddhism there is.
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Above is a link to the choropleth map that I made. The site would not let me access some of the higher region. This might make them look like there is lots of Buddhism there, but there isn't. It is about .2%-.5% for each region. The darker the color the more Buddhism there is.

Traditional Holidays or Festivals, Traditional Clothing, and Food

Denmark has a lot of holidays. Some are public holidays whereas some are simply special days. The Public holidays are a lot like he ones we celebrate in the U.S. They have New Year's Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday. Denmark also celebrates Easter Monday which is the day after Easter along with General Prayer Day. This holiday is a collection of a bunch of minor Christian holidays all in one day. The Danes celebrate two days of Pentecost which they call Whitsun. The first day is Pentecost and the second is Whit Monday. Also the Danes celebrate 3 days of Christmas starting on the evening of December 24. In Denmark today the clothing is more Western, but the old traditional clothing included for women a long floor length skirt, a button blouse, a scarf around the neck, and sometimes a bonnet. The clothing cut and color depends on where you are in Denmark. Food in Denmark is very simple. In the morning the adults drink coffee with rye bread or white bread with jam or cheese. The children normally enjoy things like corn flakes, oatmeal, and muesli. Lunch is normally not eaten at home, but somewhere else packed from home. Lunch is a cold meal. It is buttered rye bread covered with sausage, sliced or boiled eggs, and sometimes liver paste. Dinner is also very simple in Denmark. It consists of a meat with potatoes with vegetables or a salad.

Rye Bread Recipe

Making a rye bread sour dough starter
250 gram of rye flour
4 deciliters of water
Generous pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons of yogurt

Mix the ingredients to a mud-like consistency in a bowl. Cling film but punch some holes in the film, so that the sour dough can breathe. Leave for 2 days, on the third day, put some extra rye flour ad water in, and leave for a day or two, until it starts bubbling. Now it’s ready. You can store sourdoughs in the fridge for up to two weeks or more. To keep them alive give them a little fresh rye or wheat flour once in a while.

Rye bread with seeds (2 breads of 1 kg)

For the first day:
500 grams of sour dough
250 grams of rye grains
50 grams of linseed
150 grams of wheat flour
5 deciliters of lukewarm water
1 tablespoon of salt
1 ½ tablespoon of honey

For the second day:
1100 grams of rye flour
3 tablespoons of salt
1 ½ tablespoons of honey
9 deciliters of water
A little corn oil for the baking tins

On day one stir the first-day ingredients together, leave for next day under a wet cloth. On the second day, take the dough from the previous day and knead together with second batch of ingredients for 10 minutes. Take away 500 grams of sour dough for next time you’re baking, put in a plastic container in the fridge.

Rub a little oil in two large baking tins and pour in the dough that should be the thickness of heavy mud. Leave to rise for 4 – 6 hours and bake at 170 degrees for 1 hour ad 45 minutes. Then take out of tins and bake for another fifteen minutes. Let cool completely before cutting in thin slices of approx 4-8 millimeters.

This recipe was found on, the official website of Denmark. Down below is a picture of rye bread

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Ethnic and Social Groups

Denmark is home to many ethnic groups. The most common is Scandinavian. Almost 87% of the people there have a Scandinavian ethnicity. Some of the other ethnic groups include Inuits, Germans, Turks, Faroeses, Somalis, and Iranians. ome of you may be wondering why I didn't put Danish. This is because Scandinavians include people from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. Education in Denmark is MANDATORY in Denmark until the age 15 or 16. Every kid is supposed to go to school. Government funded schools are free to the public, but private schools are not. Denmark women and men have equal rights. Children have many rights in Denmark. They have the right to food, good health, clothing, and a place to live. They also have much, much more, but I didn't think I should name all of them. Denmark's literacy rate is 99% for women, 99% for men, and 99% for all. From this information I can conclude that Denmark is a very developed country. Men and women are probably equal over there. Children are not mistreated and Denmark is generally a pretty good place to live. There aren't any big conflicts between the ethnic groups in Denmark right now and the same goes for conflicts in the past.
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Above is a choropleth map on life expectancy.

Ethnicity choropleth map

Unfortunately I wasn't able to find a choropleth map on the ethnicity of Denmark. Sorry about that. :) Also, it might seem like I didn't find one on religion either, but I did make my own choropleth map about Buddhism in Denmark.