Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe and the senior member of the Kingdom of Denmark. It stretches approximately 26,780 mi² with a population of 5.5 million people. It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, and consists of a large peninsula, many islands, and hundreds of minor islands often referred to as the Danish Archipelago. Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. Denmark is well known for its functionalist furniture design, a style made popular throughout Europe in the 40s, and was classified as modernistic in the United States in the 1960s and 70s.
The earliest record of Frikadeller, a beloved Danish dish, dates all the way back to the 13th century, in a hand written book that describes a ball of minced pork and chicken that, hundreds of years later, evolved into this popular fare. Traditionally, these Danish meatballs are minced pork meat, but special occasions call for beef or veal, and are one of the most popular meals among the Danes.
Denmark is a very athletically-minded nation, where physical fitness and exercise are important to most people. Soccer, handball, basketball, cycling and horseback riding are some of the most well-liked sports. Young people especially enjoy spending their time with one another in a social environment on the weekends when they are not in school. Friday and Saturday nights are a popular time for seeing a movie, sporting event or simply meeting up with friends.
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- Hamlet, the fictional character of William Shakespeare's famous play, was inspired by an old Danish myth of the Viking Prince Amled of Jutland.
- Denmark has the highed employment rate in Europe (75%).
- The national flag of Denmark, the Dannebrog, is the oldest country flag in the world that is still in use.
- Danish royal family is amongst the oldest uninterrupted monarchy in Europe.
- The world famous building toy, "Lego," was invented in Denmark.