Denmark is a Nordic country in northern Europe, and is officially known as The Kingdom of Denmark. It is the most southernmost of the Scandinavian countries.
On average, 50% of Danish people cycle to and from work daily, which is easy going since there are no big hills or mountains. The Danish language has a word for that cosy, warm feeling of togetherness, which has become quite popular: Hygge. The Danes also have the oldest flag in the world still used by an independent nation. Dating from 1219, when it was first acknowledged, the Danish flag ‘Dannebrog’ remains the oldest state flag in the world. Two of the world’s oldest amusement parks can be found here, as well. The world’s oldest amusement park is Bakken, and the second oldest one is the well known Tivoli Gardens.
Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is home to the Royal Palaces. It’s also knowns as the city of fairy tales.
Once home to the children’s writer, Hans Christian Anderson, famed for his work all over the world, including titles such as The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen and Thumbelina, he actually wrote 156 titles across 9 volumes. And, though he wrote many plays, poems and travelogues, he’s best known for his elaborate and captivating fairy tales, which have been translated into at least 125 languages. The statue of The Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the harbour at Langelinie.
Nyhavn is another fascinating place to visit while in the area. Built in the second half of the 17th century, Nyhavn translates to New Harbour, and is quite a popular tourist destination now. With its stunningly colourful waterfront buildings, the harbour and its boats are extremely photogenic. Once a highly commercial fishing harbour, it’s now beloved its restaurants, jazz music, canal, and friendly atmosphere. Not surprisingly, Copenhagen has been voted the happiest city in the world.
Our authors have shared their travel experiences here to offer personal insight into exploring Denmark’s historic past and friendly atmosphere. We hope you’ll use their stories to inspire a journey of your own full of fairy tales and photography.