The Danish climate is moderated by the warm Gulf Stream and is therefore milder than surrounding Scandinavian countries. Denmark has four distinct season. The spring months, April to May, are the mildest, while the summer months of June, July and August are the hottest. Autumn, from September to November, tends to be rainy and more overcast. Winter runs from December to March and is normally cold, with frost and snow.
Where are all the people?!
Though it doesn’t seem like it, Denmark is the most densely populated country in Northern Europe, with 130.5 residents per km². Only 20% of its landmass is populated and nearly 20% of the population lives in the capital, Copenhagen.
Danish age demographics
Denmark’s population of 5.7 million people is divided into the following age groups:
0 to 19-years-old: 23.2 %
20 to 59-years-old: 52.2 %
60 and above: 24.5 %
In 2015, life expectancy for men was 78 years and 81.9 years for women.
Statistics from 1 January 2015 – Source.
A relaxed, liberal and modern nation
Denmark is a relaxed, liberal and thoroughly modern country. It is an egalitarian society where no person is more important than the next and everyone is treated with respect. There are many traditional aspects of Danish society which continue to play an extremely important part in everyday, Danish life…
Danish people strive for a feeling of “hygge”, a unique Danish word which means cosines or togetherness. It permeates all aspects of their lives, from the design and functionality of their homes and furniture, to family gatherings or simple nights at home forgetting about the stresses of the day.
Secular, Christian society
Danish society is secular and tolerant, with a strong tradition for freedom of speech and expression. A large proportion of the Danish population observe Christian traditions such as confirmation, christenings and Christian holidays. Christmas celebrations in Denmark are particularly special.
The Danish flag (Dannebrog)
You’ll notice many Danish flags (Dannebrog) flying around the Denmark, particularly in homes around the countryside. Flying the Dannebrog, the striking red and white national flag, is an important symbol of pride. Flags on public buildings fly at half mast on national days of mourning or remembrance.