Denmark

Discover a little about Denmark, one of the oldest monarchies in the world. You can also print out the Danish flag in many different formats, useful for classroom and home.

Skyline of Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city
Skyline of Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city

Learn about Denmark

  • Denmark consists of the Jutland peninsula and the Danish archipelago of over 1000 islands, of which about 440 are named and about 70 are inhabited. Greenland is also part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
  • A flat country, nearly two thirds fertile farmland, Denmark is home to 5,400,000. It is part of the EU but decided not to adopt the euro currency.
  • The capital city is Copenhagen.
  • The Danish language is similar to Swedish and Norwegian. Many Danish people speak fluent English.
  • Denmark was the centre of the Viking world between 800 and 1050AD. Vikings raided as far as Constantinople in their longships and settled in France and England. William the Conqueror and the Normans, were descended from Norsemen.
  • At Roskilde there is a museum with replicas of 5 longships which were sunk to protect the town. The ships were up to 30 metres long with a crew of 65.
  • Denmark has frequently been ranked as the happiest country in the world!
  • Denmark remained independent in World War I and tried to remain independent in World War II, but was invaded and taken over by Germany.
  • Hans Christian Andersen, author of many well-known and well-loved fairy tales, including The Ugly Duckling and the Little Mermaid, was from Denmark. Visitors to Copenhagen harbour can see a bronze statue of The Little Mermaid.
  • Shakespeare's hero, Hamlet, was called the Prince of Denmark. His castle, named Elsinore in the play, was based on Kronborg Castle, which defended the narrowest point between Denmark and Sweden.
  • The Danish monarchy is the oldest in Europe. The son of the first King was called Harald Bluetooth, who liked eating blueberries. The modern bluetooth symbol used in technology is based on the runic letters for H and B.
  • Tivoli Gardens, in the capital Copenhagen, is 170 year old amusement park and gardens, which inspired Walt Disney. Lesser known Bakken is the world's oldest amusement park. It first opened in 1583, and is still very popular with Danish families.
  • Lego was invented by a carpenter, Ole Kirk Christiansen, who made wooden toys. In 1947 the famous plastic bricks were made.
  • Denmark is a pioneer in renewable energy, including wind turbines. Over 25% of the electricity is from renewable sources, the third highest in the world.
  • Modern Danes are proud of their famous cuisine. Among many top restaurants is Noma, voted the best in the world, which has a dish called "blueberry and ants".

About the Danish Flag

Denmark Flag

The National flag of Denmark consists of a red field beneath the white cross of Scandinavia, shifted slightly towards the hoist. The white cross, dubbed the ‘cross of Christianity’ was subsequently adopted by all Nordic countries. Did you know that the Danish flag holds the ‘Guiness World Record’ for being the oldest state flag in existence, adopted some time in the 13th century?


Our Denmark Resources

Denmark Booklet

Denmark Booklet

We have booklets for many countries available on the website. This one is for Denmark; just fold and then fill up with information or pictures using these instructions. You could make your own library with a booklet for each country!

Denmark Bookmarks

Denmark Bookmarks

Use these Denmark bookmarks as little prizes in class or give out at the end of a successful studying session! Or use them to mark places in your atlas. There are various versions available to print, in colour or black and white, and with or without words.

Denmark Fact Worksheet

Denmark Fact Worksheet

Find out some useful facts about Denmark and practise locations skills with this Denmark fact worksheet. 

Denmark Colouring Flag

Denmark Flag Colouring Page

This colouring page of the flag of Denmark would be great fun to do alongside the matching jigsaw. Why not go the whole hog and print some flags to wave too?

Denmark Flag Jigsaw

Denmark Flag Jigsaw

Flag jigsaws are a great way for younger children to get an introduction to geography. Use one of our jigsaw templates to make the flag of Denmark, and then locate it on a globe or map.

Denmark Flag Printable

Denmark Flag Printable

Our flag printables are great for making bunting or to use in your school work. Here's the flag of Denmark, in five different sizes!

Denmark Location Worksheet

Denmark Location Worksheet

These location worksheets are designed to help children learn the location of Denmark within Europe. Use the guided version for younger children, and challenge older children with the blank version!

Denmark Notebooking Page

Denmark Notebooking Page

If you are interested in the Kingdom of Denmark, then why not use this notebooking page to record interesting facts. If you don't plan to do any drawing you could print out the lined only version.

Denmark On Map Of Europe

Denmark On Map Of Europe

Are the kids learning about Denmark at the moment? Print this map to show its location in the rest of Europe. 

Denmark Worksheet

Denmark Worksheet

Are you learning about Denmark with the kids? This simple worksheet is a great way to test and record their new knowledge...

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