Danish citizens are some of the happiest people on earth, and that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has visited this old-fashioned, fairytale-esque country in the last few decades. Denmark is renowned for its high quality of life and the general happiness of its people, as well as for its quaint architecture, beautiful weather, and the concept of “hygge:” a uniquely Danish ideal that focuses on coziness, warmth, and comfort whenever possible. This country has come a long way from the days when it was the homeland of the infamous Danish Viking raiders, but modern-day Danes are fiercely proud of their heritage.
Denmark—or The Danish Realm, when referring to Denmark and its dependencies the Faroe Islands and Greenland-- is the southernmost and smallest Scandinavian country. Denmark has a population of 5.7 million people, and the capital, Copenhagen, is the largest city in the country with over 1.5 million inhabitants. Denmark’s dependencies also include five hundred islands. With a mild, temperate climate, Denmark is a beautiful travel destination in all four seasons, although spring and summer are the most popular seasons for incoming tourism.
Denmark is a multifaceted country, one in which the Danes’ ancient history is just as important to them as their constant movements to progress forward in the modern world. Denmark served as the homeland of some of the very first Vikings hundreds of years ago, and the Kingdom of Denmark is the oldest still-extant kingdom on earth.
Denmark is also the country where the famous toy brand Lego was first invented—the Legoland in Billund is an extremely popular tourist destination.