Denmark's History

History in Denmark begins at the dawn of time with evidence of habitation dating to 12,500BC. The Nordic Iron Age existed between 1800-600BC and there are plenty of burial mounds from this period around. Danes traded with Romans, Celts and others and by the 8th Century, together with their Nordic neighbours they were known as Vikings who raided and settled the British Isles, and went on to discover Iceland, Greenland and Vinland in Canada. In 965 the Danes were unified and Christianised with the Viking Age drawing to a close under the leadership of King Canute the Great who died in 1086. Under Queen Margrethe I, Denmark, Norway and Sweden united in 1397 which lasted till 1523 when Sweden left. Denmark attempted to remain neutral during the Napoleonic War but the British attacked. Denmark stayed out of WWI but allowed itself to be overrun by Germany in WWII with barely a shot fired.

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Denmark is perceived to be the least corrupt country on earth, with a strong work ethic, total commitment to environmental sustainability and unique flair for design characterised by simplistic minimalism and clean lines devoid of ostentation. Denmark joined the European Union in 1973 but declined joining the Eurozone. In 2004 Crown Prince Frederik, heir to Europe’s oldest Monarchy married in a fairytale wedding bringing joy to the country which is also considered to be the happiest place on Earth. Danes enjoy an excellent standard of living, cared for by a comprehensive network of social services and enjoy clubbing and having a good time at weekends.

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