About Denmark

Denmark FlagDenmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries. The mainland is bordered to the south by Germany; Denmark is southwest of Sweden and south of Norway. Denmark borders both the Baltic and the North Sea. The Faroe Islands and Greenland are autonomous provinces of Denmark with home rule, but are not members of the European Union.

Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. Denmark has a state-level government and local governments. Denmark has been a member of the European Union since 1973. Denmark is also a founding member of NATO.


Denmark, with a free market capitalist economy, ranks according to one measure as having the world's highest level of income equality. From 2006 to 2008, surveys ranked Denmark as "the happiest place in the world," based on standards of health, welfare, and education. The 2008 Global Peace Index survey ranks Denmark as the second most peaceful country in the world, after Iceland . Denmark was also ranked as the least corrupt country in the world in the 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index, sharing a top position with Sweden and New Zealand. 

The national language, Danish, is close to Swedish and Norwegian, with which they share strong cultural and historical ties.

Danish links

Royal Danish Embassy

Ambassador: Her Excellency Ambassador Susanne Shine
Website: www.canberra.um.dk
Email: cbramb@um.dk

Royal Danish Consulate-General - Auckland

Honorary Consul-General: Mr Niels Jaegersborg
Website: www.danishconsulatesnz.org.nz
Email: danish.nz@xtra.co.nz

Royal Danish Consulate-General - Wellington

Honorary Consul-General: Karen Pullar 
Website: newzealand.um.dk
Email: info@danishconsulatewellington.org.nz

Royal Danish Consulate - Christchurch

Honorary Consul: Mr Jorgen Schousboe 
Website: www.danishconsulatesnz.org.nz
Email: hrymfaxe@xtra.co.nz 

Trade Commission of Denmark

Vice-Consul (Commercial): Mr Jakob Andersen 
Trade Commissioner: Mr Jakob Andersen
Website: www.dtcauckland.um.dk 
Email: ja@dtcauckland.co.nz 

The Danish Society (Inc), Auckland

Website: www.danishsocietynz.com
Email: info@danishsocietynz.com

Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers

Website: www.norden.org
E-mail: mk@norden.org (Editor)

New Zealand Embassy (Te Aka Aorere) The Netherlands

Website: www.nzembassy.com/netherlands
E-mail: nzemb@xs4all.nl

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