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Denmark may be the smallest country in Scandinavia but it has a mighty history that spans centuries, from fierce Vikings to the parliamentary democracy of today. At one time it ruled over all of Norway and part of Sweden - this former life as a Nordic superpower has shaped much of the national identity, and the Danes are a proud and patriotic people.

The waters that surround the region have also had a strong influence, not least the economic might coming from the North Sea oil fields, which have made Denmark extremely wealthy, with low rates of unemployment and one of the smallest gaps between rich and poor of any country in the world. This wealth may be part of the reason why Denmark has consistently placed at the top of the list on the global happiness index, which notes that Danes work less, spend more time with their families, and get out in the fresh air more than their counterparts in other nations.

As the only Scandinavian state physically connected to the European mainland, it acts as a link with the continent, and has a culture that blends the liberal benefits of Nordic life with the artistic sensibilities of Europe. Like their country, the people of Denmark have near-universal appeal; charming, generous, warm-hearted, and lovers of a good time, they are a welcoming group, and LGBT travelers will feel very comfortable here.

Denmark was the first country to recognize same-sex partnerships, and plays host to a number of popular LGBT events including Copenhagen Pride and an annual LGBT film festival; in 2009, the country hosted the gay and lesbian sporting event Outgames, and continues to be a vocal promoter of gay culture.

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Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen

Freetown Christiania

Copenhagen - Activity

Freetown Christiania is one of the more unusual neighborhoods in Copenhagen, with a history that is unique to say the least. Founded as a commune by a group of homeless...
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Kronborg Castle, Copenhagen

Kronborg Castle

Copenhagen - Activity

Kronborg Castle - also known as Shakespeare's Castle or Hamlet's Castle - is one of Denmark's most visited attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating back to...
Harbor and Canal Cruise, Copenhagen

Harbor and Canal Cruise

Copenhagen - Activity

Copenhagen is a coastal city, and criss-crossed by a network of canals, so viewing it from the water is one of the best introductions there is. Multiple tour companies...
Strøget, Copenhagen


Copenhagen - Shopping

Stroget is one of the cornerstones of downtown Copenhagen, a car-free pedestrian zone that acts as the main shopping district along five continuous blocks. It's the...
Hygge, Copenhagen


Copenhagen - Activity

The Danish idea of "hygge" is one of the keys to their national consciousness. The word translates most directly to "cosy" but it means so much more. Picture a room lit...
Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen

Designmuseum Danmark

Copenhagen - Activity

The oldest and largest design museum in Denmark, Designmuseum Danmark is housed in the old Frederiks Hospital and emphasizes the applied arts and industrial design....

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