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Although small in territory and population, Denmark has played a notable role in the European history. Until the 19th century, it controlled the whole of northern Europe and was a very important power. The Vikings conquered England and Normandy in ancient times, while Iceland, Sweden and Norway were also under this country`s rule.

The Danes are known today as the happiest people in the world, which is largely due to the state system of social welfare including free health care and education for all citizens. Such support further facilitated economic equality, the absence of corruption and an extremely low crime rate.

A walk through Andresen’s town

The capital and largest port of the Kingdom of Denmark is Copenhagen. Once a fishing village, today it has been turned into a metropolis of cultural diversity. Rich collections of its museums witness the times of the Viking conquests and place the Danish capital among the top-rated places for enjoying contemporary art and modern design.

Copenhagen can also boast with the longest shopping street in Europe – Strøget. It starts in the main square and extends all the way to Kongens Nytorv Square. Apart form shopping, here you can enjoy architecture, street entertainers, and mesmerising scents of local and international specialties.

Travellers from all over the world are left enchanted by the picturesque port of Nyhavn, bustling with restaurants and bars. It is a famous old canal surrounded by centuries-old buildings  which have the power to instantly cheer the visitors up with their colors. It was built in the 17th century. Today this is the starting point for many boat trips which give tourists a completely different view of this beautiful city.

The famous Danish fairy tales writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in this picturesque coast for several years. Walking through the port, you get the impression that Andersen’s magical world is right still here today.

Nyhavn port in Copenhagen

The Castle of Hamlet

Although not born in Denmark, English writer William Shakespeare also made this country famous by setting his play Hamlet in the most popular castle – Kronborg. In hamlet, the name of the castle was changed to Elsinore, after the English name for the neighboring city, Helsingør.

Kronborg Castle

(Source: Artico2, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Kronborg lies at the top of Sealand island, at the narrowest part of the strait which separates Denmark from Sweden. This magnificent building is both a Renaissance castle and a military fortress, and is located 40 km north of Copenhagen. A summer festival dedicated to Shakespeare and Hamlet is held every year in Kronborg.

Bilateral relations between the Kingdom of Denmark and the Republic of Serbia

Bilateral relations between Serbia and Denmark were formally established in 1917. Political and economic cooperation between is at a favourable level, recording continuous growth. In the period from January to November 2020, exports was 55.4 million EUR, while the value of imports for the same period amounted to 142.7 million EUR. Danish companies operating in our market include Carlsberg, Grundfos, ERGOMADE, JYSK, Novo Nordisk, VELUX and others.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Copenhagen Round Tower is the oldest functional observatory where stars were watched as early as in 1642.
  • Copenhagen is a city of bicycles. It is not allowed to stop or walk on the bicycle path.
  • Denmark has been a member of the European Union since 1973, but has not joined the Eurozone.
  • World-famous LEGO® bricks were invented by the Dane Ole Kirk Christiansen in the city of Billund in 1949.
  • Denmark spreads on 444 islands, only 76 of which are inhabited
  • Not any location in Denmark is further than 52km away from the ocean
  • Danish pastries actually originate from – Vienna!