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Denmark Economic Analysis-population and age distribution

As of July 2011, the population of Denmark was 5,543,453. The age expectancy on average is 78.78 years. If you divided it up by sex, men are expected to live to 76.39 years while women are expected to live 81.31 years. The growth rate per year is .239% and the birthrate per 1000 is 10.22. As of 2011, the breakdown of the percent of the population among different age groups was as follows:

0-14 years: 17.6% (male 500,265/female 474,829)

15-64 years: 65.3% (male 1,811,198/female 1,798,507)

65 years and over: 17.1% (male 417,957/female 527,132)

Also as of 2011, the gender distribution amongst age groups was:at birth:

at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female

under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female

15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female

65 years and over: 0.8 male(s)/female

total population: 0.97 male(s)/female


Danish culture-food

Danish food has always been traditional. One of the most common delicacies are open-faced sandwiches with numerous toppings, which include eggs, onions, capers, tomatoes, herring, and smoked salmon. It is served on a special thin whole wheat bread and is very good! In addition, Danes eat most of their meals at home and in private settings, although public dining places ranging from small hot dog stands to fancy restaurants are available and are used. Eating traditions vary from the city to the country. In the cities, many “American” foods have become popular in the recent years such as pizza, pasta, and chicken. Since Denmark is surrounded by water, seafood is a really common staple in the Danish meals, especially herring and smoked salmon. Furthermore, for breakfast, a danish, cereal, or bread are typically eaten at home. Sunday breakfasts are usually fancier, commonly including fresh bakery bread, boiled eggs, juice, tea or coffee.

Smoerebroed, Danish open-faced sandwiches

Bouchon danish, a common breakfast pastry

Danish Culture-religion, entertainment, and sports

Religion is a very important aspect to Danish culture. The majority of people in Denmark are Lutheran. The breakdown of religious groups in Denmark is 95% Lutheran, 3% other Protestant and Roman Catholic, and 2% Muslim. There are no religious cults in Denmark.

The fine arts is a popular way for people to socialize in Denmark. Danes love going to plays, ballets, operas. and folk dancing performances. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is the world’s 4th largest fashion city. Every year, they have their own fashion show where people from all around the world come to see the latest fashion trends and where both new and established fashion designers get into the fashion scene. Clothing is very important in Denmark. In Copenhagen, they have a street called Strøget, which is a pedestrian-only street that connects east and went Copenhagen. This street is packed with both boutiques and major fashion designers, both carrying the latest fashion trends. People with all different types of budgets will be able to find something they like on Strøget. As in America, how you dress is important to identifying your place in society in Denmark, especially for young people. They are always looking for the latest trends to wear in public with their friends.

Copenhagen’s pedestrian-only shopping street

Just like the fine arts is a way to socialize in Denmark, many people participate in sports to socialize. Almost 2 million Danes actively participate in sports. Almost 2/3 of children and young adults participate in sports in their free time. There are tons of different sports people can partake in which include, rollerblading, biking, Danish football, Parkour, BMX, walking, and windsurfing. It is very important for the Danes to stay physically active.

Danish Business Etiquette, political structure, and socal classes

Denmark is a constitutional monarchy. Their political system is a multi-party structure, where several parties can be represented in Parliament at any one time. Danish governments are often characterised by minority administrations, aided with the help of one or more supporting parties. This means that Danish politics is based on consensus politics. In addition, since 1909, no single party has had the majority in Parliament. To help counteract the recession, 70% of Danish income-earners will only be taxed at 42%. The government hopes that this will increase the labor supply by almost 20,000 new jobs. In addition, this tax reform will be accompanied by many other initiatives to kickstart the company out of the recession. In Denmark, there are five social classes, which are divided according to level of education and occupation.

Business culture is very important in Danish society. They pride themselves on their many characteristics of business culture. For example, before the meeting has begun, you are supposed to have set an agenda and to try to not stray from that during the meeting. Business decisions are made only after everyone has been consulted. It is thought to be rude if you do not look someone in the eye when speaking to them. Finally, Danish business people do not enjoy engaging in small talk-they have a purpose for meeting and would rather get to business quickly

The culture of Denmark-geography, topography, family life, and education

Denmark is located in Northern Europe, borders both the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany. Denmark also also includes several major islands-Sjaelland, Fyn, and Bornholm. The weather is very temperate. They have mild, windy winters and cool summers. The topography is rather low and flat, with many gently rolling hills. The nuclear family unit is very important in Danish culture. Children are raised to be independent from an early age. Most are put in day care centers at about 1 years old.
In addition, marriage is not a prerequisite to starting a family. Many couples live together without legalizing the arrangement with marriage. In addition, women are highly respected in business and generally receive equal pay and have access to senior positions. Danish women expect to be treated with respect in the office. Working mothers can easily arrange flexible hours so that they can maintain both a career and a family. One interesting fact about education in Denmark is that it is free. It is required that students go to school for at least nine years. The elementary and lower secondary is comprehensive, which means that children are not divided based on ability or social background. Once a child gets to their secondary education, they can decide for themselves if they want to continue their education.


Timeline of Danish History

Denmark is an old country with tons of rich history. If I were to go into that, I would be writing for the rest of my life. In lou of pages upon pages of Danish history, I found a timeline with the most important events and time periods in Danish history.

Historical Survey
c. 12500 BC Immigration of the first hunters
3900 BC Agriculture and animal husbandry
400-700 Incipient urbanisation
866-867 Viking conquest of York
c.965 Introduction of Christianty
1015-1034 England under Danish rule
1397-1523 The Kalmar Union with Norway and Sweden
1479 Founding of Copenhagen University
1536 The Reformation. Incorporation of Norway in Denmark
1660-1661 Introduction of absolutism
1666 1917 Danish colonies in Caribbean
1807 Bombing of Copenhagen by the English navy
1814 Norway’s departure from the Union
1848 Abolition of absolutism
1849 First liberal constitution, the June Constitution
1864 Loss of the German duchies
1901 Introduction of cabinet responsibility
1914-1918 Danish neutrality during the First World War
1915 Constitutional reform, enfranchisement of women
1920 North-Schleswig vote in favor of re-union with Denmark
1940-1945 German occupation
1945 Founding membership of the UN
1949 Membership of NATO
1973 Membership of the EEC
1993 Membership of the EU