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01. March 2015



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The Kingdom of Denmark consists of Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Denmark is situated between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, between Continental Europe and the Scandinavian Peninsula. The Capital is Copenhagen on the island of Zealand.

The Jutland peninsula is connected to the rest of continental Europe, bordering Germany to the south. The length of the border is 68 km. To the east, the international waterway of the Sound provides the border to Sweden, only minutes away by tunnel and bridge or ferry.

Denmark consists of Jutland and 406 islands connected by numerous bridges and ferries. No Dane lives more than 52 km. from the sea. The total length of the coastline is 7,314 km. Each year more than 125,000 ships pass through the Danish straits.

Danish Ocean Patrol vessel near Greenland

Greenland is the largest island in the world. The environment is rather rough and more than 80% is permanently covered by the ice cap. The capital is Nuuk/Godthåb on the west coast. The total coastline is 39,000 km.

The Faroe Islands consist of 18 islands, 17 of which are inhabited. The Faroes are situated in the middle of the North Atlantic between Iceland, Norway and Scotland. The capital is Thorshavn on the island of Strømøy.

Denmark’s international position and foreign policy are determined by the geographic position of our country, and its role as both a West European and a Nordic democracy.

The Aims of the Danish Armed Forces are established in an Act passed by Parliament in February 2001. The Armed Forces constitute an important means of the security policy and have the aims of

Denmark realizes the need for initiatives to promote a peaceful development in other areas of the world. Danish soldiers have taken part in UN peacekeeping activities since 1948. At the end of 2003 more than 64.000 Danish soldiers have served in NATO, OSCE and UN missions.

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