diamond geezer

 Monday, July 08, 2019

• covers the Jutland peninsula and 444 named islands between the North Sea and the Baltic
• lies east of the UK, south of Norway, west of Sweden and north of Germany
• is roughly twice the size of Wales
• has a population of 5.8m (about the same as Scotland, or London north of the Thames)
• is mostly flat and arable, with a highest peak of only 170m (even London beats that)
• ruled England for three decades in the 11th century
• is a constitutional monarchy (Queen Margrethe II has been on the throne since 1972)
• is in the EU but retains its own currency, the krone (which is currently worth 12p)
• is a liberal tolerant country (underlying philosophy "no one is better than the other")
• has high taxes but low inequality, and one of the world's happiest populations

• in Danish is KĂžbenhavn
• is the capital of Denmark, and has been since the 15th century
• is pronounced Co-pen-hay-gen, not Co-pen-har-gen (Danny Kaye misprounounced it)
• has a population of 1.3m (about the same as Birmingham)
• is a bit further north than Newcastle, but not quite as far north as Edinburgh
• sunset varies from 3.30pm in winter to 10pm in summer
• lies on the east coast of the island of Zealand (plus a bit of the island of Amager)
• is a port city, based round a formerly-fortified 17th century core
• is walkable at its heart, but most of the population cycle
• is the most visited city in Scandinavia

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