Many probably associate Denmark with dairy products, windmills and Legos. But the small Scandinavian country is much more than that.
Denmark is a rather egalitarian society with a very high level of income and gender equality. This is seen in work places, where most have an informal tone, a relatively flat leadership structure and where women often hold high positions. It is also seen in the family where mothers and fathers to a wide extent share the parental burden.
Denmark has been ranked the happiest nation in the world by the World Happiness Report in 2012 and 2013.
The reports takes a range of factors into account including income, health and life expectancy at birth, personal freedom, social support, corruption and generosity. It also points to major beneficial side effects of happiness; that happy people live longer, are more productive, earn more, and are better citizens.
Danish Art and Culture Scene
Danish design and architecture are famous across the world from the iconic Sydney Opera House to furniture classics such as the Wegner chair and the PH lamp.
Though Danish is a small language Denmark has a rich literary tradition with authors such as H.C. Andersen, Søren Kierkegaard, and Karen Blixen, who have made their mark on world literature.
In recent years Danish cinema and TV production have experienced major international recognition. Danish films, e.g. In a Better World, and TV drama series, such as ‘Borgen’, The Killing and The Protectors, have won a number of awards and prices at international renowned festival and Danish actors are more frequently spotted in international movies.
Denmark is often associated with its dairy products, pastries, fresh fish, bacon and potatoes.
But Danish food is much more than that. Throughout the past decade the New Nordic Cuisine has revolutionised Danish gastronomy and created and a new focus on local ingredients. Classic Danish dishes have had a renaissance and can be found in modern versions in some of Copenhagen's best restaurants.
Denmark has become the gourmet capital of Scandinavia with more than 10 Michelin-starred restaurants, including ‘Noma’, which was awarded the title as the world’s best in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Traditional foods such as porridge, open faced rye bread sandwiches (‘smørrebrød’), and meat balls are still a dominant part of Danish everyday foods and the hot dog stands can be found on street corners in all major cities.
The Danish two Michelin star restaurant 'Noma' has been ranked as the best restaurant in the world several times.