9 Facts About Denmark

1. In recent years, Denmark has made a mark as a strong cycling nation, with Michael Rasmussen reaching King of the Mountains status in the Tour de France in 2005 and 2006.

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2. On 6 September 2012, Denmark launched the biggest wind turbine in the world, and will add four more over the next four years.

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3. In the software and electronic field, Denmark contributed to design and manufacturing of Nordic Mobile Telephones, and the now-defunct Danish company DanCall was among the first to develop GSM mobile phones.

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4. Government of Denmark operates as a cabinet government, where executive authority is exercised—formally, on behalf of the Monarch—by Prime Minister and other cabinet ministers, who head ministries.

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5. In 1973, along with Britain and Ireland, Denmark joined the European Economic Community after a public referendum.

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6. World War II in Denmark was characterised by economic co-operation with Germany until 1943, when the Danish government refused further co-operation and its navy scuttled most of its ships and sent many of its officers to Sweden, which was neutral.

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7. In the 1645 Treaty of Brømsebro, Denmark surrendered Halland, Gotland, the last parts of Danish Estonia, and several provinces in Norway.

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8. Throughout the High and Late Middle Ages, Denmark included Skaneland and Danish kings ruled Danish Estonia, as well as the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein.

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9. Constitution of Denmark was signed on 5 June 1849, ending the absolute monarchy, which had begun in 1660.

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