Fun facts about Denmark and Danes

Funny facts about Denmark and Danes
  1. Longest words: The longest Danish word used in practice is the 51-letter word: speciallægepraksisplanlægningsstabilliseringsperiode
  2. Menstruation: “There are communists in the gazebo” is a slang word for having your period
  3. Pig concentration: Denmark is the country with the highest number of pigs per capita in the world. The rate in Denmark is 2.31 pigs per capita, where no. 2 and 3 on the list are the Netherlands with 0.72 and Spain with 0.65 pigs per capita
  4. Spontaneous answers: If you ask Danes to name the first color and tool that comes to mind, in most cases they will answer “red” and “hammer”
  5. Clothing: Danes wear trainers with otherwise formal clothing (e.g. suits)
  6. Yogurt: In Denmark, yogurt is sold in milk cartons
  7. Vikings in the UK: Place names in England that end in “-by” and “-thorpe” are old Viking settlements. Examples include Whitby and Scunthorpe
  8. Strollers: It’s normal to leave babies and toddlers alone in their prams outside – even in winter!
  9. Doors: Almost all doors open inwards (which is the opposite of Canada, for example)
  10. Red light: People hardly ever run red lights in Denmark (unlike the rest of the world) – but of course, this should be seen in light of the fact that the police enforce this part of the traffic law very strictly (compared to the rest of the world)
The highest point in Denmark is Møllehøj, which is 170.86 meters high - a good 24 meters lower than the lowest point in Switzerland
Attribution: JMiall –

Denmark’s highest natural point, Møllehøj in Skanderborg, is 170.86 meters high – which is about 24 meters lower than the lowest point in Switzerland


Facts about the average Dane in 2014

  • Your name: Anne or Peter Jensen
  • Age: 40.9 years (41.8 years for women and 40 years for men)
  • Lifespan: 41.9 years for women and 78 years for men
  • Marriage age: 32.2 years for women and 34.9 years for men
  • Divorce: Most common between 40 and 49 years of age
  • Age at birth: The woman is 29.1 years old at her first birth
  • Number of children: A Danish couple has an average of 1.67 children
  • Children’s names: The most popular baby names are Sofia and William
  • Annual income: Single person = 292,200 kr. Couple with two children = 879,500 kr. Families have an average of DKK 329,600 available after tax
  • Television: Danes watch an average of 3 hours and 8 seconds of television per day
  • Vacation: The Danes’ favorite holiday destination is Spain. 15% of all Danish holiday trips go to Spain
  • TobaccoThe average Dane over the age of 14 smokes an average of 1,438 cigarettes (and other tobacco products) per year.
  • Alcohol: The average alcohol consumption for a Dane over the age of 14 is 9.1 liters of pure alcohol (consumed in the form of beer, wine or spirits)
  • Cars: The best-selling car in Denmark is Volkswagen
  • Skat: The average income tax rate for all taxpayers in Denmark is 34%

The above facts come from Statistics Denmark and the Ministry of Taxation.


Facts about the weather in Denmark

  • Rainfall: Rainfall: It rains every other day in Denmark. An average year has 171 rainy days (where it rains more than 0.1 mm)
  • Wind: Because Denmark is located on the coast, there is almost always a breeze or wind. The average wind speed is 7.6 m/s
  • Temperature: The average temperature in Denmark is 7.7 degrees for the whole year and the whole country. The average winter temperature is 1.9 degrees and the average summer temperature is 16.4 degrees

The above facts come from