To the south of Norway and southwest of Sweden lies the Kingdom of Denmark, a sovereign state that also includes the autonomous countries of Greenland and the Faroe Islands in its kingdom. Over five million people live in Denmark, a socialist democratic country consistently ranked as one of the most developed and happiest countries in the world primarily due to its high, per capita income average, income equality and social mobility factors. A founding member of the United Nations, NATO, the OECD and the Nordic Council, Denmark has a unique past rich in Viking history, medieval skirmishes with neighboring countries and the taking of a neutral stance during World War II.
Helpful Facts about Denmark
• Danish is the language predominantely spoken in Denmark
• The Danish Kroner (DKK) is the currency used, with one Krone equaling 100 Øre
• Nearly 90 percent of Danes practice the Protestant religion
• Denmark is a very green country. Wind power constitutes 30 percent of all electricity used by its residents
• Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and home to its government, where the monarch and prime minister often convene in a 17th century royal castle constructed by Christian IV
Judicial System of Denmark
Legislature and executive authority remains separate from judicial authority. There is no one unified judicial system in Denmark. Instead, the Faroe Islands, Denmark and Greenland have their own judicial systems. However, high court decisions made by judges living in the Faroe Islands or Greenland can be appealed in the Danish High Courts. The highest criminal and civil court is the Danish Supreme Court, which is responsible for administering justice throughout the Kingdom of Denmark. The Constitution of Denmark is the foundation for all judiciary procedures and enactments implemented by Denmark's monarchy.