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  • Historically, Denmark, like its Scandinavian neighbours, has been one of the most socially progressive cultures in the world.
  • There are 443 named islands in Denmark, 76 of which are inhabited. Many of the main islands are connected via bridges, but some can only be accessed via small aircraft and ferries.
  • Among the best-known Danes are the writer Hans Christian Andersen, famous for his fairy tales, the author Karen Blixen and the designer Arne Jacobsen. Danish cinema has gained international recognition thanks largely to the experimental film director Lars von Trier. Denmark's most famous composer is Carl Nielsen who is best known for his six symphonies.
  • The world famous building toys Lego are from Denmark. The Lego Group began in the carpentry workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, in Billund, Denmark. In 1916, Christiansen purchased a woodworking shop in Billund which had been in business since 1895.
  • Denmark is famous for beautifully designed ceramics, silverware, porcelain, and home furnishings.
  • Stroget in Copenhagen is one of the longest shopping street in whole Europe.
  • The national sport is football, other popular sports include handball, cycling, sailing sports, tennis, badminton, ice hockey, and golf.
  • Specialities of Danish cooking include smørrebrød (open sandwiches), boiled or sugar browned potatoes, boiled red cabbage, roast pork and roast duck.
  • Carlsberg and Tuborg are two of the most famous Danish beer brands.
  • In 2010 Denmark was voted the happiest country on earth for the second time.