Denmark is a small country consisting mostly of islands and water. Every Dane has about 1.5 feet of shoreline to enjoy. The highest point is Møllehøj by 171 meters, the largest lake is Arresø of 40 km2 and the longest river is Gudenåen, stretching 176 km through Jutland, which account, by the way, for 69 per cent of the country's total area.
The number of Danes has increased over the past few years, totaling 5.6 million Danes on 1 January 2014. The population growth is due to more immigration than emigration, but also that the number of births is greater than the number of deaths. By the way, Danes make up for 0.8 per thousand of the world's population.
The Danish population has also become older than 25 years ago. At that time, one in five persons was over 60 years, today it is one in four. This also shows the trend in life expectancy. In 2012, life expectancy was 78 years for men and 82 years for women. In the course of 10 years, life expectancy has increased by 3.4 years for men and 2.7 years for women.
We are also older, when we marry. In 1971, 87 per cent of all 30-year-old women were married, although this is true of only 38 per cent as of today. A man is, on average, 35 years and a woman is 32 years old, when they marry for the first time. In 2012, the oldest bride was 92 years.
The car is our preferred means of transport. Travel in cars accounted for 85 per cent of total Danish transportation. Volkswagen was the most popular car brand in 2013, followed by Ford and Toyota, measured in terms of newly registered vehicles.
An all-time record low in 2012: 167 people killed in road traffic accidents, compared with 1,213 people in 1971.