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Denmark in Figures 2018

Denmark has 5.8 million inhabitants of which 1.6 million – or almost 30 per cent – live alone. The average life expectancy of the men is 79.0 years, whereas the average life expectancy of the women is 82.9 years. These are just some of the facts that you can find in Denmark in figures 2018.

The booklet is well suited for use in senior classes, e.g. in Social Science and Mathematics. It is the story of Emma and Frederik and all the other 15-year-olds in Denmark from a statistical perspective. Did you know that one in six 15-year-old Danes go to continuation school and two thirds live in single-family houses?

In this publication, you can also find facts such as:

  • The highest point in Denmark is Møllehøj with its 171 metres, the biggest lake is Arresø with its 40 km2, and the longest river is the Gudenå stretching 176 km through Jutland, which - by the way - accounts for 69 per cent of the total area of the country.
  • Our population has been growing in recent years. This is due partly to immigrants outnumbering emigrants, partly to births outnumbering deaths.
  • The average home in Denmark is 112 m2, and each person has an average living space of 52.2 m2. Home ownership is 58 per cent.
  • The share of persons aged 25 to 64 years with long-cycle education has grown from 6 per cent in 2000 to 12 per cent in 2018. In the same period, the share of the population with basic school as their highest level of completed education has dropped from 30 per cent to 19 per cent.
  • The unemployment rate was in 2017 6.0 per cent for women and 5.7 per cent for men. The unemployment was lowest among the 45-64-year-olds (3.7 per cent) and highest among the 15-24-year-olds (12.0 per cent).
  • In 2017, the unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent for the women and 5.7 per cent for the men. The lowest unemployment rate was found among the 45-64-year-olds (3.7 per cent) and the highest was among the 15-24-year-olds (12.0 per cent).
  • From an international point-of-view, Denmark had a significant surplus on the balance of payments of 7.3 per cent of GDP in 2016 because our exports are worth more than our imports. In addition, we have a large return on net foreign assets. Our biggest trading partner is Germany followed by Sweden.

If you have questions to Denmark in figures 2018, please do not hesitate to contactMargrethe Pihl Bisgaard, +45 39 17 31 62,

Denmark in Figures


Denmark in Figures
ISBN: 978-87-501-2297-5
Released: 25 April 2018 08:00
No of pages: 40
Contact info:
Margrethe Pihl Bisgaard
Phone: 39 17 31 62