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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Denmark

Geography

Dannish Geography - Field
Field

Denmark consists of a peninsula and a number of islands located between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in northern Europe. Denmark only shares a land border with Germany (south), but some of its islands lay just off the coast of Sweden (east) and Norway (north).

Geographically, Denmark is very flat and just higher than sea level, but not so low that there is much swampland. The peninsula is covered with small rivers and no point is very far from the sea. The islands in Denmark's east contain few rivers, but settlements are even closer to the sea. It is on these islands that most of the population lives, although the entire country is densely populated.

Weather

Dannish Geography - Jutland
Jutland

Weather in Denmark is fairly unpredictable as the peninsula and islands that make up the country are located in the cross section of the Baltic Sea and North Sea. At times waters from the north cool the country, while at other times the Atlantic Ocean gulf stream warms the region.

Winters tend to sit right around the freezing point (32° F (0° C)), but the peninsula's interior generally is a little cooler. Winter days in Copenhagen generally reach about 36° F (2° C), while nights tend to dip to or below freezing. Summers remain somewhat cool due to the surrounding seas as summer high temperatures jump to about 70° F (21° C), although nights can get much cooler. The fall (autumn) and spring are generally moderate, but less predictable as rain can come any time of year, most commonly during these transition seasons.

Wildlife

Although elk, deer, boars, and bears once found residence in Denmark, some of these, and many other large mammals are now extinct in the country. Today the most common mammals include rodents along with rabbits and hedgehogs. Like many other Scandinavian countries, Denmark's waters are filled with life, including herring and cod.

Hundreds of birds migrate to Denmark in the summer, including many water fowls, such as the stork.

This page was last updated: March, 2013