Denmark, a country of northwestern Europe, located in Scandinavia. Its capital is Copenhagen.
The country is relatively flat (the highest points are Møllehøj, Yding Skovhøj and Ejer Bavnehøj, which are 170.86, 170.77 and 170.35 meters above sea level). The climate is temperate with mild summers and cool winters. The largest cities are Copenhagen (on the island of Zealand), Aarhus (in Jutland), and Odense on the island of Fyn.
Denmark is bordered to the north by the Skagerrak, a strait between the North Sea and Norway, east by the Kattegat and the Sound, the south by the Baltic Sea, the Fehmarn Belt and Germany, the west by the North Sea. Denmark has two territories in the North Atlantic: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. These lands, which became a Danish possession in the late fourteenth century, enjoy a status of autonomy, since 1948 and 1979 respectively.
Greenland, Grønland in Danish ("green land"), Kalaallit Nunaat in Greenland is an island in the Atlantic Ocean. Although geographically part of North America, the territory is legally attached to Europe as an autonomous territory of Denmark. Greenland has enjoyed political autonomy since 1994, greatly expanded following the vote of 25 November 2008. Its 56,500 inhabitants chose, in a referendum in 1982 (entered into force on 1 February 1985), not to to become part of the European Community and the ECSC in which their territory had belonged since 1 January 1973. Following the referendum of 25 November 2008, Greenland acceded on 21 June 2009 to enhanced autonomy. Denmark assigns 32 areas of expertise, including police and justice. Greenlandic is the official language. The capital of Greenland is Nuuk (or Godthåb in Danish). The city has 17,000 inhabitants and its population is mainly composed of Greenlanders (80%) and Danes (14,5%).
The New Territories, lying north of the Kowloon Peninsula and constituting an enclave in China’s Guangdong province, are more than nine-tenths of the total area. The administrative centre of Victoria on Hong Kong island’s northwestern coast is also the centre of economic activities. Hong Kong has an excellent natural harbour and is one of the world’s major trade and financial centres. It has many educational institutions, including the University of Hong Kong (1911). © "Denmark" © Emmanuel Buchot and Encarta
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