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the capital of Denmark is situated on the eastern
coast of the Island of Seeland and partly on the
neighbouring isle of Amager. It is on the Oresund
opposite the Swedish town of Malmö.
Since the 11th century, due to its strategic
position, it has been developed as a trading
centre. Copenhagen has been destroyed by war and by
fires several times (most of the houses are in
wood), and there are few remaining buildings dating
earlier than the 17th century.
This town, built on the water's edge is very quaint
with its multicoloured houses along the port and
the headquarters of ancient big commercial
companies along the canals, which are now
transformed into luxurious residences or
The town is at its most beautiful seen from the
sea, and it's the sea which gives this northern
capital its special cachet.
Buildings are rarely more than four or five stories
Copenhagen is the biggest Scandinavian town and its
million and a half residents represent nearly a
third of the Danish population, but in spite of the
crowd which animates the wide avenues, there is no
The charm of this capital is well symbolized by the
Tivoli gardens which are really in the heart of the
town, where the Danes stop by regularly to
Each morning the Royal Guard leaves the barracks at
the Rosenborg castle to the sound of pipes and
drums and go up Stroget, the pedestrian street
which cuts through the town.
Bicycles are part of everyday life in Copenhagen, a
network of cycle lines keep cyclists out of the
main traffic circulation.
A thousand bikes are available free of charge for
citizens and visitors.
The port is very busy and the industries
The Tivoli, which is a large park full of games, is
one of the principal attractions.
The Little Mermaid (den Bille Havfrue), a famous
bronze statue sitting in the port, a memorial to
the writer Hans Christian Andersen, is the symbol
of the town.
Museums : the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek : a splendid
collection of art through all the centuries, in a
building which has the proportions of a Greek
temple with a winter garden.
(see the page 'Observations' for visits in
situated on the east coast of Jutland opens onto
the Jutland gulf. It is the second port in Denmark
with a geographical situation which has been good
for trading. It is an industrial town, particularly
shipbuilding. There is a very beautiful university,
with lovely architecture.
in the centre of the island of Fionie, is one of
the most ancient towns, and has remained intact. It
is a commercial centre, on the banks of the Odense
river, linked to the sea by a navigable canal.