Denmark Demographics

What is the population of Denmark?

Population 5,869,410
Population - note note: Statistics Denmark estimates the country's total population to be 5,724,456 as of 2016 Q3
Population Growth Rate 0.23%
Urban Population 86.900000
Population in Major Urban Areas COPENHAGEN (capital) 1.206 million
Nationality Noun Dane(s)
Ethnic Groups Scandinavian, Inuit, Faroese, German, Turkish, Iranian, Somali
Language Note The Danish alphabet has a total of 29 letters: 9 vowels (a,e,i,o,u,y,æ,ø,å) and

20 consonant.

Denmark Population Comparison

Denmark Health Information

What are the health conditions in Denmark?

Life Expectancy at Birth 78.940000
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 10.21
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 4.140000
Health Expenditures - percent of GDP 11.2%
Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population 3.42
Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population 3.5
Drinking Water Source - percent of urban population improved 100.000000
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 12
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth (age 25-49) 29.1
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.73
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 18.2%
Sanitation Facility Access - percent of urban population improved 100.000000

Denmark Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Denmark?

Life Expectancy at Birth 78.940000
Median Age 41.400000
Infant Mortality Rate 4.140000
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 12
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.73

Denmark median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 10
Median Age 41.400000
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population 2.3
Population Growth Rate 0.23%
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.060000
Age Structure 16.580000
Infant Mortality Rate 4.140000
Maternal Mortality Rate - deaths/100,000 live births 12
Mother's mean age at first birth 29.1
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.73

Denmark Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Denmark?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Excellent medical facilities are widely available in Denmark. In Greenland and the Faroe Islands, medical facilities are limited, and evacuation is required for serious illness or injury. Although emergency medical treatment is free of charge, the patient is charged for follow-up care. There are modern, fully equipped hospitals throughout Denmark; the largest – also called University Hospitals – are located in Copenhagen, Odense, and Aarhus.

Health Expenditures - percent of GDP


Hospital Bed Density - beds/1,000 population


Physicians Density - physicians/1,000 population


Denmark Education

What is school like in Denmark?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 8.7%
Literacy - female 99%
Literacy - male 99%
Literacy - total population 99%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 17.000000

Denmark Literacy

Can people in Denmark read?

Literacy - female 99%
Literacy - male 99%
Literacy - total population 99%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over can read and write

Denmark Crime

Is Denmark a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroes all have relatively low violent-crime rates. Muggings, sexual assault, and racially motivated violence are rare. Violent confrontations occasionally take place between various immigrant gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs operating in Denmark, but do not typically affect tourists and law-abiding Danish citizens. However, there is always a possibility that travelers could be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Travelers should be aware of their surroundings and immediately leave the area if they feel threatened. Be particularly vigilant in the Nørrebro and Vesterbro areas of Copenhagen.

Freetown Christiania, located in the Christianshavn area of Copenhagen, has been known to be a hostile environment for tourists. Historically, Christiania has been the site of illicit drug activity and recent drug enforcement efforts have resulted in violent clashes between the police and Christiania residents. Because of the illicit activity, Christiania residents have imposed a strict no-photography policy. Tourists have been assaulted and robbed for taking pictures in Christiania. Police and emergency services are limited in Christiania.

Pickpockets and purse-snatchers operate mainly at train stations -- the Copenhagen Central Station in particular -- and on crowded trains or buses, as well as in areas frequented by tourists. Sophisticated thieves target the Copenhagen Airport and cruise ship quays. The best precaution is to keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Do not put any bags containing valuables, such as your passport or credit cards, down on the ground or on the back of a chair. Watch your computer bag, which is particularly desirable. Popular tourist attractions, like shopping streets and restaurants, also attract pickpockets and thieves. Hotel lobbies and breakfast rooms attract professional, well-dressed criminals who blend in with guests and target purses and briefcases left unguarded by unsuspecting tourists and business travelers. Pickpockets and purse-snatchers often work in pairs or groups with one person distracting the victim while another grabs the valuables. Since car and home break-ins have become more prevalent in recent years, we strongly recommend that you not leave any valuables in parked vehicles.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal to bring back into the United States, if you purchase them, you may also be breaking local law.

Denmark Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Denmark, you are subject to Danish laws. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. In Denmark, the police may take you in for questioning if you violate the law and don’t have proper identification with you. However, most forms of identification, such as student ID or a driver’s license, are acceptable, and there is no legal requirement for foreigners to carry their passports. Under Danish law, the police are permitted to detain someone for up to eight hours without charge. In addition, possessing knives with a locking blade longer than seven centimeters in a public place carries an immediate jail sentence. Some activities may be legal in Denmark, but are illegal in the United States. For instance, you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with minors and using or disseminating child pornography are crimes prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Denmark, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what activities are legally permissible at your travel destination.

Greenland has very strict laws on the removal of natural resources, including precious and semi-precious metals, stones, and gemstones found there. Before attempting to extract or export any of these materials, make certain that doing so is not against the law.

Persons violating Denmark’s laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Denmark are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines, depending on the drug type. The possession of heroin, speed, ecstasy, cocaine, etc., will, in most cases, result in a jail sentence. A tourist’s possession of smaller amounts of marijuana or hashish for personal use will in most cases result in a warning or deportation. For larger quantities and trafficking, jail sentences are likely.

Based on the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, bilateral agreements with certain countries, and customary international law, if you are arrested in Denmark, you have the option to request that the police, prison officials, or other authorities alert the U.S. Embassy of your arrest. You also have the right to have your communications forwarded to the Embassy.

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