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Country profile: Denmark

Location: Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany (Jutland); also includes two major islands (Sjaelland and Fyn). Also Bornholm.
Climate: temperate; humid and overcast; mild, windy winters and cool summers
Terrain: low and flat to gently rolling plains
Size: 43094 sq. km total (Land area: 42394 sq. km  Water area: 700
Population: 5,484,723 (July 2008 est.)
Languages: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority) note: English is the predominant second language
Government: constitutional monarchy
Capital city: Copenhagen
Legal system: civil law system; judicial review of legislative acts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)

Country profile

Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973. However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.

Energy production and consumption

Oil Gas
Production: 342,000 bbl/day (2006 est.) 9 billion cu m (2006 est.)
Consumption: 171,000 bbl/day (2006 est.) 4 billion cu m (2006 est.)
Exports: 320,000 bbl/day (2006 est.) 5 billion cu m (2006 est.)
Imports: 164,000 bbl/day (2006 est.)  
Reserves: 1 billion bbl (1 January 2006 est.) 75 billion cu m (1 January 2006 est.)
Major fields:

Denmark - recent news

28 Feb 24
Denmark: BlueNord provides update on progress of the Tyra Redevelopment Project
BlueNord has provided an update on the expected timeline of the Tyra Redevelopment Project. The Operator, TotalEnergies, confirms that first gas is expected in March.
26 Feb 24
Denmark closes investigation into Nord Stream pipeline blast
Danish police have said they are closing their inquiry into the blasts that tore apart two pipelines intended to ship Russian gas to Germany. Authorities concluded the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines had been 'sabotaged' in September 2022 - but said there was no basis for pursuing a criminal case.
02 Feb 24
Denmark: Surplus heat from carbon capture to be used for district heating in Greater Copenhagen area in Denmark
Ørsted has entered into an agreement with Danish district heating companies VEKS and CTR to utilise surplus heat from carbon capture at Avedøre Power Station. The surplus heat will provide district heating to up to 16,000 Danish households in the Greater Copenhagen area.
24 Jan 24
TotalEnergies and European Energy expand their collaboration to offshore wind
As part of its integrated development in electricity, TotalEnergies has signed a new agreement with European Energy to develop offshore wind projects in three Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
22 Jan 24
Denmark: BlueNord provides update on progress of final stage of the Tyra Redevelopment Project
BlueNord has provided an update on progress and expected timeline of the Tyra Redevelopment Project. The Operator, TotalEnergies, confirmed in its REMIT notification that the project progress to date indicates, subject to the remaining level of operational uncertainty, that the current restart date of 31 March 2024 remains valid, but depending on project progress, it could be reached earlier in March.

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