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In the early years of the 21st Century

Description: Description: Denmark

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*** Extreme Weather ***

Denmark has experienced a series of extreme weather events in the past few months. According to a recent article by The Local Denmark, the country has experienced three 20-year weather events since October 2023, with blizzards and heavy rain across the country this week threatening a fourth such occurrence. In January 2024, extreme cold and snowstorms disrupted travel and closed schools in Scandinavia, including Denmark. – Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook - Denmark

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 28 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

This thoroughly modern market economy features advanced industry with world-leading firms in pharmaceuticals, maritime shipping, and renewable energy, and a high-tech agricultural sector. Danes enjoy a high standard of living, and the Danish economy is characterized by extensive government welfare measures and an equitable distribution of income. An aging population will be a long-term issue.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $50,100 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 2.4%

industry: 18.3%

services: 79.3% (2016 est.)

Unemployment rate: 5.7% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 13.4% (2011 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 4 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 3.2 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.2 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 4.01 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Denmark

[accessed 27 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ Poverty In Denmark And The Welfare State

~ 5 Facts About Homelessness In Denmark

~ 8 Facts About Sanitation In Denmark

~ 7 Facts About Healthcare In Denmark

~ Top 10 Facts About Living Conditions In Denmark

~ Top 10 Facts About Hunger In Denmark

The World Bank in Denmark

[accessed 18 April 2021]

Denmark supports international efforts to promote human and economic development, reduce poverty, and boost shared prosperity around the world.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 8 December 2020]

Danish living standards and purchasing power are among the highest in the world, but the domestic market is limited by the small population, and most important industries must seek foreign markets in order to expand.

The Danish government in 2003 pledged to lower taxes, but the high cost of maintaining the welfare state made it difficult to implement those cuts. Government debt remains high, but the public budget was in surplus in 2002. Unemployment in the early 2000s was among the lowest of the EU countries.

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