Denmark is made up of a collection of islands and peninsulas situated at a northern tip of mainland Europe. Germany is situated to the south, while a bridge across the Øresund straits connects Denmark to its Swedish neighbours. As well as its pastries and bacon, Denmark consistently ranks as one of the highest scoring nations on the United Nations' Human Development Index, which looks at life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators. The nation is also blessed with an accommodating climate of cool winters and balmy summers.
Denmark is home to vibrant cities with cultural events such as the Aalborg Carnival, the largest carnival in Northern Europe. There are also many areas of outstanding natural beauty throughout the nation, including the Unesco listed hunting landscape on the North Zealand peninsula.
Copenhagen, the capital city and central hub of Denmark, is a popular student city and is home to two of its most well regraded universities, the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Business School. Just north of the city is the Technical University of Denmark, and the cities of Aarhus and Aalborg on the western Jutland peninsula each have their own highly regarded learning institutes. English is the most common second language in Denmark and many university courses are taught in English too.
Notable people from Denmark include father and son goalkeepers Peter and Kasper Schmeichel, actor Mads Mikkelsen and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.