The government and national parliament are seated in Copenhagen, the nation's capital, largest city and main commercial centre.Denmark exercises hegemonic influence in the Danish Realm, devolving powers to handle internal affairs.Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island.The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate.The new government of 2011 is striving for the Church of Denmark to become more independent, with a looser association to the state.The state’s support for the Church of Denmark today is primarily managerial and administrative in character.This initiative also includes projects promoting religious dialogue which is supported by the majority of Denmark’s religious communities. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
Beginning in the 17th century, there were several cessions of territory to Sweden.
Around four percent of the population has roots in an Islamic culture, with considerably fewer individuals actually being practicing Muslims.
Globalisation and immigration has also led to significant growth in the memberships of Christian and Christian-oriented groups outside of the Church of Denmark, accounting for around three percent of the population today.
It is among the founding members of NATO, the Nordic Council, the OECD, OSCE, and the United Nations; it is also part of the Schengen Area.
Denmark is considered to be one of the most economically and socially developed countries in the world.