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    Denmark Geography 1995

      Location: Nordic State, Northern Europe, bordering the North Sea on a peninsula north of Germany

      Map references: Arctic Region, Europe, Standard Time Zones of the World

      total area: 43,070 sq km
      land area: 42,370 sq km
      comparative area: slightly more than twice the size of Massachusetts
      note: includes the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea and the rest of metropolitan Denmark, but excludes the Faroe Islands and Greenland

      Land boundaries: total 68 km, Germany 68 km

      Coastline: 3,379 km

      Maritime claims:
      contiguous zone: 4 nm
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to depth of exploitation
      exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 3 nm

      International disputes: Rockall continental shelf dispute involving Iceland, Ireland, and the UK (Ireland and the UK have signed a boundary agreement in the Rockall area); dispute between Denmark and Norway over maritime boundary in Arctic Ocean between Greenland and Jan Mayen has been settled by the International Court of Justice

      Climate: temperate; humid and overcast; mild, windy winters and cool summers

      Terrain: low and flat to gently rolling plains

      Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, fish, salt, limestone

      Land use:
      arable land: 61%
      permanent crops: 0%
      meadows and pastures: 6%
      forest and woodland: 12%
      other: 21%

      Irrigated land: 4,300 sq km (1989 est.)

      current issues: air pollution; nitrogen and phosphorus pollution of the North Sea; drinking and surface water becoming polluted from animal wastes
      natural hazards: NA
      international agreements: party to - Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber, Wetlands, Whaling; signed, but not ratified - Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Law of the Sea

      Note: controls Danish Straits linking Baltic and North Seas; about one-quarter of the population lives in Copenhagen

      NOTE: The information regarding Denmark on this page is re-published from the 1995 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Denmark Geography 1995 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Denmark Geography 1995 should be addressed to the CIA.

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