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Denmark (Danish: Danmark, pronounced [ˈtænmɑk] (listen)) is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. Metropolitan Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, lying south-west of Sweden, south of Norway, and north of Germany.

A highly developed country, Danes enjoy a high standard of living, with the country performing at or near the top in measures of education, health care, civil liberties, democratic governance and LGBT equality. Denmark is a founding member of NATO, the Nordic Council, the OECD, OSCE, and the United Nations; it is also part of the Schengen Area. It maintains close political, cultural, and linguistic ties with its Scandinavian neighbours, with the Danish language being partially mutually intelligible with both Norwegian and Swedish.

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Denmark's green house gas emissions per dollar of value produced has been for the most part unstable since 1990, seeing sudden growths and falls. Overall though, there has been a reduction in gas emissions per dollar value added to its market. It lags behind other Scandinavian countries such as Norway and Sweden.[1]

About ProjectZero, Sonderborg

Community energy[edit | edit source]

According to Renewables First, the proportion of energy generated through community-owned production amounts to 86 percent in Denmark. When communities take energy generation into their own hands, it connects the user to the source.[2]

Samsø renewable energy

Energinet, real-time overview of Denmark's power sector

Solar energy: Denmark reached its year 2020 government goal of 200 MW solar cell capacity in 2012, and has 500 MW solar capacity in 90,000 private installations as of 2013. Danish energy sector players estimate that this development will result in 1000 MW by 2020 and 3400 MW by 2030.[3]

wikipedia:Wind power in Denmark

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Bicycling in Denmark is a common and popular recreational and utilitarian activity. Bicycling infrastructure is a dominant feature of both city and countryside infrastructure with bicycle paths and bicycle ways in many places and an extensive network of bicycle routes extending more than 12,000 kilometres (7,500 mi) nationwide (in comparison Denmark's coastline is 7,314 kilometres (4,545 mi)). As a unique thing, Denmark has a VIN-system for bicycles which is mandatory by law. Often bicycling and bicycle-culture in Denmark is compared to the Netherlands as a bicycle-nation.[4]

Rent a city bike in Odense with your mobile

Cycling Embassy Of Denmark

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]

Buy Nothing Day (Danish), Buy Nothing Day (English)

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Ecological agriculture and production is significant on Samsø, with a broad network of cooperating associations. It comprise farming of a large variety of vegetables, grains and fruits, livestock meat and products (lambs, sheep, yarn, cows, pigs, horses, donkeys, goats, chickens, eggs), a dairy, a brewery, restaurants and cafés, candy production, permaculture and forest garden experiments. There are several plans for extending the overall ecological production and broaden the industry (a slaughterhouse, orangery, forest gardens and education), with a wish for creating more jobs and stimulate settlements on the island.[5]

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Smart Mobility Project (Danish), Aarhus

Waterways: The only manmade waterways in Denmark are some tourist canals, like the canals in Copenhagen and the Odense Canal. There is also a 160 km route through the Limfjorden in northern Jutland linking the North Sea to the Kattegat.[6]

Cohousing[edit | edit source]

Sættedammen is a cohousing community in Denmark. Established 1972, it is the world's first cohousing community. The membership comprises approximately 60 adults and 20 children in 35 households. Sættedammen is an open, non-dogmatic community, based on social activities (various interest groups, a daily common dinner, common celebration of holidays and cultural events).

see also: Cohousing

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • Gaia Trust, charitable entity supporting sustainability projects, especially the ecovillage movement.

Visions[edit | edit source]

The Next Denmark, alternativet.dk

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News and comment[edit | edit source]


Denmark to end new oil and gas exploration in North Sea, Dec 4[7]

A crime called "ecocide": how Macron in France, and the Danish Parliament, are willing to use laws (and referenda) to hit climate targets, Aug 10[8]


How has Denmark become regularly the happiest nation in the world? Empathy classes at school help. Oct 10[9]


How do we utilize local knowledge so that others can benefit from it? A guide from the Danish Island of Samsø, Apr 17[10]


Danish Energy Cooperative Lets Consumers Collectively Build Wind Turbines, Jun 21[11]

How one woman is winning the fight against food waste, Feb 27[12]

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Energy positive: how Denmark's Samsø island switched to zero carbon, Feb 23[13]


Denmark's futuristic "citizen space" has been named the world's best public library, Aug 18[14]

Three lessons for cities in Denmark's clean-energy revolution, Jun 30[15]

In this Danish city, 5-year-olds bike to school on their own, Mar 4[16]

Europe's most liveable city? The secret of Odense's post-industrial revolution, January 21[17]

Denmark broke world record for wind power in 2015, January 18[18]


The Great Denmark Plan to Become a 100% Organic Country, July 16[19]

Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand, July 10[20]


Wind leader Denmark hits 33% of its electricity, January 16[21]


Denmark surpasses 100 percent wind power, November 8[22]

Near you[edit | edit source]

Copenhagen - Freetown Christiania

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