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It is believed that Denmark became Christian for political reasons so as not to get invaded by the rising Christian power in Europe, the Holy Roman Empire, which was an important trading area for the Danes.

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The remaining Jutish population in Jutland assimilated in with the settling Danes.

A short note about the Dani in "Getica" by the historian Jordanes is believed to be an early mention of the Danes, one of the ethnic groups from whom modern Danes are descended.

It establishes a constitutional monarchy organised as a parliamentary democracy.

The government and national parliament are seated in Copenhagen, the nation's capital, largest city and main commercial centre.

More Anglo-Saxon pence of this period have been found in Denmark than in England.

Denmark was largely consolidated by the late 8th century and its rulers are consistently referred to in Frankish sources as kings (reges).

The Danish Vikings were most active in the eastern and southern British Isles and Western Europe.

They conquered and settled parts of England (known as the Danelaw) under King Sweyn Forkbeard in 1013, and France where Danes and Norwegians founded Normandy with Rollo as head of state.

Denmark and Norway remained under the same monarch until outside forces dissolved the union in 1814.

The union with Norway made it possible for Denmark to inherit the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland.

Denmark became a member of the European Economic Community (now the EU) in 1973, maintaining certain opt-outs; it retains its own currency, the krone.

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