Denmark has the oldest monarchy in the world, starting with Gorm the Elder who was King from 900AD. Denmark is made up of a peninsula, Jutland, and 406 islands, many of them linked by bridges including the 13.4 km long Great Belt Bridge. Denmark has been known for its modern, healthy economy; the country has one of the lowest rates of unemployment, and offers a comprehensive and generous social security system.
Its industrialized market economy depends on imported raw materials and foreign trade. Denmark produces oil, natural gas, wind- and bio-energy. Its principal exports are machinery, instruments and food products.