Denmark is the southernmost and smallest of the Nordic countries. It is south-west of Sweden, south of Norway and bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark is a sovereign state that comprises Denmark proper and two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark spans over 42,924 square kilometres (16,573 sq mi) and has a total population of 5.7 million.
The unified kingdom of Denmark emerged in the 8th century as a proficient seafaring nation in the struggle for control of the Baltic Sea. Today, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy - the current monarch is Queen Margrethe II - organised as a parliamentary democracy. The government and national parliament are seated in Copenhagen, the nation's capital, largest city and main commercial centre.
Roskilde is a business and educational centre for the region and is located 30 km west of Copenhagen on the Danish island of Zealand.
Roskilde has a long history, dating from the pre-Christian Viking Age. Its UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral, now housing 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs, was completed in 1275, becoming a focus of religious influence until the Reformation.
The cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum, which contains the well-preserved remains of five 11th-century ships, attract more than 100,000 visitors annually. In addition to its internationally recognized tourist attractions, Roskilde also features an annual rock festival.
Since it was first held in 1971, the Roskilde Festival, a music festival, has been held annually on the fairgrounds south of the city center. It has grown to become one of the biggest music festivals in Scandinavia, with a turnout of around 80,000 every year. It features a diverse selection of music, including rock, metal, hip-hop, electronica, dance, and world music.
Read more about the city of Roskilde at Roskilde Turism Agency's webpage:
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