The country is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe.However, the country has opted out of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, the European monetary union (EMU - the Eurozone), and issues concerning certain internal affairs.Dubbed in various surveys and polls throughout the years as the "happiest country in the world", it is often pictured as a romantic and safe place, likely linked to Hans Christian Andersen as a "fairy tale" on its own.
Most of the islands are situated in the small shallow sea of Kattegat and the Baltic Sea, between Jutland and Sweden.
Separated from the other islands, Bornholm lies by itself between Sweden and Poland in the Baltic Sea.
Denmark (Danish: Danmark, formally The Danish Realm) is the smallest of the Nordic countries if the Faroe Islands and Greenland are excluded.
The main part of Denmark proper is Jutland, a peninsula north of Germany, but Denmark also includes a great number of islands, of which the major ones are Zealand and Funen.
The capital, Copenhagen, is located at the most eastern side of Zealand.