The United Kingdom of Denmark shares strong cultural and linguistic links with its neighbours Sweden and Norway.
From the 8th to the 10th centuries the Danes, the Swedes and the Norwegians were collectively known as the Vikings who terrorised, invaded, colonised or otherwise made their presence known in most of the inhabited countries in Europe in turn.
The cuisine of Denmark, like that of the rest of Scandinavia and northern Germany consists of large quantities of fish and meat.
Smørrebrød, (left) originally smør og brød, (butter and bread) consists of a piece of rugbrød (buttered rye bread), a dense, dark brown bread with a pålæg (topping) that can consist of a multitude of commercial or homemade meat, fish and cheese items. These are then pyntet (decorated) with suitable accompaniments, to create tasty and visually appealing sandwiches.
Hot meals traditionally consist of ground meats, such as frikadeller (meat balls), or of more substantial meat and fish dishes such as flæskesteg (roast pork with crackling) or kogt torsk (poached cod) with mustard sauce.