Denmark

Denmark

Denmark
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Population 4,723,800
SINless Population (est.) 15%
Per Capita Income 28,000
Below Poverty Level 25%
Megacorporate Affiliation 31%
Education:
Less than 12 years 31%
GED 35%
4 year degree 22%
Masters or higher 12%
Major Language Danish (89%)
Currency Euro
Capital Copenhagen

A small nation tucked in between the rest of Scandinavia and Europe, Denmark has gone through massive changes since the dawn of the new century. Most nations its size would have crumbled under the pressure, but Denmark is still functioning thanks to the attitude of the Danes. They know that they're small cogs in a gigantic machine, so they do their best at what they're good at. They're humble and proud at the same time; sometimes they're even proud of being humble.

Since Denmark shares a common history and culture with the rest of Scandinavia, it has acted in union with the other countries on most major issues; its participation in the Union was considered the natural thing to do. Denmark has a strong democratic tradition, and the country's minuscule size protects it from widespread corporate lobbyism and corruption of its political bodies. Funen is the only area of Denmark where the corps have a direct say on public administration.

Everything for Denmark changed in 2011. First, VITAS struck and killed almost 20 percent of the population. Then the Black Tide hit and completely flooded the eastern peninsula of Jutland with toxic waste. Refugees from Jutland poured into Zealand, creating tensions that last to this day. Funen is the only part of Denmark that remains the same as it was in the old days.

The Crash of '29 crippled the Danish welfare state. Most public records were lost and the bureaucracy didn't have the information or funds to pay their employees' wages. For some time, the economy was reduced to individual service exchanges and barter networks. A large black market evolved to fill the gaps and continues to this day, especially in Jutland.

The various governments from '31 onwards focused on restoring Jutland and recreating the modern welfare state by attracting small and medium-sized R&D companies. In particular, great lengths have been taken to welcome biotechnology business with open arms. Many of these companies supply research, bioware or weekend-personnel for the Oslo clinics. The annual Copenhagen Biotech Convention draws leading bio-corps to mingle, attend seminars and discuss the latest advances and also spawned the "Copenhagen Accords" in 2061 on ethical use of bio-agents.

Denmark is home to a plethora of small and medium businesses. Economic incentives encourage a fair share of serial entrepreneurs who start companies and get them running only to then sell to the highest bidding corp. Ares's European HQ is here, but Maersk Incorporated Assets is the most active. All of the AAA corps have PR/recruitment offices in Denmark.

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