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Denmark i/ˈdɛnmɑːrk/ (Danish: Danmark), officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a sovereign state in Northern Europe, located southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom includes two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. At 43,094 square kilometers (16,638.69 square miles), with a population of around 5.6 million inhabitants, Denmark consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and the Danish archipelago of 407 islands, of which around 70 are inhabited. The islands are characterized by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. A Scandinavian country, Denmark shares strong cultural and historic ties with its neighbors Sweden and Norway. The national language, Danish, is closely related to and mutually intelligible with Swedish and Norwegian.
↑The production staff mentioned that they used Southern Mediterranean European nations for the inspiration of The Little Mermaid, and flamingos are seen in the lagoon in the film, which are plentiful in Southern European countries. However, Eric also mentioned a kingdom of Flowerhaven when talking to Grimsby about a failed political marriage that was implied to have occurred recently, with the name being indicative of Northern European countries such as Scandinavia, and the TV series and Return to the Sea both featured near-polar areas with Atlantica being implied to be located near Greenland. In addition, Hans Christian Andersen, aside from writing The Little Mermaid in real life, had also been seen at Eric's Kingdom's docks telling the children about his encounter with Ariel in the ending of Metal Fish, thus strongly implying that its location was actually in Denmark, not the Mediterranean.