Lonely Planet Writer

Denmark's coastline now officially 1.4km longer

A stretch of the Danish coastline.
A stretch of the Danish coastline. Image by Eric Gross / CC BY 2.0

The Danish Geodata Agency (DGA) has developed a new and more accurate way of measuring the country’s coastline and has found that Denmark has around 20% more coast than was originally thought. The agency discovered that the nation actually has 8750km of coastline, 1436km more than previous estimations. But while the tourism industry prepares to shout about the update, naysayers are pointing to the fact that the figure is meaningless as there are currently no international standards for coastal measurements. Read more: thelocal.dk