The history of denmark as a unified kingdom began in the 8th century but historic documents describe the geographic area and the people living there the danes as early as 500 ad these early documents include the writings of jordanes and procopius. The word denmark dates back to the viking age and is carved on the famous jelling stone from around 900 ad today though denmark is very different from its historical past between the 13th and 17th centuries denmark was a superpower whose influence was as powerful as that of the largest european countries. Other articles where history of denmark is discussed denmark history the history of the people of denmark like that of all humankind can be divided into prehistoric and historic eras sufficient written historical sources for danish history do not become available before the establishment of medieval church institutions notably monasteries where monks recorded orally. Whizz through 1000 years of danish history from the time of the vikings through the founding of copenhagen to denmarks first female prime minister helle thorning schmidt. History of denmark including scandinavian kingdoms union of the crowns
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