What would you say if you’re asked the name of a country starting with a letter ‘D’? Denmark? If you’d say Denmark, your answer is the same as the majority. Even though we think there might be a lot of countries starting with the letter ‘d’, there are only four such countries, and six if you say ‘Democratic’ at the beginning of the name counts as one.
These countries are great travel destinations, some of which haven’t been explored yet! They’re home to some of the most amazing locations, cultures, and people! Whether you’re planning an international trip soon anytime soon, or you want more knowledge, this list is for you!
Countries That Start With ‘D’
Probably the most known of all the countries that have their names beginning with ‘d’, Denmark is situated in Northern Europe and borders Germany. It comprises of a peninsula called Jutland and a 443-island archipelago. All the islands are named, but not necessarily inhabited. It is the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations and has a constitutional monarchy. The Danish Monarchy is the oldest continuing monarchy in the world, being in existence for more than 1,000 years. With a population of 5.8 million people, Denmark has more bicycles (4.2 million), than it has cars (1.8 million). It is the happiest country in the world, and the least corrupt. As of 2013, Denmark is home to 14 Nobel laureates.
Geographically, Denmark has flat lands, sandy coasts, low elevation, and temperate climate. In most areas, it is windy and it snows or rains every day. Denmark also enjoys an 11,771 kilometers long coastline, which is the reason no place in Denmark is more than 50 kilometers from the sea. Its coastline is longer than the Great Wall of China. I think this is why swimming has been made compulsory in all Denmark schools.
Denmark is also the birthplace of Lego, and the name ‘Lego’ comes from the Danish word ‘leggodt’ which means to ‘play well’.
This East African country neighbors Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. It is home to about 865,000 people, who mainly speak Arabic and French. Ironically, its capital and biggest city is also called Djibouti. With an area of 23,200 square kilometers, it is the third smallest African country after Gambia and Swaziland. Whale sharks regularly visit the coast of Djibouti and it is visited by tourists to swim amongst whale sharks. Djibouti is also famous for Lac Assal, which is a crater laker ten times saltier than the sea. It is 155 meters below the sea level, which makes it the lowest point in Africa and the third lowest in the world. The Lac Abbé in Djibouti is a plateau with hundreds of limestone chimneys, each puffing steam and making the place look other-worldly.
Located in the Caribbean, Dominica is an island nation and home to about 74,000 people. It has an area of only 754 square kilometers, yet it is home to some of the rarest flora and fauna species. For wildlife enthusiasts, Dominica is a paradise as most of its land, except the coastline, is covered in mountains and rainforests. Not only this, Dominica is the land of an amazing 365 rovers and various waterfalls, which include a twin fall. It is also very famous for its Bananas and its geothermal hot springs. The Dominican flora and fauna are protected due to the majority of the area being designated as National Park or Reserve. There are three national parks and two forest reserves in Dominica, out of which the most famous is Morne Trois Pitons National Park, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site way back in 1997. Situated in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park is the Boiling Lake, which is the largest hot Lake on the planet.
4. Dominican Republic
Another Caribbean Country, the Dominican Republic is home to 10.7 million people and this country neighbors Haiti. It is the 86th most populous country in the world and has a lot to offer. The main language spoken here is Spanish, and it’s the only country to have the Holy Bible on its national flag. Dominican Republic is LSO the second largest island in the Caribbean It also shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. The main industry in the Dominican Republic is the sugar processing industry. Another interesting thing about the nation is that it is a norm to arrive late for meetings, or any gatherings!
It is known for its beaches, resorts and golfing. As the country experiences sunny and warm weather throughout the year, it attracts a lot of visitors to its beaches. Not only this, between December and March, Humpback whales also visit the waters near the coasts, and many visitors come to swim amongst the whales. The Dominican Republic houses the colonial city of Santo Domingo, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Catedral de Santa Maria La Menor is a building which was constructed in the 1540s and makes for an amazing visit.
5. Democratic Republic of Congo
With an area of 2.345 million square kilometers, this country is the largest I’m Sub-Saharan Africa, the second largest in Africa after Algeria and the 11th largest in the world. Formerly known as Zaire, the Democratic Republic of Congo is the most populous Francophone in the world with a population of approximately 91 million people. It experiences high precipitation and the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the world. Also, the nation is house to the Congo Rainforest, which is the second largest rainforest in the world. Its geography is varied, with savannas, plateaus, grasslands, and high glaciated mountains. The most famous mountains are the Rwenzori Mountains, which are located in the extreme eastern region. The Congo Rainforest is the reason Congo is the home to various World Heritage Sites, which are the Virunga, Garamba, Kahuzi-Biega, Salonga National Parks and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. The Congo River is not only the lifeline of the rainforest, but it is also the backbone of the country’s economy and transportation.
6. Democratic People’s Republic of Korean
More commonly known as North Korea, the DPRK calls itself a self-reliant socialist state. Occupying an area of 120,540 square kilometers, North Korea has a population of 25.368 million people. Even though the country holds elections, North Korea has been labeled to have a Stalinist totalitarian dictatorship regime. The United States banned its citizens from going to North Korea. The country has a military-first policy, with 9.495 million citizens being part of the active, reserved and retired military. Though the country is largely isolated, it is open to visitors from all over the world, except South Korea and Malaysia. Around 70% of the land of the country is covered in forest and the nation has various Mountain ranges. If you’re curious about North Korea and think of traveling there, there are a few rules you need to follow. You need to have a guide with you at all times and International visitors are not allowed to use the local currency. There are a lot of restrictions on photography too.
All the countries starting with ‘d’ are different worlds in themselves and all of them have amazing things that can’t be ignored!