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In the early 11th century, Canute the Great won and united Denmark, England, and Norway for almost 30 years with a Scandinavian army.
Throughout the High and Late Middle Ages, Denmark also included Skåneland (the areas of Scania, Halland, and Blekinge in present-day south Sweden) and Danish kings ruled Danish Estonia, as well as the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein.
During the Pre-Roman Iron Age (500 BC – AD 1), native groups began migrating south, and the first tribal Danes came to the country between the Pre-Roman and the Germanic Iron Age, The Roman provinces maintained trade routes and relations with native tribes in Denmark, and Roman coins have been found in Denmark.
Evidence of strong Celtic cultural influence dates from this period in Denmark and much of North-West Europe and is among other things reflected in the finding of the Gundestrup cauldron.
Denmark exercises hegemonic influence in the Danish Realm, devolving powers to handle internal affairs.
Home rule was established in the Faroe Islands in 1948; in Greenland home rule was established in 1979 and further autonomy in 2009.
More Anglo-Saxon pence of this period have been found in Denmark than in England.
The union with Norway made it possible for Denmark to inherit the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland.The Danish Vikings were most active in the eastern and southern British Isles and Western Europe.They conquered and settled parts of England (known as the Danelaw) under King Sweyn Forkbeard in 1013, and France where Danes and Norwegians founded Normandy with Rollo as head of state.The tribal Danes came from the east Danish islands (Zealand) and Scania and spoke an early form of North Germanic.Historians believe that before their arrival, most of Jutland and the nearest islands were settled by tribal Jutes.