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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Danish Ministry of Foreign affairs.
Diplomatic Representations
List of Danish embassies and consulates on Danish Ministry of Foreign affairs' website.
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Taxis are available everywhere. Taxi lights show green when they are free, and red when they are not.
All bigger cities and towns in Denmark have an excellent bus network of city and intercity buses.

Copenhagen is the only city in Denmark with a metro system. The metro offers connections to S-trains, which are electric trains connecting the city center with the suburbs of Copenhagen. The numerous S-trains just like the metro leave at frequent intervals and form the heart of the public transportation infrastructure of the city. Metro offers an extension to Copenhagen Airport ( reachable from the central station by a 12 minutes drive). The fourth phase of the Metro is expected to open in 2018. The new line will have 17 stations and will cover major parts of the city center as well as portions of the surrounding boroughs

Maps of Urban Networks
Map of Copenhagen Metro and S-train
Map of Copenhagen Metro, S-train and regional train

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Copenhagen - Kastrup (CPH) 8 km / 5 miles DKK 200 / 15-20 min DKK 28.50 / 30 min DKR 28.50 / 20 min Available
Aarhus - Thisted (AAR) 35km / 21 miles DKK 300 / 35 min DKK 55 / 40 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The infrastructure is excellent everywhere, and all major islands and the peninsula of Jutland are inter-connected by a network of tunnels and bridges. Denmark's second largest city, Aarhus, is located on the Jutland peninsula, about three hours drive by car from Copenhagen. Visitors can also move easily from one part of the country to another by train or domestic airlines at reasonable prices.

There are twelve civilian airports, plus the Copenhagen International Airport (Kastrup), which is a major international airport and serves as the Scandinavian hub for SAS (Scandinavian Airline System). Copenhagen Airport was voted the world's second best airport in 2003 by the international airline organization IATA and the “Best in Europe” in 2005.

Rail Companies
Danish State Railways

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Scandinavian Airline Systems Major yes Yes
Cimber Air Major yes Yes
Cimber Sterling Airline low cost yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

When travelling around in the country the train is recommendable as a mean of transportation. If you are in a hurry, domestic air travel is also an option.
If you on the other hand wish to explore the country by yourself there are numerous possibilities of renting a car. Even though all the road signs are in Danish, it does not present tourists equipped with a road map with any difficulties of finding their way around in the country. You should however be alert since Denmark has a high volume of bicycle traffic - so keep an eye out for bicycles in intersections and roundabouts. Another interesting fact about Denmark is that the use of dipped headlights is compulsory at all hours.

For more information check the website of the The Danish Road Directorate

Road Maps
Find an Itinerary
Google Maps

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Different Forms of Tourism

On the website of the Danish Palaces and Properties Agency you can read about more than 20 Danish palaces, castles and gardens and find their locations.
The Open Air Museum north of Copenhagen is one of the largest and oldest in the world.
You can read more about the Vikings and Danish history on the webpage of the Danish Tourist Board.
Royal Jelling: The Jelling burial mounds and one of the runic stones are striking examples of pagan Nordic culture.
The National museum of Denmark is taking visitors on a journey traversing the cultural history of Denmark.
Roskilde Festival: If you are a music lover than you should visit Denmark during the summer because that's the time of festivals.
Denmark has great natural areas that you can explore and enjoy. They consist of forests, hills, lakes, meadows, swamps etc. See a list of natural areas at the website of the Danish Tourist Board.
Denmark has more than 2400 churches and has even preserved a few monasteries. More information on the website of the Danish Tourist Board.
Denmark is famous for its long and wide beaches with their soft, fine sand. For more information visit the website of the Danish Tourist Board.
The Danish, are world famous when it comes to furniture.
Some of the tops gifts made in Denmark are their wide array of ceramics. The main shopping district in Copenhagen is centered around Stroget, one of the most popular walkways throughout the city. Prices in Denmark are high.
Tourism Organizations
Danish Tourism Board

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No specific vaccinations are required while visiting the country.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Ministry of Health and Prevention
The World Health Organization
The American government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
American State Department

Emergency Numbers

Police, Fire department, Ambulance 112

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Copenhagen (GMT+1 in winter time, GMT+2 in summer time)
Summer Time Period
The summer time period stretches from March until October.

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
Because Denmark is almost entirely surrounded by sea, it has a moderate, maritime climate. The climate is in the temperate zone. here is a lot of wind, which is stronger during the winter and weaker during the summer. Denmark has an average of 170 rainy days. The greatest rainfall comes in November. Days are short in winter, with about 6 hours of daylight in December and January. Daylight in summer lasts 16-18 hours on clear days.
For Further Information
The Danish Meteorological Institute

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
Smørrebrød, often eaten for lunch, consists of a slice of dark bread with butter, topped with slices of meat, fish or cheese and generously garnished. It needs to be eaten sitting down with a knife and fork.
Coffee is very popular in Denmark and is widely drunk at all hours. Denmark also has many varieties of beer, famous breweries being Carlsberg and Tuborg. Most popular is pilsner (lager) but there are also darker beers. Akvavit, popularly known as "snaps" is also found in the category of Danish national drinks.
Dietary Restrictions

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Domestic Currency
Danish kroner
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The monetary unit is the Danish crown (DKK), divided into 10 aures, it is emitted in parts of 25 and 50 aures and 1,2,5,10 and 20 crowns and in tickets of 50,100,500 and 1000 crowns.
Possible Means of Payment
In stores, restaurants, hotels, cafés payment is made in cash or by Credit Card, according to the sum.

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Official Language
Danish is the official language of Denmark, Greenland and the Faeroe Islands. Both Greenland and the Faeroe Islands have their own languages too which most of the people speak, but Danish is used for official purposes and taught in schools.
Other Languages Spoken
English is the predominant second language. Small minorities, mostly in Southern Denmark, speak German.
Business Language
Yes. Danes are generally very used to using English and especially business people and government agencies.
Getting Some Knowledge
The Travlang website contains a dictionary and gives you some typical phrases to learn in Danish.
Free Translation Tools
Babel Fish Translation : Translation of text and websites
Translation Guide : Translation of text and websites from Danish to English
Translation Helper : Translates from Danish to many languages

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Luxury Hotels Copenhagen
Booking of Hotels and Inns of Denmark

Danish Castles and Manorhouses

The Chain of Danish Hotels and Inns

Visit Denmark Booking
Danish Hostels Booking

Danish Hostels Association

Camping Sites Booking

Private Accommodation Booking
Danish Tourist Board

To Find an Apartment
Scandia Housing
CPH rentals (only in Copenhagen)

To Find a Job

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