Denmark Travel Guide
Denmark is the southernmost of the Nordic countries and is famous for its design, Nordic cuisine and heritage and culture.
Denmark has more than 5.5 million inhabitants and consists of more than 400 picturesque islands and the peninsula Jutland. On the island Zealand, you find the capital Copenhagen, which is known for many historical attractions and the amusement park Tivoli. From Copenhagen, you can take the bridge to Malmø in Sweden.
Denmark consists of beautiful soft harmonic landscape, enchanting islands and wide sandy beaches.
The country also has a great Viking history and is renowned for the old castles and palaces, art museums, beautiful endless beaches and adventure parks for kids as Legoland in Billund, the same town where the production of Lego bricks started in 1949.
Denmark is the bridge between northern Europe and the Nordic countries like Norway and Sweden. The Danes are relatively liberal and progressive and are in general, good to speak English.
The Danes are known as a cosy bunch and are in 2018 awarded as the third happiest people in the world. Finland is the happiest people in the world and the Norwegian the second.
Danish design and architecture have been world renowned for decades, and are you interested in architecture, Denmark and Copenhagen are worth to visit. The Danish design is characterised by clean lines and graceful shapes and functionality, and the Danish competencies in design have also given possibilities for making big business as iconic brands as Bang & Olufsen, George Jensen and Royal Copenhagen.
Nordic New Cuisine
Denmark is known for its beautiful design and architecture, but today Denmark is equally famous for its food called "Nordic New Cuisine", and the world's best restaurant Noma in Copenhagen.
Like the Danish design and architecture is the world famous new Nordic cuisine characterised by simple and elegant and style. Denmark has some of the world’s best restaurant with NOMA in front, but you can also find many other restaurants from the Michelin Guide in Denmark. But it is also worth to visit some of the casual and traditional Danish restaurants which have a high quality.
In general, Denmark is a culinary treat. Fresh Danish Baked goods and open-face sandwiches, locally called 'smørrebrød'. Sharing in this local largess are some of the best gourmet restaurants in the world, with an impressive collection of 26 Michelin Stars restaurants.
Denmark also famous for "Nordic Noir"
In Denmark, you find many great architects, actors, musicians, ballet dancers, opera singers and others who enrich the Danish cultural life.
Denmark also has a rich history of films and TV series that are loved by audiences around the world and which have received many international awards. Famous TV-series coming from Denmark are "Borgen", "The Bridge" and "The Killing".
Denmark - a green nation
Denmark has a long tradition of ambitious energy and climate policies based on consensus in the Danish Parliament. The environment is often playing a role when new buildings and urban districts are designed and built. Denmark has introduced a clear vision of becoming independent of fossil fuels by 2050 as one of the first countries in the world.
Denmark is also one of the world's largest exporters of wind turbines, and the most famous company is Vestas.
Denmark is also a biking country with more than 10,000 km of biking routes. More than 40 per cent of Copenhagens residents bike to work every day and is one of the best capitals in the world to discover by bike.
Short facts about Denmark
Denmark`s coastline is 7,314 km. which is longer than the Chinese Wall. It corresponds to almost one and a half metre of coast per inhabitant. The official language is Danish, and the currency is the Danish Kroner.
Denmark includes several major islands as Zealand (Sjælland), Funen (Fyn), Bornholm and the peninsula Jutland. The terrain is low and flat to gently rolling plains.
Denmark is today a modern, prosperous nation and has a modern market economy, and the Danes enjoy a high standard of living, and they have a good welfare system and is a member of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen agreement.
The country has a high-tech agricultural sector and world-leading companies in pharmaceuticals, maritime shipping and renewable energy.
Danish lifestyle and traditions
Danes are the most satisfied and happy people in the world. The Danish people appreciate an addition to the daily work to have a high quality of life where there is a time for family, friends and leisure activities.
Visit Denmark and take your time at a cosy café or restaurant, meet the Danes, get notice of the history of the country by visiting the many attractions or visit the beautiful, clean, soft Danish nature.
Denmark is great for biking country, and where ever you go you will be met by people riding their bikes; for transport, fun or the sports of it. Denmark is one of the countries in the world where bikes are the most widely used.
This also means that facilities for biking are good in Denmark, making it more convenient and safe than many other places in the world.
Most Danes have good language skills and speak more languages. They are taught English in elementary school, and it is easy for the Danes to deal with other countries, to travel or to work, and many of them explore the world as tourists.
What is the Danish meaning of "hygge"
In essence 'hygge' means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is 'hygge'. For Danes 'hygge' is sitting around a table, discussing the big and small things in life with good friends or family. The word comes from another Nordic country, Norway - and here it means 'well-being'.
Famous companies from Denmark
Many companies you perhaps already know are coming from Denmark:
- Carlsberg Beer
- Georg Jensen
In Denmark, they are famous for their design, high quality and innovative products.
Read more about the Danish brands and shopping here
Why visit Denmark
Denmark has a rich variety of attractions and destinations. Because the country is surrounded by the sea, there are plenty of wide-open sandy beaches. With a 7400 km coastline, almost the same as Brazil's and longer than India's, you are never far from a beach in Denmark.
Denmark is a green country with rolling farmlands – perfectly suited for cycling and active holidays. For families with children, Denmark has world-class theme parks and family attractions with fun and learning for all the family as Djurs Sommerland and Fårup Sommerland.
How is the weather in Denmark
Despite the northerly position of the country, the weather in Denmark is not extreme. Denmark is placed in the temperate climate zone, and the country has mild weather due to west winds and the seas that surround Denmark.
January is the coldest month, and the warmest month is August – although the warmest summer nights are in July. Average daytime temperatures range from 2°C (35.6°F) in January to 20°C (68°F) in August. Rainy days are likely all year round, while snowfall only happens once in a while during winter.
Rainy days are likely all year round, while snowfall only happens once in a while during winter.
Because of Denmark’s northern location in Europe, the length of daylight hours varies greatly. During winter, sunrise is about 8 am and sunset at 3:30 pm, whereas a summer day starts at 3:30 am and sunset is as late as 10 pm.
The Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic have autonomous self-rule but belong to the Kingdom of Denmark.
The Faroe Islands’ Home Rule was established in 1948, and Greenland’s Home Rule was established in 1979. In 2005, a new self-government arrangement came into force in the Faroe Islands, and in 2009 a self-government arrangement for Greenland replaced the Greenland Home Rule Arrangement.
Summer music events and festivals
The biggest festival in the Nordic countries and perhaps the most famous worldwide is the Roskilde rock festival in the city Roskilde 30 km from Copenhagen. The most beautiful festival in Denmark is the "Smukfest" in Skanderborg nearby Aarhus.
In Copenhagen, the Jazz Festival, is one of the largest music events, in Aarhus, it is the Northside Festival, and outside the big cities, we can recommend the Tønder folk music festival or the Riverboat Jazz Festival in Silkeborg.
See here for information about more festivals and events in Denmark.