Where is it: Denmark is located in northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany (Jutland); also includes two major islands (Sjaelland and Fyn).
Why do people go here: This socially progressive country that includes more than 400 islands comprises the literal and figurative bridge between Europe and the Nordic countries. Whether it’s the lore of Hans Christian Andersen or the draw of the hip and fast-paced Copenhagen, Denmark has a lot to offer backpackers to take the time to make it there.
What are the main entry points: Denmark is usually entered via rail from Germany in the South or via ferry or train from Sweden. Copenhagen is capital and largest city. Those coming from Germany are more likely to visit Odense.
Currency used: Danish Krone (Dkr.)
Country Code for Phones: 45
Area codes for Major Cities: None Needed
Other Phone Tips: Phone cards are available for purchase at post offices and kiosks.
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, Muslim 2%
Population: 5.5 million
Ethnic Breakdown: 90.5% Danish, 9.5% (Arabs, Bosnians, Germans, Greeks,Turks,) Government: Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy
Languages: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority). English is the predominant second language
Major Cities: Copenhagen, Arhus, Odense
Attractions: Copenhagen, Christiania, H.C Andersens Hus
Tourism Office locations and links: Danish Tourist Board Vesterbrogade 6 D Copenhagen, 1620 Denmark +45-33-11-14-15; FAX +45-33-93-14-16
Off-the-Beaten-Path: Malmö, Helsinborg, Tisvilde, Mushroom hunting
Health Issues: No vaccinations are required to enter Denmark. Health care is on par with the rest of Europe and the US.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Because of Denmark’s northern location on the sea, the weather is never very warm or cold. Summers are mild and pleasant.
Common Phrases: Yes = Ja, No = Ikke, Please = Behage, Thank you = Tak for Ian, Do you speak English? = Lave jer indtale Engelsk?
Specific Events/Holidays: Constitution Day, 5 June is generally viewed as the National Day
Getting Around: Denmark’s bus and rail and ferry system is extensive. Car rentals are pricey, and although roads are well-paved and mostly toll-free, driving in the city is not recommended due to numerous one-way streets and costly parking. Eurail is valid in Denmark.
Good to know: Travelers from the US, NZ, Canada, and Australia do not need a visa for up stays up to 90 days. These 90 days are valid for all Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.)
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Denmark is the Copenhagen Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Denmark travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.