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Basic Facts

OFFICIAL COUNTRY NAME: Kingdom of Denmark (Kongeriget Danmark). CAPITAL: Copenhagen (København). POPULATION: 5.38 million. TELEPHONE CODE: UK to Denmark 00-45-number. For other countries, dial your country's international access code, then: 45. TIME ZONE: GMT + 1 hour. AREA: 43,094 sq km. LANGUAGES(s): Danish. (English is the predominant second language). German (smaller minority). ETHNIC GROUPS: Scandinavian, Inuit, Faroese, German, Turkish, Iranian, Somali. HIGHEST MOUNTAIN: Yding Skovhøj at 173 metres, near Viborg in Jutland. (I think, somebody please correct me if I'm wrong). HEAD OF STATE/PRIME MINISTER: Queen Margrethe II (chief of state since 1972). Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen (head of government since 2001). GOVERNMENT: constitutional monarchy. CURRENCY: krone (crown), which is made up of 100 øre. Coins - 25 øre, 50 øre, 1 krone, 2 kroner, 5 kroner, 10 kroner and 20 kroner. Notes - 50, 100, 200, 500 and DKK 1,000. Some places will accept the euro and price tag goods in shops are often priced in both. EXCHANGE RATE: 1 euro = DKK 7.44. The exact rate of exchange can be found in most daily newspapers or travel agents. Yahoo also has a good currency converter. HEALTH RISKS: no major risks. ELECTRICITY: 220-volt AC, 50Hz current. Danes use two-pin continental plugs. UK visitors will need an adaptor for electric appliances. North Americans need a transformer to use their 110/125v appliances. WEIGHTS & MEASURES: Metric.

Attractions and Things to See and Do

Loads and loads to see and do in Denmark, here are some of my favourites. Denmark has three sites on the World Heritage List. JELLING MOUNDS, RUNIC STONES and CHURCH in central Jutland. ROSKILDE CATHEDRAL on the island of Zealand and finally KRONBORG CASTLE at Helsingør also on Zealand. Also worth going to see is TIVOLI amusement park in Copenhagen (I'm told the fireworks in summer are not to be missed). LOUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODERN ART Copenhagen, LEGOLAND in Jutland, ÅRHUS OLD TOWN Jutland. SKAGEN in the north of Jutland is beautiful. FUNEN PREHISTORIC MUSEUM south of Odense. NY CARLSBERG GLYPOTOTEK a great museum in Copenhagen. THE LITTLE MERMAID statue Copenhagen, CHRISTIANIA social commune also Copenhagen and of course, the CARLSBERG BREWERY :) To get a comprehensive list of sites, best to visit www.visitdenmark.com.

Maps

www.krak.dk

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

Suggested Itineraries

1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...

Transport

Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...

Accommodation

If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

Restaurants, SUPERMARKETS As a budget traveller I found the NETTO stores (distinctive by the bright yellow external decor) very affordable., Street Food, LOCAL SPECIALTIES Smørrebrød is a Rye bread sandwich. Who hasn't heard of DANISH PASTRY. Seafood delicacies are aplenty in Denmark locals suggest PICKLED HERRING.

Money and Costs

Currency is DKK, Danish Kroner (& øre) og Danish Crowns

Exchanging Money There are ATM machines in big cities, but the best way to get money is when you buy something, then you can get extra money.

Say you buy something for 56Kr. then just ask the person if you can get say 300 (up to 3000) over. Most danish people do this with their National credit card "Dankort" if they need some change.

I'm not 100% sure if this works with Visa's and other foreign creditcards but it should work...

Credit Cards Visa is most videly used, a few (big) places take American Express and Mastercard.

Tipping Probably something like 10-20% always hard to answer this question.

Bargaining Depends where you are, bargaining probably only works if you go to a market or buy expensive electronics

Costs Oh Denmark is probably a bit expensive, I was traveling through Slovenia, and they had some cheap stuff, compared to here.

Visa and Documents and Embassies

Who needs a visa? How to get it? Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country:-

The following countries I know have embassies in Denmark, check this website to see if your country has an embassy http://www.ambassade-info.dk

AUSTRIA (39 29 41 41)

BELGIUM (35 25 02 00)

CZECH REPUBLIC (39 29 18 88)

FINLAND (33 13 42 14)

FRANCE (33 67 01 00)

GERMANY (35 45 99 00)

GREECE (33 11 51 39)

IRELAND (35 42 32 33)

ITALY (39 62 68 77)

JAPAN (33 11 33 44)

LUXEMBOURG (35 26 82 00)

NETHERLANDS (33 70 72 00)

NORWAY (33 14 01 24)

POLAND (39 46 77 00)

PORTUGAL (33 13 13 01)

SPAIN (35 42 47 00)

SWEDEN (33 36 03 70)

SWITZERLAND (33 14 17 96)

TURKEY (39 20 27 88)

U.K.
Kastelsvej 36-40,
2100 Copenhagen Ø
(35 44 52 00)

USA
Dag Hammerskjolds Allé 24,
2100 Copenhagen Ø
(35 55 31 44)

YUGOSLAVIA (39 29 71 61).

Borders and Customs

Post and Communications and Internet

Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Hospitality Club Meetings

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Travelogues

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Photos

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Activities and Sports

Nightlife and Entertainment

Somebody had to say this. In the town where I live, Aalborg, there is one alley full of Bars, pubs and nightclubs. On weekends this road is completely crowded. There are clubs for all taste so you can chose. Most of the time there is no entrance fee, specially if you come on early. The name of "the street" as locals call it is: Jomfru Ane Gade which stands for... Street of the Virgin Ane... No further information about the name, sorry. Bars, Cafes, Discos, Cinemas...

Population and People

Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

Language and Useful Phrases

Danish. Most useful phrase to learn if you don't speak any Danish is Tak, which means thank-you :) Goddag (gothedaj) means hello. Farvel (far-wel) means goodbye.

Events and Holidays

Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

If you want good weather best to go between May and September (average temperature 20oC or 68oF). All the attractions are open then and transport services tend to be fully operational by then as well, (and the days are longer too). Daylight hours are shortest between December and February and you can get snow. The attractions in the winter time usually have shorter opening hours or are closed until summer. You can get strong winds down the west coast of Jutland, hence the windwills. Copenhagen is worth a visit year round. The weather is very changeable in Denmark.

Geography

Denmark consists of the large Jutland peninsula connected to Germany, and about 400 islands, about 100 of them inhabited. The 2 major islands are Funen and Zealand. The terrain is low and flat or slightly rolling and the highest point is 173 metres.

Environment and Flora and Fauna

Dangers and Warnings

Tourist Traps

Health

History

Government and Politics

Economy

GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...

Arts

Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...

Media

Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...

Religion

Mainly Evangelical Lutheran.

Volunteer Opportunities and Work

The 'Willing Workers On Organic Farms' scheme is good fun (WWOOF for short). Webpage www.wwoof.dk. E-mail is info@wwoof.dk. For a list of hosts send 50 Dkr or 10 US dollars to:- VHH/WWOOF-DK, v. Inga Neilsen, Åsenvej 35, 9881 Bindslev, Denmark. (I applied in Denmark, it probably costs more for overseas posting, best e-mailing first maybe). You work at least four hours a day in return for free board and accommodation. I delivered newspapers in Copenhagen for a few weeks, the work didn't seem that hard to come by (contact me and I'll pass on the contact details that I have). If you come in summer, I'm told you should have no trouble finding work picking strawberries, check out the EURES website www.eures.dk.

Organized Tours

What to Bring or Packing List

WATERPROOFS are advisable, even in the summer. A WARM JUMPER or FLEECE could be useful. GOOD WALKING BOOTS or SHOES. PROTECTIVE CREAM from MOSQUITOES for summer use. SUNGLASSES. I came in the winter/spring time, take a GOOD HAT and GLOVES, and a SCARF if you wear scarfs. I even camped so a QUALITY SLEEPING BAG is vital at that time of year. If you have a sweet-tooth (like me) take CHOCOLATE (it's expensive over here!).

Shopping

Books and Further Reading

GUIDEBOOKS:- I can't afford books but fellow travellers swear by the LONELY PLANET guide to DENMARK, it's in it's 3rd edition now. Prices:- UK £12.99, USA $17.99, Australia $30.80. Travel, History and Politics
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Other Information

Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Denmark (L)

Offtopic Messages

Hi! My name is Martin and me and my wife are looking for some nice and cheap room in Copenhagen.It is urgent! Martin and Tatiana (madhavendra@go2.pl)
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