1 January: New Year's Day
8 May: Great Prayer Day
5 June: Constitution Day
24 December: Christmas Eve
25 December: Christmas
26 December: Boxing Day
31 December: New Year's Eve
Travellers With Disabilities
Wheelchair access and other services for travellers with disabilities
are available at many hotels, museums, and public places. For
a list of hotels with facilities for guests with disabilities
contact the Danish Tourist Information Office.
Metro, buses and trams
Public transport in Denmark is very efficient. Trains and buses
cover the country, and Copenhagen has an excellent bus and S-train
(S-tog) network. Within Greater Copenhagen the fare system covers
both bus and S-trains and is based on zones. Tickets can be bought
on buses or at stations and should be stamped when boarding the
bus or on the station platform. Ten-ticket bus coupons (klipperkort)
are slightly cheaper than single tickets if you plan to make a
lot of journeys. A discounted pass valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours
for transport over a wider area is available from tourist offices.
Denmark has no trams but a metro system is being constructed in
The main ferry routes are Kalundborg to Århus, Ebeltoft
to Sjællands Odde, and Rønne to Copenhagen. It is
essential to book in advance in the summer, at weekends, and on
bank holidays. The larger car ferries have restaurants, shops,
television, play areas for children, and facilities for the disabled.
Denmark is a small nation of 5.2 million people, comprising
the Danish Jutland peninsula, which has a land border with
, and more than 400 islands scattered across the western
edge of the Baltic Sea. Finger-like Jutland points northwards
towards Scandinavian partners and , and accounts for 70
percent of the country's territory. However, Denmark's main
focus is eastwards on Zealand (Sjaelland), the largest island,
on which stands , the capital. As the epicentre of Danish
political and commercial life, and a city brimming with
cultural and historical riches, Copenhagen for many visitors
symbolises the whole of Denmark. But as Danes point out,
this can give a false impression of the rest of the country.
Beyond the capital, Denmark is characterised by a calm,
understated attitude to life.
The Danish landscape is similarly free from extremes. The
highest point (Yding Forest Hill), in central Jutland, is
just 173 metres (568 feet) above sea level, the highest
waterfall a mere 18 metres (59 feet); there are no great
rivers. Most of the coastline is flat and fringed with sandy
beaches or wind-ribbed dunes. Rural areas on the mainland
and islands alike are smooth, green, and undramatic, with
undulating hills, lakes, and broad-leafed forests of the
kind that inspired the fairy stories of Hans Christian Andersen.
Amid this landscape are countless treasures to be discovered:
enigmatic remains of prehistoric civilisations, Viking rune
stones, sleepy medieval towns and villages of narrow cobbled
streets and half-timbered houses, frescoed churches and
cathedrals, fine country manor houses, and glorious castles.
These are the clues to an illustrious past marked by battles,
bloodshed, and conquests. At the 11th-century apex of Viking
power, Denmark ruled England and all of Scandinavia. She
later acquired a scattering of colonial possessions, of
which Greenland and the Faroe Islands still remain part
of the Danish Kingdom, although both are largely self-governing.
Modern Denmark is a constitutional monarchy and a model
of consensus government. Fairness, decency, tolerance, and
equality are the predominant values of a nation whose standard
of living is among the highest in the world.
Emergency Phone Numbers
Emergency services: 112
Central European Time (GMT plus one hour). Clocks are put forward
one hour from the last Sunday in March to the Saturday before
the end of October.
Check with your motor-vehicle insurance company regarding documents
you will need and whether additional motor insurance is required.
The international registration letters of your country of residence
must be displayed at the rear of your car. If your car is right-hand
drive, you will have to alter your headlights with converters.
Rules Of The Road
Always carry your full valid driving licence (or International
Driving Permit, if necessary), vehicle registration documents,
and insurance documents with you. Warning triangles are obligatory.
The use of seat belts is compulsory for drivers and front-seat
passengers over three years of age. Rear-seat passengers must
wear seat belts if the car is fitted with them. Driving with dipped
headlights by day and night is compulsory. The limit of alcohol
in the blood while driving is 50 mg per 100 ml (5g/l). The minimum
legal age for driving is 18 years.
The electrical current in Denmark is 220 volts AC. Round, two-pin
plugs are used; an adapter is necessary for UK and Irish appliances.
Emergency telephones are available on all motorways, and the national
breakdown service, Falck, can be called 24 hours a day. Mechanical
and legal assistance is also available from the Danish motoring
organisation Forenede Danske Motorejere (FDM), PO Box 500, Firskovvej
32, DK-2800 Lyngby, tel: +45 93 08 00, fax: +45 27 09 93.
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Containing many cafés, churches, museums, and monuments,
Copenhagen (København) is a bustling capital dominated
by walkers and cyclists rather than cars. The cobbled alleyways
and courtyards of Indre By, the city's medieval centre, are
interesting and enjoyable to explore and the area is bisected
by Strøget, Europe's longest pedestrianised street. Beyond
Indre By, elegant thoroughfares reflect Denmark's 17th-century
prosperity while several major museums are situated in magnificent
parks. The irresistible Rosenborg Castle is also a popular tourist
destination. In the heart of the city on the tiny island of
Slotsholmen the Danish parliament sits in Christansborg, a palace
originally built in the 12th century.
Citizens of the European Union (EU) can, in most cases, enter
Denmark with a valid national identity card or passport and
stay for a period of 90 days. Citizens of the four other Nordic
countries can enter Denmark without an ID card or a passport.
Citizens of the United Kingdom and Ireland, where there is no
identity-card system, must carry a valid passport. Other nationals
should consult the Danish consulate or embassy in their country
of residence before departure, for any visa requirements.
Roads, Tolls And Speed Limits
Roads in Denmark are generally excellent and clearly signposted.
Tolls are not charged on motorways. Speed limits are 110 kilometres
(66 miles) per hour on motorways, 50 kilometres (30 miles) per
hour in built-up areas, and 80 kilometres (48 miles) per hour
on other roads.
Many roads have lanes reserved exclusively for cyclists. Note
that drivers must give way to cyclists, so pay strict attention
to their movements