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Information about Denmark

Facts about Denmark

  • Approximately 5.6 million people live in Denmark.
  • The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen with around 1.7 million people living in the Copenhagen metropolitan area.
  • Denmark is one of the smallest countries in Europe, however, great diversity and short distances being the main characteristics of the Danish countryside. 
  • Denmark country famous for its butter cookies, Lego bricks and fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.
  • Denmark is a constitutional monarchy, with the current Queen Margrethe II as the head of state.
  • A popularly elected parliament governs the country with a prime minister as the nation's chief political officer.
  • Denmark is part of the EU since 1973.
  • Denmark is the World's Happiest Country (again) according to the 2016 World Happiness Report
  • The main cities besides Copenhagen are Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg.

Facts

Religion

There is no official separation of Church and State in Denmark. According to official statistics from January 2016, 76,9% of the population of Denmark are members of the Lutheran state church, the Danish National Church (Den Danske Folkekirke).

If you have special religious requirements e.g. in respect of kitchen utensils not having been used for pork or alcohol etc., it is advisable to bring your own utensils and tableware.

The Weather

The climate in Denmark is in the temperate zone. The winters are not particularly cold, with average temperatures in January and February of 0.0 °C, and the summers are cool, with an average temperature in August of 15.7 °C. There is a lot of wind, which is stronger during the winter and weaker during the summer. Autumn is the wettest season and spring the driest.

We recommend that you bring warm clothing.

Currency

The currency in Denmark is Danish Kroner (DKK), which is divided into 100 øre. Denmark is not part of the EURO-monetary system, and the Euro is treated as foreign currency.

We advise you to bring Danish Kroner or exchange in the airport or at the main station.

Electricity and Water

The Danish standard is 220 volts AC (50 Hz). You may need to bring or buy a two-pin continental adapter.

The water is drinkable straight from the tap.

Shops

The general opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9.30/10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Fridays from 9.30/10 a.m. to 7/8 p.m. On Saturdays shops generally close at 4pm. Certain shops are open on Sundays, and generally close around 4pm.

If you arrive in the evening or during the weekend, we recommend that you eat or buy essential food at the airport or at the main station before you continue your travels. This is particularly important if you are staying at one of our smaller campus locations.

Shopping may well prove to be more costly in Denmark than at home as the standard of living in Denmark is quite high.

As a general rule, most shops are closed on the 1st of January, during some of the Easter holiday period, Pentecost as well as the Christmas period (24th-26th December). However, this varies depending on the individual shops.

Arriving in Denmark

Copenhagen International Airport is located about 8 kilometres from Copenhagen Central Station (Hovedbanegården) and trains run from the airport to the central station several times an hour. From the central station trains connect to main stations in Region Zealand.

We recommend using the Journey Planner to find your way around Denmark. It is the most up-to-date public travel information.

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