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 is 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 one of the happiest countries in the world
  • The main cities besides Copenhagen are Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg.



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.


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.


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.

Health Insurance

You are required to register with the local civil registration office. You need to bring a copy of your passport, your Danish residence permit and proof of your address in Denmark. Once you have filled in the registration form, the civil registration office will provide you with a personal identity number (CPR number) and a Health Insurance Card. Your local tutor or International Coordinator will help you with this.

The Nordic countries and the UK
Persons from the Nordic countries and the United Kingdom are entitled to the same health services as Danes when they need acute medical treatment.

EU and EEA
Persons from other European Union countries, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are also entitled to the same health services as residents of Denmark when they need acute medical treatment if they bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Other countries
Persons from other countries are not entitled to any free medical care except the emergency hospital treatment mentioned above and are urged to obtain a private health insurance. Persons who are registered with the municipal civil registration office in Denmark are automatically covered by Denmark's health insurance scheme after a period of 6 weeks.

Persons coming from the EU countries, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Quebec, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey can avoid the waiting period if they are covered by the national health insurance scheme of their home country. The national health care authorities in the home country should be contacted.

The Health Insurance covers students staying for more than three months (and some councils more than six months), but has a limited cover. We encourage students to take out a general insurance as well.

For more information, please look here.

In case of clinical studies, please note that you are required to obtain a Public Liability Insurance as well as an Industrial Injury Insurance.

Illness and Accidents

In case of emergencies:

Dial 114 - nationwide service number to the police.

Dial 112 - emergency number when you need urgent help from the police, the fire department or an ambulance

In part 2 you will numbers for the on-call general practitioner, local police station etc.

If you cannot get hold of your tutor or your international coordinator, our emergency telephone number outside office hours: + 45 76 11 70 60

This number should only be used by students on study visits or their host and only in case of emergencies such as serious illness, accidents or the like.

International Student Card

If you have a student card from your home university with your photo, we recommend that you bring it along, as it can give you various discounts. If you do not have one, you may find that you can obtain one from ISIC. On this site you can see if your home country has a local issuer: ISIC

Transportation in Denmark

Read more about getting around in Denmark here.