Denmark Travel Facts

By | April 5, 2022

Denmark is located in northern Europe and is also the southernmost Scandinavian country. Lying between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, Denmark borders directly on Germany and, separated by water, also on Sweden. As a travel destination, Denmark is perfect for slowing down and offers wonderful nature experiences with its great coastal landscape.

Capital City Copenhagen
Size 42,921 km²
Resident 5,700,000 (including Greenland and Faroe Islands: 5.8 million)
Official Language Danish
Currency Danish crown
Time Zone UTC+1 CET (CEST +2)
Telephone Area Code +45

Source: Destination Explorer

Fast facts to know

  • The national territory of Denmark includes Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
  • Danes love meat and are very sport crazy.
  • Thanks to 25% VAT, Denmark is an expensive travel destination.
  • Denmark has more than 7,000 kilometers of coastline.
  • 406 islands belong to Denmark.
  • The form of government in Denmark is a parliamentary monarchy.
  • 90% of Danes are Protestant.

Exciting cities in Denmark

  • Copenhagen
  • Ribe
  • Aarhus
  • Aalborg
  • Esbjerg
  • Roskilde
  • Kolding
  • Odense

History of Denmark

  • Danes came to Jutland and the western Baltic Sea islands from Scania in the 6th century.
  • In the 10th century, Gorm the Old united the individual small kingdoms.
  • Until 1035, large parts of the British Isles, Norway and the Frankish Mark Schleswig from 975 to 1026 were conquered.
  • In the following centuries, expansion and further conquests in northern Europe.
  • Disputes with Sweden continued to dominate until the 17th century.
  • In 1814 Greenland fell to Denmark in the Treaty of Kiel.
  • Neutrality during the world wars, with the country being occupied by the Germans in WW2.
  • 2000 Entry into the euro zone fails after a vote.

Climate & travel weather in Denmark

  • Cool-temperate climate with moderately warm summers and cool winters.
  • Little rain and snow.
  • Annual average temperature is around 7.5 degrees.
  • Bornholm Island has a milder and sunnier microclimate.
  • In autumn rather uncomfortable and often stormy.
  • Recommended travel time:
    • May to August.

Ideas for trips in Denmark

  • Tivoli amusement park in Copenhagen.
  • Knutenborg Park/ Safari Park.
  • Jelling rune stones and church.
  • Rosenborg Castle.
  • Amalienborg Palace.
  • Legoland Billund.
  • Ribe Viking Center.
  • Castle Egeskov.
  • Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.
  • Amusement park Bakken near Copenhagen.
  • Viking Museum in Lasby.
  • Downtown and birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen in Odense.

Eating & drinking in Denmark

  • Cuisine is characterized by fish and meat, coffee and beer.
  • Smørrebrød and Wienerbrød are particularly popular.
  • Lunch is usually eaten simply and cold, and warm in the evening.
  • There are strict hygiene regulations in Denmark.
  • Legendary Danish soft ice cream with brittle or sugar crumbs.
  • Danes love liquorice more than anything.
  • After the meal, thank the host with a hearty “Tak for mad!”.
  • Coffee and beer are very popular.
  • Mineral water is relatively expensive, so almost all Danes drink tap water.
  • It is not customary to leave a tip in a restaurant.
  • In Denmark middag means dinner, frokost means lunch.
  • Typical dishes:
    • øllebrød (a bread soup made with non-alcoholic beer and sugar).
    • smørrebrød (intricate culinary works of art on a thin slice of bread).
    • gule ærter (pea soup made from dried peas).
    • finker (entrails, liver and lungs).
    • biksemad (Labskaus).
    • gåsebryst (cake).
    • æbleskiver (doughnut).
    • vandgrød (grain groats boiled with water).
    • blodpølse (blood sausage).
    • æbleflæsk (apples fried in fat with pieces of bacon).
    • æblekage (apple pie).
    • wienerbrød (danish pastry).
    • klipfisk (stockfish).
    • grønlangkål (curly kale).

Particularly scenic

  • Chalk cliffs Mön Klint.
  • Bornholm island.
  • East and North Sea coast.
  • National Parks:
    • Thy National Park.
    • Mols Mountains National Park.
    • Vadehavet National Park.
  • Grenen, the northernmost tip of Denmark.
  • Rubjerg Knude as the highest part of the Lønstrup Klint cliffs.
  • Svanninge Bakker (Hills).
  • Fyns Hoved.
  • Shifting dune Råbjerg Mile.

Denmark Travel Facts