Across the country of Denmark there are subtle changes between summer and winter. Here, conditions run warm to cool, rather than hot to freezing. High temperatures in summer reach into the low 70’s, with cooler mornings. Winter brings much colder days, but temps seldom fall below the low 30’s. Rain is possible throughout the year, with the heaviest amounts falling September – November. Denmark is windy in the winter months. Denmark’s geographical position affects winter daylight hours, as the sun rises by 8 AM, and sets no later than 4 PM. Summer days are longer as sunrise occurs before 4 AM, with sunset near 10 PM.
Danish Society & Culture
Galitarianism in Danish Society
Denmark is an egalitarian society. Interestingly this is reflected in their language, which employs gender-neutral words. Most Danes are modest about their own accomplishments and are more concerned about the group than their own individual needs. Maternity and paternity leave provisions are particularly generous in Denmark. Men are more actively involved in child-rearing activities than in many countries, although the division of domestic chores is similar to other developed countries.
Women in Danish Society
Women are highly respected in business and generally receive equal pay and have access to senior positions. Working mothers can easily arrange flexible hours so that they can maintain both a career and a family. Danish women expect to be treated with respect in the office.
Proper Public Behaviour
Danes believe there is one proper way in which to act in any given circumstance. If someone is not following the rules, be they written or merely understood, someone will generally speak up and admonish them to obey the accepted protocol. They expect courteous behaviour from everyone. Talk in moderate tones and do not do anything to call attention to yourself.
Danish Family Values
Most families are small. The nuclear family is the centre of the social structure. Children are raised to be independent from an early age. Most are put in day care centres at about 1 years old. Marriage is not a prerequisite to starting a family. Many couples live together without legalizing the arrangement with marriage.
Greetings are casual, with a firm handshake, direct eye contact, and a smile. Shake hands and say good-bye individually when arriving or departing. Shake hands with women first. Danes tend to introduce themselves with their first names.
Gift Giving Etiquette
Danes give gifts to family and close friends for birthdays and Christmas. If invited to a Danish home for dinner, bring flowers, good quality chocolates or good quality wine. A bouquet of mixed wildflowers makes an excellent gift. Flowers should be wrapped. If you are invited to dinner or a party, it is polite to send flowers in advance of the event. Red wrapping paper is always a good choice. Gifts are opened when received.
If invited to a Danish home: Arrive on time. Danes are punctual in both business and social situations. Check to see if you should remove your shoes before entering the house. Contact the hostess ahead of time to see if she would like you to bring a dish. Offer to help the hostess with the preparation or clearing up after a meal is served. Danes enjoy showing off their homes since they have usually done the decorating themselves and are proud of their accomplishments. Therefore, they are happy when you ask for a tour of their house. Do not discuss business.
|FAMOUS FOOD OF DENMARK||FAMOUS INDIAN CUISINE|
|Beef Tatar on Rye Bread||Double Diamond|
|Frugtmarkedet 19 2500 Valby, Nearer from Vigerslev St|
|Cod Roe on Rye Bread|
|Dhadra Food Store|
|Smørrebrød||Nørrebrogade 60 2200 Copenhagen N|
|Rye Bread||Moghul Store|
|Vesterbrogade 108 1620 Copenhagen V, Near East West Foods|
|Stegt Flaesk Med Persillesovs|
|Risalamande||Reverdilsgade 6, 1701, Copenhagen, Behind Copenhagen Central Station|
|1-Jan||Thursday||New Year’s Day|
|1-May||Friday||General Prayers Day|
|24-Dec||Thursday||Christmas Eve Day|
|26-Dec||Saturday||Second Day of Christmas|
|31-Dec||Thursday||New Years Eve|
|Hamlet Hospital Tel: + 45 38 17 04 00|
|Hvidovre Hospital Tel : + 45 36 32 36 32|
|Odense Universitetshospital Tel: + 45 66 11 33 33|
|3 STAR||4 STAR|
|Hotel SP34||Copenhagen Admiral Hotel|
Sankt Peders Stræde 34 , Copenhagen , 1453
|Toldbodgade 24-28, 1253 København K, Denmark|
|Phoenix Copenhagen||Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers|
|Bredgade 37, 1260 København K, Denmark||Ørestads Boulevard 114-118, 2300 Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Copenhagen Star Hotel||71 Nyhavn Hotel|
|Colbjørnsensgade 13, 1652 København V, Denmark||Nyhavn 71, 1051 København K, Denmark|
The Oresund Bridge Connecting Denmark and Sweden
This is defently one that you cannot miss. This scenic 10-mile bridge connects to Sweden and Denmark, carrying over 6,000 travelers by car or train everyday. The toll for driving across the Oresund bridge is paid at the toll station on the Swedish side.
The old town of Arhus, Denmark
The city of Arhus, Denamrk has a really old city that’s full of history. If you are not far from this city then don’t hesitate to visit this historic city. This city is full of rich beautiful houses, little shops, and food and drink on offer, and many other interesting things to look at. Travelers get 50% off Old Town admission from January until March, and the best part is that children under 18 enter free.
The Island of Bornholm
Bronholm is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, it is east of Denamrk and south Sweden, it’s nickname is “Pearl of the Baltic” there are beautiful beaches, bicycle paths, and architecture from the 1800’s. You don’t neccesarily need a car to get to Bornholm- buses, bicycles, and Danish taxis are everywhere. The easiest way to get to Bornholm, fly to Ronne-Bornholm Airport or check out the ferry connections.
The Beaches in Denmark
Doesn’t matter on what time of year or season you visit Denmark, it diesn’t mean you should miss a trip to the nearest beach (even if it’s not one of the best beaches in Denamrk) During the warm summer months of July and August, it’s warm enough to go swimming. With it’s coastline of Denmark, it’s sand dunes and greenery is a sight that seems to change always. It is also recommendedthat you bring your camera and watch for WWII bunkers and lighthouses.
India is 3 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Denmark
Official Currency “Danish Krone”
Summer extends from June to August, which are also the best months to visit. Winter is from December to March, and tends to be wet with long periods of frost and dark days. Spring and autumn are generally mild.
The Faroe Islands are under the influence of the warm current of the Gulf Stream, and they enjoy a very mild climate for the latitude. Winters are warm, but the islands are cloudy, windy and wet throughout the year. Summers are cool, but with little sunshine.
Go Orange – The Danish rail system offers cheap tickets via their online website called “Orange tickets.” They are only available online, and you have to print out the ticket before you board the train. These tickets though are a third of the cost of what you can buy at the railway station
Book in advance – Booking train and bus tickets a month in advance can save you up to 50%.
Cook your food – Eating out in Denmark is not cheap, and since Danish food isn’t going to win any great culinary awards, you won’t miss much by cooking your own food. Groceries cost about $35 USD per week, which is cheaper than a few meals out combined. If you must eat out, do so during lunch when specials and buffet deals make restaurants reasonably priced.
Eat on the street – Street stalls, such as hot dogs, sausages, and sandwiches cost only $4-5 USD and can save you a lot of money on food if you choose not to cook. In fact, they are your best bet at saving money on food outside of kebabs and pizza.
Get a city tourism card – If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing and visit a lot of attractions then I highly recommend you get one of the city passes that offer discounts and free admission to museums and attractions. They also come with free transportation, a great bonus.
Stay with a local – If you truly want to save the most money you can and don’t mind where you sleep, you have to Couchsurf because free accommodation is the only way to save big. Accommodation is super expensive in Denmark. Couchsurfing is very popular amount locals and you’ll find a lot of hosts, even in small rural communities up near the Arctic. However, travelers rely heavily on couchsurfing (or other hospitality exchanges) as a consequence, I would advise you to send out your requests far in advance of your actual arrival date.
Denmark Travel Dont’s
Don’t Be Sexist – If you are a male, this does not mean you have to be a full blown chauvinist before this rule applies to you…but Danish women do not like to feel patronized, and they especially don’t like being called “Darling”, “Sweetie” or anything else that might come across as derogatory. Overall, Danish women are highly independent and are regarded with the same esteem in the workplace as their male counterparts.
Don’t Break Rules – Danes in general are disciplined rule-followers, so don’t you dare to jaywalk across a street. Courteous behavior is expected from everyone, be they local or tourists. If you break the rules, expect to be admonished in a most civil manner.
Don’t Forget Hand Signals – Failing to signal your anticipated action in advance will result in a chain reaction of violent swerving and braking, and most likely a few Danish curses flung in your direction.
Don’t Judge Family Values – Danish children are encouraged to express their opinions from a young age, and will be informed about more adult topics the moment they are old enough to curiously ask about them. To the less liberal among us, these open-minded family arrangements might seem a bit strange. Also, marriage is not a prerequisite and many couples with children life together without ever making the relationship “official” through marriage. This may be a beneficial relationship for both parties. It is not your place to question the family dynamic.
Don’t Expect a “Thank You” – Danes are polite and respectful, but the lack of social pleasantries might shock non-Scandinavian travelers. The thing is, the words for “thank you” or “please” in the Danish language are simply redundant when you’re polite to each other constantly anyway. So when a Dane tells you to pass the salt, don’t glower at them and ask for the magic word. Just pass the salt and tell him to pour you a drink.
Skip the “How are you?” – “Hi, how are you?” This is a source of great amusement to the Danes; asking after someone’s well-being without taking the time to stop and listen. It does not form part of the standard greeting that we have become so accustomed to. Only ask a Dane how he’s doing if you really mean it, preferably at a bar when you have to sit down. Remember, there is no such thing as small talk. This rule generally applies to the rest of Scandinavia as well.
Don’t Forget the Three Ps – Privacy, privacy and privacy. I can not overstate this enough. Danes value their privacy highly, especially in the large city of Copenhagen. It forms part of their culture and who they are. People won’t ask after your health or your homeland because they assume that you would not like to be bothered with trivialities. However, if you make the first move and introduce yourself, they will respond warmly to you.
Don’t Expect Confrontations – Danes don’t lose their cool. If they get upset, they will tell the person off in a cool and collected way. As a rule of thumb, Danes are all about good vibes and comfort. There is even a word for it; “Hygge”. It is difficult to explain exactly what ‘hygge’ is about, but it can relate it to food, places, atmosphere and even people. If a person is ‘hygge-like’ it means they have a good and relaxed presence about them. This will win you many friends during your travels.
Don’t Ask for Decaf – You won’t find any decaf. It’s like asking a butcher for a vegan-friendly alternative. Danes firmly assert that there is no such thing as decaf. It might just be a conspiracy theory, for all they care.
Don’t be Surprised by Frank Opinions – Danes don’t sugar-coat to win your favor. They believe an honest approach is the best one. If you ask a question, expect an honest answer. This does not mean to say that Danes are always serious and without humor. They are outspoken and lively once they warm up to you, but in serious conversations, they will not mince words.
Denmark Travel Do’s
DO dress neatly.
DO wear jeans for casual events, but definitely make sure they are neat and clean.
DO rest your wrists at the edge of the table.
DO try everything served to you and accept offers for second helpings.
DO finish everything on your plate.
DO make eye contact during a toast and raise your glass eye level.
DO place your knife and fork across your plate with the handles to the right when you are done eating.
DO wrap flowers if giving them as a gift.
DO give roses or wildflowers if you wish to give flowers. Avoid giving white roses, however. They are associated with mourning.
DO greet with a nice, firm handshake accompanied by eye contact and a smile.
DO shake hands with everybody present when arriving and again when departing. Don’t forget the children! Shake hands with them, too.
DO shake hands with women first.