Leave it to the Danes to invent hygge. It’s basically the national emoticon: a feeling of community, closeness, camaraderie and contentment all wrapped up in one ergonomically designed package. Of course it’s easy to be content when your country consistently tops liveability rankings, produces addictive crime dramas and is full of green fields, forget-me-nots and windmills. Yep, Denmark just seems to work. Design is minimal, politics is open, pedestrians and cyclists rule the streets and locals walk around looking tall and unfairly attractive. Come for the old-world charm, stay for the new-world outlook.
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The hygge life: our perfect weekend in Copenhagen
Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016
A weekend in Copenhagen is one of the best ways to get a taste of Nordic culture. Why? Because it's like the industrial-chic distillation of everything Scandinavian.Read more
The world’s most bike-friendly cities, ranked
Posted on Tue, 7 Jun 2016
Scandinavia may be leading the way, but there are a few new bike-friendly cities nipping at its heels. Here are our favourites.Read more
At a glance
|Capital city:||Copenhagen (population 1.3 million)|
|Electricity:||Type C (European 2-pin) Type K (Danish 3-pin)|
Best time to visit Denmark
With its northerly latitudes, early summer is the best time to see Denmark. June in particular is gorgeous, with warm weather, long summer days and fewer crowds than the peak summer season of July/August. Travelling in May or September can be lovely, although the weather may be a little more unpredictable. Midwinter, and February in particular, is the only time of year to avoid Denmark: many outdoor activities will be closed and the sky is a uniform grey, as the islands are battered by storms blown in from the North Sea.
Geography and environment
Top 5 reasons you need to move to Denmark
1. Progressive politics
Denmark’s politics are based on compromise. Because no government has held an absolute majority since the beginning of the 20th century, everyone tends to get a say. Old, young, gay, straight, rich, poor – everyone’s welcome in Denmark. The result? People here actually like their government, and it’s rated as one of the most accountable and transparent systems in the world.
2. Cities that work
Denmark believes in ‘people-friendly cities’. You know, the ones where a city’s design actually makes life better for the people living in it. Bicycles and pedestrians rule the streets, public transport is ubiquitous, cheap and efficient, money is invested back into parks and infrastructure, and everyone gets a say. It’s a nice change to visit a country where they probably haven’t heard the phrase ‘traffic jam’.
It’d be hard to find a greener bunch than the Danes. Copenhagen in particular has been singled out for its commitment to sustainable development. It’s aiming to get 50 per cent of its citizens to cycle to work or school, not to mention going fully carbon neutral by 2025. It’s even got a special ‘Green Laboratory’ devoted to thinking up new eco-technologies for the country.
4. Great design
There’s a certain Danish attitude towards food, fashion, architecture and fine art: less is more. You’ll find a simple and functional aesthetic in just about everything in Denmark, from chairs to buildings to dinner. The Dane’s even designed the sweeping wings of the iconic Sydney Opera House. It all comes back to the notion of hygge: the idea that beautiful things can enrich people’s lives.
5. Quality of life
It’s the thing every country is searching for. Everyone except Denmark. This little country of 5.7 million people consistency tops global rankings for quality of life, and it’s mostly down to the ‘Solidarity System’. This is the country’s idea that no one should be left behind. So although citizens pay a lot of tax (especially the rich ones), the country is rewarded with low unemployment, universal health care, great childcare, public transport and free education. Worth it.
FAQs on Denmark
Coffee: 5 USD
Simple lunch at a cafe: 15 USD
Dinner for two in a restaurant: 75 USD
Train ticket: 3 USD
Bottle of water: 1.5 USD
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April 2 – Maunday Thursday
April 3 – Good Friday
April 6 – Easter Monday
May 1 – General Prayer Day
May 10 – Mothers Day
May 14 – Ascension Day
May 15 – Ascension Friday
May 25 Whitmonday
June 5 – Constitution Day
June 5 – Fathers Day
December 24 – Christmas Eve Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 26 – Second day of Christmas
December 31 – New Year’s Eve
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Denmark Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Denmark
1. Be considerate of Denmark’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Make an effort to learn some Danish before you go. Locals will appreciate the effort
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, especially children.
|Miss Smilia’s Feeling for Snow||Peter Hoeg|
|Complete Fairy Tales||Hans Christian Anderson|
|Number the stars||Lois Lowry|