Denmark

Denmark is the smallest of all Scandinavian countries but is the second largest in population. Denmark consists of three parts; Sjaelland, holding Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, Jutland in the west and tucked in between Fyn. There are almost 500 islands around Denmark but only 100 of them are inhabited.

Historically known as the land the Vikings ruled, it comes to no surprise Denmark is scattered with Medieval castles, “Buried” churches and Viking burial grounds. Now Danish have put down their horned helmets and have become civilized! Denmark has invented worlds renown Lego-blocks and Legoland in Billund, south of Denmark, has become one of the countries most popular attractions.

With 1.5 million people Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s largest and most vibrant metropolis. The low-rise skyline gives it a much smaller image of the city. Copenhagen has many attractions to see, but most known will be the Little Mermaid, 10 minutes north from the city and a must see when your in the area.

Living standards are very high in Denmark as is the cost of living. Food and drinks exceed reasonable prices, mainly because of a 25% consumption tax. This tax is also charged for accommodation and most other purchases.

Traditionally Denmark is a highly agricultural country. Two thirds of the land is given up to agriculture. The land can be easily cultivated as there are absolutely no hills, the highest elevation is a mere 173 meters. Only 12% of the country is covered by forests.

Travelling to Denmark is easy with boat connections from England, Norway, Sweden, Poland and Iceland. By bus or rail your options are to enter from Germany or Sweden. Denmark can also be reached by air with budget airlines like Debonair flying regularly from England to Copenhagen. All three parts of Denmark are linked by bridges and populated islands are serviced regularly by ferries. The best time of the year to visit Denmark is from May to September when weather is mild. Most tourist attractions open up for the season and stay closed the rest of the year. Peak time is around July/August when you should expect to pay a premium for accommodation and other services.

One of the worlds most impressive buildings, the Sydney Opera House in Australia was actually designed by a Dane named Jørn Utzon. In England St Catherine’s College in Oxford was designed by a Dane. More great names can be found in literature. Hans Christian Anderson is still adored all over the world for his children’s books.

Danish like to describe themselves and their way of life with a special Danish word; Hygge. Hygge translates as a “blend of warmth, cosiness, intimacy and privacy.