Top events in Denmark


First held in 1995, the annual Spot Festival presents a music programme that includes some of the best up and coming bands from across Denmark and...


Runners from across the world travel to Copenhagen to participate in the city's annual marathon race. The race begins and ends at Islands Brygge,...


A celebration of the city's club culture and alternative nightlife, the annual Copenhagen Distortion is a five-day music and arts festival that...

Copenhagen Harbour, Denmark
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Copenhagen Harbour, Denmark

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Denmark Travel Guide

Key Facts

43,098 sq km (16,640 sq miles).


5.6 million (2013).

Population density

129.9 per sq km.




Constitutional monarchy.

Head of state

Queen Margrethe II since 1972.

Head of government

Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt since 2011.


230 volts AC, 50Hz. Continental two-pin plugs are standard. On many campsites, 110-volt power plugs are also available.

It might not have the azure fjords and soaring peaks of Sweden and Norway, but Denmark, the smallest of the four Scandinavian countries, has a unique charm that is all its own. 

A land of flat farmland pockmarked with Viking burial mounds, the peace of the Danish countryside belies a historical reputation for terror and a modern one for producing some of the finest murder mysteries on television.

Copenhagen, the capital, is a cool, cosmopolitan city whose debonair inhabitants foster an affable atmosphere more typical of a small town than capital city.

Synonymous with bold architecture and cutting-edge design, Copenhagen is also a culinary pioneer. The city’s cobbled streets and windswept squares harbour some of the best restaurants in the world, most notably Noma, the brilliant brainchild of Rene Redzepi.

The suburbs also sparkle. There’s Vesterbro, made famous by the hit television show, The Killing, and Nyhavn, best known for its quaint harbour, colourful merchants’ houses and throbbing nightlife.

But there’s more to Denmark than its cool capital. Zealand, the island on which Copenhagen sits, is also home to Roskilde – once the Viking capital of Denmark. Along with a soaring UNESCO-listed cathedral, there’s a museum housing one of the best-preserved Viking ships ever uncovered and a smattering of pretty cafés, shops and galleries.

To the north, on the main Jutland peninsular, there’s more Viking fun to be had; from visiting the mighty runestones at Jelling to tucking into a Viking supper at Lindholm Høje.

Smaller rural towns such as Vejle and Aarhus offer have a lot to offer in the form of art galleries and adventure activities such as kayaking, hiking or horse riding.

Of all Denmark’s towns, though, none is lovelier than Skagen. A seaside settlement at the tip of the Jutland peninsular, it is a favourite amongst Danish families, who come to bask on golden beaches and watch scintillating Scandinavian sunsets.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 27 January 2015

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

The annual Grindadráp whaling season in the Faroe Islands typically takes place between June and September. This event has attracted protesters and there will be an increased security presence during this time. Anyone engaging in potentially dangerous acts including to life and/or property could be arrested. You should respect local laws and customs.

Around 150,000 British tourists visit Denmark every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is a general threat from terrorism.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.