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Denmark Shopping and nightlife

Shopping in Denmark

Denmark has excellent shopping facilities. Special purchases include Bing & Grøndal and Royal Copenhagen porcelain, Holmegaard glass, Bornholm ceramics, handmade woollens from the Faroe Islands and Lego toys.

In Copenhagen, the main international chains and designer boutiques are located around Strøget. The street Jægersborggade in the Nørrebro neighbourhood has turned from dodgy to hipster-cool with shops selling vintage clothes, ceramics and jewellery.

VAT of 25% is charged on most goods. Nationals of countries outside the EU and Scandinavia can claim this back at the airport, but only if you purchase goods worth at least Dkk 300 in a single shop, or Dkk 1,200 per item if you are Norwegian. Items must be declared and stamped by customs authorities on departure.

Shopping hours

Most shops in cities and holiday resorts open from 1000-1800 (Mon-Thurs), 1000-1900 (Fri), 1000-1600 (Sat) and 1200-1600 (Sun). Shops outside of tourist areas may have shorter hours. The sale of alcohol from retailers is forbidden after 2000 hour.

Nightlife in Denmark

There is a wide selection of nightlife, particularly in Copenhagen where international performers grace its many jazz and dance clubs regularly. Aarhus and Aalborg are also lively in the evenings. Many cities in Denmark have good classical performances and live music of all kinds too.

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