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Denmark: What to Know

If you don’t belong to the travelers who make spontaneous decisions on where to travel one day and appear there the next day, then let’s see what niceties you should be aware of and consider if your next destination is wonderful Denmark.

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Major Public Holidays

Danish people do not have as many holidays and festivals to celebrate throughout the year as, say, the Spanish do but they do have their favorite and major ones. The upcoming public holidays include and are not limited to Whit Monday (June 9), Constitution Day (June 5) and Christmas (December 25).

Traveling with Pets

The truth is that for many people their pets are like their babies and children who they cannot leave alone or with someone else at home. So they decide to bring along their pets. Well, Denmark does not forbid the entry of pets, but it does require much planning. You will have to start planning as much as six months before you leave for Denmark. You will need a plenty of documents; make sure to have them all. In this regard, you should also take into account that you cannot organize a spontaneous travel with your pet.

Driving in Denmark

If you are visiting Denmark by car or have rented a car in Denmark, then you should know that it has right hand-side traffic. Seat-belts are required (this point refers to especially non-European visitors) and the dimmed headlights should be on round the clock. . If you are traveling with children, then they should sit in the backseat.

You can pay for petrol and gas using your credit card.

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Drugstores in Denmark

The first thing to know is that to purchase a certain pill you will in most cases need prescription. In general, there are over 40 drugstores in capital Copenhagen. Note that only very few of them are open round the clock and they are closed on Sundays.

The opening hours are from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. This might be a bit problem for people who travel from countries where the drugstores are, as a rule, open seven days a week and for 24-hours. But it’s how things work in Denmark. Hopefully, you will not have any health issues during your travel.

Denmark for Smokers

Well, the truth is that Denmark is not “smoking friendly.” It does not mean that smokers will not find tobacco there but it does mean you have hard time in finding a proper place to smoke. While in most countries you can light a cigarette in a café or even a restaurant, Denmark does not allow it. Smoking in Danish restarants, cafes and bars is forbidden.

Bank Opening Hours

Banks in Denmark open at 9 am and close at 4pm. As a rule, the banks are open from Monday to Friday. Note that on Thursdays banks are not open until 6 pm.

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Emergency Numbers

As a rule Denmark is a safe country for both Danish people and enthusiastic and curious tourists. However, never say never and there is only one short number to keep in mind if you need to call an ambulance, police or the fire brigade. Simply call 112.

After you call, make sure to state your purpose clearly; let them know why you are calling, what happened and where and so on. Denmark has its state language – Danish language – which bears some resemblance to the Swedish and Norwegian. However, the majority can speak and understand English, so you will not have much difficulty in communicating your problem. Just in case, try to keep it short and simple.

Drinking Water

And the last but not the least thing to know is that the water is of high quality in Denmark. Those used to drinking bottled waters, will probably keep buying water in Denmark as well simply out of being accustomed to it, but not buying is a way of saving money. Why spend money on buying water when you can drink tap water, which is safe and bears no dangers for your health? Instead, you can keep it and spend it on visiting Danish attractions, for example.


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