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. Copenhagen, the capital, is a cool, cosmopolitan city whose debonair inhabitants foster an affable atmosphere more typical of a small town than capital city. 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.
At a glance
Capital : Copenhagen
Dialing code: +45
ISO code : DNK
Currency: Danish krone
Population: 5.614 million
Official language: Danish
Must See’s and Must Do’s
KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Ålborg Viking site, Amalienborg Palace, Århus Teater, Assistens Cemetery, Birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, Carlsberg Brewery, Fisheries and Maritime Museum, Geocenter Møns Klint, Go fishing, Hit the shops on Strøget, Kronborg Castle, Learn to kayak polo, Visit Legoland, Marelisborg Palace and gardens in Århus, The Light Visions Festival.
Money and Costs
Danish Krone (DKK; symbol kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. There are plenty of ATMs.
1 AED =1.71 kr
Danes enjoy salty licorice with a cold glass of milk.
Denmark is reported to be the happiest country in the world.
The Danish language has no word for “please”.
50% of Copenhageners commute to work every day on bicycle.
On Denmark’s Faroe Islands, there are twice as many sheep as people.
The Danes love quality food. This makes this small nation the fifth largest exporter of food in the world.
Best time to go
Low Season (Oct–Apr)
Cool and wet with short daylight hours, but hygge (cosiness) is in full swing. Big cities have Christmas lights, ice-skating rinks and gløgg (mulled wine) Reduced hours for sights; outdoor attractions closed.
Shoulder (May–mid-Jun, mid-Aug–Sep)
A good time to travel, with generally mild weather and fewer crowds. Spring offers local produce, flowers and a few festivals Autumn has golden landscapes and cosy nights
High Season (mid-Jun–mid-Aug)
Long daylight hours, with A-list concerts, festivals and theme parks in full swing Busy campgrounds, beaches, sights and transport. Accommodation prices peak.
SPOT Festival (May)
Aarhus International Jazz Festival (July)
Denmark tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Arab Emirates for a stay up to 90 days.
Danish Consulate in Dubai:
Umm Suqueim 2, Al Thanya rd, Al Beteel Street, Villa 208 Tel No. : +971 4 348 0877, Website : www.fae.um.dk/en
Danish Embassy, Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 2 441 0104
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