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Denmark is a country in Northern Europe. Part of it, Jutland, lies on a peninsula north of Germany while a number of islands, including two major ones, Zealand and Funen, are spread across the Baltic Sea between Jutland and Sweden.
Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. However, the country has opted out of European Union's Maastricht Treaty, the European monetary system (EMU), and issues concerning certain internal affairs.
Denmark is made up of the following regions:
Denmark also has two overseas dependencies:
These are the four major cities in Denmark:
There are several remarkable bridges interconnecting Danish islands.
Terrain — Denmark is home to the 'lowest-highest' point in Europe; but what that exactly entails is somewhat uncertain. Ejer Baunehoj, in the Lake District region south-west of Aarhus (Århus), seems to be the highest natural point (171m with a large tower built on top to commemorate the fact), although Yding Skouhoj, some 3km away stands 2m higher owing to an ancient burial mound. Either way, the tops of the towers of the Øresund Bridge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oresund_Bridge) are technically the highest point(s) in Denmark!
Denmark is served by two major and several minor airports.
There are five direct trains per day from Hamburg to Copenhagen, approximately every two to three hours. These trains are loaded onto a ferry for the sea passage from Puttgarten to Rødby, and the total journey time is around 4.5 hours.
Berlin DKK 200 (7 hours).
From Iceland, Faroe Islands and Shetland Islands
From the United Kingdom
For public transportation (trains, buses and ferries) use the online travel planner Rejseplanen (http://www.rejseplanen.dk/bin/query.exe/en?).
There are two ways to buy tickets. For local trips you can buy a ticket from the regional tranportation company based on a zoning system. This ticket is valid on all public transportation including trains for one to two hours (depending on the number of zones you travel).
For longer travels you buy a DSB train ticket. This ticket is valid on trains and all public transportation in a couple of zones in each end. I.e. if you go by train local busses, metro, etc in each end is usually included in the train ticket. If you want to use the train ticket to go the station you need to buy the ticket in advance because you cannot buy it in the bus.
If you go to a neighbouring tranportation region, it can be cheaper to buy a local ticket for each region than to buy a train ticket to the destination.
By bus, train and ferry
By car or bicycle
There are no toll-roads except the two big bridges: Storebæltbroen (http://www.storebaelt.dk/) between Zealand and Funen (DKK 200 one way), and Øresundbroen (http://www.oeresundsbron.dk) between Copenhagen and Malmo (DKK 235 one way).
Margueritruten is one 3500 Km long connected route of small scenic roads passing 100 important Danish attractions. It is marked by brown signs with the white Marguerite Daisy flower. It is marked on most roadmaps.
It's quite easy to hitchhike in Denmark. People who pick up hitchhikers usually speak English. Destination boards are recommended. It's illegal to hitchhike on the highways, so it is better to use highway-entrances and gas stations. See also FAQ about hitch-hiking in Denmark (http://www.autostop.lt/faq/FAQ_DK.html).
Scandinavian Airlines (http://www.scandinavian.net/), Danish Air Transport (http://www.dat.dk) and Cimber Air (http://www.cimber.dk/) all operate domestic routes. If you are not in a hurry, however, trains will often get you where you want to go a lot cheaper. The exception being the Island of Bornholm where air travel is often both fast and inexpensive.
Denmark's national language is Danish, a member of the Germanic branch of the group of Indo-European languages, and within that family, part of the North Germanic, East Norse group. It is, in theory, very similar to Norwegian Bokmål and Swedish, and is to some extent intelligible to speakers of those languages, especially in written form. Its sound, however, is more influenced by the guttural German language, though, rather than the lilting languages found to the north and understanding spoken Danish may be a trace more difficult to those who only speak Swedish or Norwegian.
English is widely spoken in Denmark, especially in the larger cities. German is spoken in areas that attract tourists from Germany, i.e. mainly the Jutland West Coast, the southern part of Funen and nearby islands (e.g. Langeland and Ærø), and also in Southern Jutland (Sønderjylland / Northern Schleswig).
The national currency is the Danish krone (DKK, plural "kroner"). In the more "touristy" shops in Copenhagen, and at the traditional beach resorts along the Jutland West Coast and Bornholm Island it will often be possible to pay in Euro. The Danish krone is pegged to the Euro to an accuracy of 2.25%. The exchange rate is around 1 EUR = 7.45 DKK.
Automatic teller machines are widely available.
You should note that almost everything in Denmark is expensive; particularly if you're not from Northern Europe. All consumer sales include a 25% sales tax but displayed prices are legally required to include this, so they are always exact. If you are from outside the EU/Scandinavia you can have some of your sales tax refunded (http://www.woco.dk/composite-294.htm) when leaving the country.
Apart from the kebab shops and pizza stands, dining in Denmark can be fairly expensive, but a worthwhile cost. Traditional Danish fare includes items as pickled herring, fried sanddab, and other assorted seafood items. Hearty meats are also prevalent, as seen in items such as frikadeller (pork only or pork and beef meat balls topped by a brown sauce) and "stegt flæsk og persillesovs" (thick pork bacon slices topped by a parsley cream sauce). Many meals are also accompanied by a beer, and shots of aquavit or schnaps, though these are mainly enjoyed when guests are over. Drinking along with meals is encouraged as the foods are enhanced by the drinks, and vice versa. For dessert, try either "ris a la mande" (rice pudding with almonds with cherries) or æbleskiver. For candy try a bag of "Superpiratos" (hot licorice candy).
The traditional Danish lunch is smørrebrød, open sandwiches usually on rye bread - fish are served on white bread, and many restaurants give you a choice of bread. Smørrebrød served on special occasions, in lunch restaurants, or bought in lunch takeaway stores, are piled higher than the daily fare.
Some of the most popular and traditional choices are:
Danish beer is a treat for a beer enthusiast. The largest brewery, Carlsberg (which also owns the Tuborg brand), offers a few choices, as well as a delicious "Christmas beer" in the 6 weeks leading up to the holidays. Other tasty beverages include the aforementioned aquavit, gløgg, a hot wine drink popular in December. Danish beer is mostly limited to pilseners which are good, but not very diverse. However in the last few years Danes have become interested in a wider range of beers. During the Christmas season, Glogg, a hot spiced red wine with raisens and almonds is popular fare for warming up from the cold with a group of friends.
The Danish Beer Enthusiasts (http://www.ale.dk/intro_uk.asp) maintain a list of bars and restaurants with a good selection of beers (http://www.ale.dk/ibyen.asp) as well as a list of stores with a good selection (http://www.ale.dk/indkob.asp#Danmark)
In an emergency dial 112 (police/medical help/fire brigade). This is toll free, and will work even from cell phones with no SIM card.
Tap water is potable unless indicated. Restaurants and other places selling food are visited regularly by health inspectors and are awarded points on a 1-4 "smiley scale". The ratings must be prominently displayed, so look out for the happy face when in doubt. While pollution in the major cities can be annoying it doesn't pose any risk to non-residents. Nearly all beaches are fine for bathing - even parts of the Copenhagen harbor recently opened for bathing.
Smoking is not allowed in government buildings with public access (hospitals, universities, etc). It is allowed in restaurants and bars, but they have to use an official sign to tell if the place is smoking, non-smoking, or non-smoking in a separate area. There have been made propositions in the parliament for a complete smoking ban in all public areas; including restaurants and bars. The majority of politicians and Danes are for a ban. the Danish Lung Association maintains a list of smoke free restaurants, bars etc (http://www.lungeforening.dk/roegfriguide).
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Embassies and Consulates
This is a list of embassies and consular posts in Denmark, as of February 2005. The list is far from all-extensive, it includes only the big countries. The embassy addresses themselves are limited to only the main cities, and other places of interest for the particular nation. Full list can be viewed here (.pdf file) (http://www.um.dk/NR/rdonlyres/3381FC24-779F-41A0-B515-2BFC92B991F6/0/ConsularPostsFebr05.pdf).
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Official travel guide to Denmark (http://visitdenmark.com/)