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Copenhagen

  • Denmark is a country in Scandinavia.
  • The main part of Denmark is a peninsula north of Germany called Jutland
  • Denmark has a number of islands including the two major ones, Zealand and Funen, in Østersøen Sea between Jutland and Sweden.
  • Denmark is often praised as being the one of the greenest countries in the world.
  • Though not well known to casual visitors Denmark is an island nation, with 72 inhabited islands and 371 uninhabited ones.
  • Denmark’s national language is Danish. English is widely spoken in Denmark, and many Danes have near native fluency. The only partial exception is children or people older than 65. Danish school children start their English lessons in third grade, and regular English lessons continue until students finish high school. Many Danes also speak German.
  • Mainland Denmark has 3 world heritage sites; The Jelling rune stones, Roskilde Cathedral, and The Kronborg castle in Elsinore, home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, prince of Denmark.
  • Sports are popular in Denmark, with football being the national sport. Other popular Denmark sports include Gymnastics, Handball and Golf.
  • The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen and it is located on the island of Zealand.
  • The national flag of Denmark, known as the Dannebrog, claims to be the oldest country flag in the world, which is still in use.

 

HISTORY

  • The southern tip of Sweden was part of Denmark until the 17th century.
  • Sweden achieved independence in 1523.
  • As a result of supporting Napoleon, Denmark was punished in 1815 by the loss of Norway to Sweden.
  • In 1864, the Prussians and the Austrians made war on Denmark as an early step in the unification of Germany.
  • Denmark remained neutral in World War I.
  • Despite Denmark’s statement of neutrality at the beginning of World War II, it was invaded by the Germans in 1940 and occupied until it was liberated by the Allied forces in 1945.
  • Denmark became a charter member of the United Nations and was one of the original signers of the North Atlantic Treaty.
  • Denmark has been a member of the EU since 1973 and of NATO since 1949.


FACTS

    Bridge in Denmark

    • The official religion of Denmark is Evangelical-Lutheran. It is practiced in the state church.
    • The average altitude of Denmark is only 31 m above sea level. The highest point in the country is Mollehoj, at 170.86 m.
    • According to the WHO (2002 stats), Danish women have the lowest incidence of obesity in the EU.
    • As per a study conducted by Cambridge University in 2007, Danish people are the happiest people in the EU. Another study, Leicester University study in 2006, ranked them as the happiest people in the world.
    • Danish royal family is amongst the oldest uninterrupted monarchy in Europe.
    • Denmark has one of the highest employment rates in Europe.
    • The Great Belt Fixed Link, a suspension bridge in Denmark, has the second longest free span (1.6 km) in the world.
    • Democratic Constitution was formed in Denmark in 1849 and since then, the country has been following democracy.
    • Roskilde Music Festival of Denmark is the biggest music event in all of Europe.
    • Danish men marry the oldest of all Europeans – at 32 years old in average
    • Hans Christian Andersen – Danish writer, who wrote many fairytales such as, The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Ugly Duckling
    • Denmark is the birthplace of one of the world’s most popular toys, Lego.

Avg. Costs

Tivoli Garden

  • Average meal 150 DKR
  • Beer 20 DKR
  • Dinner average 185-350 DKR
  • Wine starts around 165 DKR
  • The average price of Hotel accommodation is around 900 DKR (€120)
  • A hostel bed hovers around 200 DKR (€26), but can be found cheaper in Copenhagen
  • While a three course meal at a standard restaurant will usually set you back around 200 DKR (€26), this can be done cheaper if you eat at cafés or pizza joints, 40-70 DKR (€5,50-8,50).
  • If you are a bit careful about your expenses a daily budget of around 700 DKR (€100) per day is not unrealistic

 

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Safety

Frederiksborg Castle

  • Denmark is a very safe country, with almost no risk of natural disasters or animal attacks.
  • Compared to other countries crime and traffic are only minor risks, and the most crime visitors are likely to encounter is non violent pick pocketing.
  • In an emergency dial 112.  This is toll free, and will work even from cell phones even if they have no SIM card.  For the police in non-emergencies call 114.

 

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Climate

  • Denmark has a temperate climate
  • The mildness of the country being mostly from west winds and by the seas surrounding Denmark almost entirely.
  • Denmark doesn’t have a lot of variation between day and night temperatures, but wind gusts and changes in wind direction can quickly change the weather and temperatures. The wind is stronger in winter.
  • The mean temperature in February, the coldest month, is 0° C (32° F), and in July, the warmest, 17° C (63° F).
  • Rain in Denmark comes on a regular basis year-round; there are no true dry periods.
  • The annual rain fall in Denmark averages 61 cm (24 in).
  • Copenhagen has an average of 170 rainy days.
  • The greatest rainfall comes between September and November.
  • Snow is rare in Denmark.

Places to See

Tivoli By Night

Legoland

  • Revive your childhood in the fantastic miniature cities or indulge with your kids in the thrill rides at the home of the LEGO bricks.

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The Opera and Holmen

  • The new big opera house in Copenhagen is located on Dokøen on Holmen.
  • Designed by architect Henning Larsen and opened in January 2005
  • It is believed to be one of the most modern opera houses in the world with phenomenal acoustics.
  • The interior is decorated by works from famous Danish and Nordic artists.
  • The big foyer which faces the waterfront and the Opera Café & Restaurant are open to the public.

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Kronborg Castle

  • Kronborg is situated near the town of Helsingør, on the far northeastern tip of Zealand between Denmark and Sweden.
  • The castle has for centuries been one of the most important Renaissance castles in Northern Europe and was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list in 2000.
  • Along with the fortress Kärnan, Helsingborg on the opposite of Øresund, it controlled the entranceway to the Baltic Sea.

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Copenhagen Zoo

  • A zoological garden in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Founded in 1859, it is one of the oldest zoos in Europe.
  • It comprises 11 hectares and is located in the municipality of Frederiksberg.
  • It is the most visited zoo and 4th most visited attraction in Denmark.
  • The zoo is noted for its new Elephant House designed by the world-famous British architect Sir Norman Foster.
  • The zoo maintains and promotes a number of European breeding programs and is active in the safeguarding of several endangered species.

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Tivoli Gardens

  • Tivoli Gardens is a famous amusement park and garden in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • The park opened in August 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, after Dyrehavsbakken in nearby Klampenborg.
  • Tivoli is currently the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the 3rd most visited in Europe.

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The Rundetårn (Round Tower)

  • A 17th-century tower located in central Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • One of the many architectural projects of Christian IV, it was built as an astronomical observatory.
  • It is most noted for its 7.5-turn helical corridor leading to the top, and for the expansive views it affords over Copenhagen.

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Etiquette

Communication Etiquette:
• Greetings are informal
– Firm handshake
– Direct eye contact
– Smile
• Meet and greet each individual when arriving and leaving
– Will introduce with their first names
• They expect courteous behavior from everyone
• Direct eye contact shows you are interested in what they are saying

Business Etiquette:
• Appointments are necessary
– Confirm them with a follow-up email or phone call
• Use their professional title and their surname
• Decisions are made after the meeting, after consulting everyone
• Very direct communication
– Send agenda before the meeting
– Minimal small talk
• Women are highly respected in business
– Access to senior positions
– The expect to be treated with respect
• The Danes value people who are well dressed and nicely groomed
– Conservative – dark are medium colored suits with shirt and tie
• Shoes polished
– Women – stylish but conservative suits, dressed or skirts
• Accessories usually worn
• Being late is frowned upon

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