First time visiting Denmark? No problem, we’ve got you covered. Here are the most important things to know before visiting Denmark…
The currency in Denmark is the Danish Kroner (‘crowns’ in English), or DKK. Euros are accepted in only a very few places, so make sure you change some money before you get here. If you don’t have any cash though, don’t fear, because 99% of retailers in Denmark take card.
At the time of writing, 1 US dollar buys 6 DKK and 1 Euro is 7.5 DKK. Please note that Norway, Sweden and Iceland have their own version of the Kroner. Danish currency is not accepted!
The weather in Denmark is extremely changeable…so pack your shorts and rain jacket before visiting Denmark. Copenhagen especially can see two seasons in one day, with the wind blowing in from the coast. But it rarely gets too cold and almost never gets too hot. Temperatures average 18° C in summer (64° F) and 2°C in winter (35° F).
The official language in Denmark is Danish, spoken by everyone in Denmark, and no one anywhere else! But don’t worry, because the standard of English is extremely high. You’ll find almost everyone in the large cities speaks English, especially in shops, restaurants and hotels. However, if you want to learn a few phrases before you visit Denmark, check out our Danish language basics article.
Prices for most things in Denmark are at the upper end of European prices. Expect to pay at least 50 DKK (US$8) for a beer, 130 DKK (US$20) for a main course and upwards of 800 DKK (US$130) for a hotel room. But if you’re a smoker you’re in luck. Due to government regulation, cigarettes are around 40DKK (US$7) for a pack, the cheapest in northern Europe. If you’re visiting Denmark on a budget, the supermarket chain Netto could become a well-visited place. They’re on every main street and sell groceries at reasonable prices.
The Danes eat early! So if you’re used to eating late, it may be worth preparing yourself before visiting Denmark. Locals usually eat lunch around 11:30 – 12:00 and dinner is at 18.00. So don’t be caught out trying to find somewhere to eat at 21:30, because you’ll find it extremely difficult to find somewhere!
There is no strong tipping culture in Denmark, so staff will not be offended if you don’t tip them. The minimum wage is high, at 110 DKK (US$18) per hour, so they don’t rely on your tips to feed themselves. However, every person in the service profession appreciates a token of your appreciation. Especially if they’ve done a good job.
Working hours and opening times
In Denmark people start early and finish early. Most office workers work from 08:00 – 16:00 and often stores follow these times too. So if you want to buy something, your best bet is to go in the morning. Most visitor attractions are open until the evening in summer months, but always check beforehand if visiting in winter.
Unless you’re out in the countryside, a bike will be your best friend. It’s safe, inexpensive and you’ll fit in like a local. So maybe put a bit of practice in at home before visiting Denmark. Visit our cycling page for full details.