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Full country name: Kingdom of Denmark
Area: 43,094 sq km
Population: 5,52 million (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Copenhagen
Language: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran 95%, other Christian (includes Protestant and Roman Catholic) 3%, Muslim 2%
Government: constitutional monarchy
Time Zone: UTC+1 ( Daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October)
Dialling Code: 45
Electricity: 220V 50 Hz
Weights & measures: metric
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)

Money & Costs:
Average yearly salary: USD 36,000

Budget: €8-20
Mid-range: €20-47
High: €50+;
Budget: €50-90
Mid-range: €90-140
High: €140+

Geography: Denmark is a Scandinavian country situated in Northern Europe. The country borders the North Sea and the Baltic Sea by water, and Germany by land (Sweden can be reacher by a bridge). Although Denmark consists of several islands in the Baltic Sea, it is still the smallest of the Scandinavian countries. The country is generally flat with some minor hills throughout the country. An interesting fact is that no location in the country is further from the coast than 52km (32mi).

Climate: Denmark is in the temperate climate zone, therefore it has a mild climate with the winters not being too cold and the summers – too hot. The average summer temperature is about 19 C (66 F), whereas the average winter temperature is about 1 C (34 F). The coldest month of the country is February, and autumn is the wettest season of the year. There are very short days in winter, with sunset already at 4.30 p.m., as well as long days in summer with sunset at 10 p.m.

Recommended clothing: Since there are four different and distinct seasons in Denmark, you should pack your clothes accordingly. Lightweight clothes with one or two warmer sweaters, jackets or shawls are needed for summer. An overcoat, warm winter clothes and winter shoes/boots are essential when traveling to Denmark in winter. Rainwear is useful throughout the year, but especially in autumn.

Social conventions: Guests should refrain from drinking until the host/hostess toasts to his/her health. Smoking is restricted on public transport and in some public buildings, but it is ok to smoke in bars and restaurants.

Health: Medical facilities are of a top quality in Denmark, and public hospitals offer free emergency treatment to visitors holding the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). There is a small risk of tick-borne encephalitis in forested areas, especially in summer. Insect protection is advised.

Food & Drink: A typical Danish breakfast starts with a cup of coffee or tea and an assortment of breads, rolls, cheese, sliced meats, boiled eggs, jam and warm Danish pastries. Shellfish is also a very popular Danish food. Smørrebrød is a traditional Danish dish, eaten mainly at lunchtime; it consists of a slice of dark bread with butter, topped with meat, cheese or fish and garnish. It is not a simple traditional sandwich and needs to be eaten with a fork and knife. Buffet-style lunch (the koldt bord) is very common. Most towns have ‘fast food’ outlets with hamburgers, pizzas, and sausage stalls on most street corners. Denmark has many varieties of beer, with the most popular being pilsner. The other national drink is akvavit, also known as snaps, which is neither an aperitif, nor a liqueur and is drunk with food. There are no licensing hours in Denmark.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 6 Three Kings' Day
Varies between Mar 22 and Apr 25 Good Friday
1st Monday after Easter Easter Monday
Apr 16 Queen Margrethe's Birthday
Apr 18 Official Flag Day
May 26 Prince Fredrik's Birthday
Jun 5 Constitution Day
Jun 15 National Flag Day / Valdemar's Day
Nov 11 Morten's Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 2nd day of Christmas

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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