Is Denmark Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 78 / 100 based on 26 user reviews.

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Denmark is a country located in Scandinavia, with its main part being Jutland, a peninsula north of Germany, and the rest of it consisting of islands, including the two major ones, Zealand and Funen between Jutland and Sweden.

Even though it played an important role in the political and economic integration of Europe, it decided not to be involved in parts of the European Union and some issues concerning certain internal affairs.

To this day, Denmark is often considered and talked about as a benchmark of civilization; with its social policies, a commitment to free speech which put the country at odds with a huge chunk of the world in 2006, and liberal social-welfare, topping it all off with a marvelous cultural heritage, and breathtaking modern architecture, it definitely is an intriguing holiday hotspot.

As such, it is more than safe to visit.

Warnings & Dangers in Denmark

Overall Risk


Denmark is overall a very safe country to visit, even compared to other countries in Europe. However, it does have some dangers though using your common sense should get you out of any trouble.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Even though Denmark is not exactly crawling with pickpockets, when they do operate, they usually do so in a public transport, mainly in Copenhagen. Keep in mind that in Denmark, everyone drives completely respecting the traffic signs and rules, and it is expected of pedestrians to do so too. Also, if you are driving in any of the cities, keep one eye on the cyclist paths.

Pickpockets Risk


Even though Denmark is not exactly known for pickpockets, and the rate of petty crime is low, it is still recommended to remain vigilant at all times.

Natural Disasters Risk


There are almost no natural disaster risks in Denmark. Sometimes earthquakes do occur, along with mountainous and coastal cliff collapses.

Mugging Risk


Muggings do not happen in Denmark, nor do kidnappings. However, it is best to avoid strangers offering your drinks, or any kind of help, and be wary of people trying to distract you, since it might be a trick to steal something from you.

Terrorism Risk


Even though were no terrorist attacks in Denmark's recent history, tourist should remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


Denmark is not known for people scamming you, but tourist should be careful either way, since in any country, tourists are an easy target for scammers.You should bear in mind that Denmark is no exception to European scam of adding hidden charges to your car rental bill, and not including services like auto assistance.

Women Travelers Risk


There are no risks for women traveling solo in Denmark. You can relax, but still remain careful and stay out of dangerous situations such as finding yourself alone with strange people, or in poorly lit or empty streets.

So... How Safe Is Denmark Really?

Generally speaking, Denmark is considered an extremely safe country to visit.

It is a country with almost no risk of natural disasters and unlike most other European countries, the crime rates in Denmark are average and common sense should keep you out of any trouble.

Some say that Denmark is probably the safest country in the world and it really is very safe, but it’s not without its dangers.

Denmark has recently experienced a rise in gang violence, especially among immigrant groups.

These incidents mainly happen in the main immigrant enclave of Nørrebro in northwest Copenhagen.

Also on the rise, gang violence related to the trade of hard drugs and it is a common suspicion that biker groups stand behind much of the trafficking of these substances in Scandinavia.

Other parts of Denmark where it is recommended to stay vigilant, include Orsteds Parken in Copenhagen, where travelers have reported being solicited by gay men.

People have described these men as large and dressed in leather, and even though they will leave you alone if you say no or walk away, their intimidating physical appearance has scared many tourists.

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Useful Information



For most countries, visas are not required for stays under 90 days. Any longer than that, you will have to obtain a visa. Keep in mind that Denmark government will require for you to prove your paying ability, in order to make sure that you are able to cover your entire trip. You should also own a password valid for at least six months from your planned date of return. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit



Even though it is a part of European Union it has opted out of EU currency, so its official currency is Danish krone. ATMs are widely used and credit cards are accepted as a legitimate payment method.



Denmark has a temperate climate, which is characterized by mild winters, coldest months being January and February with an approximate temperature of 1.5 °C (34.7 °F), and cool summers, with an approximate temperature in August of 17.2 °C.



Denmark has several airports, the biggest being Copenhagen Airport on the island of Zealand. Denmark’s second busiest airport is Billund.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Denmark, since it covers the costs of not only medical problems, but also theft and loss of valuables.

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Denmark Weather Averages (Temperatures)

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Denmark - Safety by City

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26 Reviews on Denmark

  1. R
    Ronald Lopez says:

    Copenhagen fake police in the vicinity of bella sky maririot

    3 tall white men who presented police IDs said they are policemen of copenhagen and asked for travel documents. They are looking for drugs distributedd by asian toutist in copenhagen. When we showed our travel documents they asked us to show our wallets if we have drugs in our wallets and poctkets and what currencies we have. They took our wallets and money. They were checking one by one, one after the other they were checking our wallets and after one of us is through they will seperate us from the group. After all were finished we were told not to tell anyone and when we were in the hotel when we check our wallet that is the only time we found out we lost money. It happened in the driveway of bella sky hotel marriot, copenhagen going to the metro station beside the convention center opposite the parking area of bella sky. There were no security of the hotel and police around. A total of $2,000 all in all were taken from us. This gale police thing has been happening since 2016 and they are now very aggresive prying on hotel guests of bella sky.

  2. M
    M. Taverner says:

    There is no such thing as acheap glass ofbeer

    He one item you seem to have forgotten, is that Denmark is a very EXPENSIVE COUNTRY.

  3. I live in Denmark since 2017 after moving from US and I can say it is the most expensive country that I have been. Get yourself ready when you come to visit 🙂

  4. 李伟 says:

    I was out at 23:30 in the central city, and a tattooed, tall, white man came and pushed me up on a wall. He told me to hand him my money, and I did. I got off easy.

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      anonymous says:

      why were you out at 23:30, knowing that tourists are easy targets for locals?

      1. Stop victim blaming, Denmark isn’t generally unsafe at this time at night, any local knows that, it’s not dangerous even for tourists! This thing that happened to this person is an exception to how safe Denmark is.

    2. S
      Sensible says:

      Fan boy

      Sounds more like a fantasy…

  5. Bad

    Dont go out in night. Violent out there in Aarhus.

    1. Sjælland ftw

      Oh that’s jylland, you can’t really call that denmark

  6. It is an expensive country, but worth to travel to.

  7. Very beautiful country. Just a bit expensive.

  8. S
    Simbi Gibson says:


    A bit expensive but totally worth it

  9. M
    Melinda says:

    Denmark, I am coming!

    I planned on going to Denmark before Covid-19 hit, and since then I kind of let it go until today when I finally had enough of covid fears and decided I am going to travel to Denmark! yay!

    I started Googling all sorts of information about Denmark to learn more before I visit. I wanted to go there forever since my family roots are there, no living family there now but still, so many stories growing up from my parents, I have to be there at least once in a lifetime and I think now’s finally the time (:

    Thanks for publishing this safety review, I enjoyed reading it and am very happy that Denmark is safe to visit, it’s a crazy world out there!

  10. 5 stars for safety

    Denmark is without doubt one of the safest places to visit. And one of the nicest. Their prices are indeed higher than other spots but it’s worth it I think. What’s not to love about this country and its people?

  11. There is actually murder in this place, not long ago, a Swedish woman named Kim Wall was mudered by a Dane named Peter Madsen. Homicide only got larger and larger.

    1. That was an extraordinary case though… I have been living in Denmark for 15 years and the only violence or anything even remotely close to murder I have witnessed was some douchebag who got in my face at a nightclub.

  12. M
    Michelle says:

    Perfect destination for sightseers

    Great country to travel to! The people are very nice, but hard to make friends with as they usually don’t start conversations with strangers. Not because they are rude, but more because it isn’t expected to start a conversation with someone you don’t know in their culture.

    Quite expensive though, but that’s not that big of an issue if you are more into sightseeing than buying stuff, as most landmarks are free to visit. Make sure you visit in the summer! The place becomes 10x more charming during that time of the year.

  13. M
    Martinus says:

    Good, but still be careful

    While it’s true that Denmark is very safe generally, but there has been an terrorist attack in 2015 with an assault rifle (look up: Krudttønden) as well as several thwarted attacks over the years. Also be very vigilant in certain areas – especially – by night, Nørrebro, Central Copenhagen, Aarhus has a larger amount muggings and unprovoked attacks by immigrant gangs, lots of pick pockets in busses as well in those and other areas. While you can safely enjoy your stay in our country, Denmark is not as safe as it was 40 years ago when we did not lock our frontdoors.

  14. P
    Phillip says:

    Why is everyone saying denmark is unsafe? i have lived here for 12 years and its very safe the only thing that has happend to med was that my car radio was stolen nd nothing else

  15. Danmark is safe. Just use your common sense to get you out of trouble.

  16. Safe but expensive

    I have lived in and near Copenhagen all my life. I have never felt unsafe. It’s true that it can be expensive, but if you avoid eating in crowded tourist areas you can definitely find some cheaper places.
    If travelling with kids you can find many free playgrounds around Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. I especially recommend Frederiksberg Gardens where you get a free view of the elephants from the Zoo and a nice playground for kids.

  17. It’s the most safe country on Earth I would say. The majority of people gave fewer stars because Denmark is expensive… On a safety rating.

    1. true.. some people can’t read for heck

  18. S
    Some Traveller says:

    Yeah sure. Whatever?

    2nd safest place on earth? Ok sure buddy. I’m confused with all these reviews.

Denmark Rated 3.92 / 5 based on 26 user reviews.

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