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 politician 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 : LOW
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 : LOW
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 : LOW
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 : LOW
There are almost no natural disaster risks in Denmark. Sometimes earthquakes do occur, along with mountainous and coastal cliff collapses.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
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 : LOW
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 : LOW
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 : LOW
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 is 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.
- Visas - 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 www.doyouneedvisa.com which will let you know whether or not you need visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit
- Currency - 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.
- Weather - 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.
- Airports - Denmark has several airports, the biggest being Copenhagen Airport on the island of Zealand. Denmark’s second busiest airport is Billund.
- 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.