Is Copenhagen Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On November 7, 2023
Copenhagen, Denmark
Safety Index:
* Based on Research & Crime Data
User Sentiment:
* Rated 75 / 100 based on 8 user reviews.

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, a very safe and very beautiful European country.

It’s considered to be a cultural and geographic “link” between Scandinavia and Europe.

The magic of Copenhagen is that it offers it all – the best of both worlds: whatever you’re into, it’s got it.

It’s the place where old Scandinavian fairy tales blend with modern architecture and design.

It’s where you can listen to cool jazz and then go out and enjoy the electronic sounds blasting from Copenhagen’s basements.

Tourists usually feel like they’ve seen it all while here, but there’s a lot more to discover, and you’d be able to find new Danish gems here week through the week.

Warnings & Dangers in Copenhagen

Overall Risk


Copenhagen is overall a very safe city to visit, even compared to other capitals 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 Copenhagen is not exactly crawling with pickpockets, it is, after all, a capital city and it has its share of pickpockets on the buses and trains. When they do operate, they usually do so in public transport.

Pickpockets Risk


Even though Copenhagen 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 Copenhagen. Sometimes earthquakes do occur, along with mountainous and coastal cliff collapses.

Mugging Risk


Muggings do not happen in Copenhagen, 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 Copenhagen's recent history, tourist should remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Scams Risk


Copenhagen is not known for people scamming you, but tourists should be careful either way since, in any country, tourists are an easy target for scammers.

Women Travelers Risk


It's safe to say that there are no risks for women traveling solo in Copenhagen. You can relax, but 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 Copenhagen Really?

Generally speaking, Copenhagen is considered an extremely safe city to visit.

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

It’s even safe to hail a cab right off the street and not worry about the taxi driver overcharging you or scamming you in any other way.

However, this city has recently experienced a rise in gang violence, especially among immigrant groups.

These incidents are typical for the main immigrant enclave of Nørrebro in northwest Copenhagen.

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

You are also strongly advised against traveling through the western suburbs or outside the City Center.

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.

Since the capital is known for its nightlife, you can expect to run into groups of drunken people, but don’t worry since these instances rarely end with an incident of violence.

How Does Copenhagen Compare?

CitySafety Index
Niagara Falls (Canada)87
Calgary (Canada)82
Buenos Aires (Argentina)60
Vancouver (Canada)82
Cordoba (Argentina)61
Toronto (Canada)81

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 the Danish government will require you to prove your paying ability, to make sure that you can cover your entire trip. You should also own a password valid for at least six months from your planned date of return.



Even though it is a part of the European Union, Denmark - and with it, Copenhagen, 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.



Copenhagen 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.



The biggest airport in Denmark's capital is Copenhagen Airport on the island of Zealand. Denmark’s second busiest airport is Billund. The airport is located on the island of Amager, 8 kilometers south of Copenhagen city center.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

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

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8 Reviews on Copenhagen

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    PABLO GUERRA says:


    Esta ciudad te enseña sobre todo para los latinos, que puedes caminar sin pensar que te asaltaran de un momento a otro. su cultura, seguridad, sus calles, sus idiosincrasia.. todo y mucho mas hace de esta uno de mis paises favoritos e inolvidables.

  2. Wow

    Felt extremely safe when I stayed for a week. Lovely people, great drugs and beautiful city.

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    Copenhagen is dangerous says:

    Stop gangs in CPH

    A lot has changed in Copenhagen the past few years. Gang violence and immigrant groups (mostly arabs) have risen a insane amount with stabbings, drugs and sometimes shootings in the many ghettos. Denmark is becoming like London or Sweden with the immigrants and it is causing problems.

    1. I recommend women to not carry expensive purses or for men to not display their expensive watches. We experienced an attempted robbery/mugging by 3 Arabic men, this was around Inderhamsbroen area. Overall a very safe city but walk around with a lot of awareness at night.

  4. The only bad thing are the high prices

    The Tivoli Gardens are so beautiful at night! We’ve also enjoyed the Rosenburg Castle and the National Museum of Denmark. Copenhagen is a wonderful place for visiting with plenty of fine restaurants and bars that are welcoming, although expensive.

  5. Very cool and nice

    Denmark is an incredibly safe and great place to visit! Do be wary of people who look like they are up to no good: they probably aren’t but common sense goes a long way. Hope to see you in the streets of Copenhagen!

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    Anonymous says:


    Update this page IMMEADIATELY: 03/07/2022 Shooting has taken place at shopping centre in Co penhagen. Many dead and many severely injured. Denmark IS NO LONGER SAFE TO TRAVEL.

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      Phillip Andereasen says:


      Bro this happend once not one shooting has taken place after

Copenhagen Rated 3.75 / 5 based on 8 user reviews.

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