How Safe Is Copenhagen for Travel?

Copenhagen, Denmark
Safety Index:
76

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

It’s actually 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 actually a lot more to discover, and you’d be able to find new Danish gems here week through week.

Warnings & Dangers in Copenhagen

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

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

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Even though Copenhagen is not exactly crawling with pickpockets, it is, afterall, a capital city and it has its share of picpockets on the buses and trains. When they do operate, they usually do so in a public transport.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

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

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

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

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

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

TERRORISM RISK : LOW

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

SCAMS RISK : LOW

Copenhagen 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.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

It's safe to say that ther are no risks for women traveling solo in Copenhagen. 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 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 travelling 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 almost never end with an incident or violence.

Useful Information

  • 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 Danish 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.
  • Currency - Even though it is a part of 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.
  • Weather - 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.
  • Airports - 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 kilometres south of Copenhagen city centre.
  • 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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Copenhagen Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 0° C
Feb 1° C
Mar 3° C
Apr 6° C
May 12° C
Jun 15° C
Jul 17° C
Aug 17° C
Sep 14° C
Oct 10° C
Nov 5° C
Dec 2° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
2451016192121171274
Low
°C
-2-302711131210730
High
°F
363941506166707063544539
Low
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282732364552555450453732

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