A quick rundown of etiquette, Wifi info, cash exchange, SIM cards…and more!
5 things to avoid:
- Don’t cross the street on a red light. The Danes are avid rule-followers, so respect local culture and don’t attempt to live dangerously.
- Don’t buy hard drugs, even if you may be tempted while visiting Christiania. In Copenhagen, sales of narcotics are strictly prohibited.
- Don’t intrude on the local’s privacy. The Danes may openly share their opinions regarding various issues, but privacy is very important to them so don’t invade.
- Don’t be lured by touristy canal boat tours and end up paying double the price. Stick to “‘Netto Boats” where there won’t be loud announcement speakers.
- Don’t disturb cyclists. There are A TON of folks on bikes in Copenhagen, so don’t jump in front of one or follow bicycle rules. SEE ALSO: THIS Is How You Bicycle Your Way Through Copenhagen
Denmark has four VERY distinct seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. The spring months (April and May) are mild and the summer months (June, July and August) are the hottest. Autumn runs from September to November and tends to be rainy and cloudy. From December to March, the weather is literally freezing with snow. That being said, the best time to visit is from May to August, when the days are long and everyone’s happy!
Local time is Central European Time Zone – UTC+01:00.
Denmark is a member of the Schengen Agreement, so check schengenvisainfo.com for details on various types of visas you may need. For US citizens, your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond your stay. You may enter for Denmark for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
The Kingdom of Denmark has only one official language: Danish. Luckily, pretty much everyone speaks English in Copenhagen. And they speak it well! Just in case you’re curious, here are a few words to get you through the trip:
*Denmark is an egalitarian society so their language employs gender-neutral words.
Hello = Hej (pronounced just like “hi”)
Goodbye = farvel
How are you? = Hvordan har du det
Good = godt (pronounced just like “good”)
Excuse me/sorry = undskyld mig
Please = Vær venlig
Thank you = tak
You are welcome = selv tak
Yes = Ja (pronounced like “ye”)
No = ingen (pronounced like “ing”)
My Name is… = Mit navn er
What’s your name? = hvad hedder du
Do you speak English? = taler du engelsk
I don’t understand = Jeg forstår ikke
From public behavior on the streets to business meetings, the Danes definitely follow their rules. Be courteous and polite during your trip. Females are highly regarded in the Danish culture and they hold high positions in the business world, so don’t be a sexist.
The best exchange rate will be at the airport, so try to do so as soon as you land. Once in the city, ATM machines are also your best options. FOREX usually gives better rates during normal banking hours and slightly lower rates outside of normal banking hours.
There are plenty of ATMs throughout Copenhagen, and most machines will accept cards issued by any major international banks.
Most major credit cards are accepted in Copenhagen, including: Visa, MasterCard, JCB and American Express. Beware that many shops, taxis, restaurants will charge an extra 2-3% credit card fee.
Although tipping is not a requirement, but if you receive an extraordinary good service, you are welcome to reward it with a tip, but it is not expected. Service is normally included in the bill, you can just round up the numbers.
Prepaid Mobile Package & SIM Card:
You can get a Lebara SIM card at any local 7-11 store. It cost 49kr (USD $10) then follow instructions in English to set up.
Most hotels, bars, restaurants will offer free Wi-Fi.
Denmark, like most other European countries, has 220-volt AC, 50Hz current and uses two-pin continental plugs.
Tap water is safe to drink in Copenhagen. But if you order tap water in some restaurants, you may be charged for it.
Photos: Wendy Hung