Population: about 5.731 million
Currency: Danish Krone, not The Euro
TV system: Televisions works on the PAL system, so USA TV’s will not work.
Denmark also works exclusively on digital TV and does not support analogue. With Danish TV you need to have a TV
license, and it is very expensive. About $400 per year. Now you may say, “Fine, I don’t want a
television license since I won’t watch TV.” Are you going to listen to the radio instead? You’ll will
need a license for that too! Do you use a computer and have online access? Does your
phone have internet access, or is it capable of video? Well, you need a TV (or Media) license
called a TV license. So there really is no way to get around the cost of getting a TV license unless you
do not own a TV, radio or computer. (Source for the above: www.fyidenmark.com/tv-in-Denmark.html )
Healthcare: Denmark has a tax-funded, state-run universal health care system where all citizens are covered
and get treatment from doctor(s) they choose. Expats are covered too the same way as citizens once they move there and register in Denmark and receive a CPS number and yellow health insurance card.
Voltage / plug: In Denmark the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.
Driving: people drive on the right. Fun fact: about driving in Denmark; by law you are required to always have your lights on when driving.
Rentals: furnished or unfurnished Whether a rental is furnished or not highly depends on the area you’re looking at. One thing to note with rentals in Denmark is that they tend to go fast and you need your CPR number (which
you get when you get a residency permit) before most landlords will rent to you.
Interesting info: Denmark has 7,314 miles (11,771 km) of coastline, which is longer than the Great Wall of
China and equals almost 1.5 meters of coast per Danish citizen Practically all Danes know how to swim, and
swimming lessons are part of the compulsory curriculum in all state schools. No place in Denmark is more than 30 miles from the sea.
I bet you didn’t know: Lars Ulrich, the drummer for the heavy metal band Metallica, was born in Denmark.
The English are famous for their love of bacon, which they began importing from Denmark in 1867
The Danish alphabet has three letters not found in the English alphabet: Æ, Ø, Å. All three are vowels and come after the letter Z in the alphabet
Denmark: is famous for its liberalism, and this is best illustrated by “Christiania,” a hippy
commune that sprung up in 1971. Allowed to remain a social experiment, it is still inhabited by about 900 people who seek an alternative lifestyle.
Common words: Mange tak – Thank you so much! Hej, hvordan går det? – Hi, how are you? Det går godt. Hvad med dig? – It’s all good, how about you? Jeg vil gerne købe – I would like to buy Hvor meget koster det? – How much does it cost? Hvor er…? – Where is…?
Food: Danish cuisine originates from their tradition and their local production; which once heavily relied on meat and potatoes. Smørrebrød, or open sandwiches, are the basic form of lunch in Denmark. Hot meals in this country are traditionally prepared using ground meat, such as medisterpølse and frikadeller, sort of meatballs, or some different meat and fish dishes such as kogt torsk, which is a poached cod with trimmings and mustard sauce, and flæskesteg, which is a roast pork with crackling.
Weather: The weather in Denmark is anything but predictable. The best way to prepare for the weather in Denmark is too remember that it can be cold one day and hot the next so dress in layers. Denmark is surrounded by water and lots of factors can change the weather quickly. Summers aren’t too hot, but warm. Rain is quite common in all seasons. It rains on average at least once every 3 days. Of course in the winter, it can turn into sleet or snow instead. Winters are dark and dreary with sunrise at 9AM and sunset at 4PM, while summers are lighter, with sunrise at 3AM and sunset about 11PM.
Units of measurement: Denmark started using the metric system in 1909.
Strange: A Dane, H. C. Andersen, wrote The Little Mermaid, but in the original story she dies in the end. He also wrote the story that inspired Frozen. Denmark was the first country to legalize porn in 1969. Denmark has the oldest uninterrupted monarchy in the world!
Religion: Denmark Religions: Evangelical Lutheran(official) 76%, Muslim 4%, other (denominations of less
than 1% each, includes Roman Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Serbian Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Baptist, and Buddhist)
Famous for Denmark: has more than twice the amount of bicycles than cars. Copenhageners pedal more than 1.13 million km on their bicycles each day.
Denmark is reported to be the happiest country in the world.
Famous for: Lego which began in the workshop of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, who began making wooden toys in 1932. In 1934, his company came to be called “Lego“, derived from the Danish phrase leg godt, which means “play well”.
Maersk Line: At the beginning of the 1920s, A.P. Moller considered possibilities of going into liner trade business. The tramp trade, where vessels sailed from port to port depending on the demand, was expected to lose ground to liners with scheduled routes. On 12 July 1928, the vessel LEISE MÆRSK left Baltimore on its first voyage from the American East Coast via the Panama Canal to the Far East and back. The cargo consisted of Ford car parts and other general cargo. This heralded the start of Maersk’s shipping services. Today Maersk Line is the global container division and the largest operating unit of the Maersk Group, It is the world’s largest container shipping company having customers through 374 offices in 116 countries. It employs roughly 7,000 sea farers and approximately 25,000 land-based people. Maersk Line operates over 788 vessels.
Drinks: Many foreigners who spend time in Denmark will notice that alcohol is a common thing in Danish
society. Although Danish people enjoy their alcohol, the drinking culture doesn’t escalate into violence, but serves the important social purpose of relaxation. There is no legal drinking age in Denmark, but when buying alcohol, a legal
purchase age of 16 is in effect in shops. It is 18 in bars, and restaurants. The largest brewery in Denmark is Carlsberg.
Among other tasty beverages, are Aquavit and Gløgg, which is a hot wine drink, served especially in December.
Danish beer is mostly limited to lager, which means the beer culture is good, but not very diverse. Mead is one of the world’s oldest alcoholic beverages and is still widely served in Denmark.
Tipping: In Denmark, tipping is not a tradition. Service is normally included in the bill at restaurants, hotels and taxis.
Government: Danish Government consists of a constitutional
monarchy and parliamentary system. The head of the monarch (which no longer has any true ruling
power) is Margrethe ll of Denmark. The current prime minister is Lars Løkke Rasmussen.
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