Denmark is one of the happiest places in the world, which is why it is one of the most popular places in Europe to travel to. The capital city of Copenhagen is attracting more and more visitors each year. Like many other countries in Europe, you should definitely learn more about Denmark before you visit. Here are some of the most important things that you should know before you visit:
Danes Are Some of the Happiest People on Earth
You will find Denmark with a permanent spot within the top 5 happiest countries over the years, and in 2017 it is at number 2, one spot behind another Nordic country, Norway. There are many reasons why Denmark is one of the happiest places on Earth. A combination of high life expectancy, a good GDP, free healthcare and an enviable welfare system makes Danes some of the happiest people alive. Denmark also has great education programs and some of the best industries in the world, which is probably why the people are so relaxed and laid back.
Their Love of the Bicycle
In most areas of the world, cyclists are treated like second-class citizens. However, in many areas of Denmark, people cycling to work is popular than any other form of transport. In Copenhagen, nearly half of the population cycles to and from work. They don’t like to hang around either, so if you are walking,make sure you keep an eye out for cyclists. However, most Danes are law-abiding. Even if it’s the middle of the night in a snow storm and there is no traffic, they will still wait for a green light before crossing.
You can join in on the cycling fun if you wish. There are many different places that rent bikes out. If you want to go further afield, you can also take a bike on a train, and there are many areas where you can lock your bike up.
Denmark Doesn’t Use the Euro
This may seem like an obvious one, but if often one of the biggest surprises for many people when they visit Denmark. They use the Krone instead of the Euro. Their bank notes have pictures of historic areas like bridges and monuments because Denmark values craftsmanship and construction over people’s egos.
Tipping is also minimal. Most restaurants will include a service charge, and taxi drivers will not expect a tip. However, it is customary to round the bill up to the nearest note amount.
Don’t Visit Denmark without Going to Tivoli
Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the country and was opened in way back in 1843. This is one of the most popular attractions in Copenhagen. Tivoli is set inside of a nature garden surrounded by playgrounds and a lake. There are wide range of activities and things to do including roller coasters, treat stalls, arcades, pantomime shows, and over 40 locations to eat and drink. Tivoli is mostly open during the summer, but it also opens during Halloween and Christmas time.
“Hygge” is a Way of Life
“Hygge” is pronounced ‘hooga’ and is roughly translated as cosiness. This is a sociable, warm feeling that happens mostly in the autumn and the winter. However, this is what many Danes aim to achieve year-round. There are many things that would classify as “hygge”, like a wood-panelled bar, hand-made sweaters, and hats with ear-flaps.
Getting to Denmark is easier than ever with regular cheap flights to Copenhagen on a daily basis. There is a lot to explore, so what are you waiting for!