Once brutal Vikings, now Danes are one of the world's most peaceful societies. Denmark is a country in northern Europe made up of the Jutland Peninsula and more than 400 islands in the North Sea. Due to the geographic situation, Denmark has a relatively mild climate with no extremes of heat or cold. Being part of Scandinavia, Denmark enjoys the light summer months from June to August with an average daytime temperature of 18-20°C and winter months from December to February with an average temperature of 0°C. Here the true Danish spirit comes into play: while the summer months encourage sunbathing, swimming and picnics, the winter time calls for hot chocolate and candle lights at indoor social gatherings. Danes often refer to this snug and convivial wintery feeling as 'hygge'
. It’s a very Danish way of making the best of the long winters.
The Danish monarchy is the oldest continuing monarchy in the world that can be tracked back to the 8th century. Today, Denmark has a constitutional monarchy, which means that the monarch cannot independently perform political acts. The Danish monarchy is a popular institution in Denmark and the current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, highly loved by her people, can trace her lineage back to the first Viking kings of Denmark over 1000 years ago! Thanks to the long monarchy history, Denmark is filled with a rich array of royal monuments, buildings and treasures spanning a thousand years. From castles and fortresses, to royal art collections and the Crown Jewels, you can experience royal Denmark at many sites across the country.
Time and time again, international surveys celebrate Denmark as the country in the world with the 'happiest' population. This of course does not mean that Danes are happily cheering on the streets. It shows that the Danes enjoy a very high level of satisfaction with life. They enjoy a balanced work life with a sense of financial security, the freedom for the individual, a safe environment, strong respect, tolerance and trust for the community, and the opportunity to pursue and fulfil personal goals in life.
A clean environment is important to the Danes. Denmark is frontrunner when it comes to green transition and was the first country in the world to establish a Ministry of Environment back in 1971. Half a century of focused energy policy has made Denmark a world leader in renewable energy technology, including wind turbines and energy efficient waste management. 44% of the energy is from wind power and 30% of all energy consumption in Denmark comes from renewable sources. Similarly, Denmark has many science projects ongoing to improve society towards a more sustainable daily life. Copenhagen is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, with priority bicycle green waves and bicycle-friendly traffic regulation.
Reflecting its landscape, the Danish aesthetic is characterised by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. This philosophy is the core value of Danish design towards fashion, food, architecture, furniture and art. You will find moments of quintessential Danish loveliness on a long sandy beach, admiring a Renaissance castle, on the bike lanes in the city, next to the smoking house in Bornholm or in a candlelit cafe that has perfected the art of hygge
The Danish cuisine is another reason many food enthusiasts travel to Denmark. Over the past 30 years, Danish food culture has rediscovered its roots and re-invented old recipes for contemporary diners. It emphasizes the use of local and seasonal ingredients and is a hit with both local and international foodies. Restaurant Noma, established in 2003, has been a showcase for New Nordic cuisine. Noma gained international attention when it won the title of the best restaurant in the world four times. Fine Danish restaurants hold a total of 35 Michelin stars in 2019, more than any other Nordic country.
In short - when you arrive in Denmark you will probably notice the relaxed atmosphere, a lot of people on bikes, and that things generally run smoothly. A blend of stately old buildings and modern sustainable architecture speaks of cities that treasure the old but love experimenting with the new. Chart-topping in green energy and quality of life, stunning dining and design, and a cheerful emphasis on hygge
- yes, you are at the right place. Welcome to Denmark!COPENHAGEN
Sharing the prestige with Denmark to have the happiest people in the world, it’s capital, Copenhagen, has often be ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Every bit of Copenhagen is designed for its people and for living the life. From the buildings and architecture, the green and the sea, the many bikes and the sophisticated infrastructure, to the development of new districts and city culture and public events, Copenhagen is firmly focused on providing the good ground for people’s life balance between work and play and extended quality of life.
Copenhagen is a pocket-sized fairy tale and at the same time, a buzzing and innovative hub of ideas. It is a city large enough for every kind of life philosophy, but small enough to bike from one end to the other fast and safely. Through the kaleidoscope of Copenhagen, you see the urban pulse in the cobbled streets, the castles and churches, the artists, beer brewers, the gourmet restaurants and street food stalls, the parents with babies in their strollers, the hipsters and the uniformed, the Crown Prince and the Queen.
There are 0,8 million residents in Copenhagen with ten official administrative districts. The central Copenhagen can be split into 6 areas: Copenhagen city centre, Frederiksberg, Christianshavn & Holm, Vesterbro, Nørrebro, and Østerbro. You can easily bike from one area to the other within 20 minutes or take public transportation, including the lately opened City Ring metro line. The Danish Cuisine
: 'seasonal', 'organic', 'innovative' are three key words for the latest campaign of new Danish kitchen. The restaurant scene in Copenhagen is an attraction in itself, from reasonably priced bistros to Michelin-starred places. Copenhagen has in total 24 Michelin stars and 14 Bib Gourmand restaurants. But when talking about everyday life, the Danes enjoy their hot dog (bread with sausage, ketchup and mustard) as well as smørrebrød
(open faced sandwiches). You will find hot dog stalls in all corners of Copenhagen and smørrebrød
in most of Danes’ lunch boxes.Design & Architecture
: Danish design, be it furniture or clothing, is known all over the world for its clean, simple lines, great materials and classic creations that never go out of style. Designing of everyday products is a visible and strong part of Danish culture. On a larger scale, the recent architectural boom in Copenhagen is inspired by light, water, open spaces and sustainability and displays a strong tradition represented over time by names such as Jörn Utzon and Bjarke Ingels. Sustainable City to Bike & Swim
: Copenhagen was European Green Capital 2014 and aims to become the world's first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. In Copenhagen, you can swim in the clean waters of the city’s harbour baths, stay in a sustainable hotel, eat organic and ride the electric city bikes around the old maritime city. Life in Copenhagen is almost lived in the saddle of the beloved bicycles. In Copenhagen, people bike whether there is sun, rain or snow. The well designed and all around city bike lanes invite people to bike to work, to school, to bring the kids to kindergarten, to shop for groceries and to social gatherings. Top Attractions
: Most of Copenhagen's most popular attractions and sights are within walking distance. With a history that dates back to 1043, the city is full of historic landmarks, significant buildings and interesting sights and museums. Some most appraised attractions include Tivoli Gardens (Vesterbro), the Little Mermaid (Østerbro), Strøget (city center), Amalienborg Palace (city centre), the Round Tower (city centre), Christiansborg and Rosenborg Castle (city centre).