The Scandinavian country caters to all tastes. Families will love its long, unspoilt sandy beaches, while culture vultures will lap up the rich history of its capital, beautiful Copenhagen. The city’s timeless royal buildings are easily explored on foot or by bike and are a must for history buffs. World famous for design and architecture by architects like Jorn utzon (Sydney opera house) and Bjarke Ingels (2 World Trade Centre, NY), has put Denmark solidly on the world map.
When it comes to quality of life surveys, Denmark regularly retains its status as a country to be reckoned with. And while that’s great for the Danes, it’s also fantastic news for visitors!
Quaint towns, healthy lifestyle, Michelin-starred restaurants, pretty beaches – there’s plenty to love about Denmark.
- From the world’s oldest theme park at Tivoli to its culinary credentials and fashionable locals, Copenhagen is one of Scandinavia’s finest cities.
- Make a beeline for Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017, and also the gateway to East Jutland with its white beaches and numerous fjords.
- The Danes are known as an eco-friendly and healthy bunch who cycle everywhere and have one of the world’s most integrated cycle networks.
- Known as the birthplace of storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, the cute medieval town of Odense on the island of Funen is an hour from Copenhagen.
When to Visit Denmark
A country with a four-season climate, yet not one of extremes, as temperatures are moderated by the warm Gulf Stream. Long days and pleasant average temperatures of 20C from June to August make summer the best – and busiest – time to visit, but go in spring or autumn and you’ll miss the crowds yet still enjoy mild weather. December-March sees a frosty, wet, dark winter set in.
Areas of Denmark
In the 9th century, Denmark was divided into different kingdoms, but became one in the 10th century. The history of this country of more than 5.5 million people has been heavily influenced by its geographical location between the North Sea and Baltic Sea and its position between Germany and Sweden. In the past, the nation struggled with both countries to gain control of key areas of land in the region, with many wars breaking out in the 16th and 17th century. Denmark remained neutral during the First World War and in 1915 the constitution was changed to make it a much more democratic country that gave women the vote. Today the country enjoys a strong economy with low unemployment, high quality of life and well-balanced social values.