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Denmark Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2, Apr - Oct)

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round European-style, two-pin plugs are standard.

Language

Danish is the official language, but English is understood and widely used.

Travel Health

There are no specific health risks in Denmark, and medical facilities are first class. No vaccinations are required. Free emergency treatment is available to all foreign visitors at public hospitals. Due to a reciprocal health agreement, UK passport holders receive free medical and hospital treatment. To make use of this service, UK nationals should carry a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

Tipping

Those working in Denmark's service industry generally receive good wages. Service charges are usually included in bills so tipping isn't common. However, small tips are appreciated by bellhops, valets, maids, porters, or taxi drivers if one feels the service has been good. Usually rounding up to the nearest kroner is acceptable.

Safety Information

Most visits to Denmark are trouble free and crime levels are low. But during the tourist season, there are opportunistic muggers, pickpockets and bag snatchers, especially in crowded areas, train stations and bus stops. Visitors should take precautions to keep personal belongings safe.

Local Customs

Denmark is an egalitarian society. Women and men are treated equally.

Business

Business in Denmark tends to be conducted in a straightforward manner, though somewhat less formally than in some other parts of Europe. Greetings are made with a handshake, introductions are usually made using one's first name and it's normal to greet women first.

Punctuality is vital and if running even five minutes late be sure to call and apologise. Danes tend to be open-minded and friendly, and one can expect some small talk at the start of a meeting on a range of topics. Business cards are exchanged before or after the meeting.

Dress should be smart and neat, without being ostentatious. English is widely spoken and understood. Business hours are usually 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In the summer months (June to August), some Danes are on vacation so check before arranging a business trip.

Communications

The international country code for Denmark is +45.

Duty Free

Travellers arriving from an EU country with duty-paid goods purchased in an EU country are allowed 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1 kilogram of tobacco, and 10 litres of spirits. Residents of non-EU countries entering from outside the EU are allowed 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, as well as 1 litre of spirits, 4 litres of wine and 16 litres of beer. They can also bring in other goods up to the value of KRR 3,250 for air travellers and KRR 2,250 for other travellers.

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