In Denmark, although you may not expect that, you need an adapter plug. Tap water and healthcare are of good quality. More practical information about food, travel season and school holidays in Denmark can be found on this page.
Electricity in Denmark
- 230 volts
Adapter plugs in Denmark
- Power outlets have two round holes and can have a protruding pin, ground clips, or a semicircular hole for grounding.
You do not need an adapter for sockets with only two round holes or with two round holes and earthing clips.
For sockets with a protruding pin or a semicircular hole, you need an adapter for a safe (grounded) connection.
Medical care and safety in Denmark
Medical care and safety
- Medical care in Denmark is excellent.
- Travelers are advised to take out good travel insurance. Please note that cash payment may be required for the provision of medical care.
- In case of hospitalization or when specialist medical care is required, travelers should contact their insurance company directly.
- Most countries have taken measures to prevent the spread of the corona virus. Before you travel, view the current travel advices.
- In the event of an emergency, for example when you are hospitalized abroad, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for your home country. The ministry often also provides information via the travel app for Foreign Affairs.
European health insurance card (EHIC)
- The European health insurance card or EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) entitles you to essential medical care in the event of illness or an accident during a temporary stay in Denmark. If you show your EHIC, healthcare providers know that you are insured and where they can declare the healthcare costs. It is often not necessary to advance healthcare costs yourself.
- You will usually find the personal EHIC on the back of your health insurer’s health card or in your health insurer’s app. Consult your health insurer’s website for more information about the EHIC.
- At the pharmacies, recognizable by the green cross, only medicines that have been prescribed by a Danish doctor or a doctor from another Scandinavian country are available.
- Take plenty of special medicines with you (in the original packaging) or ask the doctor for a prescription.
- It is advisable to bring your own travel pharmacy with regular medicines.
- Travelers who bring medicines prescribed by a doctor or specialist may be required to carry a medical certificate. This applies in any case to medicines that fall under the Opium Act (such as certain sleeping pills, ADHD medicines and strong painkillers).
- Request the statement in time.
- Watch out for ticks when hiking or camping in the countryside, as they can transmit Lyme disease.
- Tick-borne encephalitis may also occur in Denmark. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain caused by a virus that can be transmitted by ticks. From April to November the ticks are most active and the risk of contracting this disease is greatest.
- Protect yourself from ticks!
- Rabies occurs in Greenland. Contact a doctor immediately if you are bitten by a mammal (for example, a dog, cat, bat, or fox).
- The tap water is safe to drink.
- Since encephalitis (see Ticks) can also be transmitted through raw milk from cows, sheep or goats, it is advised not to use products made from raw milk (such as some cheeses).
School holidays in Denmark
- The dates indicate the first and last day of the holiday periods that can be partly filled in by the schools themselves.
- Most spoken language: Danish.
- You can usually also work well with English or German.
- Danish is not only spoken in Denmark itself, but also in Greenland and the Faroe Islands in addition to the local languages.
- Danish and Faroese (Faroese) belong to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European languages. The two languages share a common root, but limited relationship.
- Several tens of thousands of Danish speakers still live in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, victims of the division of Schleswig in 1920. Flensburg, for example, is officially bilingual.
- Several tens of thousands of German speakers live in the now Danish part of Schleswig, Sønderjylland (South Jutland).
- It may be helpful to know that the letters æ, ø, å are at the back of the Danish alphabet.
Facts and figures Denmark
- Kingdom of Denmark / Kongeriget Danmark
- Danish (m), Danish (f)
State form Denmark
- Parliamentary Monarchy
- Denmark is divided into 5 regions.
Danish Overseas Territories
- In the Atlantic Ocean: Faroe Islands, Greenland.
Capital city of Denmark
- Copenhagen / København
- Denmark has been a member of the European Union since 1973.
- The islands of Greenland and the Faroe Islands falling under Denmark are excluded from membership. Greenland was a member from 1973 to 1985.
Population of Denmark
- 2019: 5.8 million
- 43,094 km²
Income per inhabitant per year
- 2018: $ 46,000
Average life expectancy
- 2018: 80.8 years
Currency in Denmark
- Danish krone (DKK)
Country code license plate
Camping in Denmark
- Denmark has about 500 campsites, spread throughout the country. Campgrounds can be found near almost every city.
Types of campsites
- The Danish campsites are not much different from campsites in most other countries.
- Many campsites also rent out cabins and mobile homes.
Quality of the Danish campsites
- The Danish campsites are of very good quality and often pleasantly small-scale. Almost all of them have a (sometimes very luxurious) cooking facility, often with associated dining area. The sanitary facilities are usually spotlessly clean.
Many campsites have so-called “Family rooms”: spaces that house a toilet, shower and sink behind a door. For the use of this you often have to pay extra. A disadvantage of the Family room is that three facilities are occupied simultaneously. In high season this can lead to a shortage of facilities.
- There is usually a lot of space on the campsites, also for campers who need a larger pitch.
Glamping in Denmark
- Luxury camping is still a limited phenomenon in Denmark.
- The main camping organization in Denmark is Campingrådet (firstname.lastname@example.org). It represents the interests of campers and provides information.
Camping Key Europe
- In addition to a replacement ID card at the campsite, this camping card is a handy discount card in the low and high season. With a CKE, the discount can be up to 20%.
- The rates depend on the place, the comfort, the season and the number of stars.
Booking a camping
- In general, when staying in the high season (July and August) it is best to book early to be sure of a place. This certainly applies to large and luxurious campsites.
- When it is indicated that a campsite is fully occupied, there are sometimes still small places available for cyclists or hikers.
- With the exception of emergencies, it is prohibited in Denmark to camp outside the official camping areas on public grounds.
- Spending the night on private property is allowed with the permission of the owner.
Camping along the way
- It is forbidden to spend the night in a car, camper, tent or caravan along the public road, in the dunes or on the beach.
- The same rules apply to motorhomes in Denmark as to other vehicles.
- Denmark has a limited number of campsites that are also open in winter.
- It is advisable to call in advance to inquire whether the campsite is indeed open and what facilities are available.
Facilities on the campsite
- When registering at the campsite, personal details are noted, how many people are involved and what the length of stay is. Usually, proof of identity must be submitted.
- The Camping Key Europe (CKE) is accepted as proof of identity at most campsites. Checking in with a CKE is faster and campsites that participate in the CKE program often give discounts. In addition to the CKE, take a passport or ID card with you,
- On camping sites, a distance of at least three meters from the neighbors must be kept for fire safety.
- The pitches on the Danish west coast are often screened with high hedges to protect against the wind. That also gives a lot of privacy.
- Wooden log cabins are also popular in accordance with Scandinavian practice. They can sometimes be found on the campsite, but more often in special “hut villages”.
- At many campsites it is also possible to rent fully furnished bungalows. Bed linen is often not included.
- Be prepared, take your adapters and plugs with you.
Cooking at the campsite
- At many Danish campsites, so-called cooking kitchens with cooking facilities, ovens and microwaves are available for shared use.
- Most campsites in Denmark offer wireless internet. You can often buy a card with access codes at the reception.
- Most camping shops, if available, have a limited range.
- Showers and washrooms have been modernized and comfortable in many places.
Animation and recreation
- The range of entertainment and recreation options is generally limited.
Popular camping destinations
- Fairytale scenes in the ‘garden of Denmark’.
- Unspoiled nature and sunsets for an active holiday!.
- The largest island in Denmark with the beautiful city of Copenhagen.
Holidays in Denmark
|New Year (Nytårsdag)||January 1|
|Maundy Thursday (Skærtorsdag)||April 1||April 14|
|Good Friday (Langefredag)||April 2||April 15|
|Easter (Påske)||4 and 5 April||17 and 18 April|
|Prayer Day (Store Bededag)||April 30||May 13|
|Ascension Day (Kristi Himmelfart)||May 13||May 26|
|Pentecost (Pinse)||23 and 24 May||5 and 6 June|
|Constitution Day (Grundlovs Day)||5 June|
|Christmas (Jul)||24 to 26 December|