Copenhagen | City Info
Located in the north of Europa, between Sweden and Norway on one site and Germany on the other, Denmark is the smallest of the Scandinavian countries. Between the 8th and the 10th century these countries were the home of the Vikings. Today, the Danes, a population of nearly 6 million inhabitants, are considered to be the happiest people in the world.
Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, is located on the Strait of Øresund. The Øresund Bridge connects Denmark to Sweden. The colourful warehouses of Nyhavn, the lush Tivoli Gardens, castles and churches, and of course den lille havfrue, Copehagen’s iconic little mermaid statue… Copenhagen has attractions and sights to suit every taste and interest – and most of them are within walking distance! Browse the websites below to make the most of your stay.
Visitcopenhagen.com is the city’s official tourist board website which offers information on:
- things to do, attractions
- general informatin on public transport, bike rental, and much more
- interactive maps of the center and the areas around the center
Tripadvisor’s pages ‘Things to Do in Copenhagen’ provides suggestions offers reviews by others of museums, attractions, hotels and restaurants, etc.
Copenhagen on Wikipedia: all facts about the Danish capital: History, Geography, Administration, Demographics and Society, Economy & Tourism, Architecture, Culture, and many more facts.
Did You Know ... ?
- Copenhagen was a Viking fishing village since the 10th century. The historic city of Roskilde (the old capital of Denmark!), located 25 minutes from Copenhagen, hosts the remains of five original Viking ships, The Viking ship museum in Roskilde.
- Danish is the official language, but most Danes speak English very well. In the medieval period Danish emerged as a separate language from Swedish. The first printed book in Danish language dates from 1495, the ‘Rimkrøniken’ (Rhyming Chronicle), a history book.
- Denmark’s currency is the Danish Krone (DKK). 100 Øre equal 1 Krone. Check exchange rates here.
- Denmark has two autonomous territories: the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
- Denmark uses summer time settings, which equal to CEST (UTC+2).
- The Øresund Bridge, almost 8km in lenght, connects Copenhagen to Sweden. It was opened in 2000.
- In 1999 the modern historical novel ‘The Fall of the King’ (1901, by Johannes V. Jensen, 1873-1950) was selected as the best Danish novel of the 20th century by the newspapers Politiken and Berlingske Tidende. In 1944, Jensen received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
If you spend a few days extra in Copenhagen, buying a Copenhagen Card may be worthwhile. The card offers free admission to 79 museums and attractions, and free public transportation by bus, train and metro, as well as discounts on restaurants, attractions and entertainment.
‘Type K’ is the electrical plug used in Denmark (and Greenland). The Danes claim their electrical wall sockets are the happiest in the world…