- Officially » Kongeriget Danmark (Danish)
- Kingdom of Denmark (English)
- Capital » Copenhagen
- Population » 5.6 million
- Language » Danish
- Religion » Christianity
- Life expectancy » 77 years (men), 81 years (women)
- EU member country » since 1 January 1973
- Currency » Danish krone (DKK) (XE)
- Area » 43,098 sq km (16,640 sq miles)
- The most southerly of the Scandinavian countries
- Denmark is located south-west of Sweden, south of Norway, and north of Germany.
- Sharing only one land border – with Germany
Maps and Navigation
- Denmark is known to offer free OTA traffic services accessible to properly equipped GPS devices. (Garmin)
- The Danish government signed the Schengen agreement in 19 December 1996 and started its implementation on 25 March 2001.
- See the note about the Denmark Bilateral Visa Agreements
Denmark Bilateral Visa Agreements
Canadians are able to visit Denmark and other Nordic countries beyond the 90-day Schengen Area limit.
- Following copied from Royal Danish Embassy in Canada web site on 2022.12.16:
The bilateral agreements allow certain nationals to travel to Denmark and the other Nordic countries visa exempt for up to 90 days per every period of 180 days on the condition that the 90 days visa exempt period according to the Schengen rules has been spent outside of Denmark and the other Nordic countries prior to the visit to Denmark.
This Denmark-Canada bilateral visa agreement is valid for visits to Denmark and the Nordic countries only. This agreement pre-dates the Schengen agreement, and as of December 2022, it is still in effect.
- The Nordic region is defined as Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, as well as the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and Åland. The Netherlands are not part of this region.
Also important to note, once a tourist has completed their 90 days in the non-Nordic Schengen region plus their 90 days in the Nordic region, they would need to exit Schengen completely for 90 days before being able to return to any Schengen region.
Denmark has similar bilateral agreements with Australia, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and USA. Visitors planning to visit Denmark should verify with the Royal Danish Embassy in their home country prior to planning and travel.
- Drive on the Right
- Seat Belts usage is required while travelling by motor vehicle
- Mobile phones must only be used in hands free mode
- Tire thread depths of 1.6mm on vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (min)
- In Denmark, carrying a spare set of bulbs and a warning triangle are a legal requirement
- Motorway speed limits are set at 130 km/h
- Some stretches are further reduced to 110km/h & even 90km/h.
- Open roads speed limits are set at 80 km/h
- In populated towns the limit is 50 km/h
- Sharing only one land border – with Germany
- Denmark is connected to Sweden by the Oresund Bridge which opened in 1999
- Oresund Bridge connects Copenhagen and Malmo, Sweden
- Numerous ferry services connect Denmark with Sweden, Norway, Germany, and the UK.
- Colorline run services between Norway and Denmark on routes between Kristiansand (Norway) and the Danish ports of Hirtshals and Larvick
- Scandlines run services between Rodby and Puttgarden, Helsingor and Helsinborg, and Gedser to Rostock.
- Stena line run from Frederickshaven to Oslo and Gothenburg as well as from Grenaa and Varberg
- Fjordline offer a service from Bergen, Stavanger, and Langesund into Hirtshals
- DFDS operator the only direct ferry from the UK, from Esbjerg to Immingham
- DFDS also run a ferry route from Copenhagen into Oslo
- Danish Transport Authority www.trm.dk
Cycle Tourism 🚴 🚴♀️
- The Danish cycling culture is often compared to that of the Netherlands. The cycling infrastructure is among the most developed in the world and quite extensive, including a network of nationally appreciated bicycle routes extending more than 12,000 km (7,500 mi). (Cycling in Denmark Wikivoyage)
- More than one million Danes use their bicycle for daily transport
- Copenhagen is one of the most bike friendly cities in the world (Cycling in Copenhagen via Wikivoyage)
- Cycling rules
- The wearing of helmets is not legally required. But it is a great idea to use one anyway!
- Your bike must have a bell, a white reflector visible from the front, yellow reflectors on the pedals and wheels, and a red reflector at the back. Bikes come with these things as standard in Denmark. Visitors are required to have these fitted.
- When cycling in the dark, cyclists must display a working white light at the front, and a red light at the back. These are readily available in Denmark.
- When there is no cycle path, cyclist must cycle on the right-hand side of the road.
- Cycling resources
- Kulturingen (Danish for “the ring of culture”) is a 540 km (335 miles) long marked cycling route in East Jutland. Website (Danish) / Wikivoyage /
- Resource » Cycling in Denmark (Wikivoyage)
Safety and Security
- Denmark is one of the 10 safest countries for travellers.
- The Danish Security and Intelligence Service maintains a national terrorism threat level for Denmark.
- Residents have one of the highest standards of living, not only in Europe, but in the whole world.
- #12 overall ranking in World’s Best Countries (US News U World Report, 2021)
- #13 overall ranking in World’s Best Countries (US News & World Report, 2019 & 2020)
Government Travel Advisories
This page was updated March 25, 2023