Denmark: traditions of Scandinavian South

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Main facts:

  • Capital city: Copenhagen

  • Language(s): Danish

  • Currency: Danish Krone, DKK

  • Population: 5,693,000

  • Timezone: UTC+1

  • Main religion: Lutheranism (31%)

  • Standard of living (subjectively): very high

  • Information will be updated

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Approximate costs (person/day):

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Sights map of Denmark

Travel around Denmark

It is not known trustfully where the name "Denmark" came from. It is believed that about 6-7 centuries AD Danes tribes migrated to the territory of the country, founded many settlements here and traded with the neighboring nations. For centuries, they were participants in Viking campaigns, conquered and annexed islands and distant lands. So, by the 11th century, the Faroe Islands were owned by the Danes; they also founded settlements in Greenland, which to this day remains under the control of the country. There was a time when Denmark owned the whole of the Scandinavian Peninsula, however, the constant wars with the Swedes, the Germans and the British did not allow the state to own these lands.

In the 17th century, an absolute monarchy was established in the country and the Lutheran faith spread. With the development of industry and the agricultural sector, the standard of living of ordinary people improved, and liberal laws regarding business opportunities, trade, and participation in politics allowed skilled craftsmen to competently regulate life in their regions. In the 20th century, a parliamentary system was introduced in the country, which limited the power of the monarch. Although to this day Denmark remains a kingdom (like all Scandinavian countries), the functions of the king here are rather representative, connecting the people and the ruling elite than directly connected with the government of the country. Due to the absence of significant military participation in both world wars, Denmark was able to maintain the neutrality and well-being of the population, and as a result received opportunities to build a stable social system. After the end of the Second World War, Denmark was one of the foundators of the UN and NATO, and at the end of the 70s began to produce oil in the North Sea, which quickly brought the country to the top in terms of per capita income in the European Region.

Today, Denmark is a dynamically developing country with one of the highest standards of living in the world. By the way, the Danes are also famous for one of the highest levels of happiness in the world (3rd place after Finland and Norway; World Happiness Index 2017), which is associated with high incomes of the population, developed social sphere and various folk traditions (for example, hygge). Most of the country's revenue comes from medium and heavy industry, the agricultural sector and high-tech manufacturing (IT sector and IT equipment manufacturing). Here is one of the highest levels of education in the world, low unemployment (5%) and high wages. All this makes Denmark very attractive from the point of view of labor migration of the educated part of the population to the country.

Denmark is the country where you feel a different quality of life. As a resident of Russia, I can say that Russian society is not even close to the standard of living of the Danes, who have an average salary per month comparable to the annual salary of a good manager in the Russian Federation. However, such a standard of living logically leads to a perceptibly high level of prices, which is one of the highest in the world. Here everything is really very expensive! Although everything is provided with excellent service and product quality, it hits hard on the wallet of people who come from lower-income countries. But happiness is not about money, right?

For example, a tourist ticket for all the sights of the Copenhagen region - Copenhagen Card - costs 80 euros per person for two day. But attention: if you think that this is too much, then I will say otherwise - if you don’t buy it, then by the third museum your expenses per person will exceed this figure! And this ticket also includes travel tickets for all public transport (across all zones), which also costs a lot - 1-2 euros for each zone. Therefore, if you suddenly doubt whether to buy this tourist ticket, I advise you not to risk it and take it. At first it seems expensive, but for 3 days of my stay in Copenhagen, I saved on it 3 times more than its cost!

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In order to get the most from Denmark, you need to decide what is more important to visit for you personally. If these are museums, then it is worth settling in Copenhagen and strolling along its beautiful pedestrian streets from museum to museum, on the way going to Rosenborg Castle, several Lutheran churches with observation platforms, the famous Tivoli Gardens park, Tycho Brahe Planetarium and the Danish company "Lego" first toy store. If you are interested in pastoral landscapes, or you want to know how ordinary Danish "villages" live, then head north or west off the Copenhagen city. In the north there are small towns Hillerød and Helsingør, where besides cozy landscapes with forests on lakes you can see the most beautiful royal castles - Frederiksborg and Kronborg. If you go west - then visit successively all the main islands of Denmark, the ancient city of Roskilde, the very first in the world Legoland in Billund, and then dozens of kilometers of clean sandy beaches of the North Sea.

Nevertheless, Copenhagen is and will remain the most beautiful city in Denmark and all of Scandinavia. It will be remembered for the magnificent castles and architecture of buildings painted in various colors and pastel shades. It seems that you find yourself in a fairy kingdom, decorated for the celebration of Christmas, which lasts all year round. Danes know a lot about comfort and aesthetics, so their famous Hugge can be found everywhere: in small cafes with hot chocolate and spicy buns, in large shopping centers with classical music, huge palaces with magnificent paintings and in small churches, where songs are sung and Christmas trees with garlands stand (but only during Christmas). Some facts about Copenhagen. The only two metro lines are no more than 20 years old and work without drivers; You can drive from one end of the island to the other in just an hour and a half (from the airport to Helsingør, for example); If you get off the main street Stroget, you will find yourself in quiet, cozy quarters, which in their atmosphere incredibly resemble Italy: the same open-air cafes, coffee and sweet aromas of baking. And it is also the most "cycling" city of Scandinavia, because bicycles can be found here almost everywhere and in large quantities. Even at the entrance to the subway there is a special room with parking for bicycles! This city will sink into the soul of everyone who turns out to be here. You will certainly want to come back again and feel a lot of joy and inspiration, and at any time of the year.

I invite everyone to visit Denmark - the homeland of the famous "Scandinavian cosiness", ancient royal castles and creative art, which can not be found anywhere else!

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