The Kingdom of Denmark is made up of Jutland, the large peninsula, and several islands including Zealand, Funen, Vendsyssel-Thy, Lolland, Falster and Bornholm. Denmark also holds – as autonomous provinces – the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
The Danes have a flinty, seafaring past (the Vikings were their ancestors after all), a relaxed approach to life and a strong design aesthetic. Their central philosophy is “hygge”, which is as important to them as “chic” is to the French or “craic” is to the Irish. “Hygge” suggests cosiness, a way of shutting out external stresses. It often means spending time with family and friends, eating and drinking.
Denmark is one of the world’s most liveable countries. It’s not the cheapest (sales tax is 25 per cent) but it’s well ordered, clean and safe with more than 6,000 miles of cycle tracks. Its laidback cities include Copenhagen, the capital, Aalborg, Esbjerg and Odense. Green forests and clean beaches are less than an hour away.
National airline SAS flies to Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup), the country’s largest airport. Cheap flights to Denmark are also provided by low-cost airlines Sterling and easyJet.
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Denmark’s climate has few extremes. Temperatures average 19 degrees in the summer, while the chilly, wet winters hover around freezing point.
The big cities, especially Copenhagen, are popular with tourists year round, though they are more crowded in the summer and around Christmas. The rest of the country has a peak season from the start of June to the end of August.
Smaller cities and the countryside are less pleasant to visit during the winter months, especially the rainy time around late January and February. However, if undeterred by the weather, this can be a good time to search for cheap flights to Denmark and accommodation will generally be cheaper too.
The train service is good throughout the country and, combined with a bus or coach, will enable you to reach any destination. Train tickets can also be used on connecting buses at the end of the journey. The Express Coach services can be quicker than trains on some routes. Check before you travel.
Ferry services are available to connect the main cities on the islands and the archipelago.
(prices quoted are from London)