Copenhagen Practical Informations
The native language is Danish. Danish is one of the so called Scandinavian languages that come from the Germanic branch of the indo-European languages. English and German are widely spoken by locals.
Although Denmark is a member of the European Union it still has it´s own currency, the Danish Krone(DKK). Introduced in 1873, the Danish Krone is today pegged to the Euro via the European Union exchange program that increases the stability of this small currency.
If you plan to use your credit card in Copenhagen it is recommended that you bring your pin code with you. Many companies require that you type in your pin code to authorize transactions. This technology really minimizes credit card fraud but can cause problems for those who travel without their pin code. Cash can be withdrawn from debit and credit cards in local ATM´s and in bank outlets.
Service is included in price for all goods and services in Denmark. If you feel you have gotten exceptional service you are of course free to tip as you like.
Local time in Copenhagen and Denmark in general is Greenwich mean time (GMT).
Safety & health
Denmark is considered to be one of Europe's safest capitals. Like anywhere else tourists are sometimes the victims of petty crimes so reasonable caution is advised. There are certain areas of Copenhagen that are not recommended as far as tourist visits go, but they are far away from the beaten track of the city.
Telephones & Internet
Copenhagen like most western cities has seen the public telephone booths replaced with personal mobile phones. There are still few to be found but don´t count on them.
Mobile phone network is available anywhere in the city. It´s very likely that you will be able to use your phone in Denmark since most mobile companies have agreements with Denmark’s mobile providers.
Internet is widely available in cafes and restaurants. If you do not have a laptop computer, you can look up some of the internet cafes around the city or visit the public library where internet access is available.
Copenhagen's are very fond of their bikes and 36% of the residents commute to and from work on a bicycle. The city´s streets have a designated path for bikes and bikers have a priority in traffic. Public bikes are available for all locals and visitors all around the city. The only requirement is that you return it to a bicycle station somewhere in the city after you are done using it. Those stations are often situated next to metro stations and other popular destinations.
On and around Ströget shopping street you will see bicycle taxis offering you a lift to anywhere in the city centre. It´s a fun, different way to get around and a experience not to be missed during your visit.
Taxis are available all around the city centre. They can be of all shapes and sizes but all of them have a 'Taxi' sign on the top. If it´s lit, they are available. All taxis charge by the meter.
Copenhagen has a nice little metro system that can be used to get around the city and it´s nearby suburban areas. In the city centre Metro stations are located near by all major attractions such as Kongens Nytorv, Tivoli, Radhuspladsen and more. Tickets can be bought by the entrance of all stations. Click here for detailed information on the Metro system.
The main train station is located next to Tivoli amusement park in Copenhagen centre. The trains travel to almost all of Denmark and also interntionally to destinations such as Stockholm, Berlin and Amsterdam.