Culture and etiquette
Denmark is a liberal and tolerant country. The defining aspect of culture here, in fact is “Hygge”: spending quality time with friends or loved ones over good food. Remember that the Danish language doesn’t have a specific word for “please” so don’t be upset if Danes leave it out when talking to you in English (which most Danes speak very well). When wandering about make sure you don’t stray into the cycle lanes alongside most roads and note that locals will wait for the green “walk” light at pedestrian crossings even when there isn’t a car in sight.
Tipping is not expected as service charges are included in hotel, restaurant and bar bills; however, if you think you’ve had particularly good service it’s not unheard of to leave a few kroner. Smoking is banned in most restaurants, cafés and bars.
Everything you need to know before you set off.
Travel offers; book through Rough Guides
Planning your trip to Denmark
Everything you need to plan where to go and what to do.
The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.
Scandinavia for first-timers: 7 ideas for short breaks
On the face of it, Scandinavia isn’t a very sensible place for a holiday. For one thing, it’s almost always going to be colder than the place you’re leavi…
Copenhagen for kids: a Scandi family escape
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen is a bit of a conundrum. On the surface, a city that is known for its designer shops and foraged foods, in a region that is ofte…
A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Copenhagen
Once a low-key underrated city, Copenhagen has recently been showered with superlatives, with polls claiming it to have the best quality of life and rating its …