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Denmark Country Report

Overview

INTRODUCTION

The small Scandinavian kingdom of Denmark (population 5.7 million) is renowned for its stability and calm and does not present any particular risks to travelers.

CRIME

Denmark is a safe and secure country. However, visitors are nevertheless advised to remain vigilant at tourist sites, train stations, airports, and on public transportation, where pickpockets are known to operate, as well as when withdrawing money at ATMs (cash machines).

The self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of Christiania is known to be the site of illegal drug sales and a high prevalence of criminal activities, sometimes resulting in violent confrontations with the police. Tourists have been harassed, assaulted, and robbed in Christiania for breaking the strict no-photography policy. The neighborhood of Nørrebro has also seen instances of violent street crime, narcotics dealing, and gang activity.

TERRORISM

As in all Western countries, the risk of terrorism is present. Denmark may be an inviting target for terrorists due to the country's past association with caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, as well as Danish foreign policy and security measures aimed to combat extremism.

On February 14, 2015, a double terrorist attack occurred in Copenhagen, resulting in two dead and five injured. The targets of the attacks were the Krudttønden cultural center and the main synagogue of the capital. On August 31, 2016, two police officers and one civilian were injured by gunfire in the Christiania area of Copenhagen in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS).

Danish authorities are also concerned about the at least 150 Danish citizens who have left the country to fight for IS in Iraq and Syria. There are fears that these individuals could return to carry out attacks on Danish soil.

SOCIAL UNREST

Protests - usually peaceful - are fairly common, particularly in Copenhagen and Aarhus. Several protests against Islamic extremism took place at the end of 2014 and early 2015.

Violence linked to gang wars breaks out from time to time. These incidents tend to be motivated by general criminality issues or turf wars.

Violence based on religion or ethnicity is rare.

POLITICS

The next parliamentary elections are set to take place in 2019.

HEALTH

High-quality medical care is available nationwide and health conditions in Denmark are generally good. Travelers are nevertheless advised to take out comprehensive medical insurance before arrival in Denmark.

There are cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) in wooded areas. Bornholm Island is particularly affected from March to November.

OTHER

Denmark has been a member of the European Union since 1973 and is a member of the visa- and border checkpoint-free Schengen Area. The country does not, however, use the euro, opting instead to keep its national currency, the krone.

Road, hospital, hotel, and transport infrastructures are all of the highest quality.

Climate

Denmark has an oceanic climate. Winters are never very cold (temperatures rarely drop below -5°C) thanks to the tempering influence of the ocean, but they are quite long. In the summer temperatures range between 18°C and 25°C during the day and nights are cool. Cool winds often pass through the country, lowering temperatures. Between the end of May and mid-September, days are long and nights are clear and cool. Beginning in October cold temperatures, winds, and clouds return and remain fixtures throughout the winter.

Useful Numbers

Country Code: +45 Police: 112 Fire Dept.: 112 Ambulance: 112

Electricity

Voltage: 230 V ~ 50 Hz

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