Denmark, or the Kingdom of
Denmark, is a constituional monarchy with a population of about 6 million.
The best known part of the country is bordered by Germany and has a
bridge-tunnel to Sweden, but Denmark also includes the Faroe Islands and
Greenland. Denmark controlled shipping between the Baltic and the
North Atlantic via the Danish straits until the 60 mile Kiel Canal through
Germany was completed in 1895. Danish surnames used to be patronymic and
changed with each generation based on the father's first name by adding
"sen", as in Nielsen or Andersen.
Denmark (excluding Greenland and the Faroe Islands)
participates in the Schengen
Zone and Schengen Visa requirements. That means there
are no border controls between members and no border inspections by
rail or vehicle when traveling from Denmark to Sweden and Germany. Some countries that are not
members of the Schengen Zone require a Schengen Visa to enter Europe. More
than 40 countries outside the Schengen Zone do not require a visa.
Exemptions include citizens of Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United
States. A list of countries that need a visa
is available at New
to Denmark or check your specific country at VisaHQ.
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project
Although Denmark is part of the European Union, it does
not participate in the use of the Euro. Be prepared to obtain Danish
krones at an ATM or use a credit card, as these are widely accepted.
Due to the influence of the Atlantic, Denmark
has a temperate climate with winter temperatures hovering around freezing
and cool summers with lots of daylight.