Remember the "Pant"
If you go to a store be prepared that you will not pay the exact amount that you could calculate of the price tags (like I do - because I'm usually on a budget).
This is because Denmark has a deposit system for plastic and glass bottles, as well as aluminium cans. So each time you buy a drink (beer,soda,water,wine, etc) you will be charged a deposit called "pant". The deposit ranges from the price of the drink and type of the bottle but is usually something between 1-3 DKK for an item.
You can easily check how much pant you will pay - just look at the bottle's/can's label. There you will see a small black logo which will state: pant a, pant b or pant c - this equals to 1, 1.5 or 3 DKK deposit on the bottle. So if a bottle of coke is DKK 15 and has got a Pant A logo on it - you will be obliged to pay 16 krones for the drink, and so on.
As I said it is a deposit so you will get your money back! You just have to return the items to the automated bottle banks (you can find them at the entrances to supermarkets). You put all items in the machine and it will print you a receit. This receit is like cash - you can use it in the supermarket to pay for your next purchases.
Good system overall I think. Makes Denmark clean and green :)
As in many European countries there is a smoking ban law that took effect in 2007. That means that smoking is prohibited in public buildings that covers: restaurants, shops, schools, amusement parks, bars and public transport. Have that in mind as the fines are pretty high.
Aquavit = Water of life. Maybe not exactly true, it is a apertif of Danish extraction. The best versions are called 'linieaquavit' meaning that the aquavit has fermented in the hull of a ship long enough to get to the equator and back. Hell, if it was good enough for Madiera, it should sure as heck work for aquavit? Aquavit is distilled from caraway seed and has a definite rye taste - though in Norway, aquavit seems to be distilled from whatever is on hand, hell, as long as it kicks you on your ass!! Aquavit tastes best chilled=out of the freezer much like vodka. You can mix it if you are a wimp, but if you are of true Viking mold, you will down it straight. Just be carefull of getting 'Sweded'!!Related to:
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Driving in Denmark: Fines and Tickets
As I mentioned before fines and tickets are very high, not only in Denmark but in whole Scandinavia. These are the consequences of breaking traffic regulations in Denmark:
Most of all who need to know that traffic fines are calculated according to the net income of the one who committed the offence. Speeding tickets depend on how much you exceeded the speed limit. These are the basic guidelines:
when speed limit is:
50km/h - from 500 to 3500 dkk (around 70 to 470 euro)
80km/h - from 500 to 3500 dkk (around 70 to 470 euro)
110km/h - from 500 to 12 000 dkk (around 70 to 1600 euro)
130km/h - from 1000 to 8000 dkk (around 140 to 1060 euro)
So, if you are driving 80km/h on a road that has a 50 speed limit you will end up with a 2000 dkk ticket (270 euro). As a foreigner you will have to pay on the spot.
But if you drive to fast you can have your drivers licencse taken away!
So remember, although fines are high, it is your license being withdrawn I would be worried about. However they only do that at relatively high speeds and most of the time only conditionally. You have to break more than one rule or have an earlier conditional withdrawal to get a final withdraw. The conditional license witdrawal is based upon a simple rule: Just break the speed limit with more than 60%.
Note that radar-jammers and detectors are forbidden.Related to:
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Driving in Denmark
If you decide to drive in Denmark have all the restrictions in mind - as fines and ticketts tend to be very high!
The limits are:
Motorway - 110 km/h (some signed stretches130 km/h)
Open Road - 80 km/h
Town - 50 km/h
Alcohol mg/litre is 0.5 but just don't do it. It's not worth it and if you'd have over 0.05 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment!
Headlights as in the rest of Scandinavia cars and motorcycles must be used use during the day.
On the spot fines are issued for the infringement of all traffic regulations, so if you can't afford it better don't do it! There have been some fake traffic tickets, so make sure an official receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine.
Dont count on your Credit Card
International credit cards without pins are not accepted in 99% of the places in Denmark so dont count on them, this is very problematic but there are no other options other than to use your electron cards to withdraw from ATMs. Period!
Denmark uses Danish Kroners, not euros. The dollar is stronger than the Kroner right
now, but it’s been falling so watch for the best exchange rate. Everything is expensive, so
reserve yourself now to the fact that you are going to spend more than you planned. Going out
to eat is what really killed me- the food is awesome but really expensive. If you get in the habit
of cooking right from the start, you might be able to avoid my fate. Shopping is also a big
downfall- take a calculator with you so that you can figure how much you’re actually paying for
what you’re buying, rather than making a conservative (i.e. wrong) guess at the cost. I justified
a lot of purchases that way…
Smoke allergics beware!
Denmark is along with Greece, the "old EU 15" country where people smoke the most and you may find yourself annoyed when going to restaurants and cafés. Some people lit up just about anywhere with no consideration to children or others :-( In fact, don't be surprised if you see pregnant women smoking - lots of them do it. The Queen is a heavy smoker and even jokingly got told off by her cousin, the King of Sweden, in a public speech. Even old ladies sit in cafés with their cigars...
In 2005, a new law was passed that says restaurants now have to display their smoking policy on the door. This helps a lot, as now you can actually find places with a no smoking policy, and in 2007, another law was passed stating that all places big enough and serving food should offer a smoke free zone but this can be dodged by restaurateurs if they keep their dining area small enough. Having said that, it has already improved the situation for non-smokers.Related to:
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From August 15.th, it was prohibited to smoke in most public places, including restaurants, bars, and koncerthalls. So if you are a smoker, be prepared to go outside. As for now, you can still freely smoke om the streets.
Be careful at flat beaches
Be careful at flat beaches : ebb and tide makes a difference in the coastline of 100 meters or more, depending on the place, on the shape of the coast and other situations.
Rømø is one of these places and during a vacation with my parents back in 1964 I was able to watch this phenomenon and will remember it forever !
My father parked our car close to the water, while it was ebb and then he took a walk with the only car-key and we stayed back at the car, swimming and building sand-castles not realizing that the ocean came closer and closer to our car. When we found out about it, it was almost too late and some other people tried to push our car out of the danger-zone, but in vain, the stirring was blocked.
My father came in the very last moment and so our brave car survived...
These minutes will always stay in my memory and of course, I see such a flat shore with different eyes nowadays !
These small pics are scanned from a super8-movie that my father had made in 1964. Each picture of such a movie is 12x smaller than an ordinary 35mm slide, so the quality is a bit poor, but I like these pics anyway!Related to:
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Gays in Østeds park
I wouldn't advice single guys to go walk this park at night, there are the Butch gay guys that think you are looking for it (SEX) So if you're straight, only visit in the daytime. They will not mug or rape you, but are a irratating!Related to:
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Who said Vampires do not exist?
They do and they are Danish! They live in Danish forests and they will drink your blood in seconds .
Never enter a Danish forest unless you immerse yourself in Deet and cover every possible exposed area of your body!Related to:
I guess this can happen everywhere, use common sense when you come accross these guys around the Main Train Station in Copenhagen, especially during the early morning hours, when everyone is waiting for the doors to open.Related to:
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the only thing i can think of is the prizes. People who have been to Denmark often complain about the prizes and even I do sometimes.
a pint of beer in a cafe in for instance copenhagen or Aarhus: 5ý euro
a drink in a bar ( vodka and juice): 5 euro
so if you want to go out, do what i do: get together and have a couple of drinks at home. if you buy the beer and drinks in the supermarket you will save a lot.
Parks at night
be careful when walking through parks at night, Denmark is a very open city and if you walk through a park at night you may run the risk of being approached my butch gay men. It may sound fun, but it is actually scary when these leather guys come right over to you as you walk home to your hotel. (Orsteds Parken)Related to:
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Cost of living :-(. Denmark...
Cost of living :-(. Denmark is expensive - no I mean real expensive. I went some 10-12 years ago at least and a Cheeseburger in a ..well shack really - wasn't a smart Mcdonlads type place was UK £ 4 - Euros app 6
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