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Costs

Daily budget Basic €50/occasional treat €80. Drink Carlsberg (pint) €4.50. Food Pølser (Danish hot dog) €3.35. Hostel/budget hotel €23.50/€65. Travel Copenhagen–Århus Train/Bus €47/€39

Crime and personal safety

Danish police are generally courteous and most speak English. For all emergencies dial 112.

Health

For prescriptions, doctors’ consultations and dental work – but not hospital visits – you have to pay on the spot.

Information

Most places have tourist office that can help with accommodation. All airports and train stations also offer a hotel booking service.
http://www.visitdenmark.com Excellent Danish tourist board site.
http://www.cphpost.dk News and reviews from the Copenhagen Post, the capital’s English-language weekly.
http://www.aok.dk Listings for most of Zealand; Danish only.
http://www.rejseplanen.dk Public transport journey planner (with English-language option).

Internet and phones

If you’re in Denmark long-term consider buying a Danish SIM for your mobile – prepaid cards from operators such as Telmore and CBB are available from petrol stations and post offices from 99kr. Internet access is free at libraries and some tourist offices, most towns have internet cafОs and ubiquitous coffee chain Baresso offer free wi-fi.

Mail

Post offices are open Monday to Friday 9.30/10am to 5/6pm and Saturday 9.30/10am to noon/2pm, with reduced hours in smaller communities. You can buy stamps from most newsagents.

Money and banks

Currency is the krone (plural kroner), made up of 100 øre. It comes in notes of 50kr, 100kr, 200kr, 500kr and 1000kr, and coins of 50øre, 1kr, 2kr, 5kr, 10kr and 20kr. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9.30/10am to 4pm, Thursday until 5.30/6pm. Banks are plentiful and are the easiest place to exchange cash and traveller’s cheques, although they usually charge around 30kr per transaction. Forex bureaux tend to charge 20kr to exchange cash and 10kr per traveller’s cheques but are scarce. Most airports and ferry terminals have late-opening exchange facilities, and ATMs are widespread. At the time of writing, €1 was equal to 7.4kr, US$1 to 5.3kr and £1 to 8.5kr.

Opening hours and holidays

P Standard shop hours are Monday to Friday 9.30/10am to 5.30/7pm, Saturday 9/9.30am to 2/5pm. Shops are closed on Sundays, with the exception of the first Sunday of each month and Sundays in the run-up to Christmas. All shops and banks are closed, and public transport and many museums run to Sunday schedules on public holidays: January 1; Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday; Prayer Day (4th Fri after Easter); Ascension (fortieth day after Easter); Whit Sunday and Monday; Constitution Day (June 5); December 24 (pm only); December 25 and 26. On International Workers’ Day, May 1, many offices and shops close at noon.

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