When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Denmark and the Faroe Islands to help you prepare for your trip.
Wedged between mainland Europe and the rest of Scandinavia, Denmark has a distinct national identity: that of a small country that has been punching well above its weight from the time Vikings left their mark throughout northern Europe. Today’s Danish world class transport infrastructure and forward looking urban planning make navigating the country a breeze. Denmark is also the country of delicious pastries, impeccable designs, gentle countryside, mild outdoors and bike friendly cities. Small wonder it is regularly ranked as the happiest country on the planet.
The national language of Denmark is Danish, a Germanic language. Danish has three special characters: Æ, Ø and Å. The letter Å can also be written as AA, and you will notice many Danish cities start with this combination, such as Aalborg and Aarhus. Some of the most common Danish phrases you may find useful to know when visiting are:
• Hej – Hello
• God morgen / eftermiddag / aften – Good Morning / afternoon / evening
• Farvel (formal) / Hej hej (informal) – Bye
• Ja – Yes
• Nej – No
• Tak – Thank you
• Taler du engelsk? – Do you speak English?
• Åben / Lukketb – Open / Closed
• Herrer / Damer – Gents / Ladies
• Camping – Campsite
Please as a polite way of requesting assistance does not exist in Danish.
It is polite simply to state the request, and then say tak (thanks).
The national language of the Faroe Islands is Faroese. Danish is the official second language. Faroese is closely related to Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish. Some of the most common Faroese phrases you may find useful to know when visiting are:
• Hallo / Hey – Hello
• Farvæl / Bei / Vit síggjast – Bye
• Ja – Yes
• Nei – No
• Takk – Thank you
• Duga tygum enskt? – Do you speak English?
Danish and Faroese people tend to have a very good level of English and it is easy to get around the country even if you don’t speak Danish. Still, attempting basic greetings in the local language will be considered as polite and appreciated. We therefore recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay.
The currency in Denmark is the Danish Krone (plural Kroner), which is also used in the Faroe Islands. One Krone is subdivided into 100 øre. The smallest coin is half a Krone or 50 øre.
Bank are generally open Monday to Friday, 0930 to 1600. (1000 to 1700 on Thursdays).
Credit Cards & ATM
ATMs are widely available, even in smaller towns.
Credit cards (especially Visa and Mastercard to a lesser extent) are accepted in most shops and restaurants in Denmark and on the main Faroese islands, but expect to be charged extra to use them. Some smaller shops and supermarkets may not accept them. Most payments in Denmark are made using either cash or the Danish card payment system (Dankort). Take enough cash with you if planning a trip to the more remote Faroese islands.
Travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted everywhere. They can be exchanged at banks.