Denmark has evolved into one of the most progressive, socially-liberal countries in the world. Its well-preserved cultural heritage, unique architecture, and countless points of interest, make it an inviting holiday destination.
Situated in Scandinavia, the main part of Denmark is Jutland, a peninsula north of Germany, and and there are also a number of other islands. The two biggest islands are Zealand and Funen.
The population of Denmark is around 5.7 million and almost 2 million live in the capital, Copenhagen. The official language is Danish though there are other minority languages including German, Faroese, and Greenlandic.
Denmark has a fascinating history. Once the home of the viking raiders and later a major northern European power, it is now an integrated political and economic member of the EU.
Denmark as part of the European Union
Denmark joined the European Community in 1973 at the same time as the UK and Ireland. In the referendum, 63.3% voted in favour of joining with a turnout of over 90%.
However, Denmark decided to opt out of certain parts of the EU’s Maastricht Treaty, the single currency, as well as some issued regarding internal affairs. The Danish currency is the krone.
Denmark forms part of the single market as well as the Schengen Area. There are no hard borders between the Schengen countries, only a singular, shared external border.
At the moment, visitors can enter Denmark freely from other Schengen countries. If coming from non-Schengen countries, many nationalities can enter visa-free, though others need a Europe travel authorization for Denmark.
From 2021, it will be necessary for many visitors to enroll with ETIAS before traveling to any Schengen countries, including Denmark. Travelers will be able to use the ETIAS visa waiver to enter Denmark.
Denmark’s stretches of sandy beaches, appealing culture, and range of points of interest continue to draw visitors. Nine UNESCO world heritage sights, fantastic foods, and a number of popular music festivals and amusement parks, such as Legoland, mean that there is plenty to see and do.
Denmark is often marketed as a fairytale country. It Europe’s oldest kingdom and home of the author Hans Christian Andersen. Copenhagen, the capital sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager and is one of Denmark’s most popular destinations.
What to see and do in Denmark?
In total, Copenhagen has over 90 museums as well as unique architecture, and numerous parks. Its historic city center is home to the Amalienborg Palace, the Christiansborg Palace, and Rosenborg Castle from the Renaissance era.
Mainland Denmark has three UNESCO sites. The most famous is Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, the home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The Jelling rune stones date back to the 10th century, and Roskilde Cathedral was the first Gothic church in Northern Europe built from brick.
Denmark is an island nation. There 72 inhabited islands as well as 371 uninhabited ones. Bornholm is one of the most popular with tourists, it has a rich history and is characterized by its mystic, round churches, and its links to the Knights Templar. Many of the islands are rarely visited, making them perfect for those seeking adventure.
Danish landscapes vary greatly. Forests, lakes, marshes, moors, cliffs, and miles of beaches, all combine to make Denmark a truly beautiful country. In total, there is more than 4000 miles of coastline which is similar to Brazil. Even when millions of tourists come in the summer months, it is possible to find a relaxing spot.
Denmark has a long-running history of music festivals dating back to the 1970s. between June and August you can find a festival to suite every music taste. The biggest ones are Roskilde Festival, Skive Festival, and the Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
The largest and the original Legoland is in Billund and this is just one of numerous theme parks in Denmark. Copenhagen’s Tivioli was a major source of inspiration for Disneyland, and Dyrehavsbakken is the oldest operating amusement park in the world.
In 2021, ETIAS will become a legal requirement for eligible citizens who enter any of the Schengen countries. Technically, ETIAS is not a visa, it is a visa-waiver as it allows visitors to enter without a conventional visa.
The ETIAS visa waiver will allow tourists to enter Denmark for periods of up to 90 days. If multiple trips are made, the maximum number of days spent in the Schengen is 90 in any 180 day period.
How to apply for the European Visa Waiver for Denmark
By registering with ETIAS, travelers will be able to visit all of the Schengen countries, including Denmark, without needing a conventional visa. To successfully apply for ETIAS, eligible citizens will need to complete an online application and meet the basic ETIAS requirements.
The ETIAS application form requires applicants to enter a range of information including their contact details, passport information, and travel plans. There will also be some security-related questions.