The Danes are an easygoing bunch. Whether confronted with the golden sunshine of the summer months or cold, short winter days, good times and bad, you can be sure of a warm welcome in one of Europe’s most relaxed nations.
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Various neighbours have tried to ruffle the Danes’ feathers over the years. Perennially noisy neighbours Sweden and expansionist Germany have both invaded, but the Danes carried on as they always have. And it’s little wonder; life is good in Denmark, a country which has one of the highest standards of living in the world. As a visitor, you will probably notice how clean the streets are, how well presented the buildings are and how well dressed the Danes are. Capital city Copenhagen is super-stylish and you would be forgiven for thinking the gorgeous Scandinavians cycling past you were extras in a movie.
The Danish taste for simple pleasures and simple design extends into Danish cuisine, where local ingredients are combined simply to make scrumptious meals. Be sure to try Danish ice cream too; while not as universally famous as Italian Gelato, Danish Is is seriously delicious and is consumed in huge amounts during the long summer evenings.
For a taste of the Danish summer idyll, head out to the coast during June, July and August. The long, sandy beaches are relatively empty and make the perfect place to escape the pressures of everyday life. Be prepared for chilly water though. If you are not quite ready to dip yourself in the Oresund or Kattegat, you could explore Denmark by bike – as one of the flattest countries in Europe, your main challenge will be resisting the urge to stop at every cafe and ice cream kiosk on your route! Return to introduction...