Saturday, September 18, 2021

Internet & Communications in Denmark

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Internet

Danish (Dansk) is the national language of Denmark. It is a member of the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family, and within that family, it is part of the North Germanic, East Norse group. It is, in principle, extremely close to Norwegian Bokml and Swedish, and is understandable to speakers of those languages, particularly in written form. However, its sound is more affected by the guttural German language than by the lilting languages of the north, and comprehending spoken Danish may be more challenging for people who only know Swedish or Norwegian. It is also more distantly related to Icelandic and Faroese, but spoken Danish and these languages are not mutually intelligible.

English is widely spoken in Denmark (almost 90% of the population speaks it, making Denmark one of the most English-proficient nations on the globe where English is not an official language), and many Danes speak it well. Danish schoolchildren begin learning English in third grade, and regular English classes continue until pupils graduate from high school, with many Danish university courses offered entirely or partly in English. In this respect, it is worth mentioning that Denmark is likely one of the only nations in the world where attempting to speak the local language earns you no additional points, and Danes in general have little tolerance with non-fluent speakers. So, with the exception of a few phrases like Tak (thank you) and Undskyld (excuse me), English-speakers are much better off simply speaking English than struggling through a phrasebook. If you try and the person you’re speaking with immediately switches to English, don’t be offended; it’s not meant to condescend or belittle you, but rather to demonstrate an understanding of your situation and to demonstrate that it’s perfectly fine to have a conversation in English rather than the notoriously difficult Danish language. Also, since the Danish language lacks an equivalent to the English phrase “please,” it may seem that Danes are impolite while speaking English.

Many Danes are also fluent in German. Denmark is one of the top nations in non-German-speaking Europe in terms of German language competence, with more than 58 percent of the population fluent in the language. It is commonly spoken in regions that attract many German visitors, namely the Jutland West Coast, the southern portion of Funen, and neighboring islands (e.g. Langeland and r), but particularly in Southern Jutland (Snderjylland / Northern Schleswig), where it has minority language status. Elsewhere in the country, many people prefer to avoid speaking it, even if they have some command of it, and you will have a difficult time convincing anyone (outside the tourist industry) otherwise: this has nothing to do with history, but is simply a result of the high fluency in English, which makes the locals less inclined to struggle through a language they are not entirely comfortable with. In a crisis or emergency, though, individuals will most likely step up and do their best to assist. Along the southern border with Germany (Snderjylland / Northern Schleswig), there is a native or indigenous German speaking minority. Across the border, there is a tiny population of Danish speakers in Germany.

French is also spoken to some extent, since all Danish students have had at least three years of instruction in either German or French, although fluency tends to lag due to the Danes’ limited interaction with the French language.

Foreign television shows and films are nearly usually broadcast with subtitles in their native language, which contributes to the Danes’ outstanding English abilities. Only children’s shows are subtitled in Danish.

Instead, you may purchase a prepaid bundle with the following available offers:

TDC provides a prepaid bundle called Mobilt Bredbnd Tank op.

  • Starter package valid for 7 days for DKK129 (Only SIM card, no modem)
  • Starter package valid for 7 days for DKK399 (Both SIM card and modem)
  • 1 day refill for DKK29
  • 3 day refill for DKK69
  • 7 day refill for DKK129
  • 30 day refill for DKK299
  • The traffic limit is 10GB per month.
  • The maximum bandwidth is 6Mbit/s downstream

Telia Talk Data bundles provide the following options.

  • Starter package for DKK29 (Only SIM card, no modem)
  • 1GB top up valid for use within one week for DKK49 (Only SIM card, no modem)
  • 3GB top up valid for use within one month for DKK99 (Only SIM card, no modem)
  • 10GB top up valid for use within three months for DKK299 (Only SIM card, no modem)

Oister – Tank Selv packages are available from Oister.

  • Starter package valid for 7 days for DKK99 (Only SIM card, no modem)
  • Starter package valid for 30 days for DKK499 (Both SIM card and modem)
  • 1 day refill for DKK29
  • 7 day refill for DKK79
  • 30 day refill for DKK199

Telia and TDC packages may be purchased at their shops in the major cities. Owners of UMTS/HSPA+/LTE-capable modems, phones, or tablets will most likely be able to utilize them, although a modem may be purchased for about DKK400. The Oister packages are available at a variety of electronics shops as well as any post office.

When traveling in both Denmark and Sweden, it may be advantageous to purchase a prepaid package from the provider 3. 3 is present in both Denmark and Sweden, but does not offer prepaid goods from its Danish locations. Their Swedish shops, on the other hand, offer a prepaid plan that works in both Sweden and Denmark with no additional roaming costs. Although it may be possible to refill this product through internet from Denmark using an international credit card, the safest option may be to stock up on refill vouchers before leaving Sweden for Denmark, since vouchers are not available in Denmark.

In Sweden, the bundle from 3 is known as 3Bredband kontant:

  • Starter package valid for 7 days for SEK199 (Both SIM card and modem)
  • 1 day refill for SEK29 with a traffic limit of 0.5GB after which bandwidth is reduced
  • 7 day refill for SEK99 with a traffic limit of 5GB after which bandwidth is reduced
  • 30 day refill for SEK299 with a traffic limit of 20GB after which bandwidth is reduced
  • The maximum speeds are 16Mbit/s downstream and 4.6Mbit/s upstream

Phone

To make calls, bring your own unlocked GSM phone. Prepaid SIM cards are widely accessible in most stores, and international calling rates are reasonable. Prepaid credit is usually only good for calls made inside Denmark, although it may be bought in modest quantities to prevent waste when you depart.

International collect calls are not permitted from phone booths operated by the TDC business. In any case, you should be able to make international calls with the prepaid SIM cards.

Denmark’s international dialing code is 45. The international dialing prefix is “00” or “+”. (on a mobile phone).

Mail

PostNord is in charge of Denmark’s postal service. Postal franchises may be found in a wide variety of supermarkets and grocery shops throughout the nation. Mailboxes are red with the postal emblem, and most are emptied once each workday, with a few exceptions on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. It is not specified when the mailboxes are emptied throughout the day. Unregistered priority (airmail) postcards or letters weighing less than 100 grams cost 25 DKK (€3.36) for European destinations and 30 DKK (€4.03) for the rest of the world (as of January 1, 2016). If you must send mail and find these costs too high, you may buy International Reply Coupons (IRS’s) at the post office before leaving your home country and save a significant amount of money. In all UPU member nations, an IRC may be exchanged for the minimum postage of a priority item or an unregistered airmail letter delivered to a foreign country.

If you need packages or mail delivered to you in Denmark, you may do it as Poste Restante at most major post offices (General Delivery in the US). The post office will only keep such letter for two weeks before returning it to the sender.

A word of caution: When picking up the mail, you must identify yourself with a government-issued picture ID (i.e. passport or drivers license). Check that your name is spelt correctly on both the package and the ID.

While major international package carriers such as UPS, Fedex, and DHL are available in Denmark, they do not provide any kind of holding service. GLS has a contract with a number of shops to provide a holding service for a short period (pakke shop)