Stay Safe in Denmark
Denmark is a relatively secure nation in general, with virtually little danger of natural catastrophes or animal assaults. In certain heathlands, there is one venomous but non-aggressive snake, the European viper (Hugorm), and a stinging, bottom-dwelling fish called “Fjsing,” also known as Greater Weever (Trachinus draco) in English. Its sting is unpleasant, but it is not usually fatal. It is, nevertheless, potent enough to be fatal to youngsters and the elderly, therefore medical care is always recommended. Red stinging jellyfish may be seen in large quantities in swimming areas. Their sting is unpleasant, yet it has no negative consequences on people. They are dish-sized, making them simple to identify and avoid. Borrelia-carrying ticks have been on the increase in Denmark, as well as the rest of Europe and the globe, in recent decades. When you’ve been in the woods, always check your body for ticks, particularly if your legs and arms are bare and the foliage is dense. No illness will be spread if they are removed as soon as possible. Seek medical attention as soon as possible if an infection develops (a red ring around the bite).
In comparison to most other nations, crime and traffic are minor concerns, with nonviolent pickpocketing being the most severe crime tourists are likely to face.
- On foot: In cities, Danes follow the laws, and they expect pedestrians to do the same. As a result, it’s critical to follow Walk/Do Not Walk signs and avoid jaywalking in cities, since vehicles won’t slow down because you’re not allowed to be there. Traffic signals are strictly enforced around the clock, so don’t be shocked if you find law-abiding Danes calmly waiting for a green light in the middle of the night, with not a single car or bicycle in sight. You are expected to follow suit. Also, while crossing any street, pay close attention to the designated bike lanes to prevent hazardous situations, since cyclists prefer to ride quickly and have right of way on these lanes.
- On the beach: Do not bathe by yourself. Don’t stray too far from shore. Rather of swimming away from the shore, swim beside it. Undertow is a hazard in certain places and kills a number of visitors each year, although it is mainly visible at the beach. Flags on various beaches indicate the quality of the water. A blue flag indicates outstanding water quality, a green flag indicates acceptable water quality, and a red sign indicates that bathing is not recommended. Bathing is prohibited, as shown by a sign that reads “Badning forbudt.” Follow these indications because they often indicate that the water is contaminated with toxic algae, bacteria, or chemicals, or that there is a hazardous undertow.
- In the city: A few districts in large cities are definitely best avoided at night by the unwary or lone women – however, unlike in North America, ghettos in the suburbs are frequently more dangerous than downtown regions. Tourists are unlikely to travel through these neighborhoods by accident, however exchange students may find up renting flats in these locations without being aware of their notoriety.
In an emergency, call 112 (medical assistance/fire department/police). This is a toll-free number that will function even if your phone does not have a SIM card. In non-emergency situations, dial 114.
Stay Healthy in Denmark
Denmark’s health-care system is of excellent quality, but non-emergency wait times at emergency departments may be very lengthy since visitors are prioritized based on their condition. With the exception of surgical operations, there is no private healthcare system to speak of; everything is handled by the public healthcare system and general practitioners. All tourists get free emergency medical treatment until they are judged well enough to be sent back to their native country. Citizens of the EU, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and certain British dependencies are all entitled to additional basic medical services during their stay; however, other nationalities should have valid travel insurance for transportation home and any additional medical care required after any emergency is dealt with, as this is not provided free of charge. English speakers, like the rest of the nation, should have no difficulty interacting with employees in English.
For many countries, it is worth mentioning that Danish physicians do not issue prescriptions or tablets at the same pace as they do in North America, Japan, and Southern Europe. Rather of taking medications, there is a widespread tendency toward using the body’s own immune system to treat illnesses. So, if you go to your local doctor with a small sickness, such as the common flu, expect to be sent home to rest rather than treated, unless you are otherwise in excellent condition. Although pharmacies (Danish: Apotek) are generally well-stocked, brand names may vary from those in your own country. Staff is well-trained, and most large cities have at least one 24-hour pharmacy. Many drugs that are available without a prescription in other countries require a prescription in Denmark, which is not easy to obtain (see above), and medicines available in supermarkets and drug stores are very limited; for example, allergy drugs and light painkillers based on paracetamol (Panodil, Pamol, and Pinex), acetylsalicylic (Treo, Kodimagnyl, and Aspirin), and ibuprofen (Treo, Ko (Ipren)
Dentists are only partially insured by the public healthcare system, and everyone, even Danes, must pay to see one. Danes and other Nordic residents have part of their healthcare costs paid by the public system, while non-Scandinavian tourists should be prepared to foot the full price themselves or send the charges to their insurance carrier. Prices are famously expensive in comparison to neighboring countries, so unless you need to visit a dentist urgently, it is usually more cost effective to wait until you return home or travel via Germany or Sweden.
Unless otherwise specified, tap water is safe to drink. Tap water standards in Denmark surpass those of bottled water in general, so don’t be surprised if you see a waiter pouring a pitcher of water at the sink. Health inspectors examine restaurants and other food establishments on a regular basis and give points on a 1-4 “smiley scale.” The ratings must be clearly displayed, so when in doubt, go for the smiling face. While pollution in large cities may be bothersome, it poses little danger to non-residents. Almost all beaches are safe for swimming, and sections of Copenhagen’s harbor have recently been made swimmable.
In Denmark, smoking in any indoor public place has been prohibited since 2007. This covers all public-access government facilities (hospitals, universities, etc.), all restaurants and bars bigger than 40m2, and all public transportation.
To purchase tobacco products in Denmark, you must be at least 18 years old.