Safety and security
The political situation in Denmark is reasonably stable but there can be occasional outbreaks of social unrest, including, for example isolated incidents of civil disturbance, particularly in the area of Christiania, in Copenhagen.
Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational.
There is a threat from terrorism in Denmark, in addition to the ongoing global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Denmark but you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Although Denmark’s crime rate is relatively low, there has been a slight rise in non-violent crimes in the past few years. Pickpockets are attracted to crowded, public areas during tourist season so be extra careful to keep your personal belongings such as passports, money and credit cards secure.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Denmark, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Copenhagen if you need help.
If you’re planning to drive in Denmark, you should take the same precautions as when in Ireland:
- Bring your full Irish driving license and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
- Be aware of Denmark’s traffic laws; dimmed headlights are mandatory at all times, parking violations carry heavy fines, and urban speed limits tend to be lower than in Ireland.
- Road conditions in winter can be icy. Main roads are normally well salted in central Copenhagen but may not be salted outside of the metropolitan area.
- If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
- Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged)
Cyclists are commonplace on Danish roads so be careful, especially when turning right, as cyclists have the right of way. It is vital to check your blind spot for a cyclist before turning.
If you’re using public transport, take care when getting on and off buses, as designated bike paths are usually located between the road and the footpath. Never walk on bike paths.
If you want to hire a bike while in Denmark, make sure it has working front and rear lights, reflectors on tyres and a bell – if it doesn’t, you risk paying a hefty fine.
Fri, 06 May 2016 15:58:59 BST