20 Interesting Facts About Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is one of Europe’s oldest cities and the capital of Denmark. Definitively one of the most cleanest and metropolitan city I ever visited. A world class destination with beautiful canals and narrow streets. A place where you can appreciate the old colourful homes and many amazing palaces.

A canal in Copenhagen

A canal in Copenhagen

Geographically sitting between mainland Europe to the Scandinavia, Denmark is also a cultural melting pot where old fairy tales blend with modernise world class architecture. Most of the time, people will probably pay more attention to it’s bigger Scandinavian neighbours i.e. Norway, Sweden or Finland than Denmark. Denmark actually offers a lot more than what it’s neighbours can offer.

On top of Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen

On top of Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen

Copenhagen has it’s own history in the name, the original Danish name meant “Merchant’s Habour” and through the German translations and influences, the name “Copenhagen” became popular! From a fishing village to a cosmopolitan city (sounds like Singapore) haha, Copenhagen manage to attract more than a million visitors each year! Now I am going to share with you the reason why, with my own discovery of the top 20 interesting facts about Copenhagen, Denmark.

Beautiful canal and colourful houses, Copenhagen

Beautiful canal and colourful houses, Copenhagen

#1 Copenhagen is the happiest city in the world

The World Happiness Report 2013 shows that, Copenhagen is the happiest city and the best place to live in the world. People are generally chill and friendly. I met Robin, a Danish guy on my Qatar Airway flight from Doha to Copenhagen. We hit off well after few hours of deep conversation and he gave me a free lift to the city centre. We met up that evening and he showed me around in Copenhagen! A fantastic start with superb friendly Danish guy! Of course, met some of his friends and it was awesome! You certainly can’t be “happier” anywhere else in the world! haha The Danes are very good in keeping themselves happy! 🙂

Random beer drinking & I love Copenhagen party

Random beer drinking & I love Copenhagen party

Random beer drinking & I love Copenhagen party

Random beer drinking & I love Copenhagen party

Random beer drinking & I love Copenhagen party

Random beer drinking & I love Copenhagen party

Robin, my first Danish friend met on board

Robin, my first Danish friend met on board

On our way to Copenhagen city centre

On our way to Copenhagen city centre

#2 Danes are forever young at heart

Danes are happy, laid back viking decendants, who pride themselves and it is a national obsession to stay young! They love to do activities that keep them happy and young! Not delusional, but real young at heart, even mature Danes will pride their “youth” by doing energetic activities!

Interesting Mass Youth Marching Band Peformance

Interesting Mass Youth Marching Band Peformance 

#3 Copenhagen’s habour is clean enough for swimming

Copenhagen’s habour has been thoroughly cleaned and the inner habour is clean enough for people to swim. The price of the water bottles are jacked up in Copenhagen, because they want people to drink the tap water instead, which is filtered and very safe for drinking. Perhaps, the real intention is to drink the water from the canal? Easier and cheaper! Looking at my photo, don’t you want to dip into the cold clean waters? haha

Beautiful canal in Copenhagen

Beautiful canal in Copenhagen

Beautiful canal in Copenhagen

Beautiful canal in Copenhagen

Modern Architecture & beautiful canal in Copenhagen

Modern Architecture & beautiful canal in Copenhagen

Beautiful canal and colourful houses in Copenhagen

Beautiful canal and colourful houses in Copenhagen

A ladies booze cruise in Copenhagen

A ladies booze cruise in Copenhagen

#4 Copenhagen rated as top city for cyclists

Similarly to the Dutch, more than half of the population in Copenhagen cycles to work everyday, so the cityscape is domniated by bike lanes and parking space! There are special traffic lights just for the cyclists and the Danish pride themselves to be the best city for cyclists! Thank god, no carbon monoxide pollution in Copenhagen! You are simply happier and healthier! 🙂

Massive bicycles

Massive bicycles

Bicycles parking lot in Copenhagen

Bicycles parking lot in Copenhagen

Cycling lanes in Copenhagen

Cycling lanes in Copenhagen

#5 The longest car-free shopping road

The Stroget is Scandinavia’s longest car free shopping zone.The mile long pedestrian shopping street is famous for tax free luxury goods shopping, dining, street entertainment and other popular shopping merchandise. Women (or sometimes men) can indulge in this stress free shopping street. Or simply get entertained by the street performers, they were simply fascinating especially appreciated by the poor me! 🙂

Stroget, Copenhagen shopping district

Stroget, Copenhagen shopping district

Street entertainer at Stroget, Copenhagen shopping district

Street entertainer at Stroget, Copenhagen shopping district

Street entertainer at Stroget, Copenhagen shopping district

Street entertainer at Stroget, Copenhagen shopping district

An invisible man at Stroget, Copenhagen shopping district

An invisible man at Stroget, Copenhagen shopping district

#6 The birth of famous fairy tales – The Little Mermaid

The little mermaid bronze statue is one of the most famous landmark in Copenhagen! Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s story, the statue was given to city by Carl Jacobsen, a Danish brewer after he saw a ballet of the tale. If you are searching for your mermaid, why not try to get a real Danish mermaid in Copenhagen? Wooo… Scandinavian mermaid… wow! 🙂

The little mermaid

The little mermaid

Fairy sculpture

Fairy sculpture

The Queen Sculpture

The Queen Sculpture

#7 Life is full of beach & skinny dippers

The Danish loves to relax at the beach and there are many nude beach for skinny dippers in Denmark! The nudists simple love Denmark for many free beaches or the locals call it CO beaches (Clothes Optional). Nudism in Denmark is perfectly acceptable in most of the beaches! So, if you are a nudist, Copenhagen’s beaches are for you! For flashers out there, you know where you belong now! haha

PS: Of course, I didn’t went to the beach, so I replaced the photo with the local suntanning at the garden instead! 🙂

Danes enjoying the sun at the Rosenborg Castle Gardens

Danes enjoying the sun at the Rosenborg Castle Gardens

Danes enjoying the sun at the Rosenborg Castle Gardens

Danes enjoying the sun at the Rosenborg Castle Gardens

Danes enjoying the sun at the Rosenborg Castle Gardens

Danes enjoying the sun at the Rosenborg Castle Gardens

#8 Hans Christian Andersen wrote many fairy tales in Nyhavn

Many may not know who is Hans Christian Andersen, he is actually a VERY famous Danish fairy tale stories writer! He wrote many great fairy tales and stories, some examples may ring a bell to you, such as

  • The Littler Mermaid
  • The Little Match Girl: a little girl who forced to sell matches on Xmas eve
  • The Ugly Duckling: homely bird that eventually blossom into beautiful swan
  • Fantasia: inspired by a part of his story story when a one-legged toy soldier coming alive to save a music box ballerina from the evils.

Hans Christian Andersen, wrote many of his fairy tales and stories in Nyhavn, a 17th century waterfront, canal and entertainment district! With stretches of townhouses, bars, cafes, restaurants, considered as a heritage harbour! The canal is simply beautiful with all the historical wooden ships! Heaps of restaurants including vegetarian/vegan organics, but is very expensive! Comparable to Clarke Quay, Singapore, but nicer weather, happier people and more drunken! haha

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

Nyhavn

#9 Copenhagen’s Tivoli Garden inspired Walt Disney

With such great fairy tale writer, the city will of course, has many fairy tales traces and footprints such as the Tivoli Garden, is the second oldest amusement park in the world! The park opened since 1843, and the urban fairy tale park has inspired Walt Disney in their theme park creations! It is Denmark’s most popular attraction and you could spend entire day watching shows, strolling through the flower park and have an adrenaline rush ride of the 720 meter long roller coaster! Imagine Halloween party is held in Tivoli? The organiser probably do not need to hire part timers anymore! opps…

Tivoli Amusement Park

Tivoli Amusement Park

Tivoli Amusement Park

Tivoli Amusement Park

#10 Christiania is a “Freetown” run by the community’s own law

There is a thousand residents living in Christiania, a “freetown” which is a controversial self-government town just outside the city centre. There is absolutely free taxes of cars. and the town is run according to the own community’s law. Visitors are welcome and is safe to visit! You are not allowed to bring in cameras, don’t ever try to be funny in the town, they have their own law! Do you get it? haha Don’t worry, is perfectly safe if you don’t try to be funny! 🙂

Christiania

Christiania

Christiania

Christiania

Typical house in Christiania

Typical house in Christiania

Typical Store in Christiania

Typical Store in Christiania

A creative decoration in Christiania

A creative decoration in Christiania

A Shop in Christiania

A Shop in Christiania

Neighbourhood of Christiania

Neighbourhood of Christiania

#11 Copenhagen is the largest city in Scandinavia

There is a long rivalry between the 2 cities, Copenhagen, Denmark vs Stockholm, Sweden over which city is the largest and should own the title as Scandinavia’s capital. Well, after been to both cities, I find that both are amazing in their own ways. Copenhagen is said to be the biggest city in Scandinavia in terms of city size, whereas Stockholm’s population is higher than Copenhagen. Denmark being the smallest and flattest continental country makes the city fairy easy to walk around without much effort or pain on the legs! 🙂

Overview of Copenhagen

Overview of Copenhagen

City scape of Copenhagen

City scape of Copenhagen

City scape of Copenhagen

City scape of Copenhagen

#12 Enjoy the uncomfortable silence at public transport

When you are talking loudly on the train or bus, you are the odd one out! Everyone is dead silence in the public transport. For introverts, maybe you can appreciate Danish public transport system more? 🙂

Total silence train

Total silence train

#13 The Danish flag is the oldest flag in the world

The flag of Denmark, is the oldest state flag in the world, still in use by an independent nation! According to the legend, the flag was adopted and use independently since 1219. Being a flags collector, I was truly amazed by the history of the Danish flag.

The Danish Flag

The Danish Flag

The Danish Flag

The Danish Flag

#14 Copenhagen is the safest city in the world

Copenhagen is one of the safest city in the world! Many schools do not require parental consent or permission slips for the children to go for field trips. Children are sometimes left outside alone without the fear of kidnapping or any harm because the Danish pride themselves for the very low crime rate. We have learned in Singapore, prevention is better than cure, low crime doesn’t mean no crime! According to studies, Singapore ranked 2nd as the safest country in the world in 2014, right behind Switzerland and Denmark ranked 9th place. So, perhaps we should let our Singapore children loiter around the neighbourhood, just like back in the nineties. 🙂

Langelinie

Langelinie

Street of Copenhagen

Street of Copenhagen

#15 The award winning architecture and palaces

The architect of the iconic Sydney Opera House was design by a Danish architect Dane Jorn Utzorn. Such artistic place, filled with happy people, clean waters and safe environment, people are usually more creative! Look how amazing the palaces and buildings in Copenhagen are, they are simply majestic, elegant, exquisitely gorgeous! 🙂

Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen

Church of Our Saviour, Copenhagen

Copenhagen Opera House

Copenhagen Opera House

Frederik’s Church

Frederik’s Church

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

Danish Architecture

Danish Architecture

St. Alban's Church, Copenhagen

St. Alban’s Church, Copenhagen

Nyboder

Nyboder

Shopping arcade in Copenhagen  PS: Love the man! haha

Shopping arcade in Copenhagen PS: Love the man! haha

Rundetårn

Rundetårn

Rådhuspladsen Square

Rådhuspladsen Square

Beautiful canal bridge in Copenhagen

Beautiful canal bridge in Copenhagen

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace

Christiansborg Palace

#16 Carlsberg is the most famous Danish beer brand

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum in Copenhagen, collection of Carl Jacobsen, the son of founder of Carlsberg Breweries. This is not a breweries collection of beers but an extensive collection of French impressionists paintings, Danish golden age paintings, and antique sculptures from ancient civilizations around Mediterranean including Egyptians, Romans and Greeks sculptures.

Warning: If you are looking to get smashed by Carlsberg, this is NOT the place to be! 🙂

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

#17 The colour code of the Queen’s guard

The guards wear red for special occasions and wear black when important guests are visiting. You can figure out how important I am to the Danish royal family by looking at the colour of the guard, when I was in Copenhagen! 🙂

The Royal Danish Guard

The Royal Danish Guard

The Royal Danish Guard

The Royal Danish Guard

The Royal Danish Guard

The Royal Danish Guard

#18 The Danish Royal Family is everywhere

Seeing the Danish queen or the royal family is very common in Copenhagen. In fact, the royal family happens to make informal entrances to public events and places such as churches, shops or bars. Imagine how cool will that be if the Royal Princess is queuing behind you at the fast food restaurant, and you do a small talk with her! haha Ok, I am kidding please! 🙂

Must be some royal family

Must be some royal family

Must be some royal family

Must be some royal family

#19 Authetic Thai vegetarian cuisine in Copenhagen

Just a random discovery for my vegetarian restaurant! Found a Thai restaurant which serves vegetarian Thai dishes. The lady boss Nafas Jan is a very nice lady. She is a half Thai-Danish and she dedicate her life in the kitchen to deliver nice Thai food to the locals who appreciate Thai cuisine. Although is not a full vegetarian restaurant, the restaurant do serves some vegetarian dishes. Do give it a try when you are in Copenhagen.

Address: Sankt Peders Stræde 27, 1453 KBH K

Website: http://sithep.dk/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SithepThaiRestaurant

My Thai-Danish dish in Sithep, Copenhagen

My Thai-Danish dish in Sithep, Copenhagen

With Nafas Jan, lady boss of Sithep Thai Restaurant Copenhagen

With Nafas Jan, lady boss of Sithep Thai Restaurant Copenhagen

Sithep Thai Restaurant, Copenhagen

Sithep Thai Restaurant, Copenhagen

#20 Cleanest city I ever been

After reading my 19 interesting facts about Copenhagen, and looking at my photos, did you realise something? Besides the cute looking backpacker gentleman, and beautiful scenery of Copenhagen, did you realise ALL OF THEM looked exceptionally beautiful and clean! Yes, Copenhagen is the CLEANEST CITY I EVER BEEN! I repeat, CLEANEST! I will never deem Singapore as the cleanest, especially after I visited Copenhagen. The city is so serene, beautiful and clean! Being the happiest, safest, cleanest and best city to live, Copenhagen is definitely the pride of Danish! 🙂

Clean city of Copenhagen

Clean city of Copenhagen

Amalienborg Palace

Amalienborg Palace

Nyboder

Nyboder

Rosenborg Castle Gardens

Rosenborg Castle Gardens

Stroget Copenhagen

Stroget Copenhagen

Clean quiet street in Copenhagen

Clean quiet street in Copenhagen

“To be happy is, I guess, the most important thing in life” – Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark

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By | 2016-11-30T11:50:06+00:00 October 10th, 2014|Denmark, Europe|9 Comments

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  1. Lena September 1 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I see you were lucky to get great weather during your visit. I love the city, there are so many things to do in Copenhagen in summer!

  2. visit Denmark February 29 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Until reading this, I’d never had Denmark on my radar. You may have converted me!

  3. Martin May 16 at 1:39 am - Reply

    Hi, my name is Martin, a Copenhagen local, glad to hear that you enjoyed our lovely city! 🙂
    I just wanted to say that it is royal family on the boat picture! its “Kronprinsesse Mary” (Crown princess Mary) on the boat.
    Hope you’ll visit again in the future! 🙂

    • Keith Yuen June 10 at 12:31 am - Reply

      Hi Martin, OMG it’s really the royal family!!! I was so fortunate! haha Thanks for dropping such a nice message. I just came back from Spain and I totally would love to visit again. 🙂

  4. Anders Gullberg June 24 at 2:50 am - Reply

    I too was at the Sithep restaurant for about two years ago. They cook thai food excellent!

  5. Zoe July 5 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I just went to Copenhagen and I’m already planning my next trip! Can’t believe I missed out on some of these places!!

    • Keith Yuen July 5 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      Don’t worry Zoe, there’s always a next time! 🙂

  6. Greg August 3 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Visiting Copenhagen for first time in September. My Grandfather sailed from Copenhagen as a merchant marrine when he was very young to United States. My Grandmother and her mother sailed to US from Stockholm in early 1900’s thru Ellis Island. Excited to visit homeland.

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