Vibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.
Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.
Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.
2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.
If you’re hungry for more, we offer you seven things you may not have known about Denmark that is making the country a great place to live and an amazing place to visit.
Happiness: Denmark is the happiest place on earth
No really. Last year’s UN World Happiness Report, which surveys people’s state of happiness in relation to their home country, revealed Danes feel they are the happiest people in the world. Followed by Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden, Denmark’s citizens cumulatively ranked highest in: real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity. We think it’s something in the food, which leads us to our next point…
Food: Copenhagen has the best restaurant in the world
Not only is the Danish capital home to Noma, named the world’s best restaurant in 2010, 2011 and 2012, but the city streets are also booming with a plethora of Michel-star rated eateries. Copenhagen’s other two-Michelin-star-rated restaurant Geranium is run by the world’s best chef in 2011 Rasmus Kofoed. All told, Copenhagen houses a total of 17 Michelin stars across 15 restaurants. Obviously, these tables are hot tickets and it’s best to make reservations months in advance.
Cycling: Danes are bike crazy
The entire country of Denmark is covered with over 7.500 miles of bike paths. From cross-country roads to leisurely town escapes, the safe cycle paths and lanes are often times the most preferred method of travel, outnumbering cars on the streets.
The goal is to have 55% of Copenhagen’s population cycling to school or work by 2015. In 2010, 35% of Copenhagen’s denizens cycled on the daily. In the city, there’s loads of bike rental shops around every corner, and you can even buy a train pass to take your two wheels on the train.
Recycling: Copenhagen could be the recycling capital of the world
For years, over half of Copenhagen’s city waste has been recycled. Not only are locals recycling role models, but businesses are on the green movement as well. About 64% of the city’s hotels are certified eco-friendly, a seemingly easy feat for a city named this year’s European Green Capital. Copenhagen won’t stop with awards for high environmental standards: The city hopes to be the world’s first carbon-neutral capital within the next 10 years.
Toys: LEGO was invented in Denmark