Denmark Risk Report
Security travel advice for Denmark
Threat level: Low-Medium
The risk alert in Denmark is reasonably stable and safe and as in other Western countries there are some occasions of outbreaks of social unrest. This includes isolated incidents of civil disturbances, especially in the area of Christiania, in Copenhagen.
Although the threat level is low, the current situation in Europe is on high alert of potential terrorist attacks in Europe and therefore foreigners visiting such areas like Denmark should remain vigilant.
Recent Security Risk Events
In February 2015, a shooting incident occurred in Copenhagen at the Krudttonden cultural centre in which 2 civilians were killed and 5 police officers were wounded. Although it was not officially announced, it is believed that the Danish authorities considered it to be linked to terrorism. Travellers are advised to remain vigilant and be careful of any suspicious activities.
The general level of crime within Denmark is relatively low, however you should still make every effort to secure all personal belongings. As with all tourist destinations there is a risk of pick pocketing in busy areas.
There have been past public demonstrations in the area of Christiania in Copenhagen. You should not involve yourself in any demonstrations and leave an area if it looks like a protest could break out.
In the past ten years, the Danish have anticipated attacks from Islamic extremists following previous attacks on its embassies abroad as well as its politically turbulent history. This is due to the Jyllands Posten Newspaper which had inflamed the Muslim world by depicting the Prophet Muhammad in twelve cartoons of defamatory nature.
As we know from other similar circumstances in France, this type of media publication, has incited ill intentions to its publishing country. The Danish Defence Intelligence Service have noted terrorist threats from groups such as ISIS.
It is advised to be vigilant with reference to public places and tourist locations as the general European terrorism threat is at heightened risk. The Danish authority’s current level of threat is at “significant”.
In recent years, Cyber espionage against Denmark has significantly increased against business interest within the area, this is presumed to reside from state sponsored sources.
The Danish Intelligence services report that Russia may pose as a significant challenge in the future with regards to the political developments in the Baltic Area.
Denmark has good international relations globally and has been involved in many Western led conflicts. However, in response to the previously mentioned cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad and its conflict involvement, Kuwait and Iraq have previously renounced Denmark and its diplomatic ties to the country.
There has been increased border controls between Denmark and neighbouring Germany. It is advised you check current travel warnings before you travel, along with holding all relevant documentation for land based travel at these borders.
When driving a vehicle in Denmark, dimmed headlights are mandatory at all times, even during the day. If using public transport, be wary of cyclists as designated bike paths are usually located between the road and the footpath. It is important to know that you should never walk on any bike paths.
The whaling season, also known as "Grindadráp" takes place annually in the Faroe Islands between the months of June and September. This is a tradition in Denmark that involves catching and slaughtering long-finned pilot fins whales. This is an event that is not widely supported by all and quite often attracts many protesters. During this period, there is an increase in police security and their presence, travellers should remain cautious of large gatherings and demonstrations.
Religion: Christianity (Church of Denmark)
Currency: Danish krone (DKK)
Time now in Copenhagen:
For EU and U.S. travellers, an entry visa for tourists or business purposes are not required for a visit to Denmark for periods of up to three months. After this period you should apply for a residence permit.
It is advised that visitors to Denmark are up-to-date with primary boosters such as MMR. It is further recommended that most travellers get a Tetanus vaccination. Check with your local health professional prior to travel if you are unsure.
Other health risks
The medical facilities in Denmark are of European standard, with main hospitals located in Copenhagen, Aarhus and the Odense area. Please see our live map for local health facilities. It is also important to take out all the necessary health and travel insurance in order to cover any costs occurred during your visit.
U.S. Embassy Copenhagen
Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24
Telephone: +45 3341 7100
Telephone: +45 3341 7400 (Out of hours)
British Embassy Copenhagen
Telephone: +45 3544 5200
Police emergency: 112 (Non-emergency police: 114)
Fire emergency: 112
Medical emergency: 112