Denmark is a peninsula on the northern side of Germany. Once a seat to Viking raiders, and later a major Northern European power, Denmark today is amongst the most prosperous, developed and progressive countries in the world. Denmark’s terrain is diverse consisting of beautiful beaches to major urban centers. Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, is arguably the biggest attraction for visitors as its nightlife, dining, and sightseeing attractions rivals that of any major city in the world.
The standard for healthcare in Denmark is very high. The entire system is tax funded and readily available to the public. Perhaps the most unique feature of the Danish system is that it is decentralized to the community level. As a result, central initiatives often face strong resistance, but at the same time, foster a consensus approach to such issues. Additionally, since taxes set aside for healthcare are first received by the national government and then handed down to local municipalities administration, the system is relatively unbiased compared to a country having centralized healthcare administration.
The entire healthcare system, on an operational level, can be divided into two sectors: primary health care and hospitals. The primary healthcare sector deals with most healthcare issues and is available to all citizens. This sector is further divided into two parts: one part consisting of general health treatments and the other part dealing with preventative care. All patients begin treatment at the primary healthcare level and should they need further, more specialized care, general practitioners refer them to treatment in the hospital sector. It is estimated that 90% of Danish citizens are satisfied with the quality of care they receive.
For a foreign national to participate in Denmark’s public healthcare system, he or she must obtain a CPR card, or a Danish social security number. If this is not possible, due to length of stay or other factors, foreign nationals are recommended to obtain health insurance through their employers (this is very typical) or privately. For dental and vision treatments, obtaining health insurance from an employer or privately is recommended as these fields are not covered by the national healthcare system.
We can provide comprehensive expatriate health insurance plans, as well as vision and dental plans, to foreign nationals in Denmark that will afford you with the highest levels of coverage available should you not be able to obtain public healthcare. Plans that we provide are globally portable and guaranteed renewable for life, giving you the assurance that no matter what happens you will always have the coverage that you need. Our Denmark expat health insurance plans can be tailored to meet your exact requirements and in many cases we are able to offer Denmark international health insurance policies with no deductibles or excesses. Many of our plans also include additional treatments such as preventative care and alternative healing. All of this gives you the assurance that no matter what happens anywhere in the world, you will always have the protection that you need.
Denmark is the southernmost and smallest of the Scandinavian countries. With its landscape ranging from international and cosmopolitan cities to scenic country sides, Denmark has more to offer than meets the eye.
In everyday life, Denmark has a well-deserved reputation for being the benchmark for modern civilizations due to its progressive policies, commitment to free speech, and highly liberal social-welfare system. Denmark was recently recognized as having some of the “happiest” citizens out of any country in the world.
To give a brief introduction to Denmark, we’ve included a few key facts useful for any visitor to Denmark. Please be advised that the information contained on this page may be liable to change without prior warning. For the most up to date information about Denmark, please consult an expert before departing on your trip.
Official Name: Denmark
Location: Denmark is located in Northern Europe and is bordered by the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. Denmark is a peninsula, north of Germany.
Size: Denmark spans 43,094 sq km making it the 142nd largest country in the world by size.
Climate: Denmark’s climate is temperate, with a typical day being humid and overcast. It has mild and windy winters, and cool summers.
Population: Denmark has a population of 5,484,723 making it the 111th most populated country in the world
Life expectancy at birth: Denmark has a life expectancy at birth of 78.13 years, giving its citizens the 48th oldest life expectancy in the world.
Major illnesses: At present there are no major infectious diseases present in Denmark.
Languages: The official language in Denmark is Danish. Other languages spoken include Faroese, Greenlandic, and German. The predominant second language is English.
Religion: 95% of Denmark’s religious population consists of Evangelical Lutheran. 3% are Protestant or Roman Catholic, while the other 2% are Muslim.
Government: Denmark is a constitutional monarchy.
Head of State: Denmark’s head or chief of state is Queen Margrethe II
Head of Government: The head of government is Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
Economy: Denmark’s economy is highly modern with and features high-tech agriculture, extensive government welfare measure, and modernized small-scale and corporate industry. Being a net exporter of food and energy, Denmark enjoys a comfortable balance of payment surplus. The government has been more than successful in meeting the economic convergence criteria for being included in the third phase of the European Economic and Monetary Union, but has so far not converted to using the Euro as its national currency.
GDP: Denmark’s GDP in purchasing power parity terms is $204.6 billion (52nd in the world) and $310.7 billion in official exchange rate terms. Its per-capita GDP of $37,400 makes it the 24th highest in the world.
Denmark Travel Tips
When traveling in, or relocating to, a new country it is often helpful to be aware of the local laws and customs. Denmark is a well developed first world country with many of the local laws and customs being similar to those in other European nations. However, for individuals who are not familiar with European nations, there may be some concerns. It is for this reason that we have provided some travel tips for individuals who have newly arrived in Denmark.
Please be advised that the information contained herein is meant for reference purposes only and may be liable to change without prior warning. For the most up to date travel advice concerning Denmark it is recommended that you consult an expert.
- At present there is a global risk of terrorism. The general threat of terrorism in Denmark remains low, however travelers are advised that if terrorist attacks occur they are likely to be indiscriminate, and may occur in areas frequented by tourists and expatriates.
- Most trips to Denmark are trouble free. The most common reason for consular assistance is lost or stolen passports.
- There have been cases of pick pocketing and theft in crowded areas, especially amongst tourists so it is advised to take extra care of your belongings in such areas.
- Traveling via road in Denmark is very convenient as the roadways are of very high standards. A valid drivers license is required while driving at all times. Bicycling is uniquely popular in Denmark and is a great way to get around its cities.
- You should always carry a copy of your passport with you. Failure to do so may result in detainment by Danish authorities and a fine.
- Though the standard of healthcare in Denmark is high, medical facilities for non-residents can be expensive. It is recommended that you purchase some form of health insurance prior to your trip.
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