If you haven’t had the chance to visit Denmark yet then this post might just make you want to book a plane ticket! Thanks to Cilla for this fabulous tribute to her country. Follow her blog here!
So I’ll start this post with telling you a bit more about myself before quickly sketching out reasons to visit my home country Denmark. When I was very young, my family and I moved to California. We lived there for 3 years before moving back to Denmark. I’d say my cultural understanding of other countries is pretty good. My father is married to a Brazilian woman. I’ve had an exchange student from Latvia living with me. I’m curious and openminded. I’m especially interested in the innovation part how do we do something even better or getting a better value? What can we learn from other cultures or countries?
Why visit Denmark you might ask? We’re lucky of we get one month of really good weather during the summer. The living-expenses are high. Getting a cheap hotel in Copenhagen is almost impossible. When visiting the countryside, you’re pretty much left alone withoutanything to do. Danes? All pale and wearing black. Taxes are insanely High.
Well besides all that. Denmark has a lot to offer. The Danes are well known, as being polite, happy and helpful. Oh yes, the happiness. Danes has been voted the most happy people in the world over and over again. You can hardly hit a bar without making new friends – might be short-term, but I ensure you, they’ll help making one hell of a night out.
The old architecture in the different cities, especially Copenhagen is just stunning. Copenhagen has for example being voted the most livable city in the world several times. There’s a lot of culture in Denmark. There are actually still living viking villages, fortresses, castles and art museums.
While travelling with a younger audience, I’d highly recommend Legoland – everybody is familiar with Lego right? Did you know it was founded in Denmark? I’m going be honest with you guys. I’ve visited Legoland even without my kids as well. I’ve been there with grownup members of my family, just to ride rollercoasters, dig out my inner child and have fun.
Tivoli is another great and historical place to visit. During the different seasons, specially Christmas it is almost even more magical than Disneyland. I know you are wondering – and the answer is yes, I’ve been there without my kids as well. Tivoli is also used for concerts, events and restaurants.
Okay, I think I made my point. I could go on about fun outdoor Activities, biking all over the entire country, danish design and stuff like that – but here’s what matters. Here’s what all of us want to know. NEED to know. Food.
Oh yes, the New Nordic Cuisine. Seriously – it is remarkable. I promise you, you will fall in love with the danish food. I’m not talking about chain restaurants here – yeah, you can find a McDonald’s here as well. No, I’m talking about those restaurants, which in using local products, everything is freshly produced and authentic. Noma, a restaurant in Copenhagen, was even voted the worlds best.
Let’s talk about fashion then. Scandinavian pieces has been dominating the catwalk the past through years. Danes know style, period. You can find everything, from fancy-clothing stores to exclusive second-hand shops with unique items. I even find myself, sitting on a bench in the middle of Copenhagen, just getting inspiredby the thousands of fashionistas passing by.
The scandinavian style is here to stay. Both in fashion, but also in interior. The raw materials. The black/white/grey-colors. The boom in green plants. The minimialistic, but yet cozy way. The luxury danish design chairs. Go check for yourself. Brands like Nordal and House Doctor are gorgeous with affordable prices. I’ve seen tons of interior pictures on Instagram and Pinterest from allover the world inspired by the scandinavian style. Look it up and be inspired too.
Allthough it’s cold – I wouldn’t want to live any other place. It’s safe for my kids here, free medical-care, they are secured a good education. And I simply love the danish way of sarcasm used everywhere. I love Denmark and I’m sure you will too. Feel free to reach out, in case of comments, questions and so on. I’d also love to hear from “foreigners” moving to Denmark.
Behind the author; Living in Soenderborg, Denmark – which is pretty close to the German border. Approximately 300 km away from the Capital city. New blogger mamma. 29 years old. Coffee-loving, shopping, beauty and dog-enthusiast. Owner of Cillaes.dk