Will I need an ETIAS to visit Denmark?
Denmark will be one of the countries using the new E.U. Travel Information Authorization System, otherwise known as ETIAS when it is introduced in 2021.
Modeled partly on the American visa waiver system, the ESTA, the system is designed to monitor who is entering the Schengen zone in Europe and why.
At the moment there is a system in place where nationals of Schengen countries have free movement between Schengen countries.
Another group of nationals are allowed free movement between countries for 90 days out of 180.
Nationals of the remaining countries need a Schengen visa to enter the zone.
Many members of the European Union felt that this led to a vulnerability in securing their borders. Denmark suffered their worst terrorist attack in 2015, other countries have also suffered from both terrorist attacks and mass migration. In response to this, the European Commission has announced that this new border protection scheme will be introduced.
With the new system being linked to the databases of major crime-fighting organizations, and systems in place making it impossible for travelers to enter Europe undetected, the ETIAS will be a major tool in the fight against crime in Europe.
If you are from Japan, Singapore, Canada or America (amongst other countries), you will need an ETIAS when they come into effect. Approved authorizations will last for a period of three years after being issued.
Denmark, officially known as The Kingdom of Denmark, is a Scandinavian country located on the Jutland Peninsula and an archipelago of more than 400 islands to the east of the peninsula.
Denmark has retained two dependencies; they are the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
The country shares maritime borders with Norway, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. It shares a land border with Germany.
Denmark covers an area of 43,098 sq. kms, with a population of 5.6 million people.
The primary language is Danish and some German, English is the major second language. Greenlandic is spoken in Greenland and Faroese is spoken on the Faroe Islands.
The major religion is Christianity. Having opted out of using the euro, Denmark’s currency is the Danish krone (DKK)
Danes enjoy a high standard of living with Denmark classed as the fifth most developed in the world. With one of the world’s highest per capita income and one of the world’s highest personal income tax rates, the country also ranks as having the world’s highest social mobility.
Denmark boasts a highly ranked education system, healthcare service, democratic governance, prosperity and protection of civil liberties.
Denmark also dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year; for the past seven years, it has ranked amongst the top three happiest countries in the world of 155 countries surveyed.
Denmark at a glance
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Languages: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic, German
Area: 43,094 KM2
Currency: Krone (DKK)
Calling Code: +45
Travel in Denmark
Fairgrounds abound in Denmark. North of Copenhagen, situated in the woodlands of Jægersborg you will find the world’s oldest amusement park, Bakken.
Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park is situated in Copenhagen; just a few minutes walk from City Hall.
Djurs Sommerland and Faarup Sommerland Amusement Park are two of Denmark’s most popular tourist attractions. Lalandia in Billund is Scandinavia’s largest tropical holiday and activity center. Also in Billund is Legoland, a theme park celebrating the famous Danish toy.
Danish cuisine traditionally consists mainly of fish, meat and potatoes. Considered a national specialty are the open sandwiches on rye bread called smørrebrød.
Denmark is planning on a large investment in their gastronomical sector in a bid to strengthen the country’s fine dining industry, with a number of restaurants already holding Michelin stars.
Sporting activities are popular in Denmark, most notably football, gymnastics, golf, and handball.
Cycling is popular in Denmark, not just as a sporting activity but also as a highly popular mode of transport. The country is famous for their wide network of cycling paths.
The terrain of Denmark is mildly undulating, making it a landscape of small hills and valleys, lakes and small forests. The almost 7,500 km of coastline allows for a large number of beaches, both sand and pebble.
The US and Denmark
Denmark is a close ally of the USA and relations between the two countries are excellent; they are known to consult closely on European political and security matters. Denmark is an active coalition partner in the War on Terrorism.
Denmark is the only country which is an EU member, a NATO member and also an Arctic nation. As a result of this, the US and Denmark work together closely on some of the most important and groundbreaking issues of our time.
The U.S. and Denmark both belong to the following organizations
- The UN
- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
- The Arctic Council
America is Denmark’s largest trade partner outside of Europe, and over 400 U.S. companies have their subsidiaries based in Denmark.
The flying time to Denmark from the U.S. is about eight and a half hours, but once there, other European cities are within easy reach
Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city, is less than two hours flying time from London. Berlin, in Germany and Paris, France are also under two hours flying time. Rome in Italy is two and a half hours flying time.
Travel to all countries within the Schengen zone is within a short journey. Once the ETIAS system comes into effect, all Schengen countries will operate their borders under the same rules making travel safer for all visitors to the area.
List of US diplomatic offices in Denmark
The Embassy of USA in Copenhagen, Denmark
Address: Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24 2100 København Ø
Phone: (+45) 33 41 71 00
Fax: (+45) 35 43 02 23
Facts: Carla Sands – Ambassador