Copenhagen … Not only the capital of Earth-officially-but also, perhaps, the heart of good style. Even the Christmas decorations are tasteful. This festive season happens when air surrounds us with affection “for the contractor,” which means coziness. It’s no wonder why the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen called the wonderful city – twice.
1. The Danes are the happiest people on the planet
It’s official. According to the research “Happiness World Report”, held by the UN in 2013, Denmark is the happiest country in the world with a score of 7.6, surpassing all other countries in a global happiness scale, level of zero to 10.
2. Several residents ride – and fast
Have you tried going to work by bicycle in a frenzied city like London, New York or Beijing? Try it and you will realize that cyclists are minorities in many cities. The situation is reversed in Copenhagen, where half the people use bicycle to work. In the same way that bicyclists compete with cars in terms of numbers, they also try to beat them at speed. In other words, pedestrians should take care when crossing the bike lanes. Or, you can ride a car or bus. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the city, and you can load it on the trains.
Public transportation is also efficient. It takes about 15 minutes to travel from the airport to the city centre using Métro. Already the trains circulating 24 hours a day, and residents also comply with the law. Even the 3:00 in the morning, in a cold dawn, without any traffic, they will wait for the signal turns green.
3. Copenhagen is shining with the stars Michelin
It’s still hard to get a table at Noma. The restaurant “New Nordic” was named the best in the world three times. There are, however, other options. This small town has 15 Michelin stars, and many chefs began to create innovative menus also. An example of the latter is the Relæ: experimental basement restaurant in an avenue full of shops and other restaurants. The Kodbyens Fiskebar is an industrial space stripped, specializing in fish and seafood. Other culinary stops include the Aamanns Deli & Take Away, where the “smørrebrød”, the classic Danish sandwich, is transformed into a delicious work of art, and the Royal Smushi Cafe, which serves “smushi”, a fusion of sushi and smørrebrød. Make dinner reservations early – in most restaurants open for online booking you must book at least two months in advance. In Copenhagen, you don’t generally eat late, but that doesn’t mean to say that there’s no nocturnal options to enjoy.
4. “for the contractor” is highly desirable
This Danish Word whose pronunciation is “hoga’s” free-form, is translated as “coziness”. It means a warm and sociable feeling that comes out in the fall and winter and that, for the Danes, is one of the highest in the States where people may want to. Wool sweaters (preferably organic), hats with earflaps, warm fireplaces, strong beers in bars with wooden desk, candles galore and even for breakfast, all invoke the “for the contractor.
5. That’s where Danish design products are
Copenhagen is rich in design shops selling fashion lights, ingenious kitchen utensils, home furnishings, exquisite glass and ceramics. These three stores below are worth a visit:
– Hay (Nytorv 9):
Now in 14°, this year your supplier of furniture and accessories simple – but good looking, symbolizes the Danish dream to be “solid, simple, cheerful and functional.”
– Royal Copenhagen (Amagertorv 6):
Founded in 1775, this company is best known for the classic blue and white ware hand painted. She is close to the renowned Georg Jensen, selling silverware and jewellery and Ilums Bolighus, a department store dedicated to Danish household items.
– Normann Copenhagen (Østerbrogade 70):
This indoor transformer in movie thing, is young and light – someone imagines a bright blue flexible rubber basin?
6. Copenhagen is sustainable:
The Danish capital has an electric vehicle, citizens who recycles devotedly, clean ports and stores that sell clothes made from organic bamboo. About 64% of the hotel rooms in town are certified as eco-friendly. Three-quarters of the food served in public institutions are organic. In 2014, Copenhagen won the title of European green Capital, an award which recognizes cities that raise environmental standards consistently. And this is only the beginning: In 2025, Copenhagen aims to be the first carbon neutral capital in the world.
7. Tivoli will make you stay:
Opened in 1843, Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park world and a much loved attraction in this town ideal for family trips. Set within landscaped gardens with a lake and playgrounds, is an exciting place and happy with roller-coaster rides, comedy shows for the family, stables, game rooms and more than 40 places to eat and drink. Tivoli is open in summer from 10 April to September 21 and opens again for Halloween (October 11-27) and Christmas (December 31 15 November), when 2 million of lights shines with lovely. Children up to 8 years old enter for free; For those with more than 8, is $16 each.
8. The Danes are smart inventors:
The Danes invented many things that do not know the necessity of invention. As the bin pedal created by Holger Nielsen, in 1939, to his wife’s hairdressing salon. You can buy one at the store Flagship Vipp. They also invented most likely the existential angst – the other side of all this happiness. Finally, of course, the toy “Lego”. A Danish wonderful idea – until you step on one of these with bare feet.
9. Denmark does not use Euro:
It’s a surprise to many, but Denmark is not in the Euro. It uses the Krone. The banknotes have more images of landmarks than celebrities – typical of a nation that values the construction and craft and not the ego. Tips are less frequent. Restaurant bills usually include a service fee and taxi drivers do not expect a value, although it is common to round the value of the race.
10. The best times to visit are at Christmas and on new year’s day
The holidays are the time when Copenhagen is in party mood — and it is made with pure taste. The Danes prefer white lights on their Christmas trees, instead of flashy colors, and the Christmas markets, starting in mid-November, are not as maudlin and commercial as elsewhere.
Alongside the expected support of candle adorned and licorice candy (a national obsession), you’ll find stalls selling amazing gifts as Inuit jewelry, high-tech kitchen utensils and wooden toys. A White Christmas is not guaranteed, but the snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures are gifts of winter. Nice boots, a warm hat, “Gløgg” (mulled wine) and “julebryg” (especially the beer brewed by Yuletide) – these are the basics of the moment.
Translation source: CNN, one of the main broadcasters of the United States. The story originally published by Nigel Tisdall to the site of the station, is located on the Travel Desk.