Driving Safely in Denmark

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Whether this is your first road trip abroad or your hundredth, it's important to know the rules of the road. In Denmark, the driving etiquette may be different than what you're used to at home. Stay safe by going through the requirements and learning the basics of traffic rules, speed limits, and safety regulations in Denmark.

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    Important Basics

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    In Denmark, you drive on the right side of the road—similar to the United States and most of Europe. Road signs use standard international symbols and sometimes include Danish phrases. (Keep in mind that 1 kilometer equals 0.6 miles.)

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    Safety Requirements

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    Remember to keep your headlights on at all times—it's a must in Denmark even during the daytime. Newer cars in Denmark are even programmed in a way that you can't turn off the lights in the first place. Also, seat belts are a national legal requirement and must be worn while operating a vehicle. Lastly, make sure to carry a warning triangle in the trunk your car in case of an emergency. These are generally standard equipment offered with your rental car.

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    Speed Limits

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    The speed limits in Denmark are 50 km/h (30 mph) in towns and 80 km/h (50 mph) on open roads (sometimes 90 km/h). On the highway you can usually drive 130 km/h (80 mph) but some parts allow only 110 km/h with posted signs.

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    Bicycling Traffic

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    Denmark is one of the world's biggest countries when it comes to bicycling and you'll see bicycles everywhere you go. Please make sure to watch out for them. Oftentimes, they have their own lanes but sometimes you do need to share the road. You'll be in the minority in a car at times even!

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    Drinking and Driving

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    Drinking and driving is an absolute no-no if you're a tourist in Denmark (and almost anywhere around the world). The absolute legal limit of alcohol in your blood is 0.5 per mille in Denmark. That is very strictly enforced, especially around Copenhagen. Anything higher than 0.5 will attract stiff punishment and fines by local police. Just don't drink and drive—there are plenty of Ubers and taxis available to get you home safely.

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    Necessary Documents

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    While on the topic of police, keep in mind that you will need certain documents if you want to drive in Denmark. You may be asked for a driver's license, passport, and vehicle papers.

    Should you get an international license? Some say yes, some say no. Many places recommend getting an international driver's license in Denmark, but your regular driver's license from home should be just fine, too.

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    Emergency Assistance on the Road

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    If you get into an accident or require other emergency services, call 112 nationwide to reach the Danish police, fire department, ​and ambulance. Nearly all Danish police and emergency staff speak English and will be able to communicate with you without any major issues. ​