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Local Practical Precautions

National Bank Holidays in Denmark

The official bank holidays in Denmark are related to the Church calendar: Easter, General Prayer Day, the Ascension, Whitsun, Christmas and New Years. Some dates remain the same year after year, while others vary.

Permanent Dates:

January 1st – New Years Day
December 25th – Christmas Day
December 26th – Boxing Day

Varying Dates:

Maundy Thursday
Long Friday
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
General Prayer Day
The Ascension
Whit Monday

Furthermore, some employees take half a day or the whole day off on May 1st, the International Workers’ Day, and on June 5th, Constitution Day, although there is no automatic right or official guidelines relating to these two days.

Opening Hours

Since October 1st 2012, there is no official legislation governing retail-opening hours. Shops decide for themselves when and how much they want to stay open. However, larger shops with a yearly turnover in the excess of DKR 32,2 mill must stay closed on Bank Holidays, Constitution Day (June 5th) and they must close at 3:00 PM on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Supermarkets and shopping malls are usually open between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM on weekdays and between approx. 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM at weekends. Specialized shops are typically open from approx. 10:00 AM to 6.00 PM on weekdays, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturdays and they will often be closed on Sundays, however, there are no set regulations for them. Furthermore, there are lots of kiosks and newsagents, petrol stations and grocery shops, particularly in the larger towns. You can download an app for you smartphone called ‘What's Open Nearby?' and quickly locate the open shops in your area. You can get the app for iPhones, Androids and Windows Phones.

Most common banking hours from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays, with longer opening hours on a Thursday, 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Some banks have 24-hour cashpoints, while other cashpoints are accessible between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

The opening hours of restaurants, cafés and fast food establishments vary greatly, and acquiring an overall impression can prove quite challenging.

For some of our larger towns/cities there is help to be had from this website (in Danish).

Or as a rule of thumb, you can assume that most kitchens (fast food not included) will close around 10:00 PM.

Parking Regulations

Finding you way around the jungle of parking regulations can be quit a challenge. In the major Danish cities, as a rule, you would have to pay for parking within the entire city centre. You can find more information on local parking regulations here (in Danish), however, you should also be aware of particular sign postings and rules regarding parking on private roads as well as the general regulations as stipulated in the Road Traffic Act.

Source: FDM

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