Denmark, the smallest of the Nordic countries, is an excellent place to do business and rated as one of the happiest places to live. Therefore, there’s no surprise that there is a demand for more Danish serviced accommodation.
Denmark is a Nordic country of five million people based in Northern Europe, consisting of the Jutland Peninsula and a Danish archipelago in the Baltic Sea. The Kingdom of Denmark technically also consists of the world’s largest island, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands, which are both autonomous Danish dependent territories. These islands aside, Denmark's landmass equates to over sixteen thousand square miles, enclosed by a coastline of one thousand miles. It would be larger though considering the other 1,400 offshore islands belonging to Denmark. It’s capital, Copenhagen, although found at the country’s easternmost extremity is in fact ideally located. Travellers take advantage of its accessibility to Sweden and the Baltic Sea. Ultimately, corporate accommodation in the capital makes business travel to Denmark straightforward.
It’s believed the first settlements on Danish land grew from around 3000BC. Beyond the Iron Age and Roman Empire influence, the Danes’ most famous period of history arose, the Viking Age. The Vikings grew in strength over 250 years, conquering territory across Europe and even North America. Later centuries of Christian influence, losses to the Swedes and modern-day German conflicts weakened the country’s European powerhouse status. Followed were a democratic government and external neutrality, particularly during the outbreak of the World Wars. Excluding itself from outsider inference was the priority, and this was evidently shown by touch immigration laws and restrictions on native-foreign marriages in the early 2000s. However, Denmark has since played a significant role in fighting worldwide poverty and defending human right concepts, after becoming a United Nations founding member.
Recent times have been promising for Denmark in regard to its economy. GDP per capita in Denmark is also amongst the highest in the world. In 2017, Denmark recorded its highest national GDP growth since 2010, and contributing significantly to this is the fulfilment of its reputation as a proud trading nation. Service industries account for about three-quarters of the GDP, while other notable industries include oil, medical, IT, shipping and agriculture. Business travel in the country is often in connection with the many multinational companies based there. These include Lego Group and major pharmaceuticals like Leo Pharma and Novo Nordisk. Flexible hiring rules and lack of corruption make Denmark one of the world's best places to do business for global companies.
Not only does Denmark have a high standard of living, but also embraces income equality. It has the lowest perceived level of corruption in the world and economic freedom is above both regional and world averages. It is evident how encouraging the business climate in Denmark is. In fact, the World Bank ranks Denmark third in the world regarding ease of doing business. It is also Europe’s easiest place for doing business, and this is down to a well-connected, ultramodern infrastructure, a welcoming environment and attractive tax incentives. However, despite all these positives, Denmark recognises that its foreign investment inflow is low. For that reason, expats have every opportunity to take advantage of this business climate, and staying in Danish corporate accommodation makes business conduct of any kind fulfilling.
Visas are not necessary for residents of EU countries, the US, Canada or Australia if staying for less than three months. If you opt to stay longer, then you will need a residence and/or work permit. For more visa requirements and details, visit the Royal Danish Embassy website.
You can expect a generally liberal society in Denmark. The country ranks highly amongst EU nations regarding gender equality, and same-sex relationships are proudly excepted. Crime rate is also low, making Denmark an incredibly safe travel destination. The Danish Krone (DKK) is the official currency of Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. It consists of the banknote denominations 1000, 500. 200. 100 and 50, with 1 Krone equating to 12 pence sterling. For a range of Danish Krone exchange rates, visit the www.exchangerates.org.uk website.
Fear not about spending too much cash though when driving across Denmark. The only toll road crosses the Oresund and Storebaelt bridges, and fuel prices are fairly cheap. Driving limits and rules are similar in comparison to other European states. You only require an international license if you are not residents of EU countries, USA, Canada or Australia. Just be aware of the countless cycle paths, and the fact cyclists have the right of way in Denmark. Taxis offer a reliable mode of transport too, costing usually around thirty Krone when it first arrives.
SITU’s serviced apartments allow you to be within touching distance of Denmark’s most significant tourist destinations, particularly in the business capital Copenhagen. There’s no better place to start than the Round Tower. This seventeenth-century tower is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. It became famous for assisting the achievements of astronomer Tycho Brahe. Equally famous is the ‘Little Mermaid sculpture at Langelinje Pier. Recently turning 105 years old, the sculpture takes inspiration from the well-known fairy-tale told by Hans Christian Andersen. Canal tours are a great way to explore all of Copenhagen’s highlights, including the beautiful Dutch Renaissance Rosenborg Castle and the Christiansborg Palace. Beauty radiates from Copenhagen, and city apartments enable visitors easy access to both the capital’s prosperous business climate and an abundance of stunning attractions.
Alternatively, you may want to embrace your energetic nature, and visit the two oldest amusement parks in the world. Tivoli Gardens and Bakken unite their area’s architectural past structures with exciting, vibrant rollercoasters. There is always an event or seasonal twist influencing the parks to keep on your toes. Equally entertaining is the Nyhavn waterfront and canal. Built by Swedish prisoners of war, Nyhavn is spoilt with seventeenth-century influence, and visitors can enjoy the lively restaurants, bars and cafes which line the harbour. These attractions are just a few examples of getaway options from your business travel. Yet, Danish serviced apartments can ensure you are never far from all the amusement Denmark has to offer.
It cannot be expressed enough how easy life can be when staying in Denmark. Its strong economy, prosperous business potential and pleasant way of living encourage thousands of business travellers to stay in Danish serviced apartments each year.
Copenhagen Airport is the largest in Denmark, situated on the island of Zealand. It has direct routes to destinations across the globe and is accessible from major global airports too.
The city centre and our serviced accommodation are only fifteen minutes away from the airport by metro. A typical taxi trip from Copenhagen Airport to Copenhagen will cost between 250kr and 300kr.
This Danish state railway company is the largest train operating company in Scandinavia, running the capital’s S-trains as well as regional trains throughout Denmark.
Ever since the Storebæltsbroen was opened, train travel has been considerably reduced.
Functioning through two lines (M1 &M2), twenty-two stations across a twelve-mile circuit, Copenhagen Metro is the only underground subway to serve Denmark.
As well as serving Copenhagen, the rapid transit system also serves the municipalities of Tårnby and Frederiksberg. It also grants easy access to Copenhagen Airport.
Despite being perhaps out of favour to trains, bus transport is a handy way to travel across Denmark. They can also be cheaper than trains. Check out the services provided by FlixBus (www.flixbus.dk) and Thinggard Express (www.expressbus.dk).
For Danish travel and public transport an excellent resource is www.rejseplanen.dk.