Denmark is a small country with 5.5 mill residents situated in Scandinavia in the Northern part of Europe. Denmark is safe, very cosy and most Danes speak English very well and you will have no problems communicating in English out in society among Danes. Denmark is governed by an elected Prime minister but Denmark also has a very popular royal family headed by H.M. Queen Margrethe II.
PEOPLE AND SOCIETY
For the most part Danes are quite easy going and you will find that Denmark is a quite rich and well functioning society. Danes are very nice, but they can also seem somewhat reserved and it is not very common that Danes will come to and ask if they can help for example when while you looking at a map for directions. However they will always help if you ask. Small talk with strangers in busses and trains is not very common.
Danes enjoy the sun and outdoor life greatly and when the winter is over, you'll notice a change in the attitude and behaviour of people you thought you knew. By the first ray of sun the pale nordic sun worshipping people storm out in streets and parks for picnics and ice cream. Barbecues, cold drinks and a trips to one of the fabulous beaches around Esbjerg in an other obligatory way to celebrate the summer weather.
ABOUT ODENSE AND ESBJERG
Odense city has a population of 166,305 and is the main city of the island of Funen. Odense (from Odins Vé, meaning "Odin's shrine", referring to the god Odin of Denmark's indigenous Norse mythology), is one of the oldest cities of Denmark and had its 1000th anniversary in 1988.
Odense is a modern university town with a thousand-year-old history, founded in 988,situated in the very heart of Denmark. With its app. 200.000
inhabitants, Odense is Denmark’s third largest city. Odense has 22 institutions of higher education with a total of app. 30.000 students.
There is a theatre as well as a symphony orchestra, a zoo, and the Funen Village (Den Fynske Landsby) which is an open-air museum with old houses typical for Funen.
Esbjerg is one of Denmark's younger cities uniquely situated on the west coast of Jutland right where the North Sea meets the Wadden Sea. It's not a very large city and you can easily get around by bike.
Public transportation is plenty and easy to use. There are bus lines within the city as well as busses and trains connecting most cities in the region.
Nearly all Danes have their own bike and many Danes bike to and from work or study place. It is a good and cheap way to get around.
WEATHER IN DENMARK
The weather in Denmark is very important to Danes. You will often find that Danes speak a lot about the weather but it is because it holds such a major influence on the well being of all residents. Everyone's mood rises by many percent when the weather is good.
Winter in Denmark starts around November and ends in March and it can be tough with freezing temperatures for long periods of time. Snow is common every winter.
Spring can still be cold, but when the sun begins to heat and flowers arrive the city explodes in joy and everyone leaves their overcoats at home. The summer can be very nice with temperatures of 22-27 degrees Celsius.