Business travel in Copenhagen

The capital of Denmark has long been a hub for international trade and business. You can trace this proud history all the way back to the empires built by the Vikings, but today Copenhagen is a modern city that is often at the leading edge of some of the most exciting developments and business opportunities in the world.

In this article we take a look at some of the hints and tips that you might find useful if you are visiting Copenhagen on business.

Getting around

Copenhagen’s public transport system is modern, efficient, and easy to use. There is a train that will take you from the airport into the center of town, but taxis are also available and are not particularly expensive.

You will notice that a lot of people in Copenhagen cycle to get where they want to go. Estimates indicate that about 50 percent of Copenhagen residents cycle to work each day. Helping the adoption of cycling as the preferred mode of transport is the enormous network of cycle lanes that has been constructed across the city – about 250 miles long at last count.

However, if you are wearing a suit for work, then you may prefer to stick to the buses and trains in order to get where you need to go.

Language barriers

Danish is a fairly tricky language to master – they have a couple of extra letters in their alphabet, and the pronunciation of words requires a fair bit of practice. The good news is that English is widely spoken and if you can speak English then you will be able to communicate with anyone that you meet.

Currency

The official currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone. It is advisable to have some local currency with you for day-to-day expenses, but everywhere you go they will accept credit and debit cards, so you won’t have to carry large amounts of cash with you on your travels.

Food

Copenhagen is renowned as a food-lover’s destination, but if you are there for business then it is handy to have a couple of restaurant suggestions at your fingertips in case you need to make a suggestion or meet a potential connection. For lunch you will often find that people eat the open sandwiches known as smørrebrød. Smørrebrød is almost the national dish of Denmark. If you are presented with a selection of smørrebrød with a range of different toppings – meat, fish, or cheese are the usual choices – then there is a specific order in which you should eat the sandwiches. Ask for some local guidance on this.

Where to stay

If you are travelling for business then for your stay in Denmark it is helpful to have base where you can comfortably spend time, use as a base for work, and even host guests or meetings if required. Copenhagen serviced apartments are an ideal accommodation solution, as they give you the comfort of being somewhere where you have a fully equipped kitchen and can cook your own meals, while still also providing the security and house-keeping services that you would expect from an international standard of hotel.