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By vehicle to Denmark

By vehicle to Denmark

Our journey through Europe continues. In the series “With the vehicle to…” today we visit a kingdom again – we travel by vehicle to Denmark.

The country between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea lies in the north-northwest direction from our beautiful Saxony. You will only encounter the motto of the incumbent Queen Margrethe II in the official language Danish. It reads “Guds hjælp, Folkets kærlighed, Danmarks styrke”, which translates to “God’s help, love of the people, Denmark’s strength”.

Wikipedia knows how to report on the geography of Denmark:

The territory of Denmark (excluding the Faroe Islands and Greenland) covers an area of 43,094 km². It is thus larger than that of Switzerland or the Netherlands,but only about half the size of Austria’s. Denmark measures 368 km from north to south and 452 km from east to west. The northernmost point of the country is Grenen, the southernmost point is at Gedser in the south of the island of Falster (this is also considered the southernmost point of the whole of Scandinavia). The westernmost point is Blåvandshuk in Jutland, located in the former Ribe Amt, the easternmost point is located at the Pea Islands (Danish Ertholmene), 18 km northeast of Bornholm.

Because of its islands and rugged bays, the country has a relatively long coastline of 7314 km. Denmark’s 67 km long southern border with Germany forms the only land border. Otherwise, the country is bordered by the North Sea, Skagerrak, Kattegat and Baltic Sea. The Öresund Bridge has been a fixed route to Sweden since July 2000.

Coasts to the North Sea and Baltic Sea can be experienced - by vehicle to Denmark
Coasts to the North Sea and Baltic Sea can be experienced – by vehicle to Denmark
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Traffic rules for vehicles in Denmark

For the trip with a vehicle to Denmark, we have compiled the most important traffic rules here.

Speed limit in Denmark

If you drive a car or motorcycle in Denmark, you should observe the applicable speed limits. In the urban area, the maximum speed is 50 km/h, on federal roads, country roads and expressways 80 km/h. If you drive on Danish motorways, you must not exceed the speed limit of 130 km/h. In many cases, the speed in Denmark is even limited to 110 km/h.

… and the road that has teeth…

A specialty of Danish road traffic in Denmark is the so-called shark tooth, called “Hajtænde”. Although they also exist in some parts of Germany, they are not foreign to many motorists. If there are small white triangles on the road at the intersection, the person with shark teeth in his lane must give way to other road users at the intersection.

Driving on the motorway

The motorway signs in Denmark are green and white. At the entrance to the expressway, the arriving vehicles and the road users already driving on the expressway have the same rights. The zipper principle applies. This is also indicated by a white sign with a red border with two converging red arrows. Unlike in Germany, there is no lane delay before the motorway exit. Make sure you get into the right lane early enough and adjust your speed before you leave it.

Mobile phones and drunk driving in Denmark

In Denmark, drivers are only allowed to use mobile phones with hands-free equipment while driving. The alcohol limit in Denmark is 0.5. If you are caught with a blood alcohol level of more than two per thousand, you will not only lose your driver’s license, but also your car. The proceeds of the auction will go to the Danish Treasury.

First aid kit, warning triangle, child seat

In Denmark, you must carry a warning triangle and an approved, un expired first aid kit. It is recommended to bring a safety vest and fire extinguisher, but is not mandatory. Also in Denmark there is no winter tyre obligation.

Children over the age of three who are less than 135 cm tall must sit in the child seat in the back seat of the car. When the front passenger airbag is switched off, children under the age of three can also sit in the front passenger seat in suitable child seats.

Lights on!

In Denmark, it is mandatory by law to always drive with lights. With good visibility during the day, the daytime running lights can fulfill this duty well. In case of poor visibility, i.e. at night, fog, rain and dusk, you must turn on the low beam. Only then do the rear headlights light up.

Danish Post – we are looking forward to it!

If you travel to Denmark with your vehicle, we look forward to seeing a postcard from you. Every postcard that reaches us is shown on Facebook and Instagram.

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