So, you think that your life in Copenhagen couldn’t get any better? Think again. Your life is about to get A LOT better. Weather info, language tools, shopping marketplaces and transport maps, we’ve got it covered. Bookmark them all and thrive!
1. Rome 2 Rio
Rome2Rio is a travel search engine, that creates itineraries for air, train, coach, ferry, and driving tok and from any location. You can easily compare prices and journey times. When I recently tried to figure out how to get to a remote village in Italy from Copenhagen, Rome2Rio saved me 6 hours or travel and a lot of money. Very clever!
Skyscanner allows you to compare flights and search by location, date and budget. If you search by month, it displays the cheapest options on a graph, which is fantastic if you’re flexible with your dates. Plus, you don’t even need to know where you want to go! Simply make the destination “anywhere”. I am devoted to this website. Truly, madly, deeply devoted.
Kilroy offers student flights and travel deals from Copenhagen, often cheaper than the official airlines’ websites. If you have a IYTC card (International Youth Travel Card), you’re in luck. Student plane tickets have never been so cheap! Although I am inclined to use Skyscanner, it’s hard to ignore these discounts. They also have lots of info on volunteering in the community, and perfect for those interested in backpacking in Scandinavia.
4. DMI Chart
Nothing is more topical in Denmark than the weather. Beat the Danes at their own game by memorising these charts for your next family get-together or work soiree. To find weather graphs for different neighbourhoods, click the ‘kort’ tab and you can click through on the map. Great if you want to get ultra specific with your weather monitoring!
5. DMI Radar
Are you actually weather obsessed? Want to see where a storm is brewing? Check out the DMI weather radar map! Or, if you want to see a larger radar map that includes Sweden, Norway and Denmark, check out the Norwegian radar. A Norwegian friend of mine that lives in Copenhagen believes Norwegian radar is more accurate. Bias or fact? I wonder.
Ok, this is a little obvious, but it’s important to mention. Google Translate is a regular lifesaver, and an absolute genius most of the time. That is unless it’s dealing with homonyms, but from the context you can generally figure out that something isn’t quite right and click on the translation for other options. Now who’s the genius?
As anyone learning Danish knows, there is a huge disparity between the written and spoken language. This spoken verb list can take the pain out of the pronunciation guessing game. Helpful tip: if you want to change languages on you Mac, hit command + shift + spacebar.
These grammar exercises are a great way to learn some of the tricky grammar rules of Danish and get some immediate feedback.
I LOVE THIS WEBSITE! DBA is an online classifieds / wonderland where people sell anything from Danish designer lamps to bikes to bomber jackets. It’s also a popular hub for finding apartments to rent or buy. You may hear locals refer to it as “Den Blå Avis” (“The Blue Newspaper”). I’ve used this site when buying secondhand kitchenware but most often for Danish furniture and lamps. You’ll often find designer items for a quarter of the original price. Seriously! In my experience the sellers have been overwhelmingly friendly and generous. Helpful tip: click the “gallery” button for easier browsing.
10. Trend Sales
Trend Sales is an online marketplace for secondhand clothing and beauty products. Not only is this website chock-full of gorgeous, sometimes eccentric fashion at a fraction of the price, it is also the most sustainable method of shopping. Tonnes of textile products are discarded as waste each year but now consumers have fewer excuses for throwing away unwanted garments. Also, check out their blog for some trendy style inspiration.
11. Price Runner
Price Runner is a price comparison service that allows you to search for a product and compare the prices from various stores. I didn’t realise that you could buy competitively priced electronics in Denmark until I discovered this website. I’ve used this site in the past for purchasing hard drives, keyboards, and card readers, although the site isn’t limited to electronics. And Hallelujah! I just found out that you can actually buy slow cookers in Denmark.
This Copenhagen start-up combines Groupon, Earlybird, Tildbudibyen and many other email coupon services into one curated email. You can find and follow what you love in thousands of cities in Europe and get notified whenever something interesting comes up. You even have the option of receiving the emails every day, or every week. Emergency pedicure? Jump online and do a search:
Maybe not useful for everyone but I struggle with finding supermarkets sometimes. This is especially so because not all supermarkets appear on Google Maps. This map covers a range of supermarkets. As each chain has its own specialities, I find I never shop at just one. Zoom in and explore:
Yelp is an online urban guide and business review site. Craving real Sichuan food? Yelp is there to help. Alternatively, there’s Trust Pilot, which is all about consumer reviews, and it’s very popular amongst the Danes.
15. Journey Planner
As we mentioned in our Copenahgen public transport article, Journey Planner (Rejseplanen if you read Danish) is just plain handy. Not only does it show you all the public transport options between any two points in Copenhagen, it also tells you how many zones you travel, how much it costs and even gives you the option to send the route to your mobile phone.
16. Live S-Toget Map
If you take the train a lot, the Live S-Toget Map shows where all the trains are in train network in real time. It’s useful to occupy yourself when running 20 minutes late for a meeting due to train delays. Also, I like the strange reassurance of knowing that I can watch s-trains moving from anywhere in the world. The map is also available as an app.
17. Police auctions
Need to buy a bike? The police auctions are a great place to buy inexpensive ones. If a bike is stolen, found by the police and isn’t claimed by its owner, it then goes to auction. I don’t have any experience with this, although I’ve heard reports that you can find some great bargains. The site is in Danish, so Google Translate or Franker might be useful.
Do you suffer from allergies? Find out what’s in store for you with DMI’s pollen count site. The site displays exactly how many grains of various kinds of plant pollen were in one cubic meter during the last 24 hour period. There’s also a pollen calendar, that graphs the projected pollen count for Copenahgen.
News & Entertainment
19. The Local
We all want to know what’s happening around us, but this can be difficult in a foreign country, especially when you don’t know the language. This online newspaper is a lifesaver. It covers everything from current affairs to history to cultural debates. We also recommend The Murmur, for more in depth coverage of news and culture in English.
Ligetil is a Danish news website created by DR that is, as they put it, “easy to read”. This is a great way to read the latest Danish news as a beginner so you can eventually graduate to Weekendavisen. (NB: for those more advanced readers: if you subscribe to Weekendavisen you also gain access to spoken versions of some of their articles online. It’s a great way to learn.)
Kino allows you to search for movie showings in Copenhagen. You can search by film, by cinema (biograf) or by day. Although the site is in Danish, it’s fairly simple to navigate. Some smaller cinemas, however, aren’t represented on this site. Don’t forget about the Cinematek or Husets Bio for some more classic cinema. Helpful hint: “Vælg” means “choose”, i.e. “Vælg film”.
AOK is a great site for keeping up-to-date with what’s going on in Copenhagen. The site is primarily in Danish so if you can’t read Danish (yet), Google Translate and Franker will be useful. There is also an English section, with some general articles on different neighbourhoods and coverage of bigger events.
23. Visit Copenhagen
This is the official tourism website of Copenhagen and, boy, have they done a great job. They cover festivals, attractions, and provide inspiration for enjoying your time as a tourist in Copenhagen. Visit Denmark is equally fantastic for planning trips. Check it out.
24. Post Box Locator
There are so many post boxes in Copenhagen. As soon as I need one, however, I somehow can’t seem to find any! That’s when this website comes in handy: just enter your address or postcode and it will show you all the nearest boxes. Too easy.
Sick of finding your postbox overflowing with junk mail? I am! Order the official stickers that are needed to prevent unnecessary paper waste in Denmark. Just affix them to the front of your mailbox and you’re good to go!
This website, which translates to “Cheap Mobile Plans”, takes the hard work out of comparing the prices and data of mobile phone plans. It’s a great overview but make sure you look at the fine print; some of these deals last for a few months and when they expire you’re automatically jacked up to a more expensive plan. Also, not all plans are equal. For example, 3 Mobile is the only phone company in Denmark that has a visual voicemail for iPhone, so along with its 4G speeds it often costs more. This site is updated every few months.
Aarstiderne is an organic farm located north of Copenhagen. On this site you can order fresh organic produce online, including fruits, vegetables, meat, wine and groceries. Aarstiderne has Denmark’s largest organic vegetable garden and delivers directly from the field to you. You can order from a selection of fruit and veg boxes, or meal boxes that provide the fresh ingredients for making suggested meals at home.
Also, for fantastic organic meat and other food delivered direct to your home, try the ODC Mad, a local favourite based in Vesterbro.
If you’re sick of hauling groceries home on your bike, feeling like you’re taking up the entire width of the bike lane, this site is for you. Nemlig is a Danish online supermarket, that delivers directly to your front door, even to the 5th floor. The cost of delivery ranges from 9kr to 39kr, depending on which time slot you choose. They have a great range of organic produce, and offer reasonable prices.
29. Just Eat
This site allows you to order takeaway food online from hundreds of restaurants and have it delivered to your address. Simply enter your postcode and select what kind of food you feel like. The site will provide you with a range of options. It’s incredibly easy, provided that you have a basic understanding of Danish. Otherwise, Google Translate to the rescue.
This website helps you keep track of when various fruits and vegetables are in season. I’ve learnt to appreciate the seasonal changes in Denmark and make the most of produce when it’s abundant. In fact, it’s necessary, otherwise you miss out! This is a new experience for me because Australian supermarkets provide most produce all year round (kale chips in summer, sure thing!). In the end, seasonal offerings are better for the environment and healthier for you too. Although this website is in Danish, the information is provided in pictures.
But don’t forget: there are also blogs!
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