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May Sun - warms-up the Danes
The last outdoor study in the warm May sun - and on the new green grass before the hectic examination time starts in June for pupils and students in Denmark.
Celebrating libaration May 5
In May the Danes also celebrate the liberation of Denmark 5th May - 1945 - and put candles in the windows on May 4th in the evening.
Over 60,000 are Confirmed in May
May is the Confirmation month in Denmark - as over 60,000 youngsters confirm their belief in the protestant church and faith.
"Varme Hveder"
Traditional "Varme Hveder" - Wheaten bread - has been eaten by the Danes since 1686 - every Great Prayer Day - "Store Bededag"- and is a national flag - holy and public holiday.
Ascension Day in Denmark
The Ascension of Christ is commemorated in Denmark - and is a national flag - holy and public holiday.
Sand-Covered Church - Skagen
Many Danes prefer to spend their holidays in Denmark. North and Mid Jutland are the favourite places for vacations also by Copenhageners. One of the most visited venues is "The Sand-Covered Church" from the 14th century - which is a great attraction at Skagen in North Jutland and gathers thousands of tourists all year round.
58 Cruise Calls in May - 2017
The Cruise Season has started in May - with 58 calls or embarkations to or from the cruise ports of Copenhagen.
May is Spring and Outdoor Life in Copenhagen... skies smiling at me nothing but blues skies do I see!
Dear Reader...
May - 2017
May is here - and May means springtime in Copenhagen. May is specially the month that warm up the Copenhageners - and the countdown for summer! Everything is blooming and just every seed and plant wants to break through the soil in May - and is thirsting after some warm ray of sunshine since we left a very long freezing winter period in 2016-2017 - but not with much fluffy snow - or thick ice on the lakes and waters in and around Copenhagen. May is the time of year - when the Danes start to enjoy their outdoor life - and when the parks and other recreational areas in and around Copenhagen and other trendy cities in Denmark are used for leisure activities - and where locals for centuries have spent many hours in these green oases and breath holes of their city. Come and join the Copenhageners and Danes - by having a pleasant bite of cool fresh air in a cosy sheltered spot together with an innocent chat about life - as visitors will experience it here in Copenhagen in the springtime of May.

May 1st
On May 1st in Copenhagen - the socialist parties and leftwing movement celebrates labours day at "Fælledparken" - with many speeches and colourful entertainment - along with social and supportive gathering.

May 5th
In May the Danes also celebrate the liberation of Denmark 5th May - and put candles in the windows on May 4th in the evening. May is also called the great Confirmation month in Denmark - as more than 60,000 youngsters confirm their belief in the protestant church and faith. May is also the month where thousand of pupils and students are preparing their exams in June for the next semester or receiving their final diplomas.
The Great Prayer Day - “Store Bededag” and “Varme hveder”
May has two special holy days and public holiday. The Great Prayer Day - “Store Bededag”. This Christian holy day has a great tradition - as the Danes since 1686 - have eaten a special type of wheaten buns called "hvedeknopper" - or more popular named “varme hveder”. In olden days - and way back in history - all bakeries was closed on this holy day - and people was compelled to buy these “hvederknopper” the evening before - The Great Prayer Day - and had to warm and eat them on the following holy holiday as "varmer hveder". Pre-warmed wheaten buns.
May is also Ascension Day
The second holy day and public holiday in May is
Ascension Day - (Kristi Himmelfartsdag) to commenmorate the Ascension of Christ .
Read more
under Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days in this May issue - 2017.
The Sanded Church - Skagen - Denmark
One of the top tourist attractions and one of the most visited historical sites in Denmark is the sand covered church located in the enormous landscape of the drifting white sandy dunes around the coastal town of Skagen - on the very top of the Jutland peninsular and Denmark's most northerly point.
Reed more further down...
The Cruise Season has started successfully - with 58 calls in May
At the present - 58 cruise vessels will visit Copenhagen in May 2017 - with a lot of cheerful passengers and crew members - having great expectations - on their way to explore the Baltic - Russian and Scandinavian countries.
Read more further down this page.
Enquiries of interesting Topics and Issues
The editorial Newsletter team receive many questions about certain topic and issues described and illustrated on especially concerning: The Danish Cultural Heritage - The Royal Danish Family - Cruise matters - Museums - Denmark - Transportation - Danish Food Culture - Events - Historical Venues - Danish Currency & money etc. - which the editorial team will focus on and explain in a more detailed - and select as a main topic in a up-to-date version in every monthly Newsletter edition - beside of other news related subjects about Copenhagen and Denmark.

Weather in May
May is mild and warm with a lot of sunshine - but be aware that the evening can be a bit chilli - so remember to take warm clothing - when you visit Copenhagen. All the outdoor amusements parks are open - and café life is moved outdoors. The highest temperature of the month of May was last year 20-24°C - and registered several places especially in the interior parts of Denmark. The daylight will advance with almost 8-10 hours. The average temperature in May is about 18-20 °C. Sometimes May is quite a warm month at daytime and at times quite cold in the evenings - as there is always a fresh breeze sweeping over the rolling landscape in Denmark.

Warmest and Coldest May day in Denmark

-The Warmest May day in Denmark was measured on May 27 - 1892 - at Herning - mid Jutland - with a temperature as high as +32,8°C.

-The Coldest May day in Denmark was measured on May 14 - 1900 - at “Gludsted Plantage” near Aarhus in North East Jutland - with a temperature as low as -8,0°C.

May 2016
The highest temperature in May last year in 2016 - was 26.9°c - at Tønder in southern Denmark on May 22 - 2016. The lowest temperature in May last year in 2016 - was -3.7°c - at Billund in Mid Jutland on May 1 - 2016.


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May is Confirmation time
Confirmation of Danish juveniles ...
...more than 60,000 youngsters are confirmed in Denmark every year!
Many tourists and visitors in Copenhagen will experience some happy youngsters in groups wandering around celebrating their Confirmation on the so called "Blue Monday" - as newly confirmed juveniles - who has reinforced their vow to the Protestant Faith and Christiane Culture - after their Christen Baptism - in one of the 2300 Churches spread around Denmark - on a Sunday in May. It's a great tradition that all Schools give their confirmed pupils free on "Blue Monday" - and has been a practice for generations.

Confirmation Traditions
A great Christian tradition every year at the end of April and especially during the month of May is the Confirmation of Danish juveniles from age 13-16 years - who confirm their vow to God by sealing of the covenant made during the Holy Baptism - and at same time they will confirm their belief in the protestant faith. After one year of preparation in groups together with their local priest - more than 60,000 youngsters are confirmed in Denmark by a confirmation ritual in their parish churches.

Introduced in 1736
In 1736 the practice of Confirmation and Baptism was introduced in Denmark - and Confirmation became compulsory from the age of 14 to 19 to ensure that youngsters were aware of their Christian background and Protestant culture. Any young man or woman - who was over 19 years old - and still not Confirmed could legally be jailed until the necessary Christian knowledge of the holy bible was obtained and the means of the earlier baptism ceremony was knowledgeable. If the candidate had not passed the Confirmation test before he or she was 19 - they could not get married - be a godfather or godmother - witness at court etc. In 1857 confirmation was abolished as an enforced Christian ceremony or act and gave the candidates the rights to choose whether to be confirmed in a church or at a commoner ceremony. The confirmation ritual continued well into the 1900’s as a semi-formal boundary between being a child and an adult in the Danish society.

Suits and White Dresses
The Confirmation ceremony has been modernized up trough the 20th century - and the ordeal can sometime hold a group of 20-40 teenagers at each church - which takes place on a Sunday or public holiday during the month of May - where the young candidates are dressed in suits - and the girls - normally in white dresses.

Presents - Dinner - Songs and Speeches
The Confirmation ritual starts at the church at 10 am - and after the ceremony congratulation telegrams are exchanges among the confirmed juveniles. Family and guests gather either at home or at a restaurant for afternoon snacks - where the presents are opened - and gifts of all kinds like the latest and coolest digital gadgets - cycles and mopeds etc. - but mostly money gifts are given - either as a newly open account or as cash. After a relaxed pause - everyone is invited to a traditional and modest three course dinner - no more no less - with many songs and speeches. It is quite common that there are between
-10 songs during a Confirmation dinner - and sometimes it can take some time to get through all the many speeches.

Blue Monday
It’s a tradition that the Monday after the Confirmation - all the youngsters have a day of from school and usually get together in groups and dressed in their “second day clothing” going on a enjoyable leisure tour through the city - and end the day in the nearest amusement park for further entertainment. This Monday is called “Blue Monday”. As a visitor you may experience happy youngsters in Copenhagen celebrating their Confirmation in May.

DKK 2,5 Billion in Presents
The presents and money gifts given at Confirmations represent a total amount of more than DKK 2,5 billion per year - and beat’s the amount that is given for Christmas - Baptism and Weddings.

Dress code 1880 - Confirmation
Newly confirmed girls in 1880 wearing their black Confirmation dresses - which was the colour up to about 1930 - when the dresses changes to white fabric.
Dress code 1909 - Confirmation

The boys Confirmation outfit was normally a sailor costume or a black suite with caps - as shown in this picture from 1909.
Confirmation dresses today
A happy bunch of newly confirmed juveniles together with their local priest - who has prepared the Confirmation ritual for one year with the pupils during school hours. The girls Confirmation dresses are white and boys wear suits in many colours - but mostly black or white.
Danish Dialects
Danish Dialects
Mixed Danish Dialects
Danish Dialects - with over hundreds of sub-dialects
Even though Denmark only has over 5.6 million inhabitants and is a small country in size - then there are over fifty traditional Danish dialects that differ from the modern Standard Danish Language called (rigsdansk) - which is mainly spoken in and around the Danish Capital Copenhagen. And over hundreds of local sub-dialects with a strong pronunciation and local vocabulary effectively coloured by the native Danish mother tongue - where even more sub cultural dialects are originated from various dialect areas - that have been present since King “Harald Bluetooth” for more than thousand years ago turned Denmark towards a Christian Culture and the Danes into Christianity - has ever since contributed to brighten up the Danish language into common and everyday Danish phrases - expressions and words.

Read more: Danish Dialects

Visit the Sanded Church - Skagen - Denmark
A remarkable - "must see" - tourist sight!
Skagen - Denmark
The Sand covered church from the 14th century is located right on the top of Denmark in the northern region of Jutland called Vendsyssel - nearby the popular coastal vacation town Skagen. The old parish church called "Saint Laurence" - was once the largest in the region with the biggest congregation in the area.
The Sanded Church - Skagen...
One of the most visited historical sites in Denmark
The Sanded Church - Skagen - Denmark
One of the top tourist attractions and one of the most visited historical sites in Denmark is the sand covered church located in the enormous landscape of the drifting white sandy dunes around the coastal town of Skagen - on the very top of the Jutland peninsular and Denmark's most northerly point. The church called "Saint Laurence" - a patron saint for the seafarer’s of Skagen - is possibly build in the middle of the 14th century - and was the largest church with the biggest parish and congregation at that time in the northern region of Jutland called Vendsyssel. The sanded church was build with red bricks. The length of the nave was about 45 metres - and the tower with the crow-stepped gables was 22 metres high. At present only 18 metres of the tower is visible. Around the original church and graveyard there was built a 5 metre high brick wall with entrances from north - east and south. After 1816 the entire church tower was painted white.


"8TALLET" - An Architectural Pearl
"8 Tallet" - The World’s Best
The "8Tallet" building complex - is awarded as the world's best residential house.
"8Tallet" by Night
The 8Tallet building is shaped like the figure 8 - with 476 penthouses - apartments and small garden houses.

The World’s Best Residential House...
...awarded to the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels for "8Tallet"

The "8Tallet" - a study for all ambitious architects

Visit this architectural pearl and admire Danish architecture at its very best. The world’s best residential house has been awarded to the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels for the apartment building “8Tallet” - situated in the Copenhagen district of the Ørestad on the isle of Amager. The building is shaped like the figure 8. - and the 8-House building is 60.000 m2 - and was built and completed in 2010 - with 476 penthouses - apartments and small garden houses. The architect has created gathering together facilities for the residents - and there are pathways all around the area for social - leisure and sports activities.

Visiting 8TALLET
When visiting 8TALLET - please respect the private lives of the residents - and avoid taking pictures or starring into an occupied apartment - which is not allowed. Also use your common sense and some courtesy - when wondering around on these private premises.

Tourists can visit the 8-House building at Ørestad by taking the Metro to the Ørestad Station.

The Orestad Didtrict

Visit The Little Mermaid - 2017
One of the most famous "Cult" Icons in the World
Branding Copenhagen
The Little Mermaid has celebrated her 100 years jubilee - in 2013.
The City Brand of Copenhagen
The little Mermaid is Copenhagen’s grand old lady - and a world famous "Cult" Icon - that has been the pride of the city for generations.
Branding Copenhagen for over 100 Years...
...The Little Mermaid - The City Brand of Copenhagen!

Loyal to all of her tourist’s fans
She just sits on her stone - and welcomes all of her fans from all over the world - and has been a loyal Girl and the "First Lady" for over 100 years branding Copenhagen and Denmark in all sorts of weather. In 2013 - The Little Mermaid commemorated her 100-year grand jubilee - and she will be happy if everyone from countries outside Denmark will come and visit her in 2017 - and send her a lot of loving and well-deserved flying kisses from the seashores of Langelinie.

The City Brand of Copenhagen
She is Copenhagen’s "Grand Old Lady" - and the pride of the city - as well as being one of the most likable and adorable "Cult" figures in the world - but is still in a young shape - and she is also the famous City Brand of Copenhagen - and will always be the prime national symbol and landmark of Denmark's capital. No one else can brand Copenhagen like the Little Mermaid!

First Lady and Prime landmark of the city
Millions of tourist's visit The Little Mermaid every year - and she sure knows how to promote Copenhagen - as she has done brilliantly for over the last 100 years - as the Prime landmark of the city.

Read more: The Little Mermaid

Cycling in Copenhagen - May

Cycles and Outdoor Fun in May...
...but you'll look sweet - upon the seat - of a bicycle made for two!

Explore Copenhagen on a Cycle
Due to the really warm weather conditions in the city - and for outdoor fun in May - we invite you once again to hire a cycle at your hotel and lodging site - or pay costly for a electric bicycle - or rent a bike at selected cycles shops - to explore Copenhagen on two wheels - and visit all the historical places and cultural venues - together with all the amusing spots the biggest city of Scandinavia can offer.
Start at the Town Hall Square - and take the safe cycle tracks alongside "Vesterbrogade" - and pass Tivoli Gardens from 1843 - then pass the Central station of Copenhagen from 1911 - and stop to admire the Liberty Memorial from 1779. All the way trough "Vesterbrogade" you will find a diversity of shops - and a bustling shopping area. Pass the Museum of Copenhagen - and then cycle all the way to Copenhagen Zoo from 1859. Visit the neighbouring Frederiksberg Palace - and the pretty Palace Gardens from 1703. The cycle tour will take around 1 - 1½ hours - and is about 3,5 km. long - one way.

350 km of safe cycle tracks & Cycle Culture
Visitors can actually take cycle trips from the one end of the city to the other within 1 - 2 hours. Copenhagen is geared for cycles with over 350 km of safe cycle tracks in and around the city - and visitors and tourists can experience and take part in the Cycle Culture in Copenhagen.

Over 800,000 cycles in Copenhagen
Nearly every Copenhagener owns a bicycle - as there are almost 800,000 cycles in Copenhagen. Over 60% of all Copenhageners cycle back and forth to work - to the nearest station or to other public transportation services. There are over 360 km of save cycle tracks around the city - and should the cyclist have a green wave between traffic lights - the speed on a bicycle can easily reach 20 km per hour. Cycles are widely used in the summertime - due to the suitable weather conditions - even though the cycle tracks in the winter period are effectively cleaned for snow or other obstacles. The first separate bicycle tracks was established in Copenhagen around the Lakes in 1910 - to secure the heavy growth of cycles on the road at that time.

OBS! - Cycle City & Free Bicycles?
Even though Copenhagen claims to be a real cycle City - and aims to be the world's best city for cyclists in 2017 - with over 360 km of safe bike lanes - placed imaginatively like a magnificent maze around the city - and just a fantastic experience for visitors and tourists to use and explore - then Copenhagen is the only Capital in the world without "Free Bicycles" for their tourists and visitors! Unfortunately - the City Council of Copenhagen has not yet decided - whether to offer tourists and visitors free bicycles to explore Copenhagen on two wheels.

Town Hall - Tivoli - Central Station -
Liberty Memorial -Museum Copenhagen - Zoo - Frederiksberg Palace

Explore Copenhagen cycling
Explore the city by cycle Start at the Town Hall Square - and end at Copenhagen Zoo cycling trough Copenhagen's bustling shopping area on special bike lanes and safe cycle paths.
350 km of safe cycle tracks
Copenhagen is geared for cycles with over 350 km of safe cycle tracks in and around the city.
The Arctic Ring - Zoo
Visit the Zoo on the cycle trip through the city - and experience the acrylic tunnel - where visitors can spot the majestic polar bears very close in their right arctic element - at the new Arctic Ring environment..
58 Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - May
AIDAstella is one of the cruise ships that frequently visit Copenhagen on it's way to the Baltic countries in 2017.
MSC Musica
MSC Musica - will visit Copenhagen in 2017 - together with over 320 other Cruise ships from all parts of the world.
Popular Port of Call
Over 1.2 million passengers and crew members from all over the world are expected to visit Copenhagen by ship in 2017 - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe.

58 Cruise Ships in Copenhagen - May - 2017...
…Copenhagen's harbour - Scandinavia's cruise centre!

The Cruise Season - 2017

The number of cruise vessel entering the ports of calls in Copenhagen in May - 2017 - will sum-up to 58 international ships. The total number of international cruise ships embarking the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2017 - is anticipated to amount 310 Cruise Vessels. Over 1.2 million passengers and crew member from all over the world have visited Copenhagen by ship in 2016 - and more than 320 cruise vessels have embarked in the cruise ports of Copenhagen in 2016 - on their way to the Baltic countries - Germany - Russia and Scandinavia - as Copenhagen is the largest port of call in Northern Europe for cruise companies and their cluise liner. 

The National breakdown of Cruise Vessels and Passengers in 2016

The busiest months for Cruise Ships Calls in the ports of Copenhagen and Denmark for Cruise Liners in 2016 was June - July and August - and the roughly nationality breakdown of passengers visiting Copenhagen in 2016 - was as follows: USA/Canada (25%) Germany (23%) - Scandinavia (21%) - UK (14%) - Italy (7%) - Spain (4%) - Australia (3%) - and worldwide (3%) - and almost equal to 2015 figures.

Cruise Ships - and New Terminal Facilities
Cruise ships entering the port of Copenhagen will either embark at the Langelinie Pier - or the harbour area of the Freeport Piers at Nordhavn. Cruise ships from Norway - Sweden and Poland will dock at the new cruise terminal at "Amerika Plads". The expected visit of "Turn Around Cruise Ships" - will mainly tie up at the North Harbour Piers or Langelinie Quay for embarkation. The North Harbour Cruise Terminal with new piers has been taken into use to service some of the millions of incoming international cruise travellers - and crew members more conveniently in the future - with a pier to dock three cruise ships at a time. The Langelinie Quay offers their passengers historic terminal facilities - and situated in the Langelinie park area. The old Langelinie quay was established in 1910 - for embarkation of international cruise liners - and is still functioning as a cruise terminal.

Sightseeing Tours & Trips
Take an online round trip on our Copenhagen city portal - - and we are sure that cruise passengers will be overloaded with information and guided online trough the city of Copenhagen - when visiting this tourist site and cultural guide. Beside of escaping on one of our many historical excursions or cultural field trips - there are plentiful of ways to see Copenhagen as a tourist and cruise passengers.

Inbound Travel Service

Cruise Copenhagen

Interactive Map - Onsite
- Sightseeing

Cruise Lines operating from Copenhagen Ports of Call
Cruise Destinations & Ports of Call in Denmark
Cruise Destinations - Denmark
Ports of Call in Denmark
The West Coast of Jutland
Visit the vast and rustic West Coast areas of Jutland - with the ever moving sand dunes - and the lighthouse at “Råbjerg Mile” - that is predicted to fall into the sea within 6-7 years.
Cruise Destinations & Ports of Call in Denmark
Beside Copenhagen being the major cruise destination in Scandinavia - then several other beautiful and exhilarating cities in Denmark - all filled with a rich history - interesting attractions and an explosion of cultural venues - are visited by intercontinental cruise passengers - as these selected cruise destinations and Danish waterfront townscapes are widely used as the Port of Call for international Cruise Liners cruising the clean and steady waters of Denmark.
Ports of Call in Denmark:

Jutland: Aalborg - Aarhus - Fredericia - Skagen
Funen: Faaborg
Sealand: Copenhagen - Elsinore - Hundested - Kalundborg
Bornholm: Rønne
Shore Excursion and Field Trips
Our Inbound Travel Service Team offers comprehensive shore excursion and field trips from all Danish cruise destinations - as well as exploring the countryside around the local historical areas with many exciting sites and top attractions.
Free - Free - Free - Copenhagen
The Danish Resistance Museum
One of the armoured vehicles used on liberation day 5. May - 1945 - was exhibited right at the entrance of the Resistance Museum.
Historical War artefacts
A selection of prison uniforms from various Nazi concentration camps were exhibited at the Resistance Museum together with other artefacts from these horrible extermination camps.
Denmark’s liberation - 5 May 1945
On Denmark’s liberation day 5. May 1945 - all along the roads - everywhere in Denmark - the Danes were cheering - waving - smiling and saluting the English troops that liberated their country.
Candles in the windows - May 4
The Danes put candles in their windows in remembrance and honour to those many brave persons - who offered and gave their pressure lives to liberate Denmark during 1940-1945.
...and no costly plastic cards required!
Explore Copenhagen Free. Free Activities - Attractions - Events and Historical Venues. Copenhagen offers many free experiences to explore that don't cost one Kroner (DKK) and the Copenhageners wishes to share all of the free offers together with tourists and visitors.

Copenhagen Culture

Here are some of the free stuff and activities tourists and visitors can explore and experience - while staying in Copenhagen. Museums* - Art Galleries* - Libraries - Parks - Gardens and Leisure Areas - Changing of the Guards - Historical Churches and Cemeteries - "Strøget" (the worlds longest Shopping Street) - Harbour Bath and Beaches - Town Hall - Skating Rinks - The Danish Parliament - The Old Citadel (from 1626) - Nyhavn - (the longest bar in Scandinavia) - Botanical Garden - The Glyptotek - Skateboarding - Top Attractions and Historical Places - plus many free Seasonal Venues and Events in Copenhagen - like Free dancing lessons in June and July - at the popular yearly Summer Dance event - and the Summer Ballet - performed by the
Royal Danish Ballet Corps at Rosenborg Castle or the Opera Festival in the summertime.
*Some Museums and art Galleries have Free Admission on certain days of the week.
See Museums
Denmark Liberated 5th of May - 1945
72 years ago!

The Museum of Danish Resistance 1940-1945 - Temporary closed!

Museum of Danish Resistance
Denmark was occupied by the Nazi troops on the 9th of April 1940 - and the Museum of Danish Resistance tells the story of the Danes and their resistance during the Nazi occupation 1940-1945 - and up to the liberation of Denmark in May 1945. It springs from an exhibition called Fighting Denmark - arranged by the Resistance Council in the summer of 1945. In 1957 - a permanent museum was opened on the present location - and is symbolically situated in the Churchill Park near Langelinie.


The Museum of Danish Resistance was raged by a devastating fire on April 28. - 2013. The museum building suffered massive damage - and it is presently uncertain - if the property can be saved and rebuilt. Fortunately - no historical artefacts or priceless objects were damaged by the fire. The new Museum of Danish Resistance is scheduled to reopen 2018.

The 5th of May will be celebrated on the new building site of the new Museum of Danish Resistance - at the Churchill Park.

Former Resistance Museum

May 5th -
Liberation of Denmark 1945. (National Flag Day)

Candles in the windows
On May 4th - the Danes put candles in their windows in remembrance and honour to those many brave persons - who offered and gave their pressure lives to liberate Denmark - and also to celebrate the liberation day on the 5th of May - even though it is 67 years ago.

Ryvang Memorial Park
Tourists visiting Copenhagen can also visit the Ryvang Memorial Park at Hellerup to get a historical flashback from the years of the Nazi occupation - and experience the Memorial Park that also is a delightful sanctuary with beautiful grassy ramparts surrounding the resistance members’ final resting places.

Ryvang Memorial Park

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The Danish Resistance - and the brave British and American soldiers
In great honour and remembrance to the courageous Danish Resistance - plus the many young and brave British and American soldiers - who gave their precious lives to liberate Denmark - and the rest of Europe from its Nazi occupiers - as well as those heroic women and men who fought courageously and survived - and then left Europe again - when peace finally was established around the European Continent. The editor has selected a video with Vera Lynn performing - "We'll Meet Again" - as a never ending Thanks to the Greatest Generation ever.

In deep respect and great admiration - especially on liberation day May 5th.

Video - "We'll Meet Again"

Events & Entertainment in Copenhagen
Events and other City Hot Spots in May - 2017... Scandinavia's largest and most lively capital!

Exhibitions - Fairs & Events in May 2017


- ICA 2017
- IPAC17
- Scala Days 2017



- #childmothers 2017
- J-Popcon 2017

There are major Exhibition Halls and large Exhibition Venues in and around Copenhagen - surrounded by excellent nearby hotels and superior accommodation.


Danishfrom the Danish Brewery Industry and minor micro breweries - as well as foreign beer breweries - meet to present their beers - and where the audience can taste as mush as they like of the different beer types and sorts. The beer festival 2017 - will be held at the LOKOMOTIVVÆRKSTEDET - where more than 800 beer types and sorts from over 80 local and foreign beer producers can be tasted and enjoyed at the Beer Festival.
The European Beer Festival - 2017
At the European Beer Festival 2017 - in May in Copenhagen - the audience can taste as mush as they like of the different beer types and sorts - when the entrance i paid.


The 2017 marathon race starts and finishes by the waterfront beside the Royal Library "The Black Diamond". The traffic-free course can roughly be split into 3 laps each consisting of approximately 14 kilometres. So come and Join this year's marathon and run the official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards) - with perfect service by the organizers from start to finish in May.
Copenhagen Marathon - 2017
The Copenhagen Marathon gathers about 10,000 runners and the traffic-free course is filled with cheering spectators.


The Royal Danish Theatre - is a treasured cultural institution
Visit the Royal Danish Theatre and experience the performance of the Royal Danish Ballet - Philharmonic Concerts with the Royal Danish Orchestra - Opera by The Royal Danish Opera - Drama with The Royal Theatre at the National Stage or at the new Opera House. The Royal Danish Theatre is Denmark's most highly profiled cultural institution - and presents Danish theatre culture - at its very best.

Royal Danish Ballet Corps
Experience the Royal Danish Ballet at the Royal Theatre - which is second to none for ballet lovers.
COPENHAGEN - A vibrant city - full of life - joy and entertainment!

The biggest city in Scandinavia
Copenhagen is a cosmopolitan city full of life and joy - and also the largest city in Scandinavia - which attracts a large groups of Scandinavian visitors - who enjoy Danish hospitality and the free way of practicing unrestricted drinking - related to the Danes hundreds of years of responsible alcohol culture - which goes way back to the Viking era. The Danish capital also offers - exciting events - festivals and shows that are performed in and around the city together with many cultural arrangements and sports activities.

More Events in May 2017: Event Calendar
Copenhagen offers a vibrant nightlife all over the city with cocktail bars - jazz clubs - dancing hot spots - night clubs - casino - discotheques etc. - and any other kind of entertainment that can satisfy nightlife goers.
Entertainment - Song of the Month
Melody & Song of the Month - May - 2017
Oldies - but Goodies!
Engelbert Humperdinck - "We'll Meet Again"
Oldies but Goodies!
Every month we will select a real appealing song or melody from the past - that once hit the top charts - and turned into a genuine evergreen - and is still worth listening to. The purpose is to take you down memory lane - either with the original version or in a new musical arrangement and orchestration.
This Month's Song
May - 2017
This month’s song "We'll Meet Again" is one of the most famous songs of the Second World War era - that was played and performed to boost up the moral of the British soldiers going to war - aa well as to fight for the liberation of Europe - while leaving their families and sweethearts at home. The war song "We'll Meet Again" was made famous by singer Dame Vera Lynn with music and lyrics composed and written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles in 1939. "We'll Meet Again" is traditionally played on Liberation Day all over Europe on May 5 - as a closure and remembrance to Liberation Day - and also to mark the ending of World War II. - which is celebrated every year in mostly every part of the western world.
Engelbert Humperdinck - "We'll Meet Again"

“We'll meet again - Don't know where - Don't know when - But I know we'll meet again some sunny day” - is one of the most famous songs ever sung especially during World War II - to give the love ones - who were left back at home a promising hope for their beloved men - soldiers and other war personnel to return back again after the war. The song “We'll meet again” was performed by Vera Lynn - and widely known as "The Forces' Sweetheart” - when she during the war toured Egypt - India and Burma giving outdoor concerts for the troops overseas - while boosting their sprit enormously. “So will you please say Hello - To the folks that I know - Tell them I won't be long - They'll be happy to know - That as you saw me go - I was singing this song”. “We'll meet again” also became the signature song for Vera Lynn - who later was knighted by Queen Elizabeth as Dame Very Lynn. “Keep smiling through - Just like you always do - Till the blue skies - Drive the dark clouds far away” - and who has not be touched emotionally by these encouraging lyrics together with this everlasting evergreen from a devastating wartime period - when hearing this ear catching song and melody. “We'll meet again” is performed and sung all over the western part of the world on Liberation Day - May 5. - as a great honour and remembrance to the many young woman and soldiers - who gave their precious lives to liberate Europe - as well as a wonderful remembrance to the Greatest Generation ever.

Listen to this swaying - swinging and splendid version of this classic war song performed elegantly by Engelbert Humperdinck together with a captive and emotional audience.

“We'll meet again”
has been performed by hundreds of entertainers including Willie Nelson - Johnny Cash - Rod Stewart - Barry Manilow - P. J. Proby - Benny Goodman - Joe Henry - Johnny Cash - Sandy Coast - She & Him - The Byrds - The Chordettes, The Ink Spots - The Turtles plus many many others.

May 2017 - will be a 72-year jubilee for celebration of the Liberation Day in 1945.

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Previous Melodies & Songs of the Month

Marking days of May - 2017
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days in May - 2017
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays and Flag Days in May - 2017

- May 1. The socialist parties and leftwing movements celebrate labours day at "Fælledparken" in Copenhagen and all around Denmark - with many speeches and colourful entertainment. (Flag Day and Public holiday)

- May 4.
It's a tradition since 1945 - that Danes put candles in their windows on the eve of May 4 - to commemorate the liberation of Denmark in May 5 - 1945.

- May 5.
Celebration of Denmark's Liberation in 1945. (Flag Day)

- May 12. The Great Prayer Day - “Store Bededag” and “Varme hveder”. Warm wheat buns.
The Great Prayer Day - “Store Bededag”.
(Holy day - Flag Day and Public holiday)

- May - 25. - Ascension Day - (Kristi Himmelfartsdag)
The Feast of the Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar - and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday - 40 day after Easter. (Holy day - Flag Day and Public holiday)

- May 26. Birthday of Crown Prince Frederik (Flag Day)


Flags on public transport units & buildings

Flags on busses & public buildings
All public busses will drive with the Danish flag - as well as all public buildings will be flagging on national flag days - plus flags all over town - when any royal or prominent person is visiting Denmark.

See Public Holidays and Flag Days


Denmark's Liberation in 1945
The Danes put candles in their windows on the eve of May 4 - every year - to commemorate the liberation of Denmark in May 5 - 1945.
"Varme Hveder"
After walking on the ramparts of the Citadel - it is a tradition to eat warm wheat buns called "Hveder" before The Great Prayer Day.(Store Bededag).
National Flag Days
On national flags days - flags will appear on public busses and buildings - or when any royal or prominent person is visiting Denmark.
Monthly Information
The Danes drink the Cleanest tap and drinking water in the world!
The Cleanest tap water in the World
Remember - there is always clean fresh running tap water in every Danish household - institution - hotel etc. - and the Danes drink almost 2,5 litres of water each day. And the Danes are privileged to drink the cleanest tap and drinking water in the world.
Monthly Information...
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The S-Trains and Transport in 2017...
…take the S-Train - and listen to those rails a-humming

The S-Train
Take the S-Train and experience Copenhagen and beyond - on one of the best local train networks in the world. The tour with the S-train is a great opportunity for tourists to see the city and also discover the outskirts of Copenhagen - as well as exploring North Sealand and the southern coastline too - with its many attractions - historical venues and enchanting forest areas. The train ride - from the Central Station or other local stations will take visitors every 20 minutes to Klampenborg - Hillerød and Frederikssund north of Copenhagen - and to Køge alongside the southern coastline of Sealand.

DSB is the main train operator in Denmark - and is owned by the Danish State.

The S-Train Net and Lines of Copenhagen - S-Trains
Free bicycles with the S-Train
The S-Train has a wide network of lines in and beyond Copenhagen - and it's free to transport a bicycle with the S-Train.
24 Hour Ticket
The 24 hour ticket provides unlimited transport by train - bus and metro in and around Copenhagen.
The FlexCard
The FlexCard offers unlimited transport by train - bus and metro in and around Copenhagen for
7 or 30 days.
Free transport of Bicycles
It is also free to take your bicycle with the S-Train every day all year round in 2017 - to your end station and destination.

Onsite and Transport
Route Map
Route map for busses - trains and Metro.
Parking Guide
Car parking guide in and around Copenhagen.

Updated route map for Busses - Trains and Metro + Parking in central Copenhagen...

Maps and other traffic info are frequently updated
To give our readers better updated info about Busses - Trains - Metro and Harbour Busses as well as parking possibilities in central Copenhagen - we have moved this section from our transport site to the Monthly Newsletter page - as maps and other info are frequently updated by the provider of these services.

Updated bus route map
You're in the Greater Copenhagen area for a family visit or other reasons. Whatever - you'll need to get around by Bus - Train - Metro and Harbour Bus as easily as possible. Here we provide you with a quick overview of an updated route map that is relevant for you - which all valid for both buses - trains and Metro - some with specific periods and zones.

Harbour Busses
Take the harbour busses and experience Copenhagen from the seaside and waterfront - where one can hop on and of at popular spots around the harbour area.

The Bus Route Map is under revision!

Parking within the Pay and Display zone

You have to pay for parking at all times from 08.00 A.M. on Mondays until 17.00 P.M. on Saturdays. Your "Pay and Display" ticket is valid for the zone in which it was bought and also in any cheaper zones. Note that your "Pay and Display" ticket is valid for all zones from 18.00 in the evening until 08.00 the next morning because charges are the same everywhere for that time period. All parking around the city of Copenhagen is free on Sundays.

Se more on - and then select the english version!

Danish Banknotes
The Danish Banknotes...
…money - money - money - must be funny - in a rich man’s world!

When visiting Denmark - tourists will be presented with these new banknotes called the 2009-2011 series. But one will still meet the 1997 and 1972 series of banknotes in circulation.

The Theme of the banknotes

The theme of the new banknotes is Danish bridges and the surrounding landscapes - or details from these landscapes. The artist Karin Birgitte Lund has chosen to interpret this theme in two ways - bridges as links between various parts of Denmark and as links between the past and the present. The present is represented by the bridges - the past by five distinctive prehistoric objects found near the bridges.

Danish Currency - Banknotes & Coins

First Danish banknote - 1728
The first Danish banknote was issued in 1713 - and the banknote was to have the same value as coins - but the Danes did not trust this paper money - and its value therefore soon fell to below the coin value. The banknotes were withdrawn again in 1728.
A Messy Construction Site in 2017
The Metro City Ring
The Metro City Ring will circle around the central part of Copenhagen - when completed in 2019.
Construction Sites in Copenhagen
Due to Metro City Ring extension - there will be some messy streets and places in Copenhagen.
Town Hall Building Site
One of the most affected constructions sites will be at the Town Hall Square - where the major Town Hall Station will be located.
The Tunnel Boring Machine
The huge tunnel boring machine (TBM) - will operate and drill - bore - and excavate the two tunnels 25 to 35 meters under the surface of Copenhagen creating a diameter of almost 5 meter.
New York Subway opened in 1860
The New York Subway (Metro) opened in 1860 - and is the oldest and largest underground railway system in the world.
Copenhagen 2017 - A Messy Construction Site...
…21 active Metro Bulding Sites all over the City until 2019-2020!

Construction of the new Metro Circle Line
Tourists visiting Copenhagen within the next couple of years - and until 2019-2020 - will see and experience an enormous lot of heavy construction activity and building sites all around Copenhagen - due to establishing and completing the new Metro Circle Line that will run right in the central part of Copenhagen.

The expansion of the exciting public transport system
The expansion of the existing public transport system in Copenhagen by building the new Metro Circle Ring will cost the Danish tax payers almost DKK 24 billion - and will consist of two single track tunnels - running in a ring around the central part of Copenhagen - each with the approximately length of 16 km - and totally 32 km of new track tunnels are slowly being drilled and bored by advanced and giant tunnel boring machines about 25-35 metres under the surface of Copenhagen - to meet each end of the new circle line precisely.

Breakthrough - The Tunnel Boring Work completed
The Tunnel Boring Work was completed in February 2017 - and the completion of Tracks and Metro Stations plus all nessasary facilities and technical installations has started.

Great benefit for future Metro users
When the new metro system is completed - it will be a great benefit for daily commuters - tourist and Copenhageners - as the new Metro Circle Ring will be a fully automated driverless metro ring line operating 24 hours - 7 days a week - and with 17 underground stations and island platforms - as well as 4 crossover facilities - with 4 construction and ventilation shafts. It will take approximately 24-minutes to travel all the way around the new Metro City Line.

21 construction sites all over Copenhagen
Tourists in Copenhagen will experience changes in traffic patterns - bus routes - as well as retail trade - shopping availability - restaurant visits - train station accessibility etc. - and everyone living and visiting the city will be affected in some way in and around the building sites. Tourist should take extra caution - and be extra careful during their stay or vacation in the city - as there will be almost 21 heavy construction sites all around Copenhagen that obviously will make the city more or less noisy - dusty - muddy etc. - with many challenging obstacles - and numerous changed streetscapes. All together - Copenhagen will be quite a big mess until 2018 - and the most affected location created by the construction work - is the Town Hall Square - right in the “bull's eye” of Copenhagen - where the pulse of the city really beats - and has for many decades - always been the favourite meeting place for tourists spending their holidays in Copenhagen.

Traffic problems all around Copenhagen
The building of the new city metro ring will obviously create a lot of traffic problems in and around Copenhagen with plenty of detours - changes in traffic patterns - as well as heavy traffic jams.

Metro Ring Completed in 2019-2020

The new Metro City Ring will according to all ambitious plans open and operate in 2019-2020 - and the preparation work - including geotechnical surveys and archaeological excavation - is already in their final stage. The huge tunnel boring machine (TBM) - also known as a "mole" - will then start to drill - bore - and excavate in the extremely hard gray clay and chalk to create the two tunnels 25 to 35 meters under the surface of Copenhagen with a diameter of almost 5 meters.

Location of construction sites
Here are the 21 different construction sites located in central Copenhagen and listed in alphabetical order - and in their originally names in Danish: Aksel Møllers Have - Enghave Plads - Frederiksberg - Frederiksberg Allé - Gammel Strand - Kongens Nytorv - København H - Marmorkirken - Nørrebro - Nørrebroparken - Nørrebros Runddel - Nuuks Plads - Otto Busses Vej - Poul Henningsens Plads - Rådhuspladsen - Skjolds Plads - Sønder Boulevard - Trianglen - Vibenshus Runddel - Øster Søgade/Sortedams Sø - and Østerport.

New York Subway - 1860
The New York Subway (Metro) is the oldest underground railway transit system in the world - which opened in 1860 - with stations located throughout the boroughs of Manhattan - Brooklyn - Queens and the Bronx. The Subway system today is one of the largest in the world with over 470 stations operating on a 24-hour basis.

The London Underground - 1863
The London Underground transit system (Metro) - called The Metropolitan Railway - opened in 1863 - and is the second oldest underground train system in the world - with over 26,000 passengers a day within a few months after the opening in 1863 - and was operating between Hammersmith and Farringdon Street. Today - the London Underground serves 270 stations by rail - and is also colloquially called "The Tube".

Travelling safely in Copenhagen - 2017
Mind Pickpockets and Trick Thieves in crowded areas in Copenhagen
Safety Precautions in Copenhagen...
...especially in crowded areas!

Cynical Pickpockets - Trick Thieves and Con Men!

Like in any other Capital City or Metropolitan areas - Copenhagen has it’s problems with professional pickpockets and and cynical trick thieves that mainly target Visitors and Tourists - and are spread all over the city with their criminal activities. Even though Copenhagen records a very low crime rate - and is a quite safe place to be and live - pocket thieves operate in crowded tourist areas - where the risk of being a victim for these sneaky criminals is higher on the Pedestrian Street “Strøget” - and the area around the Central Station and in S-Trains - as well as Cinemas - Cafés - Restaurants and Public Transportation etc.. So be careful with your personal belongings and always use your common sense. If any attempt - you should immediately contact the police.

Read more:
Travelling Safely in Copenhagen

Pickpockets and Thieves
Mind Pickpockets and Trick Thieves in crowded areas in Copenhagen - and many con men and criminals will enter Copenhagen for the tourist season.
Soeren A. Kierkegaard
  Quotation of the month - May - 2017

“Everybody wants development - but nobody wants changes”

(Alle vil udvikling - ingen vil forandring)
Soeren A. Kierkegaard - Famous Danish philosopher - 1813-1855

Søren Kierkegaard
Danish Food Culture - Cuisine - and Cooking - Recipes
*A Part of the Danish Cultural Heritage*
Danish Specialities - Recipes of the Month - May
"Boller I Karry"
Old National & Traditional Danish Pork Dish - and everyday favourite meal!
Boller I Karry - Danish Meatballs in mild Curry - is a traditional Danish pork recipe and everyday favourite dish that has been prepared and served for generations of Danes for over 150 years. The dish was invented around 1840 - when the first mix of curry powder and species was imported and introduced in Denmark in 1837. When the recipes and dish had become common - it was categorized as being a very exotic serving with rice - as the Danes were not used to spicy food in the middle of the 19th century. The secret behind the preparation is - that the dish only must have a slight taste of mild curry - and must not in any way be spicy hot like dishes from the Far East - but just have a smooth and delightful curry flavour that pleases the Scandinavian food culture and taste.
"Boller i Karry" - Pork Meatballs in (mild) Curry

"Boller i Karry"
(Pork Meatballs in mild Curry)
The dish is over 150 years old and has been a traditional everyday meal for generations of Danes that just want to taste the curry flavour wit the pork meatballs and rice. Curry was first imported to Denmark in 1837 - and the dish was served about 1840. Here is a very old recipes from the 19th century that is very simple to prepare.



300 g
1 dl
4 tablespoons
3/4 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon
1½ teaspoon

Mild Curry Sauce
20 g
3 teaspoon
2-3 tablespoons
6 dl

3-4 teaspoons

2 dl

round pork
Big onion
Pepper (according to taste)

Mild Curry
Boiling water for meatballs

Whipping cream or yogurt

Long-grain white rice

Curry Powder in Denmark - 1837

Curry powder was first introduced to the Danes in 1837 - and was used to prepare the first exotic dish with meatballs and rice called "Boller i Karry". At first - the dish was an exclusive serving in restaurants - and later became very popular as an everyday favourite - as well as a delicious pork recipe in the Danish kitchen for over 150 years ago.

Rice in Denmark - from the 16th century
Rice was imported into Denmark at the beginning of the 16th century - where this oriental crop became quite popular in Danish food making - and up to the 19th century - rice was an important supplement that replaced the Danes beloved potatoes in some every day dishes.

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"Boller i Karry" - A everyday Danish pork recipe
(Pork Meatballs in mild Curry)

Mixing the
ingredients well
- Mix the meatball ingredients together very well - and let the minced meat mixture cool in the fridge for an hour.

Boil water
- Then boil water in a selected saucepan adding a bit of butter.

Forming the meatballs
- Form the meatballs into round balls with a tablespoon - and dip the spoon regularly in the boiling water to shape the round meat balls in the palm of your hand.

Cooking the meatballs
- Then cook the raw meatballs in boiling water for about 10-12 minutes. Later drain them for water - but keep some of the meat ball water and stock for the curry sauce.

Mild curry sauce
- For the curry sauce - melt the butter in a pan and add flour - then whip it constantly together into a smooth dough. After that - mix the mild curry powder and onion together in the sauce. Add the hot stock. Boil the sauce together for some minutes while stirring. Add the cream or yogurt.

Season the curry sauce - The secret
- Season to taste with salt - pepper - and the dish must not be spicy hot. That is the secret of the dish - as it must leave the meal with a smooth and mild curry flavour -
that pleases the Scandinavian food culture and taste.

Meatballs and mild curry sauce
- Put the meatballs in the mild curry sauce and lat them rest - while they soak up the curry sauce for at least 1 hour to flavour the entire dish.

Fluffy White Rice
- Fill the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid with 2dl long-grain white rice - after rinsing the rice in cold water. Then top up with 3 times as much water over the amount of rice. Let the water boil over the rice for 5-10 minutes - then let the rice rest for at least 45 minutes on lowest heat - until the rice has soaked up all the water and the rice is totally dried. Then ad a bit of butter to the fluffy rice if preferred to ad a rich flavour to the rice.

Sautéing the rice in butter for a few minutes before cooking the rice adds an extra taste to the rice.

Final "Boller i karry" dish
Then heat up the dish and serve with rice - and decorate with cut chives.

Ready-made "Boller i Karry"
You can also buy ready-made "Boller i Karry" in supermarkets and grocery stores.

See Eating and traditional Danish food culture

See Danish Specialities with Recipes in English Recipes

(Means - Enjoy your meal in Danish!)

Important Tip!
Even though we show thousands of "sunshine photos" on our Copenhagen Portal and on this Newsletter site too - then it does sometimes "rain" in Copenhagen and Denmark - so remember an umbrella!

Photo substitute
As a substitute for the missing "rainy photos" on our presentation of Copenhagen and Denmark - we show the famous scene with Gene Kelly dancing in the pouring rain - and singing his legendary signature song "Singin' in the Rain".


Most sincerely,
Advisory Board & News Letter Team

George B. Moller

Singin' in the Rain

American comedy musical film from 1952 - starring Gene Kelly - Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds - with the famous scene where legendary Gene Kelly is dancing in pouring rain - while singing the title song "Singin' in the Rain".
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