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Driving a Rental Car in Denmark.....

There are few places in the world with as unique a history as Denmark. While many different societies over the millennia have left their mark across thousands of kilometers in Europe, when you consider how many more questions than answers they left, few have had as wide of an impact on society as the Vikings. From the eighth to tenth centuries, the Danes, people of Denmark, were known as Vikings. Being an epicenter for one of the most mysterious and popular cultures the world has ever known; Denmark sees a regular amount of tourists each year who seek to learn as much as they can about the Vikings.

 The Kingdom of Denmark actually includes Greenland and the Faroe Islands, but all we’ll be concerned with today is the Northern European country known simply as Denmark. For those wishing to visit the ex-residence of the Vikings, you may want to know a few of the appropriate traffic laws. You wouldn’t want to face ancestral Viking justice - would you?

First of all, for all you United Kingdom, Cyprus and other left-hand drivers out there, Denmark is a right-hand side driving country. Break this rule and you’re likely to end up dead before any police have a chance to pull you over. Secondly, Denmark is part of the European Union- meaning all of those with driver’s licenses and insurance cards that are valid within the European Union are already well on their way to being able to drive within Denmark’s borders. Wearing a seat belt is mandatory whether you’re in the front or back of the vehicle, a driver’s license, insurance and all that other paperwork usually required in your vehicle at all times is necessary, and the speed limits are relatively the same as most continental European countries except for rural areas being eighty kilometers an hour, not ninety.

Now that we’ve gotten the usual stuff out of the way, let’s talk about a few Danish specialties. The blood alcohol content level is different in Denmark than most. The country doesn’t hold a zero tolerance policy, but neither is it as lenient as the UK’s eight-tenths milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood policy. Denmark only allows twenty-five hundredths milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood, three times less than what the UK permits. Also, you don’t have to worry about tolls while driving on Denmark’s motorways, but there are two major bridges that will cost you a toll-charge to cross.

Fines for speeding are steep, and the law is strictly enforced. Fines are incurred on-the-spot and you will be fined for ever infraction found before, during, and after being pulled. However, you are not required to keep a fire extinguisher or a first aid kit in your vehicle, so you don’t have to worry about nonsense fines as far as those items are concerned. You also don’t have to worry about keeping your headlights on at all times. Keep in mind all laws are subject to change. Ask the attendants at the car rental company you visit about any recent changes to be aware of just in case. The last thing you want is to end up with a couple tickets after an amazing trip through Nordic lands. 

Finally, if you have any specific information on various rental car locations throughout Denmark, click on one of the links at the top of the page.  We are continuously updating location information, but just because we may not have complete information on a location doesn't mean you can't rent a car in Denmark today.  Type in your location in the car rental booking engine above, and chances are, we'll have a vehicle available for rent at your location in Denmark.


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