Denmark and Northern Jutland
Maybe you’ve heard the tale of the Little Mermaid, or perhaps you are familiar with the other works of famous Danish authors such as Hans Christian Andersen. ? Maybe you’ve heard about the brave and brutal Vikings? It is all embedded in the Danish history and culture.
Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is the southernmost and territorially the smallest of the five Nordic countries if the off-shore territories are excluded, and the largest if they are included. Denmark is one of the Scandinavian countries. The mainland is north of its only land neighbour, Germany; southwest of Sweden; and south of Norway. Denmark also encompasses two off-shore territories, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, who were granted home rule in 1948 and 1979, respectively. The national capital is Copenhagen.
Denmark borders both the Baltic and the North Sea. The country consists of a large peninsula, Jutland (Jylland), which borders northern Germany, plus a large number of islands, most notably Zealand (Sjælland), Funen (Fyn), Lolland, Falster and Bornholm as well as hundreds of minor islands often referred to as the Danish Archipelago. Denmark has long controlled the approach to the Baltic Sea, and these waters are also known as the Danish straits.
Denmark is a constitutional monarchy and is a member of the European Union, having joined the European Economic Community in 1973. The Faroe Islands and Greenland remain outside the EU, including the EU customs zone.
Originally relying on farming, fishing and seafaring and with no other major natural resources, Denmark experienced rapid industrialization and urbanization in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These trends enabled the establishment of a Scandinavian Model “welfare state” of public services, starting with the 1933 social reforms known as the Kanslergade Agreement. In 2006, a survey found Denmark to be the happiest place in the world, based on standards of health, welfare, and education. In 2007, the country’s capital is ranked the second most liveable city in the world by Monocle magazine and ranked as the happiest nation in the world.
For more information: http://www.visitdenmark.com
The Danish weather can be frightful or fantastic – and usually everything in between. Be prepared for all seasons in one day. All before lunchtime. As the Danes say, there’s no such thing as bad weather… just the wrong clothing. So embrace it, wear layers and remember to bring a rain jacket.
However, the summer (Jun-Aug) can be quite warm, with summer temperatures from +15 (celcius) on the bad days, but up to +26 or warmer (celcius) most of the summer.
Before packing your suitcase, look up the forecast for Aalborg here: http://www.dmi.dk
In Denmark the currency is the Danish Krone, DKK. To find your currency rate please click here: www.xe.com
Most shops will accept Mastercard and Visacard.
Euro: It is possible to pay with Euro notes (not coins) in the Danish stores; however, you will receive Danish coins in exchange. Be aware that the exchange rates for Euro in the Danish stores are unfavorable compared to the banks exchange rate.
Welcome to Aalborg
The conference will be held in Aalborg and we plan for you to have some time to explore the city while attending the conference.
With its 200,000 inhabitants, Aalborg is the fourth largest city of Denmark – the third largest municipality in Denmark – and the regional capitol of North Jutland – the Danish region blessed by nature with the most hours of sunshine.
Aalborg is a bustling university city situated at the narrowest part of the picturesque Limfjord in the midst of wood-covered hills, moors and shallow marshes, and you can reach some of the most beautiful beaches in Northern Europe within 30 minutes. The earliest settlements date back to about 700 AD. The location at the Limfjord made the city an important harbour during the Middle Ages and an industrial centre later.
Over the years, the city has developed into one of the busiest trading centres in Denmark. Activity and prosperity left their marks on the city’s architecture, and many of the old buildings still function as natural elements in the townscape.
Today, the city’s centre’s modern architecture blends in with a wealth of old buildings and cosy cobbled streets with half-timbered houses and charming squares. So make sure not to miss out on a stroll through the pedestrianised shopping district for some real Danish design icons.
Aalborg is renowned for its many restaurants, cafès and bars – more per inhabitant than any other city in the country. You will find many of them in Jomfru Ane gade, Aalborg’s amusement street with Denmark’s longest continous stretch of restaurants, pubs, clubs, cafès and bars.
Our most valued asset is of course, the open-minded, friendly and hospitable attitude of the people living in Aalborg.
To find information about shops, transport, city tours etc. visit the official website of Visit Aalborg: http://www.visitaalborg.com/ln-int/aalborg/tourist.
Aalborg towards a green transition
The Center of Green Transition
In the Municipality of Aalborg we have a department called the Center of Green Transition, which is a platform for all the projects with a sustainable focus. Here, project participants engage in cooperation with local cizitens, local industry, local education centers and the retail of Aalborg.
Aalborg Sustainability Festival
One of the major events is the Sustainability Festival of Aalborg. The Festival embraces all the different sustainable projects and activities that are going on in the Municipality of Aalborg within environmental and social sustainability. This could be everything from bike rides, health and ecology to sustainable construction, urban farming, wind energy and so much more.
The aim of the Sustainability Festival is to create awareness of all the initiatives that exist in the world of sustainability and provide inspiration for sustainable behavior.
The sustainability approach of the Municipality of Aalborg is embedded in Aalborg Commitments. Aalborg Commitments is a list of qualitative objectives organized into 10 holistic themes, which can be adapted by local decision-makers in the municipality. You can find the commitments on the European website: www.sustainablecities.eu.
The aim of the website is to emphasize the most important tools that can be used in the work of sustainability and to create a platform where the cities in Europe can share their knowledge and experiences regarding the matter.
The Municipality of Aalborg has a Green Agent. The main task for the Green Agent is to build a bridge between the citizens of Aalborg and green living by offering advice and guidance to citizens or business in regards to green projects that facilitates a green transition in the municipality. The projects come in many forms, for example energy reductions to increase the natural environments in the city, circular economy, recycling, transport and conservation of water.
Post Conference Activities
We will not provide any pre-arranged tours after the conference. However, we will highly recommend visiting parts of Northern Jutland, or maybe a short visit to Copenhagen, our beautiful capital, if you have time after the conference. We recommend using the official travel site of Denmark for further information: http://www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/tourist-frontpage