Country #13, Day 98-101, Copenhagen & Ribe, Denmark
A road trip has many advantages, it gives you superb mobility and hence the flexibility to visit places not figuring on regular tourist maps. In the case of Denmark it allowed us to visit Ribe, apart from Copenhagen, camp at a shelter located far up country in the middle of a farm. We essentially got a feel of not only a big city but also rural life.
Denmark is a small speck on the map of Europe directly North of Germany. This small country of 5.5mn people is one of the richest in the world and is ranked 6th in the world on per capita income and also among the highest on income equality and quality of life. For you to imagine the prosperity, lets take the GDP of Mumbai and reduce its population to a fifth and you get the Kingdom of Denmark.
A great example of the quality of life, the ascendancy of cycles as the most favoured means of transport both within and outside cities, so much so that even the highways have dedicated cycling lanes. It probably is the most cycle friendly country in the world and is influencing countries all over the world to also adopt it!
For visiting, the country is a real joy, it has many small towns with picturesque cobblestone streets, immaculately preserved medieval architecture and public buildings, half-timbered houses which are thankfully not mentioned in tourism brochures. The landscape on the other hand is defined by water and islands which really adds to the overall serenity and peace which is a hallmark of life here.
These days Denmark captures global imagination as the epitome of a civilised society, and it punches above its weight on many fronts: progressive politics, urban planning, sustainability, design and architecture. We present a few glimpses of life here with our pictures, enjoy!