Today is the year’s longest day

June 21 marks the summer solstice and Danes will enjoy a full ten hours more daylight than in the dead of winter. The bad news, of course, is that it only gets darker from here on out.

Today is the year's longest day
Photo: Thomas Rousing
We hope you get out and enjoyed the sun today. After all, you'll have plenty of chances.
Today marks the longest day of the year, with parts of the country enjoying up to 18 hours of daylight. 
The national average for daylight today is 17 hours, 32 minutes and 21 seconds. Skagen residents will have a few extra minutes of daylight, with the sun not setting there until 10.20pm. On the southern island of Bornholm, the sun will set at 9.40pm, while Copenhagen residents will have daylight until 9.58pm.
The summer solstice stands in stark contrast to the year’s shortest day the winter solstice on December 21. On that day, Copenhagen had only seven hours and two minutes of daylight. 
The traditional celebration of the summer solstice will be on Monday, when Danes nationwide burn witches on bonfires for Saint John’s Eve (Sankt Hans Aften). 

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