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The complete guide to Easter in Denmark

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The complete guide to Easter in Denmark
You'll come across many egg hunts over the Easter period in Denmark. Photo: Miro Vrlik, Unsplash

Egg hunts, an all-day lunch, gækkebrev, five-day weekend and snaps. Here's your complete guide to a Danish Easter.


Five-day holiday

The Easter period in Denmark includes Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. These are national holidays in Denmark when schools are closed and most people do not work. 

Even though Easter has become less of a religious holiday, Danish flags are flown at half-mast on Good Friday.

It is worth checking opening times for shops, supermarkets, attractions and restaurants during this period because many close for the whole long weekend.


Most people stretch out the bank holidays and either take the entire first or second week off. Many will go to their summer houses or spend time with family, so you may find the cities quieter than usual.
Tivoli is a fun place to visit over Easter. Photo: Marie Hald/Ritzau Scanpix

Easter decorations

Homes are decorated with Easter colours (yellow, mint green, pale pink), fresh flowers or branches to hang decorations from. It's very popular to bring nature into homes in Denmark.

Children also bring home Easter decorations such as a small chicken or bunny box with cress seeds.

Easter decorations
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The påskefrokost, or Easter lunch, is a must for most Danes. Some families have Easter lunches at a restaurant, but most people invite family and friends to their homes.

Usually taking place on Easter Sunday, the Easter lunch can be drawn out across the day and can encompass both the afternoon and evening meals. It is interspersed by going for walks in the (hopefully) spring weather and with Easter egg hunts.

The food will include rye bread (of course), eggs, cress, fish fillet with remoulade, different kinds of herring, a variety of cheese, sliced meats and liver pâté (leverpostej).

Easter lunch in Denmark

An example of påskefrokost. Photo: Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix

Lamb is also a typical dish for this time of year, as well as tarteletter. These are tartlets made using puff pastry and a filling of chicken, asparagus, carrots and celery.

Two of the most popular Easter time cakes are citrontærte, lemon tart and the citronmåne or lemon moon, a lemon infused sponge with marzipan and icing.


Tarteletter. File photo: David Leth Williams/Ritzau Scanpix

The drinks will include Easter beers. All breweries begin releasing their Påskebryg (Easter brew) in the run up to Easter, claiming it to be stronger and tastier than the average beer. 

There will also be snaps, or “en lille en,” a northern European kind of flavoured spirit (could be akvavit), which people drink in one-go, accompanied by a cheerful “Skåål!” 

If you’re invited to a påskefrokost, remember to bring a bottle of wine or some flowers and arrive on time.

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Making a gækkebrev (or several) is a standard activity for Danish children. The idea is to design a letter in the basic shape of a snowflake that includes a rhyming riddle and a snowdrop. Children will not sign their names on the letter, but will instead put one dot for every letter in their name.

Recipients then have to guess who sent them the letter. If they guess right, the sender has to give them a chocolate egg. If they don't guess the sender's identity, then the recipient has to give the egg. You'll almost certainly know which child sent it to you but play along and give them the chocolate. 

Danish gækkebrev

An example of a gækkebrev. Photo: Bjarne Lüthcke/Ritzau Scanpix


Like everywhere else in the world, the egg is a major symbol of Easter in Denmark. It symbolises new life and a new beginning.

Eggs will be eaten boiled, fried or as a prepared solæg, which translates as “sun egg.” This is a tradition from southern Denmark. The eggs are boiled with onions and the yolk turns dark. The eggs are then put into a salty mixture for at least one week, and then eaten with mustard and chilli.  

Solæg, a kind of hard-boiled egg, is enjoyed during Easter, particularly in South Jutland. Photo: Annett Bruhn/Ritzau Scanpix

Easter egg hunts

Easter is not complete without an Easter egg hunt. Children look for chocolate eggs in the garden or in parks that the Easter bunny has hidden. They also plays games with eggs. One game is throwing boiled eggs to see who can throw the furthest.

Easter eggs
Photo: Cybèle and Bevan, Unsplash
Decorating eggs is also popular, which you can do by making a tiny hole at the bottom and top of an egg with a needle and blowing out the contents before carefully decorating the shell.  

For the professional look, head to Royal Copenhagen’s flagship store on Strøget. They produce a new Easter egg each year in porcelain – it can be opened at the top and filled with chocolate. 

However you celebrate your Danish Easter, we hope it's a good one. God påske allesammen!

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