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Map: Are these the best 26 restaurants in Denmark?

Denmark and the Faroe Islands have 26 Michelin-starred restaurants after the new Nordic Countries Guide 2020 was announced on Monday.

Map: Are these the best 26 restaurants in Denmark?
Geranium. File photo: Niels Ahlmann Olesen/Ritzau Scanpix

A total of 35 stars were shared out between 25 restaurants in Denmark and 1 in the Faroe Islands at the annual awards, announced on Monday evening at a special launch event at the Olavshallen Concert Hall in Norwegian city Trondheim.

The evening can be considered to have been an overall success for the Scandinavian country's fine dining scene.

Copenhagen’s Alchemist restaurant scored two Michelin stars in its first outing in the guide.

Head chef Rasmus Munk called the award “crazy” as he collected the honour, adding that he was “very proud and grateful”.

Alchemist, which is co-owned by Munk and wealth banker Lars Seier Christensen, closed in 2017 before re-opening last year.

Another Danish restaurant to be upgraded from one to two Michelin stars is Jordnær, located in Gentofte north of Copenhagen.

Restaurant Geranium retains its three stars, one of only two three-star restaurants in the Nordic region. The other is in Sweden. Noma, arguably the country's most famous restaurant, has two stars.

The head chef at Geranium, Rasmus Kofoed, was also on stage in Trondheim to receive the special Chef Mentor Award, Ritzau reported.

The Michelin Nordic Countries Guide 2020 encompasses Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. A total of 62 Michelin stars were distributed to the Nordic countries this year.

You can see the location of the Danish-listed restaurants in the map below.

Meanwhile, a member of parliament in neighbouring Norway stoked reaction by calling press coverage of the Michelin awards “elitist”.

Geir Pollestad of the agrarian Centre Party boiled tempers by writing a Facebook post in which he criticized press hype over the awards and added that “the vast majority of people in Norway associate Michelin with tyres and will never eat a single Michelin star.”

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Cafés and restaurants reopen in Denmark

Cafés and restaurants reopened across Denmark on Monday morning, bringing back some of the pastry-loving nation's most treasured institutions.

Cafés and restaurants reopen in Denmark
A server outside the Copenhagen institution Conditori La Glace. Photo: Robin Skjoldborg/Visit Denmark
Frigga Rytter was the first guest at Mad & Kaffe, in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district on Monday morning.  
 
“I've really missed it, because this is something I did all the time with my family,” she told Denmark's state broadcaster. “It's so fantastic that things are beginning to quietly open up.”  
 
A selection of Danish Wienerbrød. Photo: Maria Nielsen/Visit Denmark
 
The reopening comes with new guidelines, requiring restaurants and cafés to ensure that each sitting customer has two square metres to themselves, and that there are no groups of more than ten. 
 
There needs to be a distance of at least one metre between tables, or some sort of protection, such as a plastic screen. 
 
There also needs to be “easy access to hand hygiene”. 
 
 
“It will be like a game of Tetris, but we have to get the pieces together,” Anders Aagaard, founder and owner of Madklubben, which operates 25 restaurants, told DR on Sunday. ''
 
He said that opening up was going to be a challenge. 
 
“If you've helped open a restaurant, then you'll know how hard it is. And having to open 25, when 13 have been hibernating for two months, it is a special form of torture,” he joked. 
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