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EXPLAINED: What changes about life in Denmark in August 2021

Here's what changes in Denmark and August and how it could affect you.

EXPLAINED: What changes about life in Denmark in August 2021
A busy bicycle bridge near Dybbølsbro in Copenhagen, August 2020. Families like this one will be back at school with limited Covid restrictions in August 2021.


As of August 1st, coronapas is no longer required at museums, amusement parks, aquariums, zoos, etc; theatres, venues, cinemas, etc. with fewer than 500 spectators; and conferences with fewer than 500 attendees.

Coronapas-less indoor dining will be back on September 1st, and  nightclubs and discos will be able to welcome guests with coronapas. 

Kindergartener’s cubbies in Copenhagen in 2017. Young families from Denmark’s major metropolitan areas are increasingly moving to the suburbs. But will there be a cubby ready for them? Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix.

Start of the school year 

Denmark’s school children will return to the classroom – or, as it were, the bus – on August 9th. 

Starting August 1st, school testing requirements for children are abolished, according to the Ministry of Children and Education.  However, parents are strongly encouraged to test primary school students twice a week through the end of September. 

Higher education relaxes precautions 

Beginning August 1st, Students will no longer need to present a negative test result to attend higher education (previously, a PCR test less than 96 hours old or a rapid/antigen test less than 72 hours old was required). According to the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science, 100 percent of staff will be able to attend in person, and higher education institutions don’t have to maintain their own test facilities anymore, either. 

Folk high schools 

Students, participants, and staff that haven’t been vaccinated and are not recovered from Covid-19 must be able to present a negative Covid-19 test result (less than 96 hours old for PCR, 72 hours old for rapid/antigen tests). 

Culture and Recreation

Beginning August 1st, according to the Ministry of Culture: 

  • The maximum assembly size is increased. Up to 500 people can gather the same place at the same time, either indoors or outdoors. 
  • Indoor and outdoor events can host far more than 500 individuals, given that certain spacing and infection prevention requirements are met. Those requirements differ depending on whether the audience will be seated or standing. 
  • Professional football matches are exempt from the assembly ban. Coronapas are required for events with more than 2,000 spectators, and attendees are required to sit in fixed seats. Each attendee’s contact information is to be collected for infection detection. 
  • People 16 years of age and older require coronapas in this list of circumstances, provided by the Ministry: 
    • indoor cultural and sporting events with seated audiences with 500 or more spectators, including rooms in stadiums where professional football matches are held
    • outdoor cultural and sporting events with seated audiences with more than 2,000 spectators.
    • indoor and outdoor cultural and sporting events with standing audiences with 500 or more spectators.
  • At gyms and indoor sports centers, coronapases will be checked at random daily beginning August 1st. 

Groceries and shopping 

As of August 1st, more people will be able to shop at the same time. The area requirement is relaxed to 2m2 per person. 

Work life 

Beginning August 1st, according to, the recommendation for physical attendance at the workplace is raised to 100 percent. 


As of August 2nd, cyclists, pedestrians, and people with disability parking permits can ride free on Molslinjen ferries on weekdays. 

READ MORE: Cyclists and pedestrians given free weekday use of Danish ferries

Soeren Le Schmidt show at Copenhagen Fashion Week 2020. After a subdued and largely digital event last year, the fashion world expects a more relaxed atmosphere in 2021 – with, of course, some killer mask fashion. Photo: Martin Sylvest / Ritzau Scanpi.

Copenhagen Fashion Week

From August 10-13th, Denmark’s (and many of the worlds’) greatest fashion minds will converge on the city. Street style will be at its peak, so look your best for the Vogue photographers roaming the streets. It’s trade shows and catwalks galore across the city. 

CHART Art Fair

August 26-29th is the high-concept CHART Art Fair, where architects, painters, sculptors and other designers create elaborate installations at Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. Twenty-six leading contemporary Nordic galleries will showcase their work, and it’s a real spectacle. 

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KEY POINTS: Everything that changes about life in Denmark in May 2022

The tax return deadline, more public holidays and thousands of runners returning to the streets of Copenhagen are among the things to expect in Denmark in May.

KEY POINTS: Everything that changes about life in Denmark in May 2022

Deadline for making changes to tax returns 

If you haven’t yet done so, now’s the time to log on to tax website and check your annual return or årsopgørelse.

Tax returns are published by tax authorities each March and taxpayers have until May 1st to check their details – relating to earnings, tax payments and deductions – are correct. In some cases, making sure you have the right information on your tax return can mean you get a tax rebate.

The tax authorities have in recent years asked taxpayers to pay particular attention to their commuter deduction or kørselsfradrag information, after the method for entering this on the return became more manual as home working increased during the Covid-19 pandemic. But all information can be checked and updated on the online return up to May 1st.


Switch to summer tyres (if you haven’t already)

Alternating between winter and summer tyres is not a legal requirement in Denmark, but is broadly recommended, including by FDM, the Danish membership organisation for motorists.

Neighbouring SwedenNorway and Germany – where many Danish residents head on skiing and other holidays during the colder months – all have rules requiring winter tyres, meanwhile, meaning the practice is common in Denmark, not least for those who may need to take their cars over the border.

Most people switch back to summer tyres at Easter, which this year fell on April 17th. But the week leading up to Easter was cold for the time of year with some frosts in the mornings, so some car owners may have held out a little longer.

More about the practice of using winter and summer tyres in Denmark can be found in this article.

Public holidays

Following on from Easter, we’re still in boom season for public holidays in Denmark.

Great Prayer Day or Store Bededag gives a long weekend starting Friday May 13th, while Ascension Day, Kristi Himmelfartsdag in Danish, is less than two weeks later on Thursday May 26th.

Many Danes take the Friday after Ascension Day as annual leave, giving them a four-day weekend at the cost of only one day of leave.

READ ALSO: What public holidays does Denmark have in 2022?

Look out for extension of border controls

Temporary border controls in place in Denmark since 2016 are currently scheduled to expire on May 11th but will be extended if past practice is basis for prediction.

First introduced in January 2016 in response to the European refugee crisis of late 2015, Denmark’s border controls have remained in place since through regular extensions. The checks generally consist of spot checks at border crossing.

EU countries which are part of the Schengen agreement, like Denmark, are permitted to introduce border controls if these are deemed necessary to protect internal security. The Danish government cited the treat of Islamist terrorism and organised crime in its justification for retaining the controls when they were most recently extended in October.

The controls can be extended for a maximum of six months. As such, they are still considered to be temporary even though they have now been in place for over six years.

Controls at borders undertaken as a measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19 are no longer in place, so all checks are security related.

Return of Copenhagen Marathon

After a three-year absence caused by consecutive cancellations due to Covid-19, the 41st edition of the Copenhagen Marathon takes place on May 15th.

The 42.2-kilometre route through the Danish capital starts and finishes by the harbour at Islands Brygge and takes in each of the central districts: Vesterbro, the Inner City, Østerbro, Frederiksberg and Nørrebro.

There’s usually a great energy along the route. I’d recommend either Nørrebrogade near Dronning Louises Bro (Bridge) or Islands Brygge as the best spots to take in the atmosphere.

New parking rules take effect

Municipal parking rules change on May 1st and it’s worth being aware of these to avoid an unwanted yellow ticket on your windscreen.

The new rules mean that municipalities can now issue fines for cars parked on areas that divide roads with bicycle lanes and pavements (sidewalks). This broadens existing rules against parking on pavements, either completely or partially.

Sometimes the ‘reservation’ or grassy or gravel area between a road and the cycle lane (or pavement) might be wide enough for a car, or part of one, and could be used for parking on. This is no longer permitted, motorists’ organisation FDM writes.

A ticket for breaching the new parking regulations will set you back 510 kroner.