Mobile coverage is widespread. Non-EU residents should bring a GSM-compatible phone; local SIM cards are available.
- As of June 2017, the EU has ended roaming surcharges for people who travel periodically within the EU. EU residents can use mobile devices when travelling in the EU, paying the same prices as at home.
- For non-EU folk, the cheapest and most practical way to make calls at local rates is to purchase a European SIM card and pop it into your own mobile phone (tip: bring an old phone from home for that purpose). Before leaving home, make sure that your phone isn't blocked from doing this by your home network.
- If you're coming from outside Europe, also check that your phone will work in Europe's GSM 900/1800 network (US phones work on a different frequency).
- You can buy a prepaid Danish SIM card at supermarkets, kiosks and petrol stations throughout the country. Top-up credit is available from the same outlets.
- The main Danish mobile service providers now work primarily with contract customers. For prepaid SIM-card packages, look for those from Lycamobile (www.lycamobile.dk) and Lebara (www.lebara.dk). Lycamobile is best – SIM cards can be obtained for free (see the website) and you can top up online.
- All telephone numbers in Denmark have eight digits; there are no area codes. This means that all eight digits must be dialled, even when making calls in the same city.
- For local directory assistance dial 118. For overseas enquiries, including for rates and reverse charge (collect) calls, dial 113.
- The country code for Denmark is 45. To call Denmark from another country, dial the international access code for the country you’re in followed by 45 and the local eight-digit number.
- The international access code in Denmark is 00. To make direct international calls from Denmark, dial 00 followed by the country code for the country you’re calling, the area code, then the local number.
- Public phones are elusive in Denmark. There may be a payphone outside the local train or bus station and some bigger attractions, but few others.
- You pay by the minute. Phones accept coins, credit cards or prepaid phonecards (available from kiosks and post offices).