Tourism in Denmark

Denmark recorded a total of 13 million tourists in 2018, ranking 32nd in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Denmark, the result is much more comparable picture: With 2.2 tourists per resident, Denmark ranked 35th in the world. In Northern Europe, it ranked 3rd.

Denmark generated around 9.10 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.6 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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The most popular city in Denmark for international travelers is Kopenhagen. In 2018 it reached the 71st place of the world's most popular cities with 3.07 million tourists.

On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 637 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Denmark spend as much as 1,253 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Denmark from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Denmark each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 8 countries in Northern Europe.

Tourists per year in Denmark

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 3.69 billion USD, or about 2.0 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.12 million tourists at that time and roughly 1,738 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 9.10 billion USD, accounting for 2.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 714 USD for his holiday in Denmark.

Tourism receipts in Denmark per year

All data for Denmark in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
19952.12 m3.69 bn $2.0 %1,738 $
19962.13 m3.42 bn $1.8 %1,609 $
19972.16 m3.16 bn $1.8 %1,462 $
19982.07 m3.24 bn $1.8 %1,561 $
19992.02 m3.70 bn $2.1 %1,828 $
20003.54 m3.67 bn $2.2 %1,038 $
20013.68 m4.00 bn $2.4 %1,087 $
20023.44 m4.79 bn $2.7 %1,394 $
20033.47 m5.27 bn $2.4 %1,517 $
20044.42 m5.65 bn $2.2 %1,278 $
20059.59 m5.29 bn $2.0 %552 $
20069.63 m5.56 bn $2.0 %578 $
20079.83 m5.98 bn $1.9 %608 $
20089.56 m6.28 bn $1.8 %657 $
20099.27 m5.62 bn $1.7 %606 $
20109.43 m5.70 bn $1.8 %605 $
20118.47 m6.37 bn $1.9 %752 $
20128.44 m6.14 bn $1.9 %727 $
20138.56 m6.49 bn $1.9 %758 $
201410.27 m7.62 bn $2.2 %742 $
201510.42 m6.69 bn $2.2 %641 $
201610.78 m7.49 bn $2.4 %695 $
201712.43 m8.51 bn $2.6 %685 $
201812.75 m9.10 bn $2.6 %714 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.