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Tourism in Denmark

Tourism in Denmark

Denmark recorded a total of 33 m tourists in 2019, ranking 18th 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 5.6 tourists per resident, Denmark ranked 25th in the world. In Northern Europe, it ranked 2nd.

Denmark generated around 9.10 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 2.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 8 percent of all international tourism receipts in Northern Europe.

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The most popular city in Denmark for international travelers is Copenhagen. In 2019 it reached the 73rd place of the world's most popular cities with 3.19 m tourists.

Tourism in DenmarkOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 259 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Denmark spend as much as 1,228 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Denmark from 1995 to 2019

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 10 countries in Northern Europe.

Tourists per year in Denmark

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 3.69 bn USD, or about 2.0 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 2.12 m 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 bn USD, accounting for 2.5 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 295 USD for his holiday in Denmark.

Tourism receipts in Denmark per year

All data for Denmark in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201932.90 m
201830.80 m9.10 bn $2.5 %295 $
201730.74 m8.51 bn $2.6 %277 $
201628.69 m7.49 bn $2.4 %261 $
201528.21 m6.69 bn $2.2 %237 $
201428.07 m7.62 bn $2.2 %271 $
201326.52 m6.49 bn $1.9 %245 $
201226.40 m6.14 bn $1.9 %232 $
201125.81 m6.37 bn $1.9 %247 $
201026.73 m5.70 bn $1.8 %213 $
200926.57 m5.62 bn $1.7 %211 $
200826.87 m6.28 bn $1.8 %234 $
200727.14 m5.98 bn $1.9 %220 $
200626.94 m5.56 bn $2.0 %206 $
200526.93 m5.29 bn $2.0 %197 $
200422.05 m5.65 bn $2.2 %256 $
200321.12 m5.27 bn $2.4 %250 $
20023.44 m4.79 bn $2.7 %1,394 $
20013.68 m4.00 bn $2.4 %1,087 $
20003.54 m3.67 bn $2.2 %1,038 $
19992.02 m3.70 bn $2.1 %1,828 $
19982.07 m3.24 bn $1.8 %1,561 $
19972.16 m3.16 bn $1.8 %1,462 $
19962.13 m3.42 bn $1.8 %1,609 $
19952.12 m3.69 bn $2.0 %1,738 $


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

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