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IMCC Denmark
Denmark flag.png The Danish Flag
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Location of Denmark in Europe
Languages Danish (official language)
LC's Copenhagen , Århus , Odense, Aalborg
Exchange Conditions Go to: for further information
Visa Go to: for further information
Currency (how much is a Bigmac and a beer?) DKK (kroner or kr.)
A Bigmacmenu costs 53 kr.(around 8 dollar) and a beer (500ml) around 40 kr (around 7 dollar)
Time zone UTC/GMT +1 hour (from end March to end October we have "summer time", so we have UTC/GMT +2 hours)
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people Around 4,5 doctors per 1000 people
Member of IFMSA since... 1951
Number of incoming students per year Around 100
Dates for the summer exchange 2014 30/6 - 26/7 and 27/7 - 23/8
Students accepted outside the summer 6 students each month, with the exception of January, June, September and December due to exams and start of the new semester.
Social activities(2013) Copenhagen:

Welcome dinner: during the first week of the exchange
Socialweekend: 18th-20th of July 2014
Farewell Dinner: during the last week of the exchange

Odense: Welcome dinner: during the first week of the exchange
Socialweekend: 15th-17th of August 2014
Farewell Dinner: during the last week of the exchange

Aarhus: Welcome dinner: during the first week of the exchange
Socialweekend: 11th-13th of July 2014
Farewell Dinner: during the last week of the exchange

Aalborg: Welcome dinner: during the first week of the exchange
Socialweekend: 1th-3th of August 2014
Farewell Dinner: during the last week of the exchange

Requirement to receive the IFMSA certificate It is required for the medical student to bring an Acedemic Logbook and get signatures in order to get a certificate.
It is required to stay at the hospital, at least 5 days a week in order to get certificate and be at the department at least 80% of the time.
And in general it is expected that the student participate in the daily work at the department, behave decent and be punctual according to the daily schedule.
Who are our NEO's Pernille Brunsgaard (Incoming)
Marianne Kristensen (Outgoing)


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Welcome Note

Welcome to Denmark and our IMCC exchange program for medical students! We hope you'll enjoy your stay and that you'll get both cultural, social and professional experiences during your stay. Please have a look at this site where you can learn much more about our lovely country, get useful practical informations and prepare yourself for your exchange. Before you go to Denmark on Exchange, PLEASE READ OUR EXCHANGE CONDITIONS [1] WHICH HAVE TO BE FOLLOWED AT ANY TIME.


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(Danish: Danmark, IPA: [ˈd̥ænmɑɡ̊], (archaic:) IPA: [ˈd̥anmɑːɡ̊]) is a Scandinavian country in northern Europe and the senior member (with Greenland and the Faroe Islands) of the Kingdom of Denmark. It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries. The mainland is bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark is southwest of Sweden and south of Norway. Denmark borders both the Baltic and the North Sea. The country consists of a large peninsula, Jutland (Jylland) and many islands, most notably Zealand (Sjælland), Funen (Fyn), Vendsyssel-Thy, Lolland, Falster and Bornholm as well as hundreds of minor islands often referred to as the Danish Archipelago. Denmark has long controlled the approach to the Baltic Sea, and these waters are also known as the Danish straits.

Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. Denmark has a state-level government and local governments in 98 municipalities. Denmark has been a member of the European Union (formerly European Economic Community) since 1973, although it has not joined the Eurozone, a currency union among the European Union member states that have adopted the euro as their sole official currency. Denmark is a founding member of NATO and the OECD.

Denmark, with a free market capitalist economy, and a large welfare state,[3] ranks according to one measure as having the world's highest level of income equality. From 2006 to 2008, surveys[4] ranked Denmark as "the happiest place in the world," based on standards of health, welfare, and education. The 2008 Global Peace Index survey ranks Denmark as the second most peaceful country in the world, after Iceland.[5] Denmark was also ranked as the least corrupt country in the world in the 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index,[6] sharing a top position with Sweden and New Zealand. In 2008, the capital and largest city, Copenhagen, was ranked the most livable city in the world by Monocle magazine.[7] The national language, Danish, is close to Swedish and Norwegian, with which they share strong cultural and historical ties. 82.0% of the inhabitants of Denmark and 90.3% of the ethnic Danes are members of the Lutheran state church. About 9% of the population has foreign citizenship - a large portion of those are from Scandinavian countries.

The Danish Royal Family is very popular among the population and an attraction to many tourists. The queen Margrethe the 2nd of Denmark has her residence at Amalienborg, in the center of Copenhagen. Everytime there's an event in the Royal House (birthday, anniversary etc.), the royal family will come out on the balcony and wave to the people. There are lots of such traditions and "fairy tale dreaming" connected to the royal family.


Some of the members of the Danish Royal Family. From left: HRH The Crown Princess, HRH The Crown Prince, Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Prince Consort, HRH Prince Joachim and HRH Princess Marie

Our health care system

The health care service can for practical purposes be divided into two sectors:
  • Primary health care and
  • The hospital sector.

The primary health care sector deals with general health problems and its services are available to all. This sector can be divided into two parts:

  • One which chiefly deals with treatment and care: general practitioners, practising specialists, practising dentists, physiotherapists etc. (the practice sector) and district nursing;
  • The other part which is predominantly preventive and deals with preventive health schemes, health care and child dental care.

When contracting an illness, the citizen normally first comes into contact with primary health care.

The hospital sector deals with medical conditions which require more specialised treatment, equipment and intensive care.

In addition to the treatment of patients, both general practitioners and hospitals are involved in preventive treatment as well as in the training of health personnel and medical research.

The Danish health care system is based on a principle of free and equal access for all citizens. Thus, the vast majority of health services in Denmark are free of charge for the users. For financing of the majority of the regional and local health care expenditure, the state imposes a health care contribution tax. The health care contribution is 8% on taxable income.

The hospitals

There are around 50 hospitals and medical centers in Denmark - most of them are public. In and around the big cities (Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg) you have the University Hospitals. This is where the danish medical students have the last years of their education and also where you are going as an exchange student. See under each city for more information about the hospitals.

Our medical education

You can study medicine in 4 universities in Denmark: Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense. Medical education in Denmark takes 6 years in University. After 3 years you get a bachelor degree, but this is more or less a formal thing since you can not use it unless you keep studying. After 6 years you become a doctor, and to get your authorization to practise you must do a one-year clinical work in a hospital that you're not necessarily chosing yourself (the doctors are distributed according to which number they draw -the one with the highest number get to chose first and so on). The specialization takes about 6 more years of service in a hospital depending on the specialty.

Accommodation & Boarding

Accommodation as well as boarding once per day is included.

Usually your accommodation will be either at the hospital (some hospitals offer rooms for students) or in a private room/apartment rented out by a student. Please, don't exspect some fancy hotel room, these are normal students being kind to rent out their rooms/apartment to you, and we kindly ask you to leave the room/apartment in the same condition as you found it. At arrival we'll ask you to read and sign a tenancy agreement and leave a deposit of 500 DKK, which states the conditions of the rental. The deposit will be returned upon departure, if the room/apartment is left in the same condition as received in. This season you may also come to live with a host family.

Social program

During the summer 2014 the social program will be held in
  • Copenhagen 18th-20th of July
  • Odense 15th-17th of August
  • Aarhus 11th-13th of July
  • Aalborg 1th-3th of August 2014

Exchange students from all cities are welcome to join. Please let us know ahead if you want to join. When you go to one of the cities, the cost of transportation and lodging is on your own. See more about the program under the cities.

Local & National transportation

Public transportation is in general expensive in Denmark. But the connections are rather good and frequent. A very good web-site to use is where you can find out how to come from one place to another both locally and nationally. Here you can also see prices and book your ticket. To view the site in English, change the language in the right, top corner.
  • Airports

Denmark has 4 international airports: Kastrup (Copenhagen), Billund, Århus (Karup) and Aalborg.

  • Train

There are frequent train connections between most parts of Denmark Trains offer an easy and comfortable transport between the regions.

Combining the rail and bus services is also very simple, as your train ticket extends to your continued journey on a bus.

Thanks to the bridge between Sealand and Funen, the travel time from eastern to western Denmark is short (e.g. Copenhagen-Odense 1H30min, Copenhagen-Århus 5H). Visit for more information

  • Øresund trains

The Øresund train connects Denmark and Sweden.

  • Long distance bus connections

If you prefer to go by bus when travelling longer distances, a rather comprehensive and smoothrunning longdistance net is available. Compared to train connections, transportation by bus will often be quicker, as the connections are more direct and with fewer stops. Visit for more information

  • Bike

If you know how to ride a bike, this may be a huge advantange in Denmark, where most people ride their bike in the big cities. Se your LC for information about renting a bike.


The climate in Denmark is typical coast climate with little difference between summer and winter. So forget about the ice bears and white christmases, the weather is actually quite mild during winter!

Over the year the temperature is naturally highest, over 8,5 degrees C, in the southern parts of the country and below 7,5 in the northern parts of Jutland. July is the warmest month with a mean temperature over 17,5 degrees C in southeast and just below 16 in the northwest of Jutland. But don't be mistaken: Temperatures can be 25-30 degrees C on a good summer day, but often drop to around 12-15 degrees C during night. January is the coldest period in Denmark, but the mean temperature of ca. 0 degrees C is more even throughout the country because of the warming effect from the surrunding sea.

The yearly precipitation is over 900 mm in some parts of Jutland and below 500 mm over The Great Belt between Jutland and Seeland. The rain is more or less even distributed through the year, but as the evaporation is less in the cool months october to march, the winter is the most humid time of the year.

The big problem about the weather in denmark is the wind. Even a nice summer day of 20 degrees C can be spoiled by a cold wind, and often you sense the temperatures as lower than they really are. And due to our many coast lines we have a lot of wind.

Social life

The Danes like partying and having a good time together - something we call "hygge". During summer, when the weather is fine, you often see parks and streets crowded with people walking, talking, drinking beer (yes, it is legal to drink in public in Denmark!), playing games etc. Since it's very expensive to go out in Denmark, we have a great tradition of Student's Friday Bar at the different faculties where you can buy cheap drinks and meet other students. Sometimes you need to be studying at the faculty or know somebody who does to get in, but that depends on the faculty (ask your local committee).

For more information about social life, please see under the specific cities.

Exchange conditions [2] PLEASE read the exchange conditions carefully. Remember that it's mandatory to choose 3 different cities and 4 different departments. You are NOT garanteed your first choice of city.

Cities offered for exchange