Fartkontrol: Don’t Speed By This Warning

the Danish word fartkontrol means "speed check"

The next time you are in Denmark and see a traffic sign that says, “Fartkontrol”, don’t be so quick to hold your nose and snicker. It actually is warning you that the speed limit is highly enforced.

A Slice of Birthday Gruesomeness 


Danish children celebrate their birthdays by receiving a “cakeman.” The festive dessert is a cake baked and decorated to resemble the birthday child. 
After blowing out the candles, the birthday boy or girl gets to sit in wide-eyed wonder as he or she is symbolically decapitated and disembowled and guests feast upon the sugary entrails. 

Would They Let You Name Your Baby “Red Tape”?


Choosing a baby’s name is exciting. If you live in Denmark, it is also complicated.

Danish law requires that parents choose a child’s name from an approved government list. Any exceptions must be approved by appropriate authorities. The list of pre-approved names of 7,000 mostly West European and English names — 3,000 for boys, 4,000 for girls — is designed to prevent children from being burdened with an unusual or humiliating name for the rest of their lives.

Among the regulations are prohibitions against the child’s first name being the same as the last name. Bizarre names are permissible, as long as they are “common.”


Danish Vacation: Eat Cheaply By Not Overeating and Get Out of Jail Free


In Denmark the law prohibits a person from being charged for a meal unless, in the sole opinion of the person who has eaten, he or she is “full.”

As long as you are in Denmark, you might find it helpful to know that it is not against the law there to escape from prison.


I Wonder What They Throw When You Turn 50

cinnamonIn Denmark, if, by the time you turn 25, you’re unmarried, you can expect your friends to ambush you with a cinnamon shower all day. That’s bad enough, but if you’re still single at 30, they cover you in pepper.