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Esbjerg is a seaport city in the southwest of Denmark, along the coastline of Jutland. The city has around 85,000 inhabitants, making it the fifth largest city in the country. The harbor is the driving force in Esbjerg, and the many offshore activities constitute the major factor. Also works as a port of Esbjerg ferry port and shipping port for supplying the Horns Rev Offshore Wind Farm. The city was once the largest fishing port, but it is by now a lost time.
Esbjerg, like much of the country has a maritime climate with cool summers and relatively mild but wet winters. Temperatures are a bit lower in summer and higher in winter compared to Copenhagen.
Esbjerg Airport is a small airport with few international departures. Adress: John Tranumsvej 22 - 6705 Esbjerg Ø.
Danish State Railways operates trains to and from the city. Trains go every other hour to Copenhagen, taking about 3 hours, and there are local trains to Fredericia. Vestbanen operates trains to south to Ribe and Tønder and north to Struer.
Ferry services connect Esbjerg via Ho Bay to Nordby on the island of Fanø via Nordic Ferry Service, and over the North Sea to Harwich, England with DFDS Seaways. From September to April, Smyril Line operates a ferry to Tórshavn on the Faroe Islands. This ferry leaves on Saturday afternoon, arriving early on Monday morning on the Faroe Islands.
There are 15 different bus lines in Esbjerg which together cover the entire city. In Esbjerg runs night buses on Fridays and Saturdays year round, however, interrupted by summer vacation.
While Internet cafés are present in most larger cities, they are usually not geared for tourists and hence they can be a bit tricky to find. Hotels usually provide both wireless internet and computers with internet access, but whether this service is provided for free, varies greatly. Many cafés and bars also provide free wireless internet for paying customers, even when it is not signposted, so it is always a good idea to ask. A lot of the McDonalds restaurants in Denmark have a couple of internet terminals available for their customers. The easiest way to get online is often the public library, as there is one in almost every town. Public libraries are usually centrally located, well signposted (look for Bibliotek) and always free. There can be a bit of waiting time to get a free computer though, but there will normally also be some sort of reservation system in place.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The general emergency number is 112. Denmark's international phone country code is 45. The prefix for international dialing is "00" or '+' (on a mobile phone). Bring your own unlocked GSM phone to make calls. Prepaid SIM cards are available at most shops and international calling can be reasonably priced. Any prepaid credit is generally only valid for calls made in Denmark, but can be purchased in small amounts to avoid waste when you leave. International collect calls are not allowed from phone booths, which are all ran by the TDC company. You should be able to make international call with the prepaid SIM cards anyways.
Post Danmark A/S is Denmark's national postal service, and has a good reputation regarding service, speed and reliability. Sending a standard letter or postcard (up to 50 grams) costs 5 DKK within Denmark, 8 DKK to other European countries and 9 DKK outside Europe. Parcels up to 1 kilogram start at 75 DKK within Denmark, but are mostly 200 DKK or more to all other countries. The website has details about more prices and also about the opening hours of post offices, which vary widely from region to region but are usually open from around 9:30am until 5:00pm, 5:30pm on Thursdays. Most are open on Saturdays until 1:00pm. Apart from the post offices, some kiosks and newsagents sell stamps as well, and you will find postcards in many places. National and overseas mail must be placed in the red letterboxes that you will find almost everywhere. Collection times are posted on the letterboxes. As an alternative for sending parcels internationally, you might consider companies like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx, as they are fast, reliable and competitively priced in general.
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