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Explore Scandi literature, stunning libraries and bookstores. Danish people are strong readers and know how to have fun with book
Nordic countries have avid readers and a long tradition in libraries and bookstores. Due to the not very welcoming weather, long winters and even longer nights, reading has always been a popular hobby. Denmark also has one of the best English language supplies for a non-native English speaking country, so it’s very easy to find English books in almost every store. For the amateur of Scandi literature, you’ll find a surprising number of local titles from Sweden, Norway or Iceland, translated in English but not available abroad – a result of English being the only common language in Scandinavia.
One the most popular views in Copenhagen is the shiny, black facets of the Black Diamond on the harbour front. This is anextension to the Royal Library but not only because The National Museum of Photography, a bookshop, a café, a restaurant and the Dronningesalen concert hall and more all reside here – many features which tourists likely don’t realize about this building. You could take a tour of The Royal Library and learn about the architecture, history, and cultural life of the library for one hour every Saturday at 3pm. Worth the visit.
A massive two-floor bookstore in the city centre, with the widest selection in town – especially if you are looking for an English book. Almost every bookstore in the country has an English section, but at Politikens Boghal you can find great options. The bookstore occupies the ground and first floor in the same building as Denmark’s largest newspaper, Politiken, in Rådhuspladsen. Boghal has already celebrated the one-hundred-year anniversary and doesn’t seem to fear the online threat. Its strength is not in the infinite choice, but in a great selection, a good atmosphere and passionate booksellers.
A library and a café, fifty-fifty, where you can travel back to your university days alongside students having a break from their classes. Go downstairs to seek out some second hand books and first editions.
Charlottenborg Palace is the central point for contemporary art in Copenhagen; it’s one of the most beautiful exhibition spaces for contemporary art in Europe (and even one of the largest), the house of The Danish National Art Library, a bookstore and a new and acclaimed café.
Kunsthal Charlottenborg has hosted art exhibitions, events and performances since 1883. The first floor has an Art Cinema (with a busy program), the Motto Bookstore (with a special selection of art books and magazines), and the Apollo Bar & Canteen (a bar and dining space by chef and creator Frederik Bille Brahe). Next door, the Danish National Art Library is the main national library covering visual art, art history, architectural history and museology.