Welcome to Lyngby-Taarbæk The Municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk is situated north of Copenhagen and it is known as the Green Area. The municipality consists of Lyngby as the commercial centre and several smaller communities. Lyngby-Taarbæk is home to around 53.000 people.
A Centre of Knowledge and Commerce Our beautiful municipality is a centre of knowledge and commerce and a place for small and big business. It has one of Northern Europe’s leading universities and some of the best public and technical colleges in the country.
Enjoy Life in Lyngby-Taarbæk Lyngby-Taarbæk is an ideal place to live. You will find many nice places to go for a walk or run around Furesøen, Lyngby Åmose, Dyrehaven or Taarbæk with its views over the Øresund, just to mention a few. You can also enjoy numerous cultural activities and events all year round, such as art exhibitions, children’s theatre performances, concerts and lectures. And the local library is definitely worth a visit. Moreover, I would like to promote the many associations and clubs in Lyngby-Taarbæk. Some offer activities such as sport, others offer evening classes such as culture and literature, language education, IT or cooking. With more than 450 associations and clubs, there is something for everyone.
Information about Lyngby-Taarbæk In this guide, you will find information about life in Lyngby-Taarbæk and about the services of the municipality. We are an open and welcoming municipality and we wish to greet everyone. If you have questions, you are always welcome to contact our employees, who are here to help you find the answers to your questions. I truly hope that you will become as fond of living in Lyngby-Taarbæk and Denmark as I am! Sincerely, Søren P. Rasmussen Mayor of Lyngby-Taarbæk
Content Welcome to Lyngby-Taarbæk
Main Services of the Municipality
Lyngby-Taarbæk Before and Now
Rich on Nature, Culture and Leisure Activities
A Rich Cultural Life
Shopping and Dining
Playgrounds and Activities for Children
Sport and Associations
Registration and CPR-numbers
Health Care – Public Health Service
In Case of Emergency
Pharmacies (“Apoteker” in Danish)
The Municipal Dental Care Service (0-18 years old)
Having a Baby
Facts about Parental Leave in Denmark.
Childcare and Schools
Applying for Childcare
International Schools and Preschools
Danish as a Second Language 30 Mother – Tongue Tuition 31 Danish Public School (state schools) 31 After School Activities 31 Music School 33 Tax in Denmark 34 Insurance and Banking (NemKonto) 35 NemID 37 Learning Danish 38 The Labourmarket and Employment 39 National Holidays 40 Transportation 41 Driving in Denmark 41 Converting Your Driver’s Licence 43 By Bicycle 43 Public Transport 43
About Your Household 47 Garbage 47 Name Plates 50 Obligations 50
DR Licens (Television Licence) 51 Contact Lyngby-Taarbæk 52 Other Useful Links and Addresses 53
Main Services of the Municipality The main services that Lyngby-TaarbĂŚk offers its residents include:
Day care, schools and afterschool Libraries and other cultural activities Grants for certain social benefits Job search and employment projects for the unemployed Homes for the elderly and in-home care for those who live at home Environmental and technical measures
Lyngby-Taarbæk Before and Now There is a lot to do and nice places to see in Lyngby-Taarbæk municipality. There is the shopping district around Lyngby Station, there is lush nature to enjoy, there are many opportunities to go back in history at Mølleåen and there are interesting destinations for excursions, such as Jægersborg Deer Park Dyrehaven, the old fishing village Taarbæk and Bagsværd Lake. Lyngby’s lively shopping area on the main street Lyngby Hovedgade and in the Lyngby Centre (shopping centre) has a long history and is directly linked to Copenhagen. Lyngby Hovedgade is a part of Kongevejen (the King’s Road) which connects Copenhagen to the Royal castles in North Zealand. By Lyngby Church and the old Lyngby village, the road crosses the big stream that comes from the deepest lake in Denmark, Furesøen, to Øresund. The watermill has been around since the Middle Ages and you can still see the wheel from the road. You can also go shopping in the miller’s shop, which has been open since 1903. During the 1700’s, craftsmen and merchants built one small house after the other on the main road going south. In the end of the 1800s, the small houses were gradually replaced by more urban houses of 2-3 floors, some with nice big shop windows and facades with glass and gold – that is when Lyngby Hovedgade was created as we know it today. In the middle of the 19th century, you could buy everything from coffee to cars on Lyngby Hovedgade. In 1961, the shopping experience became even more exciting with the opening of a branch of the Copenhagen department store Magasin and in 1973, the doors to the Lyngby Centre opened. When the first Lyngby Church was built, an administrative unit was established for the area around the church, Lyngby Sogn (parish). It included the villages of Lyngby, Virum, Lundtofte and Stokkerup that were near the current Eremitage Castle in Dyrehaven. Lyngby-Taarbæk municipality today covers the same area so the territory is about 1000 years old. Nowadays, Lyngby
Church is the result of several phases of construction which started in the 11th century and ended approximately in the year 1500. In 1670, the king created a hunting forest in the Stokkerup area. The forest was named Jægersborg Dyrehave. It was opened to the public and the park has since then been a popular destination for Copenhagen residents. In the middle of the 1700s, an amusement area in the southern part of the forest was created, called Bakken, and it still draws plenty of visitors throughout the spring and summer seasons. In 1863, the railway was built to connect Copenhagen and Klampenborg station to the delight of Dyrehaven’s guests and the summer guests in the fishing village of Taarbæk. Taarbæk by the coast of Øresund at Dyrehaven originated as a fishing vil-
lage in the 1600s with a good market in Copenhagen. In the 1800s, people from Copenhagen also wanted to build sites in Taarbæk and rent accommodation in the summer. Therefore the centre of Taarbæk today is still the harbor, now mostly a marina. Dyrehaven separates the two parts of the municipality and in 1909, the local council decided to mark the cohesion by allowing Taarbæk to be included in the municipality’s name Lyngby-Taarbæk. Already in the 1600s, citizens from Copenhagen began to go to the country-
side in summer and the first summer residence north of Copenhagen was Sorgenfri Castle by Kongevejen close to Lyngby. In the 1700s, nice summer residences were built by the lakes along Mølleåen and Kongevejen in Lyngby. Two of these residences are open to the public today: Frieboeshvile on Kongevejen where you can see interior decoration from 1756-1800 and Sophienholm and its beautiful park by Bagsværd Lake. Here LyngbyTaarbæk municipality displays temporary art exhibitions. Lyngby Nordre Mølle (Lyngby northern mill), at Lyngby Hovedgade, is a functioning water-powered grain-mill, from the 19th century. Today it is used for arts and craftmanship exhibitions Since medieval times, there have been 9 watermills along the big stream from Furesø to Øresund and therefore the stream was named Mølleåen (the mill stream). In the 1600s, the energy created by the watermills was utilised for various things: the king ordered paper for banknotes and gunpowder for his guns, and clothes were made for the king’s seamen. There was production of copper for the king’s roofs and the housewives’ pots were made for the Copenhagen ironmongers on the watermills along Mølleåen.
Lyngby Nordre Mølle (Lyngby northern mill), at Lyngby Hovedgade, is a functioning water-powered grain-mill, from the 19th century. Today it is used for arts and craftmanship exhibitions
In the 1800s, the watermills were converted into factories that existed well into the 19th century as large industrial sites. One of them is the Brede Klædefabrik where the National Museum in the summer gives access to both a manufacturing home and a worker’s house. There is also an exhibition on the history of industry. In 1863, the railroad was extended all the way to Lyngby and thus, summer visitors became permanent residents and commuters to Copenhagen. There was a series of fine residential neighbourhoods built near Klampenborg, Lyngby and Holte stations. In 1930, the lines were drawn to delineate the modern suburbs. The oldest suburb settlements are the districts by Ulrikkenborg Plads (square) just off Lyngby Station and Virum Torv (Virum Square) near Virum station. Virum station was made as the local S-train station in 1936. In the 1950s and 1960s, Lyngby-Taarbæk was developed as a suburb with buildings and towers, townhouses and residential neighbourhoods. DTU (The Technical University of Denmark) was built around the 1960s and it is today an important workplace in the municipality. Nowadays, the old factories are closed but there are many jobs in the administration and development sectors.
Rich on Nature, Culture and Leisure Activities Outdoor Life Lyngby-Taarbæk is also known as the green area north of Copenhagen, and with good reason. The municipality offers many possibilities of outings, picnics or outdoor sport and activities. Every part of the municipality has its own oases waiting to be explored. Here, you will find some inspiration to get you started. Jægersborg Deer Park Dyrehaven; With its 100 hectares, Dyrehaven (Deer Park) is a popular venue all year round. The park was established as hunting grounds by King Frederik III and Christian V around 1670, and it was opened to the public in 1756. In the park, there can be up to 2100 wild deer in the summertime, and from the Eremitage Castle there is a view of the Øresund. In the winter, Dyrehaven is a popular place to go sledging down the many hills. Read more about Dyrehaven here
The Mill Stream Mølleåen: The idyllic Mølleåen covers 15 – 20 miles (25 – 30 km) and flows through Farum Sø, Furesøen and Lyngby Sø, which leads it to its mouth by Strandmøllen at Øresund. From May to September, you can take a ride on the Bådfartens lake steamers, which offers regular service on several routes or you can rent rowing boats and canoes to experience the beautiful countryside around Mølleåen and the lakes on your own. Lyngby Åmose: Lyngby Åmose offers a beautiful and varied scenery in the northern part of Lyngby Sø. In Lyngby Åmose, the narrow paths and small bridges lead you through the marsh, lakes, forest and vantage points, from where you can get a view of Lyngby lake while spotting interesting wildlife. On sunny days, the area is a popular place to go running or biking and for children to fish with a fishing net. The Hart Path: Around Lyngby Sø, there is a 5.4 km marked exercise route for hiking or running. The route begins and ends at Folkeparken in Lyngby. You can find a map of the route here. Frederiksdal Fribad beach – Virum Vandvej 7, Virum: Frederiksdal Fribad is a small sandy beach that is perfect for families with children as it has shallow waters, life guards and a bridge for those who wish to go in a bit deeper. The area is ideal for picnics and outdoor fun.
A Rich Cultural Life Kinopalæet: is a modern movie theatre with a café and 11 cinemas. Klampenborgvej 215 A, Kgs. Lyngby Lyngby Kulturhus (Lyngby Arts Center): in the same building as Kinopalæet, offers a variety of concerts and plays. Klampenborgvej 215B, Kgs. Lyngby. Templet (The Temple): is a dynamic music venue in the middle of Lyngby. It presents quality concerts which support the local music scene. Jernbanevej 16, Kgs. Lyngby. The Bellevue Theatre: is located by Klampenborg Station and overlooks the Øresund. There are many international shows and musicals performed here. Strandvejen 451, Klampenborg. The open air theatre in Ulvedalene (the Wolves’ Valleys) in Dyrehaven: has performances every second or third year presented by the Royal Danish Theatre. Bakken: amusement park in Dyrehaven has more rides than any other amusement park in Scandinavia. Dyrehavevej 62, Klampenborg. Sophienholm: The former Country House at Sophienholm now houses different art exhibitions and presents summer entertainment in the park. It overlooks the Bagsværd Lake and is situated in a beautiful park. It is a perfect venue for a picnic. Nybrovej 401, Kgs. Lyngby. Arts and craftsmanship: Numerous artists have settled in Lyngby-Taarbæk,
and consequently you find impressive exhibitions – small and big – around the municipality. Lyngby Kunstforening (Art Society) has exhibitions on a regular basis in the show room at Jernbanepladsen 22, Kgs. Lyngby. Frilandsmuseet (Open Air Museum): This is one of the largest and oldest open air museums in the world. Located in Virum, it is spread across 86 acres of land and it houses more than 50 farms, mills and houses from the period 1650-1950. During the summer, the museum presents a variety of events such as theatre, crafts fairs, dance and music performances. Kongevejen 100, Kgs. Lyngby. Brede Værk (Brede Works): In what was once Denmark’s biggest textile factory in the 1800s, new technology has now been used to tell the story of working life at the cloth mill, the growth of industrial society and the welfare state. I.C. Modewegsvej, Kgs. Lyngby.
Shopping and Dining Lyngby is a busy commercial city with a rich selection of stores offering fashion, children’s wear, toys, arts and crafts, food and delicacies. You will also find local shops in the many smaller town centres. If you enjoy eating out, Lyngby-Taarbæk offers a large variety of outdoor cafés and restaurants in different price ranges. Lyngby Loppetorv (Flea Market): Almost every Sunday from May to October, there is a big flea market in the parking area on Kanalvej behind Lyngby Storcenter. There are more than 100 stands, mainly privates selling fine things. It is considered as one of the best in Zealand. You will also find many other local flea markets in the summertime.
The Library The City Library is situated in idyllic surroundings by a small lake just opposite the medieval church in the northern end of the main street. At the library, you can: • Use the public library services for free • Access 1700 newspapers from 70 countries online via Library Press- Dis play or read a small selection of local and international papers on the spot • Enjoy temporary exhibits, lectures, concerts, documentaries and children’s plays • Ask your librarian for an update on cultural and leisure activities in your municipality • Enjoy a refreshment in the café • Use internet computers or just find a peaceful place to read and work • Attend a weekly IT-workshop where you can ask questions about soft ware and internet access • Borrow books, films, music – or download them to your home PC. The library has a fine selection of books in many different languages • Access national collections in a variety of languages via bibliotek.dk, or- der them and pick them up at your local library Read more about the library here.
Stadsbiblioteket i Lyngby (The Lyngby City Library) Lyngby Hovedgade 28 2800 Kgs. Lyngby Phone: 4597 3700 firstname.lastname@example.org Monday - Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Taarbæk Bibliotek (Taarbæk Branch Library) Taarbæk Strandvej 96 2930 Klampenborg Phone: 4528 4392 email@example.com Wednesday 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. www.lyngbybib.dk
Mobile Library Service Biblioteksbussen The library bus visits 12 locations around the municipality of Lyngby-Taarbæk every week. You can order books for the bus to bring on 24 79 40 73 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check the timetable here
Note that the libraries are closed on Sundays, holidays, Easter Saturday, 1 May, 5 June, 24 December and 31 December.
Playgrounds and Activities for Children In Lyngby-Taarbæk, there are many nice places for kids to play, run around, cycle, climb and have fun. The Green Playground – Frederiksdalsvej 23, Virum: The Green Playground is a popular venue for families and day care centres. The playground has a climbing frame, swings, seesaws, cabins, a large cycling course with mooncar pedal karts and traffic lights, a soccer field and a basketball court. In the winter time, the playground offers indoor arts and crafts activities. You can also eat your packed lunch at the picnic tables. The playground is staffed Mondays to Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also visit outside these hours and during weekends. Read more about the Green Playground here Sophienholm Park – Nybrovej 401, Kgs. Lyngby: This beautiful park also offers many opportunities to play. There is the fancy tree playground, which is inspired by a famous Danish poem called the Golden Horns, written by Adam Oehlenschläger (who also wrote the Danish National Anthem), a 100 year old playhouse, great climbing trees, hideouts and bushes with hidden tunnels. www.sophienholm.dk The Playground at Lindevangen – Lindevangen 12, Virum: This is a playground with colourful equipment in a large area of sand surrounded by paved areas for playing ball and cycling, a soccer field and a small lake where kids can play with a fishing net and a bucket.
The Playground at Piperspark – Ulrikkenborg Allé 12, Kgs. Lyngby: This is a wooden playground with a big round nest swing, a large sandbox, a slide and a balance course. Around the park there are climbing trees and you can also play soccer. There are picnic tables and grills available.
Many of the local schools and child care facilities keep their playgrounds open to the public outside their own opening hours so you are welcome to go there with your children. Playrooms and Baby Music: Lyngby-Taarbæk also offers its young residents and their parents many options for indoor play and creative activities. At Lyngby Library, you will find a nice area for children and the Green Playground offers indoor arts and crafts activities in the winter time. Moreover, many of the local churches offer social gatherings and activities for children and their parents, such as playgroups, baby music, lasagne service and much more.
Sport and Associations If you are looking to join a sports club or association, you can search among all the options at Motionsportalen (The exercise portal) – Do you want to join a sportsclub? Contact the individual club or association for more information in English. There are all sorts of sports and activities provided by the municipality, in more than 200 private clubs and associations. www. motion.ltk.dk Where to go swimming Lyngby Svømmehal Lundtoftevej 53, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby See the opening hours here Find the current prices here See the time for Playtime for kids here Evening Schools: In Denmark, many people attend evening schools, which offer courses
in a variety of subjects. These include language courses and other academic courses, including philosophy, history, child care and lectures on cultural subjects. These schools also offer courses in physical education, cooking, sewing, painting, singing and much more. Many of the evening schools offer special courses for new residents. A fee is charged for each course. However, the schools receive a municipal subsidy, so students do not pay the full cost of these courses. www.aof.dk
Volunteer Centre: Frivilligcenter Lyngby-Taarbæk (Volunteer Centre) supports and helps develop local activities based on voluntary work. This mostly means supporting other local organisations and groups of volunteers, in addition to organising their own projects (such as assisting people in starting self help or support groups). Frivilligcenter mainly supports organisations and groups that work with socially-disadvantaged people, promoting health in general, help for specific groups and help towards older people. You can contact Frivilligcenter Lyngby-Taarbæk if you are interested in working as a volunteer, or if you want information about the activities offered by other local organisations and groups. Currently, Frivilligcenter Lyngby-Taarbæk has no written material in any other language than Danish but you can write or mail them, visit the centre during office hours or make an appointment outside of office hours. Their office hours are: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesdays between 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Frivilligcenter Lyngby-Taarbæk Toftebæksvej 8, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby Phone: 2070 8033 email@example.com www.ltk-frivilligcenter.dk
Practical Information Registration and CPR-numbers To register and obtain a CPR-number and a health card you need to: Apply in person to the Citizen Service (Borgerservice) office in your municipality of residence and bring along your: • Residence and work permits *) • Passport • Marriage certificate and children’s birth certificates, if applicable • Proof of permanent address (lease agreement of min. 3 months) *) To obtain residence and work permits you need to apply to one of the two following immigration authorities: the Regional State Administration (Statsforvaltningen) or The Immigration Service (Udlændingeservice). Your country of citizenship determines which authority you should apply to. The rules differentiate between Nordic citizens, EU/EEA citizens and citizens from non-Nordic/EU/EEA countries. Read more here.
It is important to get the CPR-number and the yellow health card. You need your CPR-number in almost all official offices and banks.
It is very important that you bring your original official documents from your home country (birth certificate, marriage certificate, driver’s licence, medical file, professional certificates, diplomas, etc.). The documents must be either in English or translated into Danish. Please remember to notify your local Borgerservice when you move. If you move to a new home in Lyngby-Taarbæk you must notify Lyngby-Taarbæk Borgerservice. If you move to a new municipality, you must notify the Borgerservice there.
Citizen Services/Borgerservice The Administration Building Toftebæksvej 12, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby Phone 4597 3000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Care – Public Health Service Once you have received your CPR-number and the yellow health card, you are covered by the Danish public health care system. We call the yellow health card “Sundhedsskort” in Danish. On your yellow health card, your name, address and CPR-number are written as well as the name, telephone number and address of your doctor/GP (general practitioner). A GP is called “læge” in Danish. You can contact your GP during their office hours (usually in the morning) to make an appointment. If for some reason you wish to change GPs, you are free to do so, and you only have to pay a fee of approximately 175 kr. to get a new yellow health card. Making an Appointment: If you need to see your GP, be sure to call and make an appointment, preferably between 8 and 9 a.m. Most GPs have office hours from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. You will be given an appointment no later than five days after the time of your call. If you are feeling very ill, your GP will probably make room to see you the same day. Examination, Treatment and Referral: The GP will examine you and decide on the next step. You may be given a prescription. The GP can also refer you for further examination or treatment by a specialist, for example, a dermatologist or a gynaecologist. Visits to a specialist are also free. Your GP may also refer you to a specialist where you will have to cover some of the fee. This could be treatments by a physiotherapist or a psychologist. Finally, your GP can arrange for you to be hospitalised, if this is deemed necessary. If you need to see a specialist, your GP will give you a referral letter (“henvisning” in Danish) with the name and telephone number of the specialist. With this referral, your treatment is covered by the public health care. Also note
that even if your GP has put down the specific name of a specialist, you are still free to go somewhere else and choose your own specialist, as long as you tell them that you have a referral letter from your GP. Vaccination Programme: Contact your GP about the vaccination programme in Denmark and if you have children, remember to bring their medical files. In Denmark, there is a specific vaccination programme for children that parents need to follow.
In Case of Emergency Doctors on Call (”Lægevagten” in Danish): If you need to get in touch with a GP outside office hours you can call ”Lægevagten” which is a service where you can talk to a GP who can help you decide how to proceed. If needed, the GP can send a prescription directly to one of the pharmacies that are open 24/7, where you will be able to pick up the medication. Call “Lægevagten” on 4453 4400 The “Lægevagten” service is open from 4 p.m. – 8 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays. Remember to have your CPR-number ready when you call. Emergency: In acute life-threatening emergencies such as fire, grievous bodily assault and acute illness and In case of an emergency:
call 112 Police: If you need to contact the police you can call 114. You will be connected to the police station nearest you. In an emergency, still call 112.