Denmark and Iceland - Europe's Hidden Jewels

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Did you know, Denmark has the highest rate of income tax, with citizens paying over 65% of their earnings? Yet, Copenhagen is rated as one of the world's best cities to live in, despite the high cost of living. Accommodation is quite affordable for the average person compared to London and Paris. Copenhagen hotels and other Denmark hotels, in that respect have comparatively lower rates. Danish people love music – from open air concerts and festivals to small places playing all types of music. Anything from jazz, blues, folk, pop to rock . If you are looking to discover Danish night life, the chances are you will be listening to live music. Other great options for taking in some live music are at the new bars, which often have a kind of club culture or disco in them. Modes of transport include trains and buses.Apart from a metro system, Copenhagen has a good suburban rail network that is electrified. Just recently, significant investment has been made in the country's roads. Many inter-city links have been built. The Danish cuisine includes meat, potatoes and fish. If you ever go there, don't forget to relish some frikadeller, which is fried meatballs, often served with potatoes and different types of gravy.

Another country in Europe which tends to win your hearts, yet isn't much discovered is Iceland. In my childhood, we use to kid around saying it's full of ice. But, Reykjavík is often dubbed "the nightlife capital of the north". Surprising, isn't it? It is famous for its nightlife during the weekends. Reykjavík hotels and other Iceland hotels are generally very reasonable and provide you with great services. Icelanders tend to go out late so bars that look rather quiet can fill up suddenly, usually around midnight on a weekend. One of the main causes for this is that alcohol is very expensive at bars, so people tend to drink at home before going out. Beer was banned in Iceland until 1 March 1989, but has since become Icelanders' drink of choice. However, like other alcoholic beverages, it is still quite expensive; a pint (actually a half litre) of beer in an Icelandic bar can cost between 500 and 800 krónur, or from 5,50 to 9 euro. To this end, some people show up late and are already drunk when they arrive at the bars downtown.There are over 100 different bars and clubs in Reykjavík; most of them are located on Laugavegur and its side streets. It is very common for an establishment that is a café before dinner to turn into a bar in the evening. Closing time is usually around 6AM on weekends and 1AM during the week. The staple food there is mostly fish, meat and dairy products. Overall, one must make it a point to visit atleast any one of these countries in case you visit Europe.

I've made up my mind to go there during my vacations. Have you?

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