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General Information

ALPHA 2016 Congress Venue
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen
Amager Boulevard 70 –  DK-2300
Copenhagen –  Denmark
Phone  +45 3396 5000

Language
The official language of the ALPHA 2016 Biennial Conference is English.

CME Credits
An application will be made to the EACCME for CME accreditation of this event.

Currency
KRONER & ØRE
The "Krone and Øre" is the Danish currency - which is equal up to 100 øre.
There are 100 øre for 1 Danish Krone. Crown.

Notes are available in 50 - 100 - 200 - 500 and 1000 DKK.
All of the banknotes are decorated with great Danish personalities and symbols from the historical world.

Coins in circulation are 50 øre - 1 - 2 - 5 - 10 and 20 Kroner. The 25 øre coin has been taken out of circulation as from October 1st - 2008.

Banking Hours and ATM service – Copenhagen
Banks are open from 10:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m. - Monday to Friday. On Thursday banks are open to 06:00 p.m. At Copenhagen’s Central Station banking hours are from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. - 7 days a week. ATM machines and service is provided outside every bank in Copenhagen and accepts all international credit cards.

Credit Cards in Copenhagen
All international credit cards are mostly accepted in Copenhagen and Denmark. Banks - shops - hotels - restaurants and other type of services allows a fee of 3,75% for every transaction the tourists make with their credit card.

VAT (Value added tax) and refund
VAT - 25% are included in the purchase price for all products and services in Denmark. All Non EU citizens can obtain a refund on their Tax Free Shopping. Ask the shops about the Danish Tax Refund Programme when shopping in Copenhagen.

Personal income Tax - and a High Standard of Living In brief - personal income taxes in Denmark are among the highest in the world. To enjoy the high standard of living - plus one of the world’s most well functioning welfare systems – the Danes pay 50-60% tax of their total income. Married couples are taxed separately. The Danish taxation system is progressive and very complicated to administrate - even by the Danes - and also by the Danish “Skat” authorities. (Danish - IRS - Internal Revenue Service) Danish income tax consists of national tax - municipal tax - a high healthcare contribution - and tax to the Evangelical Lutheran State Church of Denmark. Due to a "tax ceiling" you will never pay more than 60% of your total income on income tax in Denmark - but the Danes have nevertheless many other tax burdens to pay - as they still have to pay the 25% VAT on all goods - plus contribute with a lot of other government fees and taxes as a supplement to the Danish treasury account.

Post Offices – Copenhagen
Opening hours depends on location of Post Office in city.
Monday-Friday from - 10:10 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.
Saturday - 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m.
Sunday closed.

Weather and Climate in Copenhagen and Denmark
Denmark has four charming seasons: spring - summer - autumn and winter. Spring begins at the end of March to May. Summer starts in June and the hottest months with average temperature of 18°-24° Celsius is July and August. Autumn starts at the end of September to the middle of November with many sunny days and the leaves as well as the vegetation changes into beautiful orange – red and yellow colours. Winter starts at the end of November and ends in March with snowfall and freezing temperatures – making January - February the coldest month.

Averages weather and temperatures for Denmark and Copenhagen
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Time Zone
The time zone in Denmark is UTC/GMT +1 hours

Liability
The congress secretariat and organizers cannot assume liability for personal accidents, loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during, or directly arising from the ALPHA 2016 Conference. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

Transportation in Copenhagen
Moving around
A view over Copenhagen’s public transport system - and how to move a round in the city for tourists - visitors - cruise passengers - when using trains - busses - the metro - taxies - harbour busses etc.

Pirate Taxies!
There are many "Pirate Taxies" in Copenhagen - and we highly recommend you not to take one of these - due to lack of proper insurance - and other type of legal protection.

Tipping
All service charges and VAT are included in restaurant - hotel and taxi bills etc. - so further tipping is unnecessary in Copenhagen and Denmark. If you feel that the service provided was extraordinarily good - a rewarding tip will always be greatly appreciated.

Shops - Shops and Shops
From Kongens Nytorv (The Kings square) - at the end of the Pedestrian Street "Strøget" - close to "Nyhavn" - and to the other end of Copenhagen - the Zoo Gardens - there is almost 5 km of shops - shops and shops. The route can start at Kongens Nytorv - then walk up through the Pedestrian Street "Strøget" - pass the Town Hall Square - (take a pause here and enjoy a red Danish hotdog) - then enter Vesterbrogade and continue right to the Zoo Gardens. The walk tour will nearly take a half day each way. With a free city bike the trip will be reduced to half time. For shopaholics and bargain hunters - this is the ultimate 5 km of shopping and workout tour in one stretch - as well as a great way to experience Copenhagen - and also get some healthy refreshing exercise.

Opening Hours
Mall - stores - shops and outlets are normally open between 09:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. the whole week long - also weekends in Copenhagen. The opening hours was regulated in October 2012.

The Danish Police
The Police Force in Copenhagen is well prepared and trained to tackle any situation that should occur during your stay in Copenhagen. The metropolitan police are here to protect - serve and advise tourist that visit the city and the police officers in Copenhagen speak English and German. Copenhagen is a safe city with a very low crime rate - but if you experience or find anything suspicious - or you are hassled by anyone - then immediately contact a police officer wearing a dark blue uniform and the very characteristic badge with a crown and three lions together with nine red hearts in a golden shield (The National Coat of Arms) - or ask for the location of the nearest police station. All basic emergencies for police - fire - ambulance dial 112.

Apotek - Pharmacy
Any type of medicine can only be purchased at chemists stores.
Some pharmacies in Copenhagen offer 24 hour services.
"Apotek" is the Danish word for pharmacy. Normal opening hours from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.. Saturday until 1.00 p.m.

Lost and Found
Contact the nearest Police Station or officer if you have lost your belongings - as the Lost and Found Property Office is operated by the Danish police. The police will guide you and help you to locate the lost property at the Lost and Found premises.

Language
As a privileged few - and among billions of people around the whole wide world - there are only 5.6 million Danes that speak and understand Danish. In the Scandinavian countries Danish is understandable between the Swedes and Norwegians - and vice versa. Nearly everyone in Copenhagen and Denmark speaks English - as Danish pupils today learn English at school from the 1. Grade. And from the 2. Grade - German.

Wireless all over Town
You can go online nearly everywhere in Copenhagen as almost every hotel - café - libraries and other public areas like train stations and the airport offers wireless internet solutions.
Check with your hotel Concierge about all the wireless facilities around town and also the possibility to rent cell phones and laptop units. SIM cards and top-ups can be purchased all over the city - at kiosks - shops and supermarkets.

Power supply
Electricity is supplied at 220 volts A/C - 50-60 Hz cycle. In many hotels 110-volt power plugs are also available. Adapters and transformers can be purchased in Denmark. It's always best to check at your hotel desk before using an electrical outlet.

Drinking Water in Copenhagen
Free fresh tap water
Another bonus visiting Copenhagen is that all taps in the City run with Sparkling Clean and Fresh Drinking Water. No matter where you are in Copenhagen there will always be fresh drinking tap water around you. As one of the few countries in the world - Denmark can offer their citizens and visitors sparkling clean drinking water directly from the tap - and as a curiosity the same Sparkling Clean and Fresh Drinking Water is used in the shower - for watering lawns - for car wash and for flushing toilets etc. As a curiosity - many restaurants requires between DKK 50.00 – 100.00 for a can or jar of cold free and fresh tap water!

 

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