NYE in Copenhagen is a bit crazy. We had no idea where to go so I looked on the internet and found a video filmed on Rådhuspladsen the main square in front of the Town House and it looked like a war zone!!
Apparently everybody can buy professional fireworks here in Denmark. Every year there are hundreds of injuries. Actually this year, fireworks caused 73 serious injuries during the New Year celebrations. The majority of the injuries were between the ages of 18 and 29 – and none were reportedly wearing eye protection. We did notice a lot of people wearing protective glasses.
This year was a busier year than usual for fire services, which were called out 383 times between 6pm on New Year's Eve and 6am on New Year's Day.
There were more people on the streets because of the good weather, which means more fireworks and more fires.
201 of the 383 fires were in rubbish containers, 101 were in buildings, 40 were fires in vehicles and the remaining 41 were in a range of other locations. In Copenhagen, a firework set alight the roof of a building in the historic port district of Nyhavn.
But back to our party. We went to have dinner at Mala with Gerrie, Peter, Paula and Faye. Great dinner, bubbly and lovely chats. At about 11pm we cycled to Dronning Luise bridge which we heard was good fun. There was a small stage with loud music, singers and great beat! The bridge was busy but not packed which was a bonus really. Small fireworks were already going at 1145pm. At midnight and for a good hour hundreds of fireworks could be heard and seen all over the city.
The view from the bridge was crazy. North, South, East, and West... it was amazing. The sound of the fireworks was loud, the music was giving everyone a good rhythm and everyone was drinking happily!
I do, however, understand that it can be dangerous. People would hold their fireworks in their hands like a torch. When cycling in the streets fireworks would fly by at an incredible speed; people attached them to anything they found and they would fire at all angles!! People were running, screaming, laughing, bottles were being smashed... it really was like a war zone.
We went back to Mala to drink and eat some more and played fun games like Jungle Speed. A great and memorable night!!
Queen's Speech in English: