Danish Round-Up: Skagen residents complain they’re drowning in tourists – The Post

Danish Round-Up: Skagen residents complain they’re drowning in tourists

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Idyllic Skagen’s holiday charms has been depicted numerous times by artists such as PS Krøyer
July 12th, 2019 4:38 pm| by Ben Hamilton

Residents in Skagen, the resort on the northernmost tip of Denmark where the country’s most distinguished artists, beach-lovers and revellers have been flocking for centuries, have had enough of the tourists.

Dragging their beer boxes
“We are drowning in them,” Mogens Bandholm, the chair of a local residents’ association, complained to DR.

“They come in hordes dragging their beer boxes and only for pleasure – not for the cultural experience of visiting Skagen.”

Advising caution
However, Skagen resident Bjarne Kvist, the deputy mayor of Frederikshavn Municipality, believes it would be wrong to introduce limits.

“There is room for both kinds of tourists: those who want to party and those who want culture,” he told DR. “It’s not for one or the other. It’s for both.”


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