US: Stay away from Vesterbro and Nørrebro
The US Department of State has warned American citizens in Denmark to stay away from the capital districts of Nørrebro and Vesterbro at night, according to an official travel guide covering Denmark.
Also Christiania, which is described as a historic site where there is illegal drug trade, was noted for being a” hostile environment for tourists”.
"In general, Copenhagen is a safe city,” the travel recommendations said.
"However, certain areas pose more of a threat than others; for instance, you should avoid downtown Vesterbro and Nørrebro late at night."
The city police are perplexed about the US warning about Nørrebro and Vesterbro, which actually goes against the safety and security investigations that the police themselves have conducted.
The warning also comes as a surprise to Copenhagen's mayor Frank Jensen, who revealed that he would get in touch with the US Embassy in order to get the recommendations altered.
"Copenhagen has its share of crime like other major cities, and it's true that one could risk seeing prostitutes or drug users when in Vesterbro, but to advise people to avoid the area is a bit too much,” Jensen told Metroxpress newspaper.
”You're most likely to run into a drunk hipster. I go to Nørrebro and Vesterbro a lot and I've never felt unsafe in any of the places, and not after dark either.”