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Denmark

Area code 45 Common abbreviation DK Last updated 28-6-2014
Road class Syntax explanation Administrative subordination Sub classes Zones System Remarks
European road E[0-9]<2> Europe See Europe
Primary road (primaerrute) [0-9]<1-2> national Sequential exit numbers on motorways
Secondary road (sekundaerrute) [0-9]<3> national 1[0-9]<2>
[2-5][0-9]<2> 2 Sjaelland, Lolland
3 Fyn, Langeland
4 South Jylland
5 North Jylland
Ring road (ringvej) O{[1-4]} city increasing from centre
General description: Numbers 150-153, 155, 156, 160, 161, 167, 170, 171, 184, 190, 191 and 195 are secondary routes parallel to motorways. Other numbers beginning with 1 are mostly main secondary roads.
European roads do not have national numbers, but if a national road locally has the same route as a European road, both appear on signs.
Ring roads can be primary or secondary roads, with yellow and white numbers respectively. Numbers always increase from the city centre, but numbering can start with 2. If a city has only one ring road, it is sometimes called just 'O'.
There is an administrative motorway numbering system, see http://www.vejsektoren.dk/wimpdoc.asp?page=document&objno=150001.
Road signs: Picture by Bernd Steinert
Road type Background Text Road numbers
Class Shape Background Text
Motorways Green White Primary/Ring Rectangle Yellow Black
All other roads Standard White Red
Above the road and on motorways referring to other roads Blue White Secondary Rectangle White Black
History: The current system was introduced around 1986. In the old system, only the most important roads were numbered (the only numbers were A1-25), but European roads had national numbers:
A1 København-Esbjerg
A2 København-Gedser
A3 København-Helsingør
A4 København-Kalundborg
A5 København-Hillerød
Shortly after the introduction of the new system, around 1988, the new E numbers were introduced.
There was originally one 3-d E number: the E133 from Kolding to Fredericia, but this was replaced bya less than 10 km long motorway link between the E20 and E45. This link no longer has a number of its own: on either side, the number of the road it leads to is signposted.
Sources and links: Various maps and atlases, Vejdirektoratet

    Official sites:
  1. Vejdirektoratet
  2. Motorway route list with exit names and numbers
  3. Administrative number change 2006 ordered by old number
  4. Administrative number change 2006 ordered by new number
    Other links:
  5. Administrative motorway numbers Wegenwiki
  6. Öresund Link
  7. Pictures of motorways
  8. Traffic frequency
  9. The old A numbers
  10. Sønderborgmotorvejen (M51)
  11. Harry's wegnummers with many pictures
    Other pages within this site:
  12. Road sign colours
  13. Europe
  14. M numbers (administrative only)
Marcel Monterie
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