Traffic wardens as tourist guides
Traffic wardens in the Danish capital Copenhagen are to double as tourist guides in attempt to both improve their image and put their local knowledge to good use.

"We would like to give tourists an even better service when they visit Copenhagen," Thomas Jakobsen, the head of the municipality’s culture and leisure management, told The Copenhagen Post.

"It should be easy for tourists to get the information they need, so we have asked traffic wardens to share their knowledge of the city and its attractions or just to help out lost tourists."

The project will start with 11 wardens wearing tourist-friendly "Ask Me" badges. If the trial is deemed a success it will be extended into 2016 and more traffic wardens will join it.

“The attendants are a group of professionals who are not always greeted with smiles,” said Jes Øksnebjerg, head of the city's Center for Parkering. “So when there is a chance for a different type of citizen contact, employees respond positively.”

Copenhagen frequently tops the European charts as one the continent's most pleasant and livable cities.