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Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and its most populous city, with an urban population of 1,213,822 (as of 1 January 2012) and a metropolitan population of 1,931,467 (as of 1 January 2012). With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge in 2000HP Pavilion dv6-1103au battery, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region. Within this region, Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö are growing into a combined metropolitan area.[3][4][5] Copenhagen is situated on the islands of Zealand and Amager.

First documented in the 11th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th centuryHP Pavilion dv6-1102tx battery. During the 17th century, under the reign of Christian IV, it became a significant regional centre.

Copenhagen is a major regional centre of culture, business, media, and science, as indicated by several international surveys and rankings (see International rankings below). Life science, information technology and shipping are important sectorsHP Pavilion dv6-1102tu battery, and research & development plays a major role in the city's economy. Its strategic location and excellent infrastructure, with the largest airport in Scandinavia,[6] Kastrup, located 14 minutes by train from the city centre, have made it a regional hub and a popular location for regional headquarters[7] and conventionsHP Pavilion dv6-1102ax battery.

Copenhagen has repeatedly been recognized as one of the cities with the best quality of life.[8][9][10] It is also considered one of the world's most environmentally friendly cities. The water in the inner harbour is clean and safe for swimming. 36% of all citizens commute to work by bicycle. Every day, they cycle a combined 1.2 million kmHP Pavilion dv6-1102au battery.[11]

Since the turn of the millennium, Copenhagen has seen a strong urban and cultural development and has been described as a boom town.[12] This is partly due to massive investments in cultural facilities as well as infrastructure and a new wave of successful designers, chefs and architectsHP Pavilion dv6-1101tx battery.[9]


Main article: History of Copenhagen

Reconstruction of Copenhagen as of c.1500

Copenhagen's founding has traditionally been dated to Bishop Absalon's construction of a castle on the small island of Slotsholmen in 1167 where Christiansborg Palace stands today. Recent archeological finds indicate that by the 11th century, Copenhagen had already grown into a small town with a large estate, a church, a marketHP Pavilion dv6-1101tu battery, at least two wells and many smaller habitations spread over a fairly wide area.[13] Many historians believe that the town dates to the late Viking age, and was possibly founded by Sweyn I Forkbeard. From the middle of the 12th century it grew in importance, after coming into Absolon's possession, who fortified it in 1167, the year traditionally marking the foundation of CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1101so battery. The excellent harbour encouraged Copenhagen's growth until it became an important centre of commerce. However it did not become the nation's capital until the middle of the 15th century, and the archbishop still has residence in Roskilde.

The city's origin as a harbour and a place of commerce is reflected in its name. Its original designationHP Pavilion dv6-1101ax battery, from which the contemporary Danish name is derived, was Køpmannæhafn, meaning "merchants' harbour" or "buyer's haven" (cf. German "Kaufmannshafen"). The English name for the city is derived from its Low German name, Kopenhagen. The element hafnium is also named for Copenhagen, whose Latin name is HafniaHP Pavilion dv6-1101au battery,[14] derived from the city's original name, Hafnæ ("harbour"). The bacterium Hafnia is also named for Copenhagen, being coined in 1954 by Vagn Møller of the Statens Seruminstitut in Copenhagen. [15]

As the town rose in prominence, it was repeatedly attacked by the Hanseatic League. In 1254 it received its charter as a city under Bishop Jakob Erlandsen. During 1658–59 it withstood a siege by the Swedes under Charles X and successfully repelled a major assaultHP Pavilion dv6-1100sv battery. In 1711 the plague reduced Copenhagen's population of about 65,000 by one-third.[16]

On 2 April 1801 a British fleet under the command of Admiral Sir Hyde Parker defeated a Danish-Norwegian fleet anchored near Copenhagen. Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson led the main attack.[17][18][19] He famously disobeyed Parker's order to withdraw, destroying many of the Dano-Norwegian ships before a truce was agreed. HP Pavilion dv6-1100ss battery Copenhagen is often considered to be Nelson's hardest-fought battle, surpassing even the heavy fighting at Trafalgar. It was during this battle that Lord Nelson famously "put the telescope to the blind eye" in order not to see Admiral Parker's signal to cease fire.[22]

The Second Battle of Copenhagen (or the Bombardment of Copenhagen) (16 August – 5 September 1807) was from a British point of view a preemptive attack on CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1100so battery, targeting the civilian population in order to seize the Dano-Norwegian fleet.[20][22][25][26] But from a Danish point of view the battle was a terror bombardment on their capital. Particularly notable was the use of incendiary Congreve rockets (containing phosphorus, which cannot be extinguished with water) that randomly hit the cityHP Pavilion dv6-1100eo battery. Few houses with straw roofs remained after the bombardment. The largest church, Vor frue kirke, was destroyed by the sea artillery. The battle is considered the first terror attack against a major European city in modern times by several historians.[26][27] The confiscation of the navy, would later source the term to CopenhagenizeHP Pavilion dv6-1099ef battery.

Slotsholmen canal, as seen from Børsen (1890–1900). In the background from left to right: Church of the Holy Ghost, Rundetårn, Trinity Church, St. Nicholas Church (before the spire was rebuilt) and Holmen Church.

The British landed 30,000 men and surrounded Copenhagen.[20][22] The attack continued for the next three days, killing some 2,000 civilians and destroying most of the city. HP Pavilion dv6-1090es battery The devastation was so great because Copenhagen relied on an old defence-line whose limited range could not reach the British ships and their longer-range artillery.[28] Not until the 1850s were the ramparts of the city opened to allow new housing to be built around The Lakes (Danish: Søerne) that bordered the old defences to the westHP Pavilion dv6-1090eo battery. This dramatic increase of space was long overdue, because the old ramparts were out of date as a defence system, and because of bad sanitation in the old city. Before the opening, central Copenhagen was inhabited by approximately 125,000 people, peaking in the census of 1870 (140,000); today the figure is around 25,000HP Pavilion dv6-1080es battery. In 1901, Copenhagen expanded further, incorporating communities with 40,000 people, and in the process making Frederiksberg an enclave within Copenhagen.

During World War II, Copenhagen was occupied by German troops along with the rest of the country from 9 April 1940 until 4 May 1945. The occupation was not a part of the Nazi German expansion, and in the first years German authorities wanted a kind of understanding with the Danish governmentHP Pavilion dv6-1080eq battery. Even a general parliamentary election was granted in 1941, with only the Communist Party excluded. But in August 1943, when the government's collaboration with the occupation forces collapsed, several ships were scuttled in Copenhagen Harbour by the Royal Danish Navy to prevent their use by the GermansHP Pavilion dv6-1080el battery. Around that time the Nazis started to arrest Jews, although many managed to escape to Sweden.

After the Normandy invasion the Germans feared that the Danish police could become a problem, and in early September 1944 the entire Danish police force was meant to be arrested. But a majority of the Danish police managed to either hide or escape to SwedenHP Pavilion dv6-1070eo battery. Out of 2,000 policemen captured and deported to Germany fewer than half returned after the war. During the last eight months of occupation Copenhagen suffered a high rate of common criminality.

Ole Lippman, the leader of the Danish resistance movement (SOE), asked for RAF assistance in attacking Nazi headquarters in CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1068el battery. Accordingly, vice Air Marshall Sir Basil Embry drew the plans for a spectacular precision attack on the SD and Gestapo building, the former office of the Shell Oil Company. Political prisoners were kept in the attic to prevent an air raid, so the RAF had to bomb the lower levels of the building. The attack came on 22 March 1945, coming in three small wavesHP Pavilion dv6-1066el battery. All six planes (carrying one bomb each) in the first wave hit their target, but unfortunately one of the aircraft crashed near Frederiksberg girls school. Due to this crash four of the planes in the two following waves assumed the school was the target, and aim their bombs at the school. Several teachers and some 15 students were killedHP Pavilion dv6-1062el battery, but 18 (of 20 total) political prisoners managed to escape, the Gestapo archives were completely destroyed, and Hitler became so insecure of the situation that he withdrew only half of the roughly 200,000 soldiers in Denmark to reinforce German forces on the RhineHP Pavilion dv6-1060ev battery.

Since the summer of 2000, Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö have been connected by a toll bridge/tunnel (Øresund Bridge), which carries railroad and automobile traffic. As a result, Copenhagen has become the centre of a larger metropolitan area which spans both nationsHP Pavilion dv6-1060es battery. The construction of the bridge has led to many changes to the public transport system and extensive redevelopment of Amager, south of Copenhagen.

In December 2009 Copenhagen hosted the worldwide climate meeting COP15. When US President Barack Obama participated in the end of this meeting it was the fourth time an American President had visited Copenhagen during his term (Obama also visited Copenhagen in October 2009, George W. Bush in 2005 and Bill Clinton in the 1990sHP Pavilion dv6-1060eo battery).


Amager Square seen from St. Nicholas Church


Copenhagen is located on the eastern shore of the island of Zealand, partly on the island of Amager and on a number of natural and artificial islets between the two. Copenhagen faces the Øresund to the east, the strait of water that separates Denmark from Sweden, and which connects the North Sea with the Baltic SeaHP Pavilion dv6-1060el battery. The Swedish towns of Malmö and Landskrona lie on the Swedish side of the sound directly across from Copenhagen.

Copenhagen is part of the Øresund region, which consists of Zealand, Lolland-Falster and Bornholm in Denmark and Scania in Sweden.

[edit]Copenhagen Municipality

Copenhagen Municipality is an administrative unit which covers the central part of the actual city of CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1058el battery. It is a fairly small part of the actual city which falls within the municipality both because it covers a confined area and because the enclave of Frederiksberg is an independent municipality. Since a reform in 2006–08, Copenhagen is divided into 10 official districts (Danish: Bydele). HP Pavilion dv6-1056el battery

The suffix -bro in the names Østerbro, Nørrebro, Vesterbro and Amagerbro should not be confused with the Danish word for bridge, which is also 'bro'. The term is thought[citation needed] to be an abbreviation or short form of the Danish word brolagt meaning paved referring to the roads paved with cobblestones leading to the city's former gatesHP Pavilion dv6-1055ee battery. Today the Frederiksberg enclave, whilst not part of the Copenhagen municipality (and so administratively independent), is considered to be part of the city of Copenhagen. Frederiksberg became an enclave in 1901 when the former districts of Vanløse and Valby were incorporated to Copenhagen municipality. Since 1902 no further incorporations has been made to the municipalityHP Pavilion dv6-1053cl battery.

The highest population density is no longer found in the city centre ("Indre by", which means Inner town) due to office buildings, department stores and council buildings, etc. The highest population density is instead found in the districts closest to the city centre, where there is a density of 15,000 inhabitants per km2HP Pavilion dv6-1050us battery. For example at the entire Nørrebro district,[33] the parts of the Østerbro district between the big park Fælledparken and the large harbour areas,[34] the east and north Frederiksberg.[35] Also the Vesterbro part of the official Vesterbro-Kongens Enghave district and small Christianshavn[36] across the harbour has a high population densityHP Pavilion dv6-1050et battery. In other words, the highest population density whithin Copenhagen is found in the areas surrounding the city centre.[37]

The lowest population density in the municipality exists in a part of the Amager Vest district. At the western coast of the island of Amager a large area was embanked from the shallow strait of Kalveboderne in the 1930sHP Pavilion dv6-1050ep battery. The main reason was to provide an occupation for unemployed workers during the Great Depression. As the area was later used as a military training area, the ground contains much unexploded ammunition which has hampered urban development. In the 1980s most of the embankment was declared a nature reserve and thus remains uninhabitedHP Pavilion dv6-1050eo battery, although a part now makes up the Ørestad quarter. Also, a golf course has been established a few kilometres from the city centre.

The area of Copenhagen has also grown in other places as a result of landfill. Thus, all of the present and former harbour areas were gained from the sea, and on eastern Amager, a new beach park with an artificial island was opened in 2008HP Pavilion dv6-1050en battery.

[edit]Greater Copenhagen

Further information: Urban area of Copenhagen

Greater Copenhagen in Denmark

The conurbation of Copenhagen consists of several municipalities. After Copenhagen Municipality, the second largest is Frederiksberg Municipality, an enclave inside Copenhagen Municipality. Both are contained in the larger Capital Region of Denmark, containing most of the urban area of CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1050ei battery. However Danish road authority (Vejdirektoratet) still uses the name Greater Copenhagen (Storkøbenhavn). This area had around 1.45 million inhabitants in the mid 1990's.

Previously, the areas of Frederiksberg, Gentofte and Copenhagen municipalities have been used to define the city of Copenhagen. This definition is now obsolete. To meet statistical needs upon the latest municipal reform, which took place in early 2007HP Pavilion dv6-1050ef battery, a definitory concept of Danish lands (Danish: landsdele) was introduced. A land is basically a geographical and statistical definition, and the area is not considered to be an administrative unit. The land of Copenhagen City includes the municipalities of Copenhagen, Dragør, Frederiksberg and Tårnby, with a total population of 704,108 at the start of 2012. HP Pavilion dv6-1046el battery

Copenhagen and Frederiksberg were two of the three last Danish municipalities not belonging to a county. On 1 January 2007, the municipalities lost their county privileges and became part of the Copenhagen Capital Region.

[edit]Finger Plan

Suburban Copenhagen (or the Copenhagen metropolitan area) is planned according to the Finger Plan (Danish: Fingerplanen), initiated in 1947, dividing the suburbs into five fingers. HP Pavilion dv6-1045ez batteryThe S-train lines are built according to the Finger Plan, while green wedges and highways are built between the fingers.


Copenhagen is in the oceanic climate zone, bordering on a humid continental climate (Köppen: Dfb). As the city is in the path of Atlantic low-pressure systems, Copenhagen experiences unstable and changing weather patterns in all four seasonsHP Pavilion dv6-1045eo battery, as well as temperatures about 5 degrees higher than average for its latitude (55 degrees North) worldwide. The main reason for this warmth is the Atlantic Gulf Stream, which moves warm water from around the Gulf Coast area toward Europe, and the low-pressure systems follow with the oceanic streamHP Pavilion dv6-1045ei battery.

Precipitation is moderate throughout the year, with a small peak during June to August. Snowfall occurs mainly from late December until early March, but snow cover seldom lasts long. Rain during January and February is as common as snow, and the average temperatures for these two winter months is near the freezing pointHP Pavilion dv6-1045ee battery.

During winter, the weather is dependent on which latitude the Atlantic low pressure centre takes. With a stable high-pressure system around the Alps, the low pressure from the southwest moves toward southern Scandinavia and northern Germany, producing above-freezing temperatures day and nightHP Pavilion dv6-1044el battery. When a stable high-pressure system sits over Denmark or the lands to the northeast (such as Finland or Russia), the mild Atlantic winds from the southwest are blocked, allowing polar winds to cover the area, and the temperature dips to below freezing (rarely below −5 °C (23 °F) during the day and −12 °C (10 °F) during the night) HP Pavilion dv6-1042el battery. If the European continent experiences cold due to the eastern Russian winds, which rarely occurs, it can "freeze from the south".[citation needed] This was a phenomenon that took several centuries to understand.

Spring is comparable to continental Europe, but delayed about a week because of the cold surrounding waterHP Pavilion dv6-1040ez battery. On the other hand, in late autumn Copenhagen is kept milder due to the same factor, but reversed. In late November and December the surrounding ocean water is generally warmer than the air. From mid-October to February, one or two storms occur. Storms in the summertime are rareHP Pavilion dv6-1040ev battery.

Summer is a mixture of southwestern mild, windy and rainy low-pressure systems, and periods of stable high pressures. In summer, high-pressure systems usually bring sunny and fairly warm weather. But these warm periods, which can occur any time from late April until mid September, usually last no longer than ten days. HP Pavilion dv6-1040el battery


Metropolis building

The city's appearance today is shaped by the key role it has played as a regional centre for centuries. Copenhagen has a multitude of districts, each representing its time and with its own distinctive character, making up a dense urban fabric. Other distinctive features of Copenhagen include the abundance of water, the many parks, and the bicycle paths that line most streetsHP Pavilion dv6-1040ek battery.


See also: Architecture in Copenhagen and List of buildings in and around Copenhagen

Amalienborg Palace and the Marble Church seen with the Amalie Garden in the foreground.

The oldest section of Copenhagen's inner city is often referred to as "Middelalderbyen" (The Medieval City). However, the most distinctive district of Copenhagen is Frederiksstaden developed during the reign of Frederick VHP Pavilion dv6-1040ei battery. It has Amalienborg Palace at its centre and is dominated by the dome of the Marble Church and several elegant 18th century mansions. The old inner city of Copenhagen includes the small island of Slotsholmen with Christiansborg Palace and Christianshavn. Around the historical city centre lies a band of congenial residential bouroughs HP Pavilion dv6-1040ed battery (Vesterbro, Inner Nørrebro, Inner Østerbro) dating mainly from late 19th century. They were built outside the old ramparts of the city when the city was finally allowed to expand beyond this barrier.

Sometimes referred to as "the City of Spires", Copenhagen is known for its horizontal skyline, only broken by spires at churches and castlesHP Pavilion dv6-1040eb battery. Most characteristic is the baroque spire of Church of Our Saviour with its spiralling and narrowing external stairs that visitors can climb to the very top of the spire. Other important spires are those of Christiansborg Palace, the City Hall and the former Church of St. Nikolaj that now houses a modern art venueHP Pavilion dv6-1038ca battery. A bit lower are the renaissance spires of Rosenborg Castle and the "dragon spire" of Christian IV's former stock exchange, so named because it resembles the tails of four dragons twined together.

Developing skyline of the district Ørestad, located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. 12 towers expected to form the final skylineHP Pavilion dv6-1030us battery.

Recent years have seen a boom in modern architecture in Copenhagen[42] both when it comes to Danish architecture and works by international architects. For a few hundred years, virtually no foreign architects had worked in Copenhagen but since the turn of the millennium the city and its immediate sourroundings have seen buildings and projects from international star architectsHP Pavilion dv6-1030eq battery. In the same time, a number of Danish architects have achieved success in Copenhagen and abroad. Buildings in Copenhagen have won RIBA European Awards four years in a row ("Sampension" in 2005,[43] "Kilen" in 2006,[44] "Tietgenkollegiet" in 2007[45] and the Royal Playhouse in 2008.[46]) HP Pavilion dv6-1030eo battery The last three mentioned projects are all by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects.[47] At the 2008 World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Bjarke Ingels Group won an award for the World's Best Residential Building 2008 for a house in Ørestad.[48] The Forum AID Award for Best building in Scandinavia went to Copenhagen buildings both in 2006[49] and 2008HP Pavilion dv6-1030em battery.[50] In 2008 British design magazine Monocle named Copenhagen the World's best design city 2008.[51]

The boom in urban development and modern architecture has brought some changes to the city's skyline. A political majority has decided to keep the historical centre free of high-rise buildings, but several areas will see or have already seen massive urban development. Ørestad now has seen most of the recent developmentHP Pavilion dv6-1030ef battery. Located near Copenhagen Airport, it currently boasts one of the largest malls in Scandinavia and a variety of office and residential buildings as well as IT University and a high school. The two largest hotels in Scandinavia are currently under construction (ultimo 2008) HP Pavilion dv6-1030ed battery.

The 2004 Copenhagen Opera House by Henning Larsen

An ambitious regeneration project will create a new Carlsberg District at the historical premises of the Carlsberg Breweries that has terminated the production of beer in Copenhagen and moved it to Fredericia. The district will have a total of nine high-rise buildings and seeks to mix the old industrial buildings with modern architecture to create a denseHP Pavilion dv6-1030ec battery, maze-like quarter with a focus on sustainability and an active urban life. A third major area of urban development also with a focus on sustanibility is Nordhavn. The Copenhagen tradition with urban development on artificial islands that was initiated with Christian IV's construction of Christianshavn has recently been continued with the creation of Havneholmen as well as a canal district at Sluseholmen in the South HarbourHP Pavilion dv6-1030ca battery. A district in Copenhagen with a different take on modern architecture is that of Christiania whose many creative and idiosyncratic buildings are exponents of an "architecture without architects".


Main article: Parks and open spaces in Copenhagen


Copenhagen is a green city with many big and small parks. King's Garden, the garden of Rosenborg Castle, is the oldest and most visited park in CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1027ef battery.[52] Its landscaping was commenced by Christian IV in 1606. Every year it sees more than 2.5 million visitors[53] and in the summer months it is packed with sunbathers, picnickers and ballplayers. It serves as a sculpture garden with a permanent display of sculptures as well as temporary exhibits during summerHP Pavilion dv6-1025ez battery.[52] Also located in the city centre are the Botanical Gardens particularly noted for their large complex of 19th century greenhouses donated by Carlsberg founder J. C. Jacobsen.[54] Fælledparken is at 58 hectares the largest park in Copenhagen.[55] It is popular for sports and hosts several annual events such as a free opera concert at the opening of the opera seasonHP Pavilion dv6-1025ei battery, other open-air concerts, carnival, Labour Day celebrations and Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, which is a race for antique cars. A historical green space in the northeastern part of the city is Kastellet, a well-preserved renaissance citadel that now serves mainly as a park. Another popular park is the Frederiksberg Garden, a 32-hectare romantic landscape parkHP Pavilion dv6-1025ef battery. It houses a colony of tame grey herons and other waterfowl. The park offers views of the elephants and the elephant house designed by world-famous British architect Norman Foster of the adjacent Copenhagen Zoo, the largest zoo in Denmark.

In Copenhagen, many cemeteries double as parks, though only for the more quiet activities such as sunbathing, reading and meditationHP Pavilion dv6-1023em battery.[56] Assistens Cemetery, the burial place of Hans Christian Andersen, is an important green space for the district of Inner Nørrebro and a Copenhagen institution. The lesser known Vestre Kirkegaard is the largest (54 hectares) cemetery in Denmark[57] and offers a maze of dense groves, open lawns, winding paths, hedges, overgrown tombs, monuments, tree-lined avenues, lakes and other garden featuresHP Pavilion dv6-1023ef battery.

It is official municipal policy in Copenhagen that all citizens by 2015 must be able to reach a park or beach on foot in less than 15 minutes.[58] In line with this policy, several new parks are under development in areas lacking green spaces. HP Pavilion dv6-1022el battery


Copenhagen and the surrounding areas have 3 beaches with a total of approx. 8 km of sandy beaches within 30 minutes cycling from the city centre. This includes Amager Strandpark, which opened in 2005 and includes a 2 km long artificial island and a total of 4.6 km of beaches,[61] located just 15 minutes by bicycle or a few minutes by metro from the city centreHP Pavilion dv6-1020et battery.

The beaches are supplemented by a system of Harbour Baths along the Copenhagen waterfront. The first and most popular of these is located at Islands Brygge[62] and has won international acclaim for its design.[63]


As of 2010, 78.4% of Copenhagen's population is Danish, 7.0% are immigrants from western countries and 14.47% of a non-Western background. HP Pavilion dv6-1020eg battery

The Sluseholmen Canal District

Depending on the boundaries used, the population of Copenhagen differs. Statistics Denmark uses a measure of the contiguously built-up urban area of Copenhagen, this means the number of communities included in this statistical abstract has changed several times, in the abstracts latest edition with about 1.2 million (1,199,224 (2011)) HP Pavilion dv6-1020el batteryinhabitants. This number is not a strict result of the commonly used measuring methods of 200 meters of continuously build-up area, as there are exceptions to the general rule: The suburbs of Birkerød and Hørsholm are excluded, while all of Brøndby and parts of Ishøj and Greve are included.[citation needed] Statistics Denmark has never stated the geographical area of urban CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1020ek battery. However, we know it consists of Copenhagen Municipality, Frederiksberg and 16 of the 20 municipalities in the old counties Copenhagen and Roskilde, though 5 of them only partially.[65]

Statistics Denmark has worked out definitions of so-called lands (landsdele), a definition used to meet statistical needs on a lower level than regions. From this, the land of Copenhagen city (København by) is defined by the municipalities of CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1020ei battery, Dragør, Frederiksberg and Tårnby, with a total population of 704,108 as of 1 January 2012.[38][39] The surroundings of Copenhagen is defined by another land, Copenhagen suburban (Københavns omegn), which includes the municipalities of Albertslund, Ballerup, Brøndby, Gentofte, Gladsaxe, Glostrup, Herlev, Hvidovre, Høje-Taastrup, IshøjHP Pavilion dv6-1020ed battery, Lyngby-Taarbæk, Rødovre and Vallensbæk, and with a total population of 520,784 (1 January 2012).[38][39] This gives a total population of 1,224,892 for these two lands together. The lands of Copenhagen city and Copenhagen suburban can together be used as a definition of the metropolitan area, although an extremely narrow one not even containing all of the urban areaHP Pavilion dv6-1020ec battery.

Based on a 10%-isoline (data from 2002) in which at least 10% commutes into central parts of the Copenhagen area, most of Zealand would be covered and this area has a population of about 2.3 million inhabitants.[66]

Since the opening of the Øresund Bridge in 2000 commuting between and integration of Greater Malmö and Copenhagen have increased rapidly, and a combined statistical metropolitan area has formedHP Pavilion dv6-1018el battery. This Copenhagen-Malmö metropolitan area has a population of 2,594,408 inhabitants (2012).

A high-ranking civil servant of the Interior Ministry, Henning Strøm, who was involved in (i.e. known as "the Father of") a past municipal reform, which took effect on 1 April 1970, said on television, broadcast in connection with the recent Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007) HP Pavilion dv6-1001et battery, that Copenhagen municipality would encompass an area with 1.5 million inhabitants, if the principles of the 1970 municipal reform were also applied on Copenhagen municipality.[67] In other words: in the rest of Denmark the city occupies only part of the municipality, but in Copenhagen the municipality of Copenhagen occupies only part of the city of CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-1001tx battery.

[edit]Culture and recreation

Since the late 1990s, Copenhagen has undergone a transformation from a small Scandinavian capital to a metropolitan city of international scope in the league of cities like Barcelona and Amsterdam.[68] This is due to massive investments in infrastructure as well as culture and a wave of new successful Danish architects, designers and chefs. HP Pavilion dv6-1001xx battery


See also: List of museums in and around Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a wide array of museums of International standard. The National Museum, Nationalmuseet, is Denmark's largest museum of Archaeology and cultural history, comprising the histories of Danish and foreign cultures alike. The National Gallery – "Statens Museum for Kunst" –HP Pavilion dv6-1002tx batteryis Denmark's national art museum and contains collections dating from 12th century and all the way up to present day artists. Among artists represented in the collections are Rubens, Rembrandt, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Matisse and Emil Nolde.

Another important Copenhagen art museum is the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek founded by second generation Carlsberg tycoon-philanthropist Carl Jacobsen and is built around his personal collectionsHP Pavilion dv6-1003tx battery. Its main focus is classical Egyptian, Roman and Greek sculptures and other antiquities and a collection of Rodin sculptures that is the largest outside France[69] (Glypto-, from the Greek root glyphein, to carve and theke, a storing-place). Besides its sculpture collections, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek also holds a comprehensive collection of paintings of impressionist and post-impressionist painters such as MonetHP Pavilion dv6-1004tx battery, Renoir, Cézanne, van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec as well as Danish Golden Age painters.

Louisiana is a museum of modern art situated on the coast just north of Copenhagen. It is located in the middle of a sculpture garden on a cliff overlooking Øresund. The museum is included in the Patricia Schultz book 1,000 Places to See Before You DiHP Pavilion dv6-1005ea batterye. The Danish Museum of Art & Design is housed in the 18th century former Frederiks Hospital and displays Danish design as well as international design and crafts.

Other museums include:

Thorvaldsens Museum is a single-artist museum dedicated to the oeuvre of romantic Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen who lived and worked in Rome.

Cisternerne is a small but different museum dedicated to modern glass art. It is located in some grotto-like former cisterns that come complete with Stalactites formed by the changing water levelsHP Pavilion dv6-1005ez battery.

The Ordrupgaard Museum is an art museum located just north of Copenhagen in an old mansion with an extension by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. It features 19th century French and Danish art and is particularly noted for its works by Paul Gaugin.

[edit]Performing artsHP Pavilion dv6-1005tx battery

Copenhagen Opera House as seen from the Royal Playhouse

The new Copenhagen Concert Hall opened in January 2009. It is designed by Jean Nouvel and has four halls with the main auditorium seating 1800 people. It serves as the home of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and along with the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles the most expensive concert hall ever builtHP Pavilion dv6-1006tx battery.[70] Another important venue for classical music is the Tivoli Concert Hall located in the historical Tivoli Gardens. The Copenhagen Opera House (in Danish usually called Operaen) that opened in 2005 and is designed by Henning Larsen, is the national opera house of Denmark and among the most modern opera houses in the worldHP Pavilion dv6-1007tx battery. The old Royal Danish Theatre dating from 1748 still works as a supplementary opera scene. The Royal Danish Theatre is also home to the Royal Danish Ballet. Founded in 1748 along with the theatre, it is one of the oldest ballet troupes in Europe. It is home to the Bournonville style of balletHP Pavilion dv6-1008tx battery.

Tycho Brahe Planetarium & IMAX

The Royal Danish Theatre

Copenhagen has a significant jazz scene that has existed for many years. It developed when a number of American jazz musicians such as Ben Webster, Thad Jones, Richard Boone, Ernie Wilkins, Kenny Drew, Ed Thigpen, Bob Rockwell, Dexter Gordon, and others such as rock guitarist Link Wray came to live in Copenhagen during the 1960sHP Pavilion dv6-1009el battery. Every year in early July Copenhagen's streets, squares and parks fill up with big and small jazz concerts during the Copenhagen Jazz Festival (see yearly events). The most important venue for rhythmical music in Copenhagen is Vega in Vesterbro district which has been chosen as "best concert venue in Europe" by international music magazine LiveHP Pavilion dv6-1009tx battery [71]

For free entertainment one can stroll along Strøget, especially between Nytorv and Højbro Plads, which in the late afternoon and evening is a bit like an impromptu three-ring circus with musicians, magicians, jugglers and other street performersHP Pavilion dv6-1010ea battery.


Copenhagen has a wide variety of sport teams. The major football teams are F.C. Copenhagen and Brøndby. FC København plays at Parken in Østerbro, Copenhagen, but FCK is actually a merger of two suburban teams, B 1903 (from the suburb Gentofte) and KB (from Frederiksberg). Boldklubben Frem a 1886 is by many considered as the only real Copenhagen football clubHP Pavilion dv6-1010ed battery. BK FREM are based in the southern part of urban Copenhagen (Sydhavnen, Valby) Other teams are Fremad Amager, B93, AB, Frem, Lyngby and Hvidovre IF.

Copenhagen also has multiple ice hockey teams, of which two are playing in the top league, AL-Bank Ligaen, namely Rødovre Mighty Bulls and Hvidovre Ligahockey.

World ranked no.2, Peter Gade, is one of the world's best international badminton playersHP Pavilion dv6-1010et battery.

There are a lot of handball teams in Copenhagen. FC København owns both a women's and a men's team, which have the same name and logo. They were formerly known as FIF. Of other clubs playing in the "highest" leagues there are; Ajax Heroes, Ydun, and HIK (Hellerup) HP Pavilion dv6-1010tx battery.

Rugby union is also played in the Danish capital with teams such as CSR-Nanok, Copenhagen Business School Sport Rugby and Rugbyklubben Speed. The Danish Australian Football League, based in Copenhagen is the largest Australian rules football competition outside of the English speaking world.

In 2011 Copenhagen hosted the UCI Road World ChampionshipsHP Pavilion dv6-1011tx battery.

[edit]Amusement parks

Built in 1874 the Pantomime Theatre is the oldest building in the Tivoli Gardens

Copenhagen has the two oldest amusement parks in the World.[72] The Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park and pleasure garden located in central Copenhagen between the City Hall Square and Copenhagen Central Station. Among its rides are the oldest still operating roller coaster and the oldest ferris wheel in the WorldHP Pavilion dv6-1012tx battery.[73] It also functions as an open-air concert venue. It opened on 15 August 1843 making it the second oldest amusement park in the world. Dyrehavsbakken (in English "the Deer Garden Hill") is located in Klampenborg a little north of Copenhagen in a forested area known as dyrehaven. Having been made into an amusement park complete with ridesHP Pavilion dv6-1013ea battery, games and restaurants by Christian IV, it is the oldest surviving amusement park in the World.[72]


See also: Danish cuisine

As of 2009, Copenhagen has 13 Michelin star restaurants, the most of any Scandinavian city.[74] The city is increasingly recognized internationally as a gourmet destination.[75] Apart from the selection of upmarket restaurants, Copenhagen offers a great variety of Danish, international and ethnic restaurantsHP Pavilion dv6-1013tx battery. It is possible to find modest eateries serving open sandwiches ("smørrebrød") – the traditional and best known Danish lunch dish; however, most restaurants serve international dishes. Another local specialty, Danish pastry, can be sampled from any of numerous bakeries found in all parts of the city. The restaurant Noma (Short for Danish: nordisk mad EnglishHP Pavilion dv6-1016ez battery: Nordic food) was ranked as the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant in 2010 and 2011.[76]

Copenhagen has long been associated with beer. Carlsberg beer has been brewed at the brewery's premises at the border between Vesterbro and Valby districts since 1847 and has long been almost synonymous with Danish beer productionHP Pavilion dv6-6091nr battery. However, recent years have seen an explosive growth in the number of microbreweries so that Denmark today has more than 100 breweries,[77] many of which are located in Copenhagen. Some like Nørrebro Bryghus also act as brewpubs where it is also possible to eat at the premisesHP Pavilion dv6-6090us battery.


Many Danish media corroborations are located in Copenhagen. DR, the major Danish public service broadcasting corporation collected their activities in a new headquarters, DR byen, in 2006 and 2007. Similarly has Odense based TV2 collected its Copenhagen activities in a modern media house in the TeglholmenHP Pavilion dv6-6090sf battery.[78] The two national daily newspapers Politiken and Berlingske Tidende and the two tabloids Ekstra Bladet and B.T. are based in Copenhagen. Other important media corporations include Aller Media which is the largest publisher of weekly and monthly magazines in Scandinavia, the Egmont media group and Gyldendal, the largest Danish publisher of booksHP Pavilion dv6-6087eg battery.

Copenhagen also has a sizable movie and television industry. Filmbyen, The Movie City, which is located in a former military camp in the suburb of Hvidovre and houses several movie companies and studio studios. Among the movie companies are Zentropa co-owned by Danish movie director Lars von Trier who is behind several international movie productions as well as a founding force behind the Dogma MovementHP Pavilion dv6-6063sf battery.

[edit]Annual events

Roskilde Festival is a music festival held every year in Roskilde west of Copenhagen. Gathering around 100,000 people every year, it is one of the six largest rock music festivals in Europe.

Copenhagen Marathon, Copenhagen's annual marathon event.[79]

Copenhagen Pride, an annual gay pride festival taking place every year in August

Copenhagen Fashion Week takes place every year in February and AugustHP Pavilion dv6-6054sf battery. It is the largest fashion event in Northern Europe.[80][81]

Copenhagen Carnival takes place every year since 1982 during the Whitsun Holiday in Fælledparken and around the city. 120 bands, 2000 dancers and 100,000 spectators participate.[82]

Copenhagen Distortion is a youth culture festival capturing the zeitgeist of the city, gathering every year HP Pavilion dv6-6054ef battery (5 days up to the first weekend of June) up to 100.000 people in the streets, in shops, galleries, clubs, bars, in boats and buses, with a cultural focus on street culture, art and upfront dance music.[83]

Copenhagen Jazz Festival, which begins on the first Friday in July, is a popular annual event that is the result of Copenhagen's significant jazz sceneHP Pavilion dv6-6051xx battery. The festival takes place throughout the city in streets, squares and parks as well as in cafés and concert halls.[84] It embraces around 900 concerts, 100 venues and over 200,000 guests from Denmark and around the world. It is recognized as one of the leading jazz festivals in the World.[85][86]

Copenhagen Pride is a gay pride festival taking place every year in August. Among the events is "Tivoli goes pink" and it ends with a paradeHP Pavilion dv6-6051sf battery.[87]

Round Christiansborg Open Water Swim Race is a 2 km open water swimming competition taking place each year in late August. This amateur event is combined with a 10 km Danish championship.[88] In 2009 the event included a 10 km FINA World Cup competition in the morningHP Pavilion dv6-6042sf battery.

CPH:PIX is Copenhagen's international feature film festival, established in 2009 as a fusion of the 20-year-old Natfilm festival and the 4-year-old CIFF. The CPH:PIX festival takes place in mid-April.[89]

CPH:DOX is Copenhagen's international documentary film festival, every year in November. On top of its documentary film programme of over 100 films, CPH:DOX includes a wide event programme with dozens of events, concertsHP Pavilion dv6-6029tx battery, exhibitions and parties all over town.[89]


Copenhagen is the economic and financial centre of Denmark[90] and also a strong business and economic centre in the Scandinavian-Baltic region. Around 3.5 million inhabitants live within a 50 km (31 mi) radius of Copenhagen, making the city centre of the most dense and populated area in Northern EuropeHP Pavilion dv6-6027tx battery.[91] The region generates approximately 25 per cent of both Sweden's and Denmark's GDP.[92] In 2008, Copenhagen was ranked 4th by Financial Times-owned FDi magazine on their list of Top 50 European Cities of the Future after London, Paris and Berlin.[93] In 2006/07 FDi Magazine named Copenhagen Scandinavian City of the FutureHP Pavilion dv6-6026tx battery and in 2004/05 Copenhagen was named Northern European City of the Future ahead of other cities from Scandinavia, UK, Ireland and Benelux.[95] In the 2008 Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index, published by MasterCard, Copenhagen was ranked 14th in the world and 1st in Scandinavia.[96] Copenhagen is one of the cities in Western Europe attracting most regional headquarters and distribution centresHP Pavilion dv6-6025tx battery.[97] Among the international companies that have chosen to locate their regional headquarters in Copenhagen is Microsoft. There are 2,100 foreign companies located in the Copenhagen area, of which approx. 500 are Scandinavian head offices, representing a wide range of industriesHP Pavilion dv6-6024tx battery.

Scandinavian headquarters for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Ferring Pharmaceuticals with the metro in front

Copenhagen has a service oriented economy. An important sector is life science and research & development plays a major role in the economy of the city. The entire Oresund Region is in cooperation with Sweden being promoted as Medicon ValleyHP Pavilion dv6-6023tx battery. Major Danish biotech companies like Novo Nordisk and Lundbeck, both of which are among 50 largest pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the World, are located in the greater Copenhagen area.[98] The region also boasts the largest IT-cluster in Scandinavia with nearly 100,000 employees.[99] Shipping is also an import business with MaerskHP Pavilion dv6-6022eg battery, the World's largest shipping company, having their world headquarters in Copenhagen.

Several international companies have established their regional headquarters in Copenhagen, for example, Microsoft. Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, has their world headquarters in CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-6013tu battery. A substantial number of Danish pharmaceuticals such as Novo Nordisk, Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Bavarian Nordic also operate in the area, having placed their headquarters in or close to Copenhagen.[98]

Copenhagen has some of the highest gross wages in the world.[100] High taxes mean that wages are reduced after mandatory deduction. A beneficial researcher scheme with low taxation of foreign specialistsHP Pavilion dv6-6013cl battery has made Denmark an attractive location for foreign labour to settle. Copenhagen is however also among the

most expensive cities in Europe.[102][103]

[edit]Education, science, research

Copenhagen has a well-developed higher education system of public universities. The city has a higher education student population of at least 89,000, combining the numbers of the largest universities and institutions: University of Copenhagen (40,000 students), Copenhagen Business School (17,000 students) HP Pavilion dv6-6012tu battery, Metropolitan University College and University College Copenhagen (10,000 students each), Technical University of Denmark (7,000 students), KEA (3,000 students) and IT University of Copenhagen (2,000 students.) Most prominent among these is the University of Copenhagen. Founded in 1479, it is the oldest university in DenmarkHP Pavilion dv6-6011tu battery. It is a world-renowned research and teaching institution with campuses around the city and forms part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), which is a collaboration between international top universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Berkeley and The Australian National University. The University attracts appHP Pavilion dv6-6008tx battery. 1500 international and exchange students every year.[104] It is repeatedly ranked as one of the best universities in Europe. At the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings 2008 list, it was ranked as fourth best in continental Europe.[105] The Academic Ranking of World Universities 2008 placed it as number 43 worldwide and 8th in Europe. HP Pavilion dv6-6008sa battery A second all-round university in the Copenhagen area is Roskilde University located in Roskilde.

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, is located in Lyngby at the northern outskirts of Copenhagen. In 2008 it was ranked third highest in Europe on Times Higher Education's list of the most influential technical universities in the WorldHP Pavilion dv6-6008eg battery. The Max Planck Institute in Germany was ranked 15, ETH Zurich in Switzerland was ranked 15 and DTU in Denmark was ranked 20.[107]

Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is an esteemed and EQUIS accredited business school located in Frederiksberg.

The IT University of Copenhagen is Denmark's youngest university, a mono-faculty institution focusing on technical, societal and business aspects of information technologyHP Pavilion dv6-6007tx battery.

There are also branches of both University College Capital and Metropolitan University College inside and outside Copenhagen.

[edit]Medicon Valley

Main article: Medicon Valley

Copenhagen is rich in companies and institutions with a focus on research and development within the biotechnology[108] and life science sectors. Two of the 50 largest pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the World are located in the greater Copenhagen areaHP Pavilion dv6-6007sg battery. The biotech and life science cluster in Copenhagen and the rest of the Oresund Region is one of the strongest in Europe. Since 1995 this has been branded as the Medicon Valley in a Danish-Swedish cooperation. The aim is to strengthen the region's position and to promote cooperation between companies and academiaHP Pavilion dv6-6006ea battery. The German biotech giant Sartorius Stedim Biotech is currently creating a Nordic head office in Tåstrup on the outskirts of Copenhagen. The Øresund region is responsible for 60 percent of life science production in Scandinavia and is home to 111 biotech companiesHP Pavilion dv6-6005sg battery.[109]


Copenhagen was mentioned by Clean Edge as one of the key cleantech clusters to watch in their 2008 book The Cleantech Revolution. The city is the focal point for more than 300 cleantech companies drawing on 46 research institutions. The cluster employs more than 60,000 people and is characterized by a close collaboration between universitiesHP Pavilion dv6-6005eg battery, business and governing institutions. The regions most important cleantech research institutions are the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School,[110] Risø DTU National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy and the Technical University of Denmark which Risø is now part of.


The greater Copenhagen area has a very well established transportation infrastructure making it a hub in Northern EuropeHP Pavilion dv6-6005ea battery.


Copenhagen has a large network of toll-free motorways and public roads connecting different municipalities of the city together and to Northern Europe.[111] As in many other cities in Europe traffic is increasing in Copenhagen. The radial arterial roads leading to Copenhagen city centre are critically congested during peak hoursHP Pavilion dv6-6004sa battery.[112]


Main article: Cycling in Copenhagen

The Quay Bridge is a pedestrian and bicyclist bridge

Copenhagen is known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world.[113] Every day 1.1 million km are bicycled in Copenhagen.[114] 36% of all citizens commute to work, school or university by bicycle[115] and it is municipal policy that this number should go up to 40% by 2012 and 50% in 2015HP Pavilion dv6-6003eg battery.[116] The city's bicycle paths are extensive and well used. Bicycle paths are often separated from the main traffic lanes and sometimes have their own signal systems.

The municipality is also developing a system of interconnected green bicycle routes, greenways, the aim being to facilitate fast, safe, and pleasant bicycle transport from one end of the city to the other. The network will cover more than 100 km (62 mi) and will have 22 routes when finishedHP Pavilion dv6-6002sg battery.[116] The city provides public bicycles which can be found throughout the downtown area and used with a returnable deposit of 20 kroner.

Copenhagen's well-developed bicycle culture is reflected in the use of copenhagenize to describe the practice of other cities adopting Copenhagen-style bike lanes and bicycle infrastructure.[117] In 2007, Copenhagen-based Danish urban design consultant Jan Gehl was hired by the New York City Department of Transportation to re-imagine New York City streets by introducing designs to improve life for pedestrians and cyclistsHP Pavilion dv6-6002eg battery.[118] In recognition of Copenhagen's emphasis on bicycling, the city was chosen by the Union Cycliste Internationale as their first official Bike City. Bike City Copenhagen took place from 2008 to 2011 and consisted of large cycling events for professionals as well as amateurs, culminating in the 2011 UCI Road World Championships. HP Pavilion dv6-6001sg battery


Iceland Quay

The harbour of Copenhagen has largely lost its industrial importance. In 2001, Copenhagen Harbour merged with the harbour in Malmö to create Copenhagen-Malmö Port. It has several functions, the most important being as a major cruise destination. In 2007 a record 286 cruise ships with 420,000 cruise passengers visited CopenhagenHP Pavilion dv6-6001eg battery. 120 of these ships either started or ended the cruise in Copenhagen.[119] In 2008 these numbers grew further to 310 cruise ships and 560,000 passengers.[120] As a result of the growth in the cruise industry facilities are being expanded and improved.[121] At the World Travel Awards in 2008, Copenhagen Port was named the number one cruise destination in Europe for the fifth year in a rowHP Pavilion dv6-6001ea battery.[122]

Copenhagen is serviced by ferry lines to Oslo in Norway (called "Oslobåden") with a daily connection[123] and to Świnoujście in Poland (called "Polensfærgerne") with five weekly connections (Passengers are taken by bus to Ystad (Sweden) and ferry starts there). HP Pavilion dv6-6000eg battery

Copenhagen has four lines of waterbuses, known as the Copenhagen Harbour Buses, serving ten water bus stops; four on the Amager-side and six on the Zealand-side of the harbour, from Sluseholmen in the South to Holmen in the North.


Copenhagen Airport is the principal airport serving Copenhagen. It is the largest in Scandinavia and the 17th largest in EuropeHP Pavilion dv6-6000 batteryHP Pavilion dv6-6000 battery .[6] Located in Kastrup on the island of Amager, it has efficient connections to downtown Copenhagen, with trip times of 15 minutes to Kongens Nytorv via metro (with 4–6 minutes between departures) and 12 minutes to Central Station via regional train (10 minutes between departures). Its location also makes it the most important international airport for large parts of southern Sweden(HP Pavilion dv6-3362sf battery). Over the Øresund Bridge trains go to Malmö South in 14 minutes or Malmö Central Station in 22 minutes.[125] Skytrax rates Copenhagen Airport as the tenth best airport in the world, and the fourth best in Europe.[126] The Roskilde airport, 30 km west of city center, has two (crossing) runways with ILS equipment. It is primarily used for general aviation traffic(HP Pavilion dv6-3362ef battery), flight schools, business jets and occasional charter flights, but can be used by medium jets - although not always at full take-off weight. Plans for expanding Roskilde Airport have been approved, making it more suitable for regular flights of medium jets, such as those operated by most low-cost airlines and charter operators(HP Pavilion dv6-3355sf battery). However, a lack of firm commitment from airlines has postponed the expansion indefinitely.

[edit]Public transportation

The Øresund Bridge, the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, connecting Copenhagen with Malmö, the third largest city of Sweden.

Underground Metro station in Frederiksberg

Christiansborg Palace – home of the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, Office of the Prime Minister and official reception area of Queen Margrethe II and the former stock exchange Børsen(HP Pavilion dv6-3355ef battery)

Part of the modern waterfront

Nyhavn, the 17th century waterfront

Rosenborg Castle in central Copenhagen

Transition from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 at the largest airport in Scandinavia, Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup

Local transport

The local transportation system of Copenhagen consists of a number of different, but combined, train systems and several types of buses. The four different rail systems are

Re-tog regional trains (stops at major stations only, continues as interregional trains outside Copenhagen local traffic area) (HP Pavilion dv6-3351sf battery)

S-train (a combined urban and suburban rail system with a length of 170 km (105.63 mi)., the distance between stations is approximately 2 km (1.24 mi) within the central parts)

Copenhagen Metro (under further development, the City Circle Line (M3+M4) is scheduled to be complete in 2018 with plans for three additional lines M5+M6+M7[127]) (HP Pavilion dv6-3351ef battery)

Local trains in the periphery of the metropolitan area. (modern but usually driven by diesel or natural gas)

There are 193 rail stations. Most of them have connecting bus services. This link shows all lines, stations and fare zones. The Copenhagen local traffic area is divided in 95 zones. Zones 1,2 and 3 make up the city core of Copenhagen(HP Pavilion dv6-3350sf battery).


The same ticket is valid for travel on bus, train, and metro networks. Ticket machines are installed at all stations, and tickets can also be bought on buses and at ticket counters located at major stations. A ticket price inside the Copenhagen local traffic area is distance-dependent and always between two and nine zones (HP Pavilion dv6-3350ef battery) (a nine zone ticket goes for all zones). Price is currently (2011) 12 DKK for each zone. There are a number of tickets that can be bought at different discounts, for instance the 10-trip klippekort (variable price) or 24 hour travel card (130 DKK). The fine for not having a valid ticket is 750DKK(HP Pavilion dv6-3300sg battery).

The main junction stations for interchange between system or lines are the stations of Nørreport, Valby, Danshøj, Kastrup Airport, Ny Ellebjerg, Hellerup, Østerport, Ryparken, Ørestaden, Flintholm, and København H (Copenhagen Central Station). The latter is also a hub for trains with destinations outside the Copenhagen local traffic area(HP Pavilion dv6-3300 battery).

Danish and international trains

Copenhagen Central Station provides Copenhagen with Intercity and Express trains across Denmark, as well as services to several international destinations. The train traffic to Hamburg is especially heavy, and other distant destinations can also be reached by daily international trains(HP Pavilion dv6-3299ea battery). Trains to southern and western Sweden depart every 20 minutes. (A special ticket fare system exists between the Copenhagen local traffic area and the most southern part of Sweden, Skåne county.)


Copenhagen is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.[128][not in citation given] Much of the city's success can be attributed to a strong municipal policy combined with a sound national policy(HP Pavilion dv6-3298ea battery), in 1971 Denmark established a Ministry of Environment and the first country in the world to implement an environmental law in 1973. In 2006 Copenhagen Municipality received the European Environmental Management Award.[129] The award was given for long-term holistic environmental planning. It is municipal policy to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% before the end of 2015(HP Pavilion dv6-3180ea battery).[130] In 2001 a large offshore wind farm was built just off the coast of Copenhagen at Middelgrunden. It produces about 4% of the city's energy.[131]

Many years of major investments in sewage treatment has improved water quality in the harbour to an extent that the inner harbour can be used for swimming and facilities for this are provided at a number of locations(HP Pavilion dv6-3163eo battery).[132]

Another municipal policy is that 40% of all citizens should bicycle to and from work by 2012 and a number of initiatives are being taken to implement this policy (see "bicycling" above).[133]

Copenhagen is the capital in the world where organic food has the largest market share. One in every ten purchases is organic in Copenhagen(HP Pavilion dv6-3150sa battery).[134] Within the municipal sector in Copenhagen, 45% of all food consumption is organic but the target is considerably higher. With the environmental strategy "Environment Metropolis: Our Vision 2015" the politicians wish that solely organic food is to be served in 90 per cent of the Copenhagen old-age homes and residential homes for children and young persons in 2015(HP Pavilion dv6-3141sa battery).[134]

[edit]International rankings

Copenhagen has placed well in a number of international rankings, some of which are mentioned below.

[edit]General rankings and comment

In the 2011 Mercer worldwide survey of 221 cities, Copenhagen was placed ninth for personal safety while it was ranked 11th for quality of living.[135]

It was ranked No.1 as Most Livable City in the World by international lifestyle magazine Monocle on their Top 25 Most Livable Cities 2008 list(HP Pavilion dv6-3140sa battery) and World's Best Design City 2008 also by Monocle. In 2010, Monocle ranked Copenhagen as the 2nd most liveable city, losing the top spot to Munich.[136]

In 2008, Copenhagen was ranked No.4 by Financial Times-owned FDi magazine on their list of Top50 European Cities of the Future after London, Paris and Berlin(HP Pavilion dv6-3131sa battery).[93] In 2006/07 FDi Magazine named Copenhagen Scandinavian City of the Future[94] and in 2004/05 Copenhagen was named Northern European City of the Future ahead of other cities from Scandinavia, UK, Ireland and Benelux.[95]

It is the world's No.7 most expensive city and No.3 most expensive in Europe on the Forbes List(HP Pavilion dv6-3130sa battery).[137]

[edit]Business and commerce rankings

In 2009, Copenhagen was named an Innovation Nexus City and ranked 12th in Europe and 17th globally for innovation across 31 sectors, out of 256 cities in the Innovation Cities Index published by 2thinknow.[138]

In the 2008 Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index, published by MasterCard, Copenhagen was ranked 14th in the world and 1st in Scandinavia(HP Pavilion dv6-3127sa battery).[96]

In The 2008 Global Cities Index, Copenhagen was ranked 36th in the world, 15th in Europe, and 2nd in Scandinavia.[139]

Copenhagen ranks 3rd in Western Europe and 1st in the Nordic countries for attracting head offices.[140]

Copenhagen No.1 out of 254 locations in the Location Ranking Survey performed by ECA International that has asked European experts where they prefer to be stationed worldwide(HP Pavilion dv6-3125sa battery).[141]

It is ranked No.7 as Preferred City For Investment Projects.[142]

It ranked 3rd in Western Europe in terms of attracting regional headquarters and distribution centres, only surpassed by London and Paris.[97]

It ranks No.1 in the 2006 Global Earning Ranking.[143]

The city ranks as the 5th most popular city in the world for international meetings and conferences(HP Pavilion dv6-3123sa battery).[144]

As of 2011, Copenhagen is ranked as the 17th most expensive city in the world according to the Mercer Cost of Living Survey.[145]

[edit]Specific rankings and related awards

The Copenhagen Metro has been named the Greenest City in Europe by Siemens/Economist Intelligence Unit.[146]

It was ranked No.6 in Grist Magazine's "15 Green Cities" list in 2007 making Copenhagen the greenest capital of Scandinavia according to Grist Magazine(HP Pavilion dv6-3122sa battery).[147]

The Copenhagen Metro has been named the Best Metro in the World by industry experts.[148]

Travellers have voted Copenhagen the cleanest city in Europe.[149]

Copenhagen was ranked as one of the most attractive cities to live and work in Europe. (HP Pavilion dv6-3121sa battery)

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