All of Europe has held their breath. But now the hosts of Eurovision Song Contest 2014 are here . Nikolaj Koppel, Borgen actor Pilou Asbæk and Lise Rønne will guide Europe through three great shows, when Eurovision Song Contest takes place in B&W Halls on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen 6 , 8 and 10 May 2014.
Watch how Eurovision Song Contest will impact the city centre of Copenhagen in May 2014 with a Fan Mile full of events through inner city, eventually leading to transportation across the harbour to the Eurovision venue on the temporary Eurovision Island.
Copenhageners are open-minded, relaxed and tolerant people, and the capital city has long been a playground for both gay Danes and tourists. Here you can be free, open and most of all yourself.
Get married during Eurovision
In May, when this year's Eurovision Song Contest is held in wonderful Copenhagen, couples looking to get married have the opportunity to experience the event up close while saying their 'I do's' in the capital of Denmark. During the week leading up to the world's largest international music competition, the streets of Copenhagen will be buzzing with celebrations and happy people from all over the world.
Once in a lifetime wedding
The City of Copenhagen is providing an extraordinary opportunity for all homosexual and heterosexual couples, Danes and foreigners, wanting to tie the knot. On the 7, 9 and 10 May 2014, three special wedding locations in Copenhagen have been chosen, making it possible to get married in the days leading up to the competition final on 10 May. By getting married at this year's Eurovision, lucky couples will get a once in a lifetime experience, creating an unforgettable and romantic memory of their stay in Copenhagen.
In charge of weddings at the City of Copenhagen, Director of Copenhagen Citizen Service, Thomas Jakobsen, explains: "Since 2010 we have had a great success in conducting wedding ceremonies for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples in different urban spaces around Copenhagen. As a city, we are very focused on welcoming everybody and Eurovision is a perfect opportunity for providing wedding ceremonies."
The different locations are three unique reflections of the city, giving couples an opportunity to create their own memorable wedding story in Copenhagen. On 7 May, there will be an astonishing wedding ceremony featuring an orchestra and a choir. On the edge of Copenhagen Harbour, couples will be able to say their vows with the Copenhagen Opera House as a magnificent background.
Copenhagen celebrates 25th anniversary of same-sex civil partnership
On 9 May, the cobblestones of Højbro Plads will be the setting of a whole day devoted to love. The square is located on The Eurovision Fan Mile in the heart of Copenhagen with a beautiful view of the Danish Parliament, Christiansborg; the first place in the world to acknowledge and legalize same-sex civil partnership. This year we can mark the law's 25th anniversary and the City of Copenhagen would like to be part of the celebrations. After the ceremony, a few couples have the opportunity to celebrate their wedding reception in the streets of Copenhagen surrounded by festive Eurovision fans while watching one of the Eurovision shows live.
10 May is the day where the City of Copenhagen's zero-emission wedding boat will set sails loaded with champagne and canapés, making it possible to get married while sailing by Eurovision Island and the city's most popular attractions such as The Little Mermaid, The Opera House and Nyhavn.
Spokesperson for the Danish National Organisation for Gay Men, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgender Persons, Søren Lauersen, welcomes the initiative and the historic occasion: "In 1989 Copenhagen City Hall created the setting for the world's first same-sex civil partnership. By arranging wedding ceremonies around the city, the City of Copenhagen is again – 25 years later –creating a setting celebrating diversity. I am sure many people in rainbow colours – Danish as well as international – will make use of this opportunity.
Remember to send documents before arriving
At the same time, the Director of Copenhagen Citizen Service is emphasising: "We are very focused on making every single ceremony present and personal. We are looking forward to marrying every couple during Eurovision – regardless sexual orientation. However, if you are not living in Denmark, it is very important to decide to get married in advance and send us the required documents before arriving in Copenhagen.