Did you know that Copenhagen...
- Is the proud host of the World’s Best Restaurant, Noma
- Boasts a total of 14 Michelin Stars – more than any other city in Scandinavia
- Is home to the world’s best chef, Ramus Kofoed, from the Michelin Starred restaurant, Geranium
- Hosts two of the world’s best housing complexes, the VM Mountain and 8-tallet
- Has one of the ten Greatest halls of the new millennium according to the renowned British magazine Gramophone
- On a daily basis 55% of all Copenhageners commute by bike
- Boasts the busiest cycle lane in the world, used by more than 36.000 cyclists every day
- Was the first city officially to be named a Bike City by the international Cycling union
- City’s council is aiming to make Copenhagen the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025
- Has it’s own official coctail called a Copenhagen
- Has both a beach and centrally located pools in the harbours, where you can swim safely in the clean water during summer time
- 63 % of the hotels rooms in Copenhagen hold an official eco-certification – the highest percentage in any capital city
- Was founded in 1167 and has been Denmarks’s capital since 1417
- Is home to the reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II, who can trace her ancestry back - over 1,000 years - to the Viking age
- Consumes 75% of organic food in the city’s institutions – which is a world record
- And Denmark is home to the happiest people in the world according to a survey from OECD in 2012
- Airport is the world’s best low cost income in the world
- Won the world’s best Metro award in 2010
- Has the world’s oldest amusement park, Dyrehavsbakken
- Is home to the world famous freetown of Christiania
- Has it’s own amusement park, the Tivoli Gardens, right in the city center
Geography and capital
Denmark is situated in northern Europe and is one of three Scandinavian countries. It consists of a mainland peninsula, Jutland, and 406 islands. The Danes number 5.560.628 million (January 2011), 9.5 per cent of whom are of foreign origins. Their mother tongue is Danish, but English is spoken widely and to a high standard.
Copenhagen, Denmark's capital and Scandinavia's liveliest city, lies within the Øresund Region, which encompasses Scania, on the Swedish side, and Zealand and the island of Bornholm on the Danish side. It has a total population of 3.664.000 million.
Copenhagen was founded in 1167 and has been Denmark's capital since 1417. Denmark is the world's oldest kingdom. The reigning monarch, Queen Margrethe II, who lives in Copenhagen, can trace her ancestry back - over 1,000 years - to the Viking age. Copenhagen is also the seat of Denmark's government.
Standard of Living
Denmark is renowned for the high standard of living it offers its inhabitants. In their latest survey into the standard of living in the world's cities, the renowned consultancy firm William M. Mercer positioned Copenhagen as number five in its 'Best Cities' list. Monocle Magazine placed Copenhagen as nr.3 in 2011 on its top twenty list of most livable cities, citing its excellent transport, quality housing, superb shopping, and abundant culture among the reasons they'd like to live here.
Public transport in Copenhagen is safe, reliable, clean and cheap. Both trains the metro and buses are frequent and efficient. Copenhagen has the fastest and cheapest airport-to-city-centre rail link and metro of any European capital - just 13 minutes - and it costs only DKK 34.50. The metro runs 24 hours and is constructing a city ring with a total of 17 metro stations that will be finished by 2018.
Copenhagen is also a cyclist's paradise with cycle paths alongside virtually every street, as well as free city bikes available to borrow from stands throughout the city from the spring to the autumn. Traffic jams are rare in Copenhagen, with 36 percent of all Copenhageners cycling to work, school, university etc.