Wonderful Copenhagen
Copenhagen Harbour

Introduction to Copenhagen

Copenhagen is many things, amongst them a hugely popular destination for city breaks, events and meetings, and a focal breeding place for business and innovation in the Nordics.

To give you a better understanding of our capital’s DNA, here’s a brief introduction to the city and some fast facts to go.  

To put it brief, Copenhagen holds it all; from being one of Europe's oldest capitals with an exclusive royal touch - our monarchy is amongst the oldest in the world – to brimming with progressive architecture and design, beautiful green areas, great gastro experiences, hip hangouts, cool harbour activities, and a thriving business environment.  

The city consistently scores top marks in world rankings for its liveability, enterprise, and sustainability skills, and is an internationally recognized knowledge hub for key industries. It is a frequent top-scorer on the UN World Happiness City Index too and, in short, a very popular place to both live, work and visit.   

Saving on heaps of experiences within culture, entertainment, gastronomy, shopping, sports, and more, and steeped in history, this city is both sensible, youthful, effervescent, and innovative at once. People come to enjoy its local authenticity and air of freedom, equality and diversity, the Copenhagen way. 

 Facts about Copenhagen 

  • Originally a Viking fishing village established in the 10th century in the vicinity of what is now called Gammel Strand, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century.  

  • The population of Copenhagen Municipality is 1,330,993 (in all of Denmark it is 5,822,763).  

  • In addition, Copenhagen is the 2nd largest city in Scandinavia, extending over an area of 90 km².  

  • It is the focal point of the cross-border Øresund Region, the Nordic region's largest metropolitan region.  

  • The city is the cultural, economic, and governmental centre of Denmark, one of Northern Europe’s major financial centres, and home to key global players within e.g., ITC, pharmaceuticals and cleantech.  

  • Every day, climate, mobility, and smart city initiatives have top priority to ensure, that Copenhagen is a clean, green, and great place to live, work and visit. The aim is to become the world’s first CO2 neutral city in 2025.  

  • Currently, the Social Democrats sit in the Mayor’s office, with Lars Weiss as Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor.  

  • Its modern public transportation system is envied by many and features metro lines, extensive bus routes and an easy-to-navigate train network. Visitors may take advantage of buying a Copenhagen Card for free access to public transport as well as to sights and attractions in/around the city.  

  • Copenhagen Airport is also the main air hub in the Nordics, and the city’s Metro system – connected to the airport too, of course – is rated one of the most punctual in the world.  

  • Easy to get around, naturally Copenhagen is voted the world’s best cycling city. Every day, the Locals cycle an astonishing 1.4m km on the city’s 384 km of bike paths and cycle superhighways.   

  • The Copenhageners are a fortunate crowd as well, with the city currently ranking the 5th happiest city in the world (2019/20) - and Denmark the 3nd happiest place to live, worldwide.   

  • The capital also holds a position on the ‘Global Liveability Index’ Top 10 (for best living conditions) and is an increasingly popular city break and meeting destination, amongst local and foreign travellers alike.  

  • And finally, in 2020 the Guide Michelin, Nordic Cities awarded Copenhagen a total of 23 stars to 17 restaurants - all part of a highly inventive local gastro scene of eateries, food markets, coffee shops, etc. 

Giuseppe Liverino

Manager - Travel Trade & PR

glv@woco.dk

Direct:+45 33 55 74 24