Introduction to Copenhagen
Not your Hamlet’s hamlet anymore – Copenhagen has grown from a 10th century Viking village to Denmark’s capital city of almost 2 million people. Big enough to be counted among some of Europe’s most popular city destinations with an internationally renowned culinary, design and fashion scene, yet safe, clean and accessible enough to consistently rank as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Copenhagen’s immensely attractive and impeccably styled population are also reckoned to be the world’s happiest people with a tolerant society, a healthy work/life balance and money more likely to be spent on socialising with other than on expensive material goods. While this attractive city of historic harbours, ancient and Modernist architecture and design, landscaped gardens and colourful anarchist communities are just some of the capital’s drawcards, Copenhagen is also seen as dark, cold and prohibitively expensive. And while not everyone’s tastes run to Michelin-starred eateries, there’s plenty of cheap thrills and budget finds for backpackers as well as upmarket living for highrollers.
Another interesting aspect of Copenhagen is its green credentials. This a bicycle-crazy city where there’s 40,000 more bikes than the entire population and 55 percent of locals cycle daily. There’s environmentally friendly hotels, a clean harbour, electric buses, organic shops and the locavore-style Nordic kitchen cuisine based on seasonal produce. Copenhagen also aims to become the world’s first CO2-neutral capital by 2025.
With stunning architectural designs, cutting-edge fashion, enviable lifestyle and what’s considered to be the world’s best restaurant, Copenhagen would almost be too cool for school if it wasn’t for the natural beauty meets urban environment of this vibrant city and the liberal/traditional locals. To discover why this northern light attracts visitors from around the world, you’ll just have to head this way and say ‘Hvad så?’ (‘What’s up?’)