Copenhagen

Copenhagen is among the top 5 fastest growing big-city destinations in Europe, and is a growth engine for Denmark.

Since 65 % of the world’s GDP is generated in cities, it is essential to optimally exploit the growth opportunities in the capital city. The goal of the City of Copenhagen’s ‘Business and Growth Policy’ is to become Northern Europe’s leading business metropolis – where growth and quality of life go hand in hand. By 2020, the annual GDP growth will have increased to 5 %, with an estimated 20,000 new private jobs created, and productivity will have increased by 4 %. These ambitious goals will be achieved through strengthening and maintaining Copenhagen as an open city that attracts international companies, investments, highly skilled international professionals, tourists and big events.

Future strategic city development efforts will include: providing attractive localisation opportunities, a diverse range of businesses, space for the 100.000 additional citizens by 2025, and a high level of mobility and accessibility through strengthened public transport and bicycle infrastructure. The City will continue to be open to creative and experimental solutions, and to develop Copenhagen as an attractive “smart city” with a strong environmental profile.

Copenhagen’s goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2025 is clearly connected with a strong focus on growth, employment and quality of life.

Copenhagen will particularly focus on the development of industrial clusters, i.e. existing commercial areas that have a competitive advantage. This will be done by strengthening dialogue with the business community, and by building partnerships with both commercial and knowledge institutions. The City of Copenhagen’s primary focus is on the Cleantech, Healthtech and the Creative clusters.

Copenhagen is to be carbon neutral by 2025, cycling is the favoured means of transport, and the city boasts large recreational areas.

Copenhagen is rated continuously among the most liveable cities in the world. Copenhagen is a growing metropolitan with an ambitious approach to urban planning and green living. New sustainable city districts are on their way, and with the architecture to match. Planning a city for life – and cycling – now goes by the term ‘Copenhagenization’

This information has been compiled from Copenhagen’s website.

Cooperation with Copenhagen City Council is channeled through the CLEAN Cluster. Coordination by Mr Neelabh Singh: nsingh@world-cities.eu

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