Founded as a fishing village in the 10th century and with a metropolitan population of nearly 2 million, Copenhagen is not only Denmark’s largest and most illustrious city, but it’s also the capital of a country that the 2013’s World Happiness Report called the globe’s happiest. What accounts for such happiness to emanate from so unassuming a Scandinavian country? In a word, Copenhagen is livable. It’s why the city received the World Smart City award in 2014 for its efforts to create a greener, city higher quality of life and a healthy business climate.
But as it turns out, there are a whole host of reasons to explain Copenhagen’s growing stature as a global leader in quality of life – from its stable economy and pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly city planning to its culture and food scene.
Here now are some facts and figures that help shine a spotlight on the capital city of the happiest country in the world.
- Knowledgeable workforce: Copenhagen has the greatest concentration of highly qualified label in Northern Europe
- 71% of Copenhagen’s 21,000 hotel rooms hold an eco-certification — the highest percentage of any capital city
- 12 Michelin-starred restaurants in the city
- 55% of all Copenhageners commute by bicycle
- 1.9 million inhabitants in Copenhagen
- Most Livable City according to Monocle’s 2013 Quality of Life Survey
- 86% of Copenhagen’s workforce speaks English
- Second oldest amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens, is located in Copenhagen (the oldest, Bakken, is 10 km north)
- 1 (Denmark) business-friendly climate in Europe, according to the World Bank Grou’s report, “Doing Business 2015”
- 2025: The year by which Copenhagen is working to become CO2-neutral
- 134 global flight connections
- Largest cargo airport in Northern Europe