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Reasons Why You Should Live in Copenhagen at Some Point in Your Life

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Updated: 31 December 2017
If you’re looking for a new city to relocate to, these 8 reasons will persuade you that Copenhagen should be at the top of your list.

You’ll learn to get everywhere on a bike

Copenhagen isn’t just a cycle city. It’s the only town where bikes outnumber cars and there is actually a bike traffic problem now. Living in a city in which inhabitants use more bikes than cars will definitely make biking a part of your daily life. Even those who aren’t used to moving around on two wheels rarely take the bus or train after a few months of living here. Soon enough, they realise that biking is faster and much more fun, and it’s definitely one of the things they miss most when they leave Denmark.

Biking in Copenhagen
Biking in Copenhagen | © Aliki Seferou

You’ll mingle with people from all over the globe

Over the past few years, more and more people from all over the world have relocated to Denmark for work or studies. Copenhagen is on the top of the list for foreigners who want to spend a few months (or even years) in Scandinavia’s coolest country, which is why it has become a multicultural city. That means that if you live in Copenhagen even for a short term, you’ll intermingle with people from all around the globe, which will give you the chance to interact with new cultures and learn how to cooperate with people from different backgrounds.

You’ll experience a real winter

This one is especially for winter lovers: for those who can’t imagine Christmas time without snow and don’t mind it much when temperatures sink below zero (after all, it’s a good excuse to cuddle up at home), you’ll enjoy this city in the winter. Even though the Danish winter is long, and sometimes not even locals can deal with the cold and darkness, those who know how to make the most of it will certainly enjoy their stay in Copenhagen.

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Snowy Copenhagen | © Emanuele Longo / Flickr

You’ll enjoy a high quality of life in every aspect

Recently, a survey showed the Danes are the top nation when it comes to work-leisure balance. It’s widely known that Denmark offers a high quality of life due to many reasons. First of all, the working conditions are among the best in the world: salaries are high and the welfare system doesn’t only support locals but foreigners as well. Secondly, Copenhagen is a city in which living is easy when it comes to life’s daily issues. For example, everyone speaks English, there are 24-hour buses and metro lines, making commuting even after midnight super easy, and the crime rate is low. So, in general, everyday struggles are less in comparison to other cities in Europe.

Superkilen Park
Superkilen Park | Aliki Seferou

You’ll learn a thing or two about fashion and design

Fashionistas will definitely fall in love with Copenhagen, not only because there are many famous designer clothing boutiques all over town, but also because they can draw inspiration from the style of locals. Danes know fashion and you can see this in almost every person walking down the street. Whether it’s from high-end stores or second-hand shops, the garments of Danes are usually super elegant and stylish. For those who love Scandinavian design, it’s not necessary to say much in order to persuade them that Copenhagen is the city to live in – it’s home to some of the most renowned interior designers and there are numerous design shops.

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Scandinavian living room | © La Belle Galerie / Pixabay

You’ll experience many cultural events

Copenhagen brims with cultural events that take place throughout the year. With so many music, film and art festivals, no one is ever bored in the capital of Denmark. The city’s strong culture scene makes it one of the most interesting capitals in Scandinavia to relocate to. Plus, some of Europe’s largest music festivals, like Roskilde and Copenhell, take place here, attracting people from all over the world who travel to Denmark just to attend these big music events.

Roskilde Festival
Roskilde Festival | ©Krists Luhaers/Flickr

You’ll taste the New Nordic Cuisine from experts’ hands

New Nordic Cuisine has become a trend in several countries around the world, giving the chance to foodies to explore the reinvented Danish cuisine in restaurants serving only Danish dishes. Needless to say, there isn’t a better place to live this authentic food experience than the city where it was actually born. Aside from the renowned Michelin-starred restaurants, Copenhagen is also filled with cozy, local dining places that serve dishes inspired by the country’s traditional and new cuisine.

You’ll be in one of the safest cities in the world

Ranked 5th on the most recent Global Peace Index of the safest countries in the world, Denmark is definitely a place that will make you feel secure. Therefore, many choose to relocate to this small Scandinavian country in order to raise their children. Seeing locals leaving their baby strollers (with their kids fastened inside) outside cafes or shops while they’re meeting friends or buying groceries, certainly makes foreigners feel like they’ve come to the right country. Of course, there are things like stealing or pick pocketing (and there have been several shooting incidents between gangs in Nørrebro) but, in general, the crime rate is very low.