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Copenhagen


Located on the islands of Zealand (Danish: Sjælland) and Amager in the Danish Straits, Copenhagen (Danish: København) is the capital and largest city of Denmark. Since 1999 (the bridge actually opened to the public in in 2000), Copenhagen has been connected to Malmö, Sweden by the Oresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen; Swedish Öresundsbron), which is a combined four-lane road and two-track rail bridge.

It is a little hard to pin down the exact population of Copenhagen, because the city limits are not well-defined. However, if you total the population of the 33 municipalities close to, and including, the municipality of Copenhagen, as of 2007, the total was 1,825,814. On the other hand, if one only counts the population for the contiguous built-up area, the population figure only comes out to about 1.1 million.

There are many attractions and places of interest that you will want to see if you visit Copenhagen, but there are two that you will surely not want to miss:
  1. The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbor - This is small, but highly distinctive and famous statue which sits on a rock in the harbor. It was created by the Edward Eriksen, and is inspired by the fairy tale of The Little Mermaid, written by Danish author, Hans Christian Andersen.

  2. Tivoli Gardens - A famous amusement park, which is in fact one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1843.
On your visit to Copenhagen, we also recommend that you visit the Nyhavn area if you get a chance. This is a popular area with many bars and restaurants lining the streets bordering a picturesque harbor. It's a wonderful, if crowded, location to sit outside and enjoy at an al fresco meal or drink on a sunny day. On cooler days, it's easier to get a seat, and many restaurants will thoughtfully supply a blanket to cover your legs.

Tivoli Gardens:
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark


Key Facts about Copenhagen


Here are some facts about Copenhagen:
  1. Copenhagen (Danish: København) is the capital and largest city of Denmark.

  2. Copenhagen is located on the islands of Zealand (Danish: Sjælland) and Amager in the Danish Straits.

  3. As of 2007, the population of the entire municipality of Copenhagen was 1,825,814. However, the population for the contiguous built-up area, was only about 1.1 million.

  4. Copenhagen is not only the capital, economic and financial center of Denmark, but also one of the leading business centers for the entire Scandinavian-Baltic region.

  5. International companies headquartered in Copenhagen include A.P. Møller-Mærsk, Carlsberg, Novo Nordisk, and Novozymes.

  6. Copenhagen has some of the highest gross wages in the world. However, taxes are relatively high, and it has one of the highest costs of living for any city in Europe.

  7. Copenhagen is connected to Malmö, Sweden via a combined four-lane road and two-track rail bridge - the Oresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen; Swedish Öresundsbron).


Attractions and Places of Interest in Copenhagen


Attractions and places of interest in Copenhagen include:

Weather in Copenhagen


Copenhagen has an oceanic climate. The climate is also influenced by the Gulf Stream, which brings warm water across the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico, causing temperatures to be about 5°C higher than would otherwise be expected for a city at Copenhagen's latitude. Low-pressure systems from the Atlantic do however cause the weather to be unstable throughout the year.

Generally speaking, precipitation is moderate throughout the year, with the heaviest rain occurring between July and September. From December to March, temperatures are usually around freezing point, and there is a chance of snow as well as rain.

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