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CityWatch | Copenhagen
A more LIVABLE city
Our research team analyzed more than 4,000 cities and identified the top 2% we believe are most attractive to people and businesses, today and in the future. Copenhagen is one of those cities.
- Five-finger plan: 1947
The year this regional plan was enacted, requiring major new growth areas to be sited along transit lines.1
- Smart city technology: 2025
The year Copenhagen has targeted to be entirely carbon-neutral.2
- Bicycle paths: 49%
Percentage of commuter trips by bicycle.3
- Metro system: 43km
Total length of the metro, including the 15.5km, driverless Cityringen Metro.4
- Smart lighting: 22,000
Number of smart streetlights that have produced 76% savings for public lighting.2
Copenhagen was among the first cities in Europe to take town planning to a new level. It pioneered the walkable city approach, investing in public transport and progressively expanding cycle lanes. This focus on planning and green growth has made Copenhagen one of the most livable cities in Europe, and a magnet for young professionals, fueling a vibrant economy and strong housing market.
Convenient motorway and rail connections place Copenhagen as the gateway between the Scandinavian Peninsula and Mainland Europe.
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1 Data source: “A Brief Look at Urban Planning in Copenhagen,” scandinaviastandard.com.
2 Data source: “The Green Growth City: Copenhagen,” HEC Paris, 2021.
3 Data source: visitcopenhagen.com
4 Data source: “Cityringen Metro, Copenhagen, Denmark,” Railway Technology, 21 Aug 2020
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