Aarhus (also written Århus and pronounced Oar-Hoos) is the main city on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark. With a population of just over 300,000 people (1,200,000 in the East Jutland metropolitan area), it holds the titles of Denmark's second largest city and the city with the youngest population.
Aarhus offers an elegant mix of cosmopolitan city and quaint small-town charm, with wonderful pubs, restaurants and romantic places. Aarhus is known as The City of Smiles (da. Smilets By). It probably just started as a slogan to improve the city's image, but it has nevertheless caught on. For many years, it has been a common nickname for the city, used by the citizens themselves.
Being a university city and centre for education, Aarhus has a large student population and the average age of its inhabitants is among the lowest in Europe. Aarhus is part of the East Jutland Metropolitan area, which by far has the fastest growing population in Denmark. In recent years, there has been a veritable building boom consisting of many large scale projects. Several are already finished, but many are still being built or in the planning phase, including some tall highrises. Its harbour is the largest industrial harbour in Denmark. In the Kattegat sea, it is second only to the Gothenburg harbour in Sweden. Read more