Copenhagen

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Quality of life in Copenhagen

By Maria Rahamägi

Copenhagen is a city with a small-town vibe. The city is best explored by bike using one of the world's most developed bike-path system and its countless cafés, bars, and parks are never far away. The high standard of living, easy access to Internet, modern metro system and a thriving business environment attract talent from all over the world.

Copenhagen is one of the top ten city matches for 13.0% of Teleport users.

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

5
219/263
Details
Large apartment$1953.20
Medium apartment$1563.05
Rent index [score]0.49
Small apartment$1172.91

Cost of Living

3
242/261
Details
5km taxi ride$16.00
A Cappuccino$5.80
A beer$1.60
A kilogram of Apples$2.80
Bread$1.00
Inflation [score]0.31
Lunch$18.00
Monthly fitness club membership$42.00
Monthly public transport$73.00
Movie ticket$14.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$108.97

Startups

7
42/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups29
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.66
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co8
Meetups [score]0.62
Meetups groups186
Meetups members48778
Number of investors95
Number of startup events in the last 12 months281
Number of upcoming meetup events58
Startup climate scene [score]0.68
Startup events12
Startup events24
Startup events [score]0.41
Startups [score]0.75
Total number of startups466

Venture Capital

6
53/227
Details
Funding accelerator namesStartupbootcamp Mobility / Copenhagen
Number of funding accelerators1
Venture capital [score]0.59

Travel Connectivity

6
36/260
Details
Airport hub126
Airport hub [score]0.57
Intercity train connectivity [score]0.68

Commute

6
20/260
Details
Human city pagehttp://cities.human.co/details/Denmark/Copenhagen
Traffic handling [score]0.82

Business Freedom

10
4/259
Details
Business freedom95.40
Business freedom [score]1.00
Freedom from corruption92.00
Freedom from corruption [score]1.00
Lack of labor restrictions86.00
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.91
Time to open a business3.00
Time to open a business [score]0.98

Safety

9
19/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.89
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year1
Guns per 100 residents12
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.97
Lack of guns [score]0.95
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.96

Healthcare

8
79/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.77
Healthcare quality [score]0.76
Life expectancy (years)80.58
Life expectancy [score]0.83

Education

5
62/230
Details
Best university in rankingUniversity of Copenhagen
Best university ranking120
Country mean scores in PISA math test502.34
Country mean scores in PISA reading test496.13
Country mean scores in PISA science test498.47
PISA math ranking (high school)18
PISA ranking22
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.85
PISA reading (high school)21
PISA science (high school)23
Percent of happy students0.83
Percent of low performers in PISA math test0.17
Percent of low performers in PISA reading test0.15
Percent of low performers in PISA science test0.17
Percent of top performers in PISA math test0.10
Percent of top performers in PISA reading test0.05
Percent of top performers in PISA science test0.07
University quality [score]0.22

Environmental Quality

8
71/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.77
Cleanliness [score]0.70
Drinking water quality [score]0.81
Urban greenery [score]0.82

Economy

5
152/258
Details
Currency for urban areaDKK
GDP growth rate0.01
GDP growth rate [score]0.27
GDP per capita$44342.66
GDP per capita [score]0.70

Taxation

5
97/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]0.88
Income tax level [score]0.13
Profit tax (% of profit)0.25
Time overhead to file company taxes130
VAT (Sales Tax)0.25

Internet Access

8
20/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)25.68
Internet access (download) [score]0.54
Internet access (upload) [score]1.00
Upload speed (Mbps)52.16

Leisure & Culture

7
71/263
Details
Art galleries80
Art galleries [score]0.72
Cinemas93
Cinemas [score]0.59
Comedy clubs75
Comedy clubs [score]0.74
Concert venues149
Concerts [score]0.74
Historical sites74
Historical sites [score]0.69
Museums46
Museums [score]0.71
Performing art venues94
Performing arts [score]0.64
Sport venues115
Sports [score]0.64
Zoos16
Zoos [score]0.85

Tolerance

6
168/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index85.91
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.88
LGBT adoption rights✔ Legal
LGBT age of consent✔ Equal
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legalityIllegal in some contexts
LGBT employment discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT gender changing rights✔ Legal, surgery not required
LGBT homosexuality rights✔ Legal
LGBT housing discrimination legalitySexual orientation only
LGBT marriage rights✔ Legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.27

Outdoors

5
130/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.11
Median peak in meters57.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)14.00
Water access [score]0.83
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Copenhagen are in the most expensive 10 percent of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Moving to Copenhagen will very likely increase your daily costs of living. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$970$1,376
$1173
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$42
Movie ticket$14
Broadband internet connection$25
Monthly public transport$73
Lunch$18
-8%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Copenhagen are above average. For this job type, Copenhagen ranks 84th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Copenhagen.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$55,850
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

12
Guns per 100 people
1.28
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Copenhagen in position 33 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Start-up Denmark
Investment requiredFunding providedDuration
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People in Copenhagen

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LGBT rights in Copenhagen

Discrimination

Illegal In Some Contexts

Marriage

Legal

Adoption

Legal

Climate

Average day length (hours)

13

Climate type

Marine West Coast

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Copenhagen

5:50 36 Hours in Copenhagen | The New York Times

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On living in Copenhagen

Copenhagen (Danish: København) is the capital city of Denmark and forms the moderate conurbation that one million Danes call home. It is big enough to form a small Danish metropolis, with shopping, culture and nightlife par excellence, yet small enough still to feel intimate and be safe. Although mixed in its urban scene, the city is easy to navigate. Overlooking the Øresund Strait, with neighbouring Sweden just minutes away, Copenhagen serves as a cultural and geographic link between Scandinavia and mainland Europe. Copenhagen is where old fairy tales blend with flashy modern architecture and world-class design; where warm jazz mixes with crisp electronica from Copenhagen's basements. You could feel you have seen all of Copenhagen in one day, but further exploration will keep you discovering more for months.

If you had dropped by Copenhagen in the 11th century CE/AD, you would have found yourself looking over a small fishing hamlet, with some lazy cattle gazing back at you while chewing fresh green grass from the meadows around the village. Looking east you would see a host of small islets protecting the small fishing harbour from harsh weather — not the worst place to found a city. If you would rather trust the written word than the archaeologists, the earliest accounts date from the 12th century, when a bearded clerk (or a renowned historian if you will) called Saxo Grammaticus scribbled down a few lines about the place; Portus Mercatorum, he called it, which was really just a fancy Latin version of Købmannahavn. This has since been mangled into København in modern Danish, and even further mangled into Copenhagen in English, but all it really means is "merchant harbour."

Around 1160 CE, King Valdemar handed over control of the city to the archbishop of Roskilde, Absalon, one of the most colourful characters of the Middle Ages — a curious mix of great churchman, statesman, and warrior. As the country's only city not under the king's control, Absalon saw it thrive and erected a castle on what is today Slotsholmen (the remains are still visible in the catacombs under the present day parliament). As a man of religion Absalon also built a great church, and with those necessities taken care of, Copenhagen quickly gained importance as a natural stop between the two most important Danish cities, the old royal capital Roskilde and Lund in present day Sweden. Endowed with an enviable location on the banks of the important Øresund Strait, it slowly but steadily surpassed the old urban centers. Copenhagen's rise was greatly aided by entrepreneurial trading with friends and foes alike and by prosperous fishing which provided much of Roman Catholic Europe with salted herring for Lent. But with prosperity comes envy and in the years to follow Copenhagen was laid waste and pillaged time and time again, mainly by the members of the German Hanseatic League, which at one point completely destroyed the city.

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