Copenhagen City Life Copenhagen City Life Study abroad in Europe - Why Copenhagen?

When choosing a study abroad program in Europe, it is important to know the city you will make your home for the duration of your stay. So let DIS introduce you to Copenhagen, one of the world’s most livable cities and the capital of Denmark, the country with the happiest population on earth!

Copenhagen: Experience the new

Copenhagen is a friendly, open city crammed with cute cafés, varied clubs that regularly host international bands and DJs, cool clothing stores and a large number of clean parks and beaches. Thanks to an excellent transport system, compact city center, bicycle paths practically everywhere and DIS’ central location, the life and soul of Copenhagen are easy to discover.

Small-town Metropolis

Copenhagen is a metropolis of 1.8 million people. It is the capital of Denmark and the center of the Danish-Swedish Øresund Region, with a population of 3.8 million. Yet it has an inviting small-town atmosphere of friendliness, intimacy and safety.

A dense network of walking streets, squares and waterfronts cover the old downtown area where DIS is located. Denmark may be an ultra-efficient country, but Danes know how to relax and have fun. You will truly enjoy the cozy vibe of this happening European capital.

Exciting and creative Copenhagen

Copenhagen has a long-established reputation for being a fashionable and culturally forward-thinking capital, with sleek design, great shopping, concerts, indigenous cinema, festivals and well-dressed locals. Street art, galleries, ground-breaking architecture, ethnic restaurants, the Royal Opera and open-air jazz performances complete the reality of an active European capital.

A safe, livable city

Denmark is a small country, with a balance of Scandinavian and European influences. We are proud of our democracy and our commitment to peace and security for everyone. Copenhagen as a city is in the same league. Though a capital city, Copenhagen has a comparatively low crime rate and personal safety is high.

A city with a history

Copenhagen was founded in 1167, and every age and stage in European history has left its imprint on the city. Winding medieval streets, great Renaissance palaces, Baroque splendor, early-modern ramparts, a historic harbor plus all the trappings of the modern age are part and parcel of the city fabric.

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Media Recognition...

• Denmark named the happiest country in the world by a report published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Columbia University Earth Institute (U.N.).

• Copenhagen is the European Green Capital for 2014 (European Union)

• Copenhagen was chosen as the world’s most livable city in 2013 and has been in the top three of the world’s most livable cities for six years running, 2008-2013 (Monocle Magazine)

• Copenhagen honored as one of the ten best world cities, based on environment, cleanliness, employment, entertainment, and security (Newsweek, 2012)

• Copenhagen finished in the top 10 of the World’s Best Places to Live in 2012 - its sixth consecutive appearance (Mercer)

• In a global survey, Copenhagen placed in the top ten for safety in 2011 (Mercer)

• Denmark is the easiest place in Europe to do business and fifth globally (World Bank, 2012)

• Copenhagen finished first in the lastest survey of Europe’s most sustainable cities (Economist Intelligence Unit, 2010)

• Denmark came second in Forbes’ annual look at the Best Countries for Business. The U.S. ranked 12th (Forbes Magazine)

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