With its accessibility, efficiency and cutting edge facilities, the city of Copenhagen is an ideal location for meetings and conferences of all sizes. A constant fixture on the International Congress and Convention Association's top 20 list of cities, Copenhagen welcomes over 90 congresses and conventions every year. It is also a member of the elite BestCities Global Alliance, recognized internationally for its uncompromising meeting and convention standards. The city also leads the way in the region's clean energy supply, biotechnology and telecommunications; is among the top European regions for science and technology; and alone generates 25 percent of the GDP of Sweden and Denmark combined.
What's more, Copenhagen is dedicated to all things green, ranging from its eco-friendly building design, widespread consumption of organic foods and transportation options – nearly 40 percent of Copenhagen residents travel to work or school by bicycle. Its harbor water is even clean enough for swimming, as evidenced by the many manmade harbor baths that line the area. By 2025, Copenhagen will be the world's first carbon-dioxide-neutral capital city.
Copenhagen's dedication to the environment makes the city a great destination for green meetings, further evidenced by the fact that it was the host city for the 2009 United Nations Climate Conference. Not surprisingly, the event was held at Copenhagen's Bella Center, the largest conference venue in Scandinavia. With a capacity of 20,000 people and a focus on flexible spaces, the center boasts an impressive 122,000 square meters of space. Additionally, it has recently invested €2.5 million in energy efficiency through such adjustments as energy-saving electrical fittings and solar film on the main hall's windows.
In addition to the Bella Center, meeting planners can utilize Copenhagen's new conference venues. Opened in 2011, the spectacular Bella SKY Comwell hotel in integrated in the Bella Center. As the largest property in Northern Europe, Bella SKY Comwell features 23 floors, 812 designer rooms and 30 flexible meeting and conference rooms. Opened in 2010, the Tivoli Congress Center is the largest conference center in central Copenhagen, featuring space for 4,000 meeting participants.
For smaller group meetings, Copenhagen does not disappoint with its wide range of special event venues. Break out of a mundane meeting routine at the Carlsberg Brewery, which offers both event space for over 200 people as well as custom beer tastings and lectures. Treat attendees like royalty at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet and home to four exclusive meeting rooms and a ballroom. Or, inspire guests with the wonders of Danish design at architectural masterpieces such as the Royal Danish Playhouse, Copenhagen Opera House and Danish Architecture Centre, all of which offer private event space.
A major regional center of business, media and science, Copenhagen serves as the headquarters for hundreds of internationally owned companies. The city's economy is built on such industries as tourism, life science, information technology and research and development. The city's location makes it the ideal headquarters location for Maersk, the world's largest shipping company. It is also home to the prestigious University of Copenhagen. Roskilde University, the Technical University of Denmark and Copenhagen Business School are all located nearby.