Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark with a population of 1.2 million, but there are almost 2 million people in the Greater Copenhagen region. The city hosts several large conventions, conferences, meetings and corporate events every year, attracting delegates and MICE clients from all over the world and, unsurprisingly, Copenhagen has been in the top 10-list of ICCA's ranking of the world's most popular convention cities for years.
Copenhagen is known for its happy people, laid back lifestyle and the concept of 'hygge' – the best way to translate this is into 'coziness'. The capital city is very compact and it is easy to get around when you are here – you can basically experience most of Copenhagen by foot or blend in with the locals by renting a bike, which is also the quickest way to get around town. In 2016, bikes even outnumbered cars in Copenhagen. This means that it is very easy to combine business with pleasure by attending your meeting in the city centre and at the same time being able to explore the city afterwards – visiting museums, attractions or simply enjoying a drink at picturesque Nyhavn (The New Harbour).
Copenhagen is home to Scandinavia's largest and busiest airport. Copenhagen Airport (CPH) was recently ranked Europe's most efficient airport (2016, ATRS). With around 165 destinations directly connected to Copenhagen Airport it is one of the most well-connected and fastest growing airports in Northern Europe.
The airport is located just five miles south of the city centre and connected by train, metro and bus. The trains and metro will take you into the city centre in just 13 minutes and both run very regularly.
Greater Copenhagen offers Scandinavia's most knowledge-intensive research and business environment. Home to Medical Valley – located at the gateway to Denmark and Sweden - it has a vibrant ecosystem and deep talent pool underpinned by world-class life science universities and research infrastructure. Strongholds include Life Science, Cleantech and ICT. In Greater Copenhagen, you will find 12 universities, 14,000 researchers, 160,000 students, 10 university hospitals and 19 science parks & innovation incubators as well as a great number of companies within biotech, medtech, agrotech, greentech, foods, and not least pharma, many of which are R&D based. Companies include Novo Nordisk, Lundbeck, Niras and Nets.
MICE hotels nearby the airport include the 382-room Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport, the 296-room Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport, the sustainable 366-room Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, the 710-room CABINN Metro and the 228-room Quality Hotel Airport Dan. The largest convention centre in all of Scandinavia is Bella Center, which can host up to 20,000 delegates and it is located just 6 kilometers away from Copenhagen Airport and 8 kilometers away from the city centre. Bella Center is connected to the 812-room AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen and Comwell Conference Center with 48 meeting rooms for 6,930 delegates and two auditoriums for up to 930 persons.
Copenhagen is booming with MICE hotels, including the 486-room Scandic Copenhagen (with its largest space being able to host 1,200 people), the 402-room Copenhagen Marriott (largest space for 600), the 679-room Tivoli Hotel & Congress Center, the 391-room Scandic Sydhavnen, the 366-room Copenhagen Admiral, the 366-room Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Tower, the 326-room Copenhagen Island, the 288-room Imperial, the 288-room Hotel Skt Petri, the 544-room Radisson Blu Scandinavia and the 260-room Radisson Blu Royal. Smaller properties include the 169-room Scandic Palace Copenhagen, the 161-room Grand Hotel, the 268-room The Square, the 152-room Scandic Webers, the 130-room 71 Nyhavn and the 123-room Scandic Front.
Copenhagen is one of the richest capital cities in the world in terms of average salary. Many companies' headquarters are based here and the city has its own stock exchange. International experts have judged the city to be one of the best places to live in terms of quality of life and in which to do business. Its graceful, tall quayside homes and buildings back that notion admirably.