Copenhagen, the Danish maritime capital, has been named the “World’s most livable city” repeatedly, and Danes have been ranked the “World’s Happiest People” over and over again. This is partly due to a favorable work-life-balance, high levels of tolerance and a peaceful democracy.
Copenhagen is easily accessible, with Copenhagen airport being Scandinavia’s main traffic hub offering nonstop flights from around 165 international destinations.
The 10-15 minute Metro journey connection between the international airport, the congress venue “Bella Center” and the city center makes Copenhagen a great congress destination due to the very close connections: this allows participants to enjoy both the city and the congress. The city is designed for pedestrians and cyclists, and you will find that it is easy to navigate the streets of Copenhagen.
Copenhagen has been in the Top 20 on both ICCA’s and UIA’s list of the world’s most popular convention cities for decades and also in recent years.
Capital of Sustainable Meetings
Copenhagen has been appointed European Green Capital for 2014 and has one of the world’s most ambitious climate policies - with a goal of being the first carbon neutral capital by 2025. It is therefore almost impossible not to have green and responsible meetings in Copenhagen.
Copenhagen was ranked “World’s Most Walkable City” by Walk 21 in 2013. Its compact city centre makes walking between meeting venues, hotels, sights, restaurants and shopping areas a matter of minutes. Or you can join the locals and go by bike. Copenhagen is home to the world’s busiest bicycle lane, used by 36,000 cyclists per day and the city’s rush hour is therefore quite different from most others. Here it is not the roads but the bicycle lanes which are crowded, mainly because 56% of all Copenhageners commute by bike. In 2016, bicycles even outnumbered cars in Copenhagen.
Sustainable accommodation and venues in Copenhagen
Nearly 70% of the hotel rooms in Copenhagen are eco-certified, so sleeping with a green conscience is not a challenge. Many of the city’s convention venues are Green Key certified, including the two largest venues Bella Center and Tivoli Congress Center.
International hotel chains such as the Hilton and the Radisson have their own environmental programs. For instance, starting in 2012, the Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts took an ambitious engagement with the Think Planet strategy to reduce energy consumption by 25% in five years.
The city of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen CVB was ranked second in the first-ever sustainability ranking for event destinations worldwide, the Global Destination Sustainability Index, in 2016.
TRANSPORTATION FROM/TO AIRPORT
NEW!!! Get ready for Copenhagen and take advantage of the Travel Pass!
For large international congresses in Copenhagen, like the ERA-EDTA Annual meeting, delegates are offered easy and inexpensive public transport with a Travel Pass. The Travel Pass covers all of Copenhagen and the north of Zealand and can be used as often as necessary within the valid period both day and night by bus, train, metro and harbour buses.
More info available at https://www.copenhagencvb.com/copenhagen/travel-pass
Metro transportation from Copenhagen airport
The metro runs every 5 minutes during the day and every 20 minutes at night. The journey from the airport into central Copenhagen takes 15 minutes. The station and ticket desks are located in Terminal 3. A single ticket costs 36 DKK, but you can also buy travel cards (Klippekort).
For information please check the Copenhagen Metro website http://intl.m.dk
Taxi transportation from Copenhagen airport
Taxis pick up passengers at terminal 1 and 3 and will get you to downtown Copenhagen in about 20 minutes depending on traffic. Taxis are usually waiting outside each terminal. It will cost approximately DKK 250-300.
Danish Krona is the official currency of Denmark (DKK).
Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted.
Prices are quoted including the official VAT amount, currently 25% Danish VAT.
Exceptions of a reduced VAT amount apply only for limited number of services, such as public transportation, newspapers etc.
The mother tongue of Denmark is Danish.
However, since movies are shown only in their original language all Danes learn the English language from an early age, therefore they are fluent English speakers.
Denmark´s standard electricity supply is 220 Volts (V), 50 Hertz (Hz) AC. Plugs and sockets are European standard with 2 round pins.
Mobile phone coverage Denmark uses the GSM international coverage standard.
American frequency ranges (850 and 1900 MHz) are different from those in Europe (900 and 1800 MHz), but the widespread use of 3G and 4G devices provides support for the entire range of bands in both continents.
Copenhagen is located in the Central European time zone (CET = GMT / UCT + 1).
For information on sightseeing, dining tips, shopping, cultural events, etc. please visit the official Copenhagen tourist guide website: www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen-tourist