Copenhagen is Denmark's capital and local authority for over 500 000 inhabitants. In the greater metropolitan area there are more than 1.8 million inhabitants. Copenhagen is also home of the national parliament, government and monarchy, all situated in the heart of the city.
The City of Copenhagen is actively involved in the development of the Øresund Region which is comprised by the regions of Zealand, Lolland-Falster, Møn and Bornholm in Denmark and Skåne in Sweden. The city is also participating in the building of the Øresund Science Region together with the universities and business sector.
On the Danish side of Øresund Region there are 10 universities and a multitude of research institutions. Øresund University is a cross border consortium of 14 universities and university colleges located in the Øresund Region. The mission of the consortium is to pool the education and research resources of both countries and thus complement each other in making Øresund Region a scientific and educational stronghold.
The main science parks located in Copenhagen metropolitan region are Symbion Science Park, CAT Science Park, Scion-DTU and Technological Innovation. Science parks are situated in close proximity to universities and other high tech environments. They are an important element in stimulating co-operation between researchers, businesses and venture capital companies.
Copenhagen and the metropolitan region have been very active in terms of spatial and infrastructural development in support of the many strategic initiatives both on national and regional level. A 20 km long fixed link with a bridge and a tunnel connecting the two sides of the Øresund Region was opened in 2000. The Ørestad development project will provide space for a new IT University and Copenhagen University, and a number of businesses, cultural institutions, recreational and living areas. The new metro connects the area to the public transportation system. The harbour front has been developed into a very attractive space for business, institutions and living.
The Øresund Region
The Øresund Region is a dynamic and rapidly developing region in Europe. The area generates a quarter of the combined GDP of Sweden and Denmark. The two sides of the region are connected by the Øresund Bridge – the fixed link between Copenhagen and Malmö – and by ferries sailing the route between Helsingborg and Helsingör.
The Øresund Region is easily accessible from all parts of the globe. Copenhagen international airport is one of the largest airports in Northern Europe and operates direct flights to more than 120 destinations. Within the Øresund Region itself, journey times are short thanks to the extensive investments made in good infrastructure.
The Øresund Region features a blend of proximity to both big city environments – with their ethnic and cultural variety – and relaxing countryside with beaches, forests, hills and open landscapes.
The Øresund region includes Zealand, Loland-Falster Møn and Bornholm in Denmark and Skåne in Sweden. The region is home to 3.6 million people.
The Øresund Region is home to a large concentration of highly educated people and a number of innovative environments. The workforce is 1.8 million people and constitutes the large recruitment base. The region boasts a well-developed working relationship between industry, higher education establishments and the authorities. There are 14 universities and colleges with 140 000 students and more than 10 000 researchers.
The Øresund Region is a hub for high-tech companies and research organisations. The clusters which are especially strong are pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, IT and telecommunication, food, environment, logistics and design. There are six research parks and 11 university hospitals.