Copenhagen is growing - and at a rapid rate. The capital is therefore being expanded with new neighbourhoods with new opportunities to live and work. The growth of the city makes it increasingly dynamic and diverse, but it also presents a number of challenges.
Copenhagen is often identified as one of the world's best cities to live in. It is a city where growth and prosperity go hand in hand - but there are also challenges: Growth means that there is a need to create room for more people, more jobs and more mobility.
The population will grow by 18% by 2025, equivalent to 100,000 new residents, or 19 new residents every day. This requires the construction of new homes. The alternative for the capital city is simply that people will leave the city.
The increasing rate of commuting in the region has already put Copenhagen's traffic system under pressure. Good accessibility is one of the main prerequisites for an attractive city that can benefit both the residents and businesses of Copenhagen.
The new neighbourhood in Nordhavn will provide some of the answers to these challenges.
Many industries have left Copenhagen harbour, providing great opportunities to develop the city all the way out to the old quays at the open Øresund. The major urban development over the next several years will take place in Nordhavn, a peninsula located near Østerbro. Until recently, Nordhavn was best known as a harbour for the capital's cruise ship guests and container traffic.
Urban development in Nordhavn shall help to counteract the trend towards increasing levels of commuting in the region, by creating new local homes and workplaces. This will allow people to cycle to work or commute by train to centrally located workplaces. One can say that Copenhagen is growing inwards instead of outwards.
The level of ambition for Nordhaven is sky-high. All the prerequisites exist here to set new standards. The latest knowledge from around the world shall contribute to robust and sustainable solutions.