There are plenty of good reasons why Copenhagen, and Scandinavia in general, is always clustered at the top of the annual World Happiness Report. Fairness, equality and community are highly valued.
It’s not the Kroner alone that is important to people in Copenhagen, morality and ethics also play a vital part in the city’s currency. The city is highly visual and constantly engaging. The world famous Danish design sensibility has the subtle effect of enhancing the commonplace. The simple pleasure found in a beautifully designed pepper pot can add spice not only to breakfast but also to the moment. This attention to detail and affinity for understated beauty blankets the city and makes Copenhagen a place where the extraordinary can be found in the ordinary.
The layout is flat and compact, making it easy to navigate on foot or bicycle, and the calming presence of water is always nearby. The city is bursting with museums, stunning 17th-and 18th-century architecture and there are verdant parks and playgrounds to enjoy. Many soul-nourishing city-escapes are also nearby. Allied with the thriving café culture, Copenhagen has a food scene to make even the fussiest eaters swoon and in über cool neighbourhoods such as Nørrebro and Vesterbro, the nightlife crackles. Alongside our own recommendations, we speak to five prominent personalities to get some further insights into the city and hot tips on where to go.