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Established by Vikings as a fishing village more than 1000 years ago, Copenhagen has recently officially become the happiest city in the world. The locals, who seem to have found the recipe for happiness, travel to work by bike, have one of the oldest entertainment parks in the world, enjoy excellent social security and lead stylish and colourful lives. So if you ever find yourself in Copenhagen, don’t miss the opportunity to learn the happiness recipe, a few ingredients of which I will mention here.

Copenhagen in Autumn from Ben Powell on Vimeo.

The history of Copenhagen is actually not particularly happy. A great deal of the population died due to a plague during the Great Northern War, while the Great Fire of 1728 destroyed as much as one fourth of all buildings. During the Second World War, Copenhagen was occupied by the Nazis and stayed that way until the end.

All of these calamities motivated the city to seek prosperity even more. In the middle of the 20th century, Copenhagen, home to around 2 million people, began to be modelled after the Finger Plan. The fingers stood for urban directions and neighbourhoods, while the spaces between them symbolized green and recreational areas. During the decades after the war, as material well-being started to climb, many new schools, hospitals and culture houses were built in the capital, while Copenhagen’s airport became one of the biggest airports in the Nordic countries.

Nyhavn district is one of the most famous landmark in Copenhagen
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Nyhavn district is one of the most famous landmark in Copenhagen

At the beginning of the 20th century, Copenhagen was joined to the Swedish city Malmö via an impressive new bridge over the Baltic Sea, and the new Opera House and metro system were built around the same time. Various environmental and energy-saving projects soon followed; the capital of Denmark became one of the leaders in life sciences and biotechnology. Its economy is boosted by the University of Copenhagen and other educational institutions with their 100 thousand students.

One of the obvious sources of happiness for the locals is the natural environment. An official statement of Copenhagen’s municipality even states that from 2015 every citizen will be able to reach a park or a beach in 15 minutes regardless of where he or she lives. This prompted the establishment of many new parks and green spaces. Copenhagen even has 8 km of beaches. The inhabitants of the city also make an active contribution to making the air fresher – more than half of them commute to work by bike, which makes crossing a bike path even more difficult than crossing a busy street.

Tivoli by night - the amusement park of Copenhagen
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Tivoli by night - the amusement park of Copenhagen

The Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world. Here you can not only watch various performances, eat tasty food and take a stroll through blooming flower gardens, but also get on a wooden rollercoaster, which was built in 1914.

Some notable symbols of Copenhagen include the famous writer of fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen and the Little Mermaid Statue inspired by one of his tales; the neighbourhood of Christiania, which has its own rules and laws, where no cars are allowed and tourists are strongly discouraged from taking pictures; and the world-famous Carlsberg beer, whose brewery has become one the most popular tourist attractions of the city.

Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Christiania, also known as Freetown Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood

If you don’t really care about beer, freedom and blooming flowers, however, or if the weather is simply too miserable for going to a park, Copenhagen offers many museums and other unique cultural spaces, which will demand entire days of your time. Copenhagen is a city which rewards a longer stay.

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