Life for Internationals in Greater Copenhagen

An idea put forward by Denmark of rebranding the southern Swedish region of Skåne as Greater Copenhagen has many opportunities for internationals and even greater incentives for locals living around the region. Denmark wants to integrate Skåne to its eastern territories as “Greater Copenhagen” to better compete with other city destinations. In Skåne however, reception of the idea of Greater Copenhagen has been lukewarm.

“Size matters,” says Frank Jensen, mayor of Copenhagen and a champion of the project. Copenhagen is a small capital city but with a well known name internationally, he says. “As Greater Copenhagen we can show it is something special – it is about creating a common identity that the entire region can get behind, and the Skåne region will also strengthen its position by profiling itself in this way.”

Skåne or as in the past referred to as Skåneland (Swedish) or Skånelandene (Danish) is a region on the southern Scandinavian peninsula. It includes the Swedish provinces of Blekinge, Halland and Scania. The Danish island of Bornholm is sometimes also included. Skåneland has no official recognition or function and the term is not in common usage. Equivalent terms in English and Latin are “the Scanian provinces” and “Terrae Scaniae” respectively. .

Cross Border Movement within Greater Copenhagen 

Over 15 000 commuters cross the bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö every day through Oresund  Bridge via car or trains that run several times an hour. The Öresund Bridge, spanning 8 kilometers completed by a 4 kilometer tunnel, connects Copenhagen and Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, providing easy access to new job opportunities and cultural exchanges in two countries. The cost of train tickets are easy to purchase at the central stations of both Copenhagen capital city and Malmo central station, with information available in English.

Greater Copenhagen is famous for being clean and green and for having bold sustainable ambitions. It is very common to go to work by bicycle, also, there are several green parks in the cities with outdoor workout stations and skate parks as well as BBQs that are free to use.

Food, fun and festivals
With two historical harbors at Greater Copenhagen, Copenhagen and Malmo, has attracted decades of people bringing their culture, food and festivities from all around the world. The food markets are brimming with restaurants, from cosy local hub spots to restaurants having world renowned chefs, as well as busy bars.

Denmark and Sweden are one of the world’s producers of musicians, artists and performers. Greater Copenhagen has over ten universities around the region, and therefore the towns are always bustling with events and activities all year long. Some of the famous festivals such as Roskilde Festival, Copenhell, Malmo Festival and a like are organized every year.

Three times, Copenhagen has won the prestigious title as the world’s most liveable city awarded by Monocle Magazine; in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Income levels for Internationals at Greater Copenhagen

On top of all this, salary levels for both locals and international professionals in the IT and games industry are highly competitive compared to most other countries in the world. Moving to Greater Copenhagen does provide an experience of work-life balance like never before. Work-life balance is a cornerstone of the lifestyle at Greater Copenhagen; the city is one of the world’s most family-friendly places to live. For example, you have the right to at least five weeks paid holidays and the official working week is 40 hours tops.

Cross Cultural Development for Internationals with Denmark & Sweden

International House Copenhagen had organized a Reception in City Hall of Copenhagen in the later part of year 2016, offering expats valuable information regarding diverse culture, leisure and work-life offerings from organisations based in the Greater Copenhagen Area and southern Sweden.

From Swedish delegation Invest in SkåneOresundDirekt; The Municipalities of Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö; Lund International Citizen Hub; and Helsingborg International Connections had attended the reception.

Expats showed tremendous interests at living a life in this city as presented by the Swedish and Danish representatives. The reasons for high interest among internationals were many, but all seem to be delighted with the opportunities to visit, enjoy and work in both countries, the proximity of the two regions allowing for an integrated job market and an healthy atmosphere.

A fashion designer from Italy is looking to establish herself in Copenhagen, Scandinavia’s design and fashion capital, and is pleased to learn about how inspiration from Sweden is only a 30-minute train ride away. Greater Copenhagen and southern Sweden make up Scandinavia’s most densely populated area, with 3,9 million inhabitants. The area is one of the most dynamic in Europe for ground-breaking science and technological innovations.