Here are the 7 ways living in Copenhagen will change your life:
Biking has for years been a popular choice of transportation in Copenhagen, but also a lifestyle – some even call it a cult.
While your friends back home take taxis on a night out (as to not ruin their hair, shoes, bags, makeup and clothes), don't be surprised if you find yourself riding your bike to a stylish cocktail party or a fancy dinner. You won't be the only one who dressed up either. Suits, ties, dresses and heals, can all be spotted on the biking lanes around the city.
Being the world’s most Bike-Friendly city (after Amsterdam), the city finds innovative ways to provide VIP facilities to its bikers. Investments are constantly made to improve and build biking infrastructure (bridges, links across harbors, lanes and more). The city even shifts the way traffic lights work to allow a better bike flow.
If you've visited Christiania, you might start to question the way governments in the world work today. After turning its abandoned military base into a massive social experiment, Freetown Christiana became one of the biggest hippie commune in the world.
The population of Christiana is not constraint to social, judicial and governmental norms that have been implemented for years in societies around the world. Instead, Christiania was created as somewhat of a utopia, focused on mindfulness, individualism, and basically complete anarchy, freedom and some would also say, chaos.
In Denmark things are very different. As an international student, getting health insurance before arriving is unnecessary. When you get your student visa, you also get a little card with your doctor’s information and phone number. In case you get sick or need to see a doctor, all you need to do is call and schedule a doctor’s appointment. There is no need to pay ahead of time or when you see your doctor.
Libraries in Copenhagen, such as the Københavns Biblioteker, Royal Library, Black Diamond Library and more, are designed to store books and be a place to study in, but also to be a socializing and a meeting center.
These beautiful public libraries are free and allow the visitors to borrow more than just books. Among the many stored items in their archives, are DVDs, computer games, board games, music, newspapers of different publications and more.
The libraries in Copenhagen are a place to get together to socialize and connect with people.
In Copenhagen, there's a phenomenon called "dumpster diving", which is the anti-capitalist alternative to grocery shopping. This is a way to shop for free and save money, but also to salvage mass production of eatable goods which would normally be thrown to the trash because of a small harmless error during the manufacturing process.
Although this is not a socially acceptable norm in many countries, in Copenhagen, it's done in an organized form and therefore involves no shame at all. The opposite is true. Society sees a core value in staying environmentally friendly and preserving unnecessary waste.
Designated bins are scattered around the city where huge manufacturers and brands put their packed products (only if they are in good conditions of course). When a big company decides to put their products in a bin, people can get notified on different Facebook groups.
So if you plan on living in Copenhagen, be prepared for things to never be the same again.
With more than 598 programs and 1288 courses taught in English, it's no wonder that Denmark made its capital an attractive destination to international students among other top study destinations in Europe. Universities in Copenhagen include: the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), IT University of Copenhagen (ITU), Roskilde University (RU), Aalborg University (AAU), Aarhus University (AU) and more.