An Internationally-Connected Region
The City of Copenhagen is engaged in regional and international relations. To expand the visibility of the solutions that are employed, tested and demonstrated in Copenhagen we work to promote the city as an international showcase for smart green solutions. We do this by establishing showcase platforms, membership of international city networks and other means that showcase the solutions to a wider global audience. On the regional level, Copenhagen cooperates closely with the neighbouring regions in order to create an attractive business region.
You can read more about the City's international strategy here or in the pdf below.
Copenhagen is an active player within the C40, a network of some of the world’s largest cities, which recognise the need for cities to take action and cooperate on reducing climate emissions.
In 2014, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen was elected to the Steering Committee of C40 and represents the 20 Innovator cities in C40 which demonstrate clear leadership in environmental and climate change work.
Eurocities is a network of major European cities, representing more than 120 million Europeans in 140 cities. The network cooperates with EU institutions to respond to issues that impact on the day-to-day lives of citizens. The political work aims at influencing European legislation in a way that allows cities to address strategic challenges such as climate, growth and employment at the local level in an effective and innovative way. Eurocities’ thematic forums, working groups, projects and events provide Copenhagen with opportunities to share knowledge, exchange experiences and develop innovative solutions together with other large member cities.
Copenhagen cooperates closely with neighbouring regions and with the region of Skåne in Sweden to address the increasing global competition in attracting business, tourists and talent. Under the common brand of ‘Greater Copenhagen’, the region offers great business opportunities, 11 universities, a well-educated workforce, strong infrastructure and world-class knowledge clusters.
Read more about business opportunities in Copenhagen at Copenhagen Capacity.
Sister City Agreement with Beijing
In 2012, Beijing and Copenhagen signed a Sister City agreement. This was followed by a series of additional agreements to collaborate in certain areas, e.g. sustainable urban development and tourism.
The two capitals continue to strengthen their ties and identify new areas of cooperation. Most recently, a new MoU on water was signed in connection with the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen’s visit to Beijing in December 2014.
By 2021/22, the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link will integrate the Copenhagen region and northern Germany by reducing travel time by up to2 hours between Denmark and Hamburg.This will provide new opportunities for growth and jobs along the axis of Malmö-Copenhagen-Hamburg. In 2011, Hamburg and Copenhagen signed a letter of intent to intensify the co-operation between the two port cities in various areas, including urban planning, life sciences, clean-tech and tourism.
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