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2022-02-23  |  

[Overview] Copenhagen is Denmark's capital and its political, economic and cultural center. Located on the eastern coast of Zealand island in Denmark, the city covers an area of 86.4 square kilometers and has a population of 780,000.

[Politics] Copenhagen is governed by the City Council and the city government. There are seven standing committees under the City Council which has 55 members directly elected by the citizens for a term of four years. The lord mayor of Copenhagen also serves as chairman of the City Council for a four-year term. The incumbent lord mayor, Frank Jensen, took office in 2010 and was re-elected for the second term in 2014 and for the third term in 2018.

[Economy] Copenhagen is an emerging manufacturing city. One-third of the country's industrial sector are located in the city, mainly including shipbuilding, machine manufacturing, electronics, chemical metallurgy, food processing and textiles. Copenhagen also has Denmark's largest and best commercial port, which contributes to more than 50% of the country's foreign trade.

[Culture and Education] There are many museums and parks in Copenhagen. The Little Mermaid bronze statue in a seaside park is world-renowned. The bronze statue was created by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913 based on Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid and is regarded as a symbol of Copenhagen. Institutions of higher learning in the city include the University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen University College of Engineering, Royal Danish Academy of Music, and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Copenhagen was named the European Capital of Culture in 1996.

[Relations with Beijing] On June 26, 2012, Beijing and Copenhagen officially became sister cities. Since then, the two cities have maintained good official ties and signed cooperation agreements in the fields of urban planning, health care, and water affairs. Their cooperation based on institutional platforms has been very productive.

Culture: During the Eurovision Song Contest held in Copenhagen in 2014, Beijing organized Beijing Week activities in Copenhagen, including various performances, the “Charming Beijing” photo exhibition, and an intangible cultural heritage exhibition. In 2016, Beijing State-owned Cultural Assets Management Center signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with the Mayor's Office and Culture and Leisure Administration of Copenhagen. During Beijing Design Week 2018, Copenhagen presented the guest city exhibition themed “Living is Giving” in Beijing to show the livability and sustainability of Copenhagen.

Planning: In 2012, the two cities signed the Memorandum of Cooperation on the Establishment of a Working Group on Sustainable Urban Planning and Development to promote effective communication and information sharing in the field of urban planning and development. In 2014, Beijing District Heating Group and Danish Board of District Heating signed a strategic cooperation agreement. During the Beijing Design Week 2018, the Qinglong Cultural Innovation Community designed by a Danish design team set an example for development of livable urban space in the core area of the capital. From 2019 to 2020, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Planning and Natural Resources sent staff to Copenhagen to participate in training on urban sustainable development every year.

Water Affairs: In 2014, the two cities signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Water Affairs between Beijing and Copenhagen. In the same year, the Danish Embassy in China held the Beijing-Copenhagen Urban Water System Technology Exchange Conference in Beijing. More than 60 people from Danish companies and representatives of the Copenhagen City Government as well as representatives of Beijing's water affairs authority and water experts from Beijing's colleges and universities attended the conference and exchanged views on technological cooperation in urban storm management, water supply and drainage, and other fields.