Intercultural city: Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen wants to be the most inclusive city in Europe. This ambition is based on the belief that ‘an integrated city is a better city’. The key definition is that ‘if you feel you are a Copenhagener, this means you are included in the city.’ Inclusion means partnership, shared responsibility, eliminating barriers to accessing opportunity, mutual respect, and recognition of the value of diversity.
Everyone must be treated equally – but this does not have to mean one size fits all. If there are barriers to inclusion or if someone needs extra help, this will be given to give them equal opportunities. Partnerships between the city, its residents, businesses and others are necessary to enhance access to citizenship.
The city will focus on pressure points that limit participation. In education, this means starting as early as daycare to enhance language skills and monitoring fair access to higher education. In the workplace, this means valuing multiple cultures and languages, offering training widely, teaching Danish to jobseekers who need this skill and fighting discrimination. Copenhagen will be made safer for everyone, with an effort to enhance socioeconomic mixing in neighbourhoods. Stereotypes will be systematically challenged. Communication will be made more open to reach out to Copenhageners of all backgrounds. More people than ever will be aware of their rights and will take on the responsibility of spreading the inclusion agenda.
Copenhagen is the capital city of Denmark with a population of 548.443 inhabitants.
The most important ethnic group – people of Danish origin - makes up 77.7% of the
city’s inhabitants. In October 2011 non-nationals accounted for 14.12% of
Copenhagen’s total inhabitants, which represents a rise of 1% compared to the data
of January 2011. The largest minority groups originate from Pakistan and Turkey and
represent respectively 1.63% and 1.45% of the city’s population. Foreign-born
nationals and second-generation migrants make up respectively 4.56 % and 5.47%
of the city’s population4. The latest GDP/per capita figures for Copenhagen are of
Profile and activities
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Copenhagen's vision for diversity as a strength
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