Greater Copenhagen - a region of green frontrunners
Greater Copenhagen is the metropolitan region that covers Eastern Denmark and Southern Sweden. Ambitious goals for sustainability in both countries have sparked a strong commitment to green transitions in the Greater Copenhagen region. Companies in the region focus on areas like green transportation, upcycling and recycling, sustainable buildings and renewable energy.
And with some of the flattest workplace hierarchies in the world, you are encouraged to share your ideas and take an active part in shaping the green transition in Greater Copenhagen.
But can a region that prides itself on green transition – with climate change at the forefront of its thinking and high dedication to a sustainable agenda – also be a region that is one of the most favoured places to live in? Without a doubt!
The green agenda in Greater Copenhagen
Enlai is Australian and has lived and worked in Copenhagen for 4 years. He works as Head of Innovation and Sustainability at Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architect.
"The first thing that struck me is how happy and calm people seem on the streets. It seems to be a place where there are far less stress and worries in people’s heads and you can see it in the way that they move."
Enlai Hooi, Head of Innovation and Sustainability at Schmidt Hammer Lassen
Meet Swati & Naveen
Swati and her husband Naveen are both from India. They have lived in Malmö for 4 years. Swati works as a Scientist and Naveen works as a Plant Biologist in his own company, Tiny Greens.
"We really enjoy living here. Malmö is a very international city and we have felt welcome from the beginning. As a researcher I would say that Skåne is really the future for my research field"
Swati Aggarwal, Scientist at MAX IV
Need some convincing? Let's look at the facts...
Quick facts about Greater Copenhagen
Help for newcomers in Greater Copenhagen
When you get at job offered in another country, your first thought might be: “Wow! This is going to be an exciting adventure”. But then it hits you… What about getting a residence permit, finding a place to live, and what about my family? Will my spouse be able to find a job too, and what about childcare for my children?
It can be challenging to make the move. But in Greater Copenhagen you will find great help for newcomers. International House Copenhagen and International Citizen Hub Lund work to ease the transition of international newcomers and their families.
The aim is to ensure that international employees get the best possible start to the life in Greater Copenhagen, easing the transition phase and settling-in process. Get assistance with everything from leisure tips and local hosts to career mentors.
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The best place to work on innovative energy efficient solutions
Greater Copenhagen is at the forefront of cleantech and energy efficiency. Both Sweden and Denmark reached their national 2020 targets, meaning that more than 50% of the power now comes from renewables. Besides this, the widespread integration of district heating has proved to be a successful way to become more energy efficient and tackle climate change in the region.
There is a lot of attractive career opportunities in the region of Greater Copenhagen. You will find everything from well-established companies to young start-ups working on innovative solutions in areas like renewable energy, smart lighting, and eco-buildings looking to recruit.
Did you know?
Europe’s biggest conference on sustainable cities, Urban Future, is coming to Helsingborg and H22 City Expo in the summer of 2022. During the H22 City Expo the world is invited to explore new twists on a sustainable city that celebrates life. Anyone can come and discover how innovation and collaboration can inspire everyday solutions to the world’s biggest challenges.
Businesses are going circular
In Greater Copenhagen there is a long tradition of working together in public-private partnerships, as well as triple helix partnerships, a multi-actor partnership between three social actors: the academia, the private sector, and the government.
The collaborative way of working, combined with many years of proactive and ambitious energy and climate policies, have fostered an ideal environment for innovative cleantech companies.
Many companies in the region have spotted the advantages of “going circular” and are delivering circular economy solutions to the global market. There is a long track record of transitioning towards a green and resource-efficient economy independent of fossil fuels. Rethinking design, production, consumption and disposal is top of mind in the business sector, and with ambitious environmental policies backing the companies up, great job opportunities lie in Greater Copenhagen.
Did you know?
You can engage in alpine sports, climbing or simply enjoy the spectacular view of Copenhagen at the top of the newest and cleanest combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant, CopenHill. Besides being a fun sight for weekend activities, CopenHill produces heat for 160,000 households and electricity for 62,500 residences.
"Happiness at work" - what is that all about?
When looking for your next career move, Greater Copenhagen is a great place to turn your eyes to – especially for green jobs. The job market is often known for high salaries, good infrastructure, and good benefit packages for employees.
But why work with green transition in Greater Copenhagen?
The Swedish and the Danish governments’ ambitious climate goals encourages companies to rethink their strategies. In Greater Copenhagen – no matter the level of your role – you are always free to speak your mind, and by doing so you can help shape the green transition.
Companies in Companies in the region usually have a flat organisational structure, trusting the individuals and teams with a lot of responsibility. It also means that it is ok to bring questions and comments straight to a director or CEO.
Here it is important that you are happy at your work, and that you feel purposeful. In fact, the Danish and Swedish language both have a special word for it - arbjedsglæde and arbetsglädje – which translates to happiness at work!
Setting a European example by developing sustainable green areas
In Greater Copenhagen you will find a strong collaboration culture, a digital maturity, and a high focus on climate adoption. This creates a unique opportunity to develop the most livable cities.
Sustainable urban development is in the region's DNA. Green districts are being developed, taking local action for the climate. A robust and long-term sustainable urban structure is being created with a focus on balancing growth with preservation of open green areas, food cultivation and clean harbours.
A great example is the Western Harbour area in Malmö. It has been transformed from an industrial area into an attractive mixed city neighbourhood with more than 400 companies and Malmö University. The aim is to develop the area to foster a sustainable good life for about 25.000 inhabitants.
Did you know?
One fourth of Copenhagen is made of green spaces. And since 2010 all new buildings with flat roofs must have green roofs, a function that absorbs rainwater, thereby delaying the water on its way to the sewer system.
Come and join the easy living in Greater Copenhagen
In Greater Copenhagen we are proud of our work-life balance. We can focus on our careers AND be an attentive parent and have hobbies all at the same time. This is one of many reasons why expats enjoy living in Greater Copenhagen. Not to mention parental leave. Parents in Sweden are entitled to 480 days of paid parental leave when a child is born or adopted. In Denmark it is a bit lower, but still very high – you get 260 days!
Time is valuable and so is the flexibility. Enjoying life is a priority. Danes and Swedes will always try to cherish the moment. We call it “hygge” – the act of enjoying life instead of just getting through it.
Commuting is quick and comfortable. The infrastructure for both bikes and public transport is fantastic, and you get around safe and easy.
You might have heard that the Nordics have relatively high taxes. And did you know that there is a meaning behind the relatively high taxes? Well, that's because of the Nordics welfare model!
The idea of the welfare system is that in return for their tax, everyone is offered a wide range of free welfare services such as free health care, free education, universal childcare system and much more.
Carbon neutrality starts with a good role model
The climate crisis requires action – and a good role model. In Greater Copenhagen the ambitions are high, and both Denmark and Sweden are frontrunners in the green transition. Copenhagen aims to be a carbon-neutral capital city by 2025 and Sweden aims to be fossil-free by 2045. The region of Skåne has the ambition to take a leading role in the transformation to a society with high living standard and very low impact on the climate.
Environmental and climate matters span across many areas of society and are important factors for a sustainable regional development. Four important pillars in the process of becoming carbon neutral are:
- Energy Consumption
- Energy Production
- Mobility with reduced emissions
- City Administration Initiatives
When setting high standards, Greater Copenhagen shows that it is feasible to combine growth, development, and an enhanced quality of life with lower CO2- emissions.
Did you know?
Having access to some of the world’s most advanced research facilities, MAX IV and ESS, Skåne offers a particularly unique location to help shape the future of cleantech and sustainable urban living.