Copenhagen, Capital of Denmark: a modern city with a long history
Copper-roofed town houses, world-class architecture, Danish design and even open-air harbour swimming pools all contribute to the unique atmosphere of this city, which was founded more than 800 years ago, combining the old-world charm of its mediaeval origins with the vibrant life of a modern European metropolis. With 1.5 million inhabitants, the city is human in scale. A network of car-free pedestrian zones and cobbled squares creates an attractive, lively and atmospheric downtown area with cafés, cinemas and museums, and with Europe's longest pedestrian shopping street, Strøget. The high quality public transportation system, consisting of the metro, buses and trains, connects the centre with its suburbs and the airport (a mere 20-minute ride)


Denmark is located in northern Europe between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. It is the southernmost of the three Scandinavian countries and consists of a mainland peninsula, Jutland, and 406 islands. The capital, Copenhagen, is situated on the island of Sealand and is the largest city in Scandinavia. In total, Denmark covers an area of about 44,000 square km/17,000 square miles.


Denmark has a population of 5.3 million people, of whom seven per cent are of foreign origins. 1.7 million people live in the Greater Copenhagen Area. The Øresund Region, consisting of Copenhagen and southern Sweden (Skåne), has a total population of 2.8 million inhabitants.


The Copenhagen climate follows four distinct seasons. The temperatures vary considerably during the year, particularly during the winter period. July is normally the warmest month with an average temperature of just below 20°C. February is generally the coldest with an average of just below 0°C.


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Normal banking hours are from Monday through Wednesday and Friday between 09.30 and 16.00. On Thursdays, banking hours are extended to 18.00. Extended banking facilities are available at Copenhagen Central Railway Station 7 days/week between 07.00 and 21.00 hrs. ATMs are generally found around banks and shopping centers. There is an ATM at the CBS campus as well.



The Copenhagen climate follows four distinct seasons. The temperatures vary considerably during the year, particularly during the winter period. July is normally the warmest month with an average temperature of just below 20°C. February is generally the coldest with an average of just below 0°C.


Though Denmark is part of the European Union it still has its own currency - the Danish krone (DKK). Throughout the city centre there is a wealth of banks with ATMs and currency exchange places for exchanging most foreign currencies.


Electricity in Denmark is 220V, 50Hz. Plugs are European 2-pin (Type C).


Emergency services
If you require medical or other emergency assistance in Denmark, call (+45) 112 nationwide (toll free) to reach the Danish emergency services: police, fire department, and ambulance.


Call (+45) 1813 for injuries or sudden illness and speak to a nurse or doctor, or to go to a hospital emergency department.

Call (+45) 114 for police, when it is not an emergency.


Entry formalities

Do not forget your passport. All citizens from countries outside the European Union might also need a valid visa. Please consult the Danish Consulate or Embassy in your home country for details of entry regulations and visas.



Neither ISLC2014 nor the Copenhagen Business School are liable for any losses, theft, accidents or damage to persons or objects, regardless of the cause. Participants and accompanying persons attending the Conference and all related events do so at their own risk and responsibility. Taking out travel insurance is recommended.


Local transportation
Copenhagen is a compact city with a well-planned network of public transportation, making it easy for visitors to get around.


The city is served by a Metro system, local S-trains (red), and buses, and connected by regional trains to points beyond the metropolitan area.

To go to the official Danish public transport planner (train, metro, bus), click here.

Shopping Hours
Shops are open from 09:30/10:00 to 17:30/18:00, Monday to Friday. A few department stores in the city have longer opening hours. On Saturdays, shops are open until 13:00/16:00.


To make an international call from Denmark, dial 00 followed by the country code. Denmark's country code is 45.


The local time in Denmark is Central European Time (GMT + 1 hour)


Tips are always included in the prices given in taxies and restaurants, but you are always welcome to tip if you feel the service was especially good.


Social activities

Copenhagen offers a variety of ways in which you can explore the city. Below you can find some suggestions:


Guided tours:

Copenhagen is small enough for you to experience it by foot. But if you do not know where the good sights are then what good does it do? Luckily for you there are lots of great guided tours around the city with very different focus. The traditional walking tours will take you to the most significant sights and important places in Copenhagen but if you want to see another side of Copenhagen, you should try the CPH Made tours. And you can also find a guide from The Association of Authorized Guides in Copenhagen. Experience Copenhagen through the eyes of a local private guide. Check out their website for more information about the different tours.


In Copenhagen we bike whether it is sunny, raining or snowing. It is simply a way of life. Jump in the saddle and do like the locals. Currently the city is building more green routes through Copenhagen to ensure a safe and green transport route for cyclists while creating green spots in the cityscape. Read more about Copenhagen's long history of biking here.


There are different ways to get around on a bike in Copenhagen. For instance a guided tour or by yourself on rented bikes. Below are some suggestions:

Copenhagen Waterfront
In Copenhagen you are never more than 15 minutes from the waterfront, and the water runs free through the old canals and the Lakes. Life in Copenhagen is lived by and in the water. During the summer months, you will find Copenhageners seeking out the sun at the city beaches and beach bars, swimming in the clean water inside the harbour baths and kayaking around the canals. Even in winter, cool winter bathers dip themselves in the harbour. The Canal tours are also a popular way of experiencing Copenhagen from the water, where you will have a beautiful view over the city. Below are a suggestion:

Nettobådene (Canal Tours)


Alternatively, participants can choose to explore on their own, some of the top attractions in Copenhagen and around:

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