Three police cars and one police van outside of our airbnb all the time. Some motorcycles and a police helicopter every now and then. We felt safe, my family and I. Very safe. I mean, it may be the neighbourhood where gangs are settling their businesses and fighting for the land, but I always say the real criminals understand that families and outsiders are left alone. And since the police is there it’s safe, right?
Copenhagen is a beautiful city, full of urban life and culture. It is also very international city with loads of events happening all the time, and English language is for sure not a problem at all. I even think that during my 15 day stay in CPH I heard more English than I did Danish. But that just might be a result of me spending the time with startups, at the business school and in English speaking events as well as hanging out with the local young(ish) people. The ones who naturally use English all the time when there’s a foreigner present.
If I’d have to mention some things that many people most likely love in Copenhagen, I would go with (cargo) biking, active street life, friendly people, mobile pay options, distances and automated metro. I wouldn’t go with weather (as a Finn that’s not too bad though), price levels or pedestrian safety. Pros beat the cons easily: I would go as far as saying that Copenhagen is one of the coolest cities in Europe for sure. I am biased though since I have local friends who have been lobbying me for a while already and I think I’ve visited the city like 6 times before.
When travelling, I try my best to live like a local. For this trip, it meant staying in a shared apartment with locals, cooking (big part of) your own food, doing grocery shopping, having an office in StartUp Village and washing your laundry in a local laundry cafe. It also meant doing events which locals attend, trying to find the non-touristic-stuff from the vibrant city’s offering, just to name a few. Events I ended up doing were for example improvisation acting workshop in a local theatre, learning by doing how to play horse polo, meeting the city Mayor with local JCI chapter and visiting Tivoli with a local family.
The story of my travelling life seems to be as follows: I half-deliberately end up missing all the main attractions. I’ve spent a week on Manhattan New York without seeing the statue of liberty or WTC memorial. In Cape Town South Africa, I never saw Cape Point or went to Robben Island during my several visits. Now in Copenhagen I naturally skipped the Little Mermaid, Round Tower and all the cool Castles. It just does not interest me enough. I tend to always look for local stuff and things that create stories.
All and all, 2 weeks in Copenhagen was very good and I’m hoping it was time well spent. It was all about networking, meeting people and getting to know if it actually would be the perfect first foreign market for Doerz. We’ve done our studies, yes, but sometimes physical presence and hands-on experience is still needed. In the early stage that is.
Thanks CPH for your hospitality and see you soon again!
founder of Doerz
btw Did you know that the perfect lighting for Hygge is 1800 Kelvin. Normal indoors lighting would be 5000 Kelvin. How about that?!