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Top five reasons why Copenhagen provides the optimal conditions for the European Medicines Agency:


1: World-class research environment

Copenhagen offers a world-class research environment. Denmark is the leading country in the EU in terms of number of clinical drug trials per capita.


2: Innovative and vibrant life science cluster

Copenhagen is home to an innovative and vibrant life science cluster with Danish and international companies that will provide a highly professional work environment for the European Medicines Agency. Close collaboration between companies, universities and the public health sector provides an ideal ecosystem for innovation.


3: Strong focus on patient safety

The Danish healthcare system is characterised by a strong commitment to patient safety and patient involvement. This commitment creates a good setting for the activities of the European Medicines Agency to ensure that all medicines available on the EU market are safe, effective and of high quality.


4: Efficient infrastructure

Copenhagen is easily accessible with efficient infrastructure and direct flights to all capitals and major commercial cities of the EU Member States from Copenhagen Airport.


5: High liveability

Copenhagen has well-functioning institutions, a high level of public services, a large number of international schools, and the Danes have strong language skills. These conditions make it highly attractive for the employees of the European Medicines Agency and their families to live and work in Denmark.


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University of Copenhagen, Technical University of Denmark, University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University and Aalborg University.

University of Copenhagen Technical University of Denmark: University of Southern Denmark Aarhus University Aalborg University

The CWTS Leiden Ranking offers a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators that provide statistics on the scientific impact of universities and on universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration.

The CWTS Leiden Ranking

The Danish National Supercomputer for Life Sciences, Computerome, is installed at DTU Systems Biology. Computerome is the fastest high performance computer (HPC) in Denmark, and listed among the top 500 HPC in the world. As such, Computerome can fulfil the requirements for data processing as posed the life science research environments.

DTU Computerome

Together Sweden and Denmark will host a new large European research facility, the European Spallation Source (ESS). ESS is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), a multi-disciplinary research facility based on the world’s most powerful neutron source. The unique capabilities of this new facility will provide new opportunities for researchers across the spectrum of scientific discovery, including within life sciences, energy technology, and fundamental physics.

ESS - European Spallation Source

According to the Eurostat figures from 2015, showing EU28 international trade in goods the rest of the world (the sum of extra-EU exports and – imports).

Eurostat export figures from 2015

The ranking is based on all active limited and foreign companies with at least some recent financial information attached and manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations or research and experimental development on biotechnology as primary industry code (Nace Rev.2), as registered in the Orbis company database (Bureau van Dijk).

Bureau van Dijk: Orbis database

All capitals and major commercial cities of the EU Member States are serviced by direct scheduled flights. By the end of 2016 the number of destinations served by direct flights increased to 165. At the same time, Copenhagen Airport announced its plan to invest approximately 2.7 billion Euros in the expansion of the airport. As a result, the airport capacity will increase to 40 million passengers per year against the present 29 million passengers.

Copenhagen Airport

Copenhagen Airport has been awarded the "Best Airport in Northern Europe" four times within the last six years (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015). Skytrax is the international air transport rating organisation, established in 1989 and based in London.

Skytrax Awards 2015

The award, which names the most efficient airport in Europe, is presented annually by leading international researchers and aviation experts at the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS).

Air Transport Research Society 2016

See for instance Eurostat “Urban Europe – statistics on cities, towns and suburbs”, where Copenhagen together with Stockholm rank second among the EU28 capitals regarding inhabitants’ satisfaction with life in their city, and Copenhagen’s top ranking in the Metropolis Magazine:

Urban Europe – statistics on cities, towns and suburbs Metropolis Magazine 2016

For many years, the OECD has examined not only the functioning of the economic system, but also the diverse experiences and living conditions of individuals and households as part of their studies of people's well-being and societal progress.

OECD's Better Life Index 2016

The objective of International House is to provide international citizens with the best possible start to life in Copenhagen by giving them the comfort of a one-point entry.

International House Copenhagen

For the full list of schools, please consult

International Schooling

Further details and contact information on how to receive affordable native language courses can be found at

Receive affordable native language courses

When a child is admitted to a day care facility under local authority allocation, the local authority grants a subsidy for the costs related to the place, while the parents pay the remaining costs. The price for a place in a day care facility is thus comprised by both the local authority's subsidy and the parents' own contribution. Further details can be found at

Day care

European Commission, Standard Eurobarometer 83 Spring 2015: “Public opinion in the European Union”, July 2015. The special Eurobarometer reports are based on in-depth thematic studies carried out for various services of the EU Institutions and integrated in the Standard Eurobarometer's pooling waves.

“Public opinion in the European Union”, July 2015

See for instance Yougov’s Eurotrack survey, conducted 30 June – 5 July 2016, and Voxmeter’s polls of the attitudes of the Danes toward EU membership, conducted before and after the referendum in the UK on 23 June 2016

Yougov Voxmeter

World Bank: GDP per person employed (constant 2011 PPP $).

GDP per person employeed

IMDs 2016 World Competitiveness Yearbook p 387

IMDs 2016 World Competitiveness Yearbook p 473

The score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). A country's rank indicates its position relative to the other countries in the index. In 2016, the index includes 176 countries and territories.

The Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2016

The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) project reports aggreate- and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories over the period 1996-2015, for six dimensions of governance: 1) Voice and Accountability, 2) Political Stability and Absence of Violence, 3) Government Effectiveness, 4) Regulatory Quality, 5) Rule of Law, 6) Control of Corruption.

The Worldwide Goverance Indicators (WGI) project. World bank