Copenhagen has become a magnet for the creative class e.g. engineers, doctors, designers, researchers and programmers, who are flocking to the Danish capital like never before. Mark Lorentzen, who is participating in an international research project on the creative class, and a lecturer in regional development at Copenhagen Business School, says:
"The change in Copenhagen has been tremendous. The capital is now in a class with cities like Milan, London and New York. Highly trained, creative people choose between these cities, and to them Copenhagen has become a place where they would like to live." Lorentzen stresses that members of the creative class are sought after because they help boost the affluence of the city they live in.
"Copenhagen has got on the radar of the creative class. Growth and increased value are created in the places where this class likes to live. And the more exciting Copenhagen has become in the way the city is being used, the more it attracts these types of people. It is a self-reinforcing effect," says Lorentzen.
Productivity per Copenhagener has increased by 37% since 1993, a growth which makes Copenhagen the second wealthiest region in Europe, only surpassed by inner London. The news was reported by national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende.