25 photos that show why Copenhagen is the best city in the world for European expats

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Nyhavn is one of Copenhagen's most popular areas.
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  • Copenhagen has been ranked the best city in the world for European expats to live in, according to ECA International's annual .
  • It's the second year in a row the Danish capital has won — this time in joint first place with Bern, Switzerland.
  • Denmark was also named the best country to be a woman in and the in the world, while named Copenhagen the best city to visit last year.
  • These stunning photos show why Copenhagen is such a great city to live in.
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Copenhagen is a pretty good place for European expats to live — at least according to the latest annual from ECA International. The Danish capital came out on top of the rankings of 490 cities around the world, with health services, housing and utilities, access to a social network and leisure facilities, infrastructure, climate, personal safety, political tensions, and air quality all taken into account.

It's the second year in a row Copenhagen has won the title of the most liveable city — this time in joint first place with Bern, Switzerland.

The win adds to accolades such as naming Denmark as the best country to be a woman in, the World Happiness Report ranking Denmark as the second happiest , and naming Copenhagen the best city to visit last year.

Here are 25 incredible images that show why Copenhagen is such a fantastic place to live.

Copenhagen has been ranked as the best city in the world for European expats to live in for the second year in a row.

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Nikita Fedotov of Russia dives from the roof of the Opera House during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series on August 24, 2018, in Copenhagen.
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Lonely Planet also named Copenhagen the top city in the world to visit last year.

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Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen is in Denmark, which has been ranked as the best country in the world to be a woman.

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Players celebrate in Copenhagen in August 2017 after the Danish women's soccer team finished second at the UEFA Women's European Championships.
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Copenhagen is also a very clean city — one of the cleanest in Europe, in fact.

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A large bed of crocuses in front of Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen.
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Human rights are highly respected in Copenhagen. The city has a large annual Pride parade that draws tens of thousands of participants.

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Participants at the 2018 edition of the Copenhagen Pride Parade.
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Being the capital as well as the largest city in Denmark, there's no shortage of things to do. The former port area of Nyhavn is especially known for its restaurants, cafes, and bars by the water.

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Colorful houses along a canal in Nyhavn in August 2019.
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Copenhagen has a rich food scene, with lots of cute streetside cafes and restaurants.

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People relax at a restaurant in the Grabrodretorv area of Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen is also the home of Noma, ranked as the best restaurant in the world four times in the past decade, and famed for using foraged ingredients.

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Chefs at Noma use ingredients found locally to make their dishes.
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Copenhagen has an active nightlife. There are bars and clubs for many tastes, such as live music venue Rust, which plays rock, pop, hip hop, and electronica.

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Electronica musician Karl Bartos behind his keyboards at a live concert at Rust.
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Copenhagen's public transit network is extensive. Tickets for buses, trains, the metro, and even boats can all be integrated on a mobile app.

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A train at Copenhagen Central Station.
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If you like to ride bikes, you're in luck as about 40% of residents commute to work or school on a bike every day.

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People ride their bikes in May 2018 in a bike lane in Copenhagen.
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Nature lovers are in luck, too — there are lots of parks and gardens, including the University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden near the city center.

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Visitors relax at the Botanical Garden.
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You can also enjoy nature indoors at the botanical garden.

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An indoor greenhouse at the University of Copenhagen Botanical Garden.
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If you like to hit the beach, Copenhagen has plenty of options, like Amager Beach Park and its soft white sand.

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Sunbathers and swimmers relax on a sunny day at Amager Beach Park.
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Copenhagen was also named the best city in the world for swimming by CNN Travel last year, who called it "a joy for swimmers, especially as midsummer looms and winter becomes a distant memory."

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Islands Brygge Harbour Bath in Copenhagen.
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Denmark's royal family lives in Copenhagen. Margarethe II has been queen for nearly 50 years, and her home at Amalienborg Palace is open for visits.

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Queen Margarethe II, second from right, and her family at Amalienborg Palace in 2018.
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There are plenty of cultural events to enjoy. In July, you might spot the World Santa Claus Congress at Bakken, the world's oldest amusement park.

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Delegates at the 2016 edition of the World Santa Claus Congress.
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You can attend regular events including plays, concerts, and performances, at venues like the Royal Danish Theatre.

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Outside the Royal Danish Theatre.
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For kids, and kids at heart, there's Tivoli, one of the world's oldest amusement parks and among Copenhagen's most famous attractions.

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The Moorish Palace at Tivoli Gardens.
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Sports fans can check out soccer matches at Telia Parken, where you also might get to play with beach toys while cheering on your team.

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Fans of FC Copenhagen during a match against FC Nordsjalland at Telia Parken on May 12, 2019.
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On the more relaxed side of things, you can stop by the Royal Library, which has more than 35 million items.

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Inside the Royal Danish Library.
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You can also visit The Little Mermaid statue, one of Copenhagen's most famous symbols inspired by the fairy tale of the same name.

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The Little Mermaid statue is a popular sight in Copenhagen.
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