Danes are said to be the happiest people in the world, and Copenhagen the world’s most liveable city. Why? Because every bit of Copenhagen is designed for life, from the buildings and architecture, the food and the water, the many bikes and the intelligent infrastructure to free education, free health care, and a society firmly focused on the life balance between work and play.
Copenhagen is a pocket-sized fairy tale and at the same time, a buzzing and innovative hub of ideas. Copenhagen is a city large enough for every kind of life philosophy, but small enough to bicycle from one end to the other in twenty minutes. It is all there, the urban pulse in the cobbled streets, the castles and bell towers, the artists, makers and the green grass, the mothers, babies and their strollers, the hipsters and their dreams, the prince and the queen.
The Copenhageners excel in combining simple and sustainable solutions with a casually sophisticated lifestyle. A lifestyle based on tradition, history and culture, yet constantly moving forward, giving Copenhagen a unique blend between the harmonies of old world charm and the progressive beat of a truly cosmopolitan city.
Copenhagen is a compact city with a well-planned network of public transportation, making it easy for visitors to get around. No matter where you are going in Copenhagen, public transportation using a bus, the metro, or an S-train (red) can take you there. The city is also extremely accommodating for walking or biking around, and numerous rental bikes are available city-wide.
The AIB 2019 meeting will be held on the campus of the Copenhagen Business School. We will primarily be in two buildings: Solbjerg Plads and Kilen. The nearest metro station is Frederiksberg. For directions from the various AIB conference hotels to the CBS campus, please see the AIB 2019 - Hotels to CBS document that our hosts have created for you.
Copenhagen is in the Central European Summer Time (CEST) zone during June, which is UTC/GMT +2 hours.
Primary language in Copenhagen is Danish, which is a closely related to Swedish and Norwegian. Most Danes speak English very well, and even some German and French.
Although Denmark is part of the European Union, it still uses its own currency - the Danish Kroner (DKK). At the beginning of June 2019, 1 Euro was about 7.5 DKK, and 1 US Dollar was about 6.7 DKK. Taxis, most tourist attractions, and restaurants will accept Euros, however the exchange rate will not be to your advantage.
Most hotels, stores, cafes, restaurants, and taxis accept credit cards. However, note that some palces might charge a fee when accepting foreign cards as payment.
Banks are open from 09:30 to 16:00 on weekdays with late hours until 18:00 on Thursdays (closed Saturdays and Sundays). There are numerous cash machines throughout the city and the plentiful bureaux de change are open during weekends, for example Forex at Nørreport Station and Copenhagen Central Station.
Danish prices include 25 percent Value ADded Tax (VAT). If you are a non-EU resident, you can receive a refund on any goods (minimum 300 DKK) you purchase in Denmark and are taking out of the country.
The climate in Copenhagen follows the four seasons of the northern hemisphere, but temperatures can vary considerably during the year. In June, expect daytime average temperatures around 20°C (68°F). Night temperature may fall to around 12°C (54°F). You can find more information at WeatherSpark-Copenhagen.
Tipping is not a tradition in Copenhagen. Most bills already have service billed in, and most waiters, waitresses, and taxi drivers earn higher wages in Denmark than in other countries and are not dependent on tips.
Tipping is greatly appreciated, but not expected, and you should only do so if you feel you are getting exceptionally good service. If you do so 10 percent of the bill is sufficient.