smaller than most capital cities, Copenhagen is every
bit as busy, modern and cosmopolitan as its counterparts.
The city grew out of the tiny fishing village of Havn, after Bishop Absalon built a castle to protect the
harbour there in 1167. Benefiting from increasing
trade, the settlement expanded, becoming known as
Kobenhavn (merchants' harbour). In 1443, it became
the Danish capital. Today, despite being the official
residence of the Danish monarchy, the seat of government
and the centre of media, trade and industry, the city
remains remarkably relaxed and welcoming.