Copenhagen has developed in recent years: factories have given way to chic offices, bike paths and the Metro was expanded, the city was at the latest with the UN climate change summit in 2009 to Ökohauptstadt in Europe.

But now it is close to the centre with more space for manufacturing – on nine new artificial Islands.

“we All want development of the city, but hardly anyone wants to economic development”, welcomed the liberal Danish Ministers of Finance and interior, Simon Emil Amnitzbøll-Bille suburb at a press conference in Copenhagen, Avedøre to Baltic sea to the plans. Ex-economy Minister Brian Mikkelsen, today head of the employers ‘ Association Dansk Erhverv, language of the broadcaster TV2, a “European Silicon Valley”.

to protect the Bay of Køge, mayor Helle Moesgaard Adelborg, in the municipality of Hvidovre “Denmark’s growth engine”, by bike Copenhagen. The dimensions are gigantic: it is Planned a heaped up area of 3.1 million square meters and 17 kilometers of coast line, with a space for 380 companies.

“I am very excited about the project plans,” said the conservative Minister of the economy, Rasmus Jarlov. “Our focus is often on the high-tech jobs and Office, but there is still a need to ensure that the Goods we need in everyday life, are also produced.”

One of the Islands is to be created under the Motto of GreenTech Island and also energy for the capital supply and the sewage of the Copenhagen clean.

starting in the sixties, Denmark’s largest industrial area, the traffic originated in the South of Copenhagen, conveniently located close to the motorway, the airport in Kastrup and the crossing over the Øresund to Sweden. For the bridge to Malmö was set in the nineties already, specially the island of Peberholm in the narrow sea.

space for plants, animals and leisure

And as Peberholm now become a habitat for rare animal and plant species, will be created with the “Holmene” – called island solution is Northern Europe’s largest and greenest commercial area with space for plants, animals, and also for leisure. Alone of 700,000 square meters will include this green space.

“The individual Islands are connected by a green belt, so that the people in the area can take advantage of the recreation places in the area,” said mayor Adelborg, with connection to the large green area on the Copenhagen island of Amager in the North-East. The green edges are also intended to protect against storm surges. Planned start of construction for the artificial Islands: in 2022. Eight years later, the first plots of land are for sale, 2040, the “Holmene” (“the little Islands”) is completely finished.

financing open

This is not secured the financing of the ambitious project for a long time. The Danish Parliament, the Folketing must vote on the plans, the municipality and the Danish government has now launched. How expensive the project is estimated to be, could not say a spokeswoman for the municipality of Hvidovre.

Casper Schrøder, Economics correspondent at channel Danmarks Radio, has calculated that the costs in a conservative estimate, with a two-digit billion amount in Danish crowns (one Euro is equivalent to approximately 7,47 crowns). Much of the money will come from, therefore, the sale of the land from 2028. Whether or not the to bear the costs, is questionable.

Entirely altruistic, the time of the presentation of the right-liberal minority government should not have been chosen. It is expected that Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen calls out already soon to be new elections. And the project could appease a lot of people in the greater Copenhagen area, which were offended in the past few years, the decentralisation policy of the government. A number of authorities were transferred to the rural Jutland.

Minister of economy, Jarlov pointed the suspected exploitation to the election campaign for the purposes of the broadcaster Danmarks Radio, meanwhile, back. “You could wish that the plans had already come half a year earlier, but the ideas are not bad,” Jarlov quoted.

in October, the Scandinavian country had also presented plans for the residential island of Lynette Holmen, close to the Copenhagen Harbor, to get the population growth into the handle. The city is growing per year about ten thousand inhabitants, and is already much more densely populated than Munich, which is Germany.

With Material from Reuters and dpa

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