EAU Adjunct Secretary General and proud Dane, Prof. Jens Sønksen (DK), shares his views on Copenhagen as host city to EAU18, what he loves about the Danish capital and Hygge.
“I look forward to showcasing Denmark to friends and colleagues from around the world. I want to welcome them with open arms and have them enjoy a few days of what we, Danes, enjoy on a daily basis,” said Prof. Sønksen.
“Knowledge exchange with colleagues is a central part of any major international medical meeting and Copenhagen has excellent infrastructure and amenities to host such a monumental event like EAU18. Not a lot of people know that. It’s time for them to discover what Copenhagen can offer,” he stated.
“Copenhagen may be an old city but it has kept pace with developments through the years,” said Prof. Sønksen. “It’s vibrant and exciting. Copenhagen is a wonderful mix of historic charm coupled with modern convenience and the renowned Scandinavian design.”
Here are Prof. Sønksen’s highly-recommended places to see:
1. Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens (also known as Tivoli) is a pleasure garden and the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. “You can spend an entire day at Tivoli and still not see the park in its entirety.”
2. Kronborg Castle
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kronborg Castle is Denmark’s most famous castle immortalised by William Shakespeare in his play Hamlet back in the 1600s.
3. Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Palace is home to the Danish Royal Family and a definite must-see! Every day at noon, you can watch the changing of the guards.
4. The Little Mermaid
Den Lille Havfrue, also known as The Little Mermaid, is one of his favourite stops. “Don’t be disappointed with the size of the statue! It’s beautiful but it’s really small.”
Other notable places to visit include Latinerkvarteret (Latin Quarter), a neighbourhood in central Copenhagen known for its lively atmosphere and bistros. The name stems from the once widely used of the Latin language, which was once widely spoken in the area; and Christiana, also known as Freetown Christiania, is a green and car-free neighbourhood; a mix of nature, art galleries, music venues, self-built houses, and organic eateries.
The happiest people in the world
Another good reason to be in Copenhagen is the Danes’ outlook on life. “Surveys show that Denmark generally tops the list as the happiest country in the world. The feeling of Hygge is the reason why. It’s a very Scandinavian concept which depicts the feeling of cosiness, content and happiness,” said Prof. Sønksen.
“The Danish people have a way of embracing the concept of Hygge in the midst of daily challenges. We step back and embrace nature, the bond with our families and the company of friends in a way that these things are not only cherished, but savoured. This way, we cultivate the feeling of safety and togetherness with others and the world we live in,“ he concluded.