Well-being in Danish Cities

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The report provides a comprehensive picture of well-being in the major Danish cities, by looking at a wide range of dimensions that shape people’s lives.  It contains both objective and subjective indicators meant to help policy makers, citizens and other stakeholders to better understand living conditions not only among cities but also among the different neighbourhoods within cities. This information can help policy makers build a development strategy based on well-being metrics, and choose the courses of action that will make the most difference in people’s lives.



Executive summary

Danish people have high living standards in many dimensions of life. They enjoy among the highest levels of safety, civic engagement and social network support in the OECD, and the highest levels of life satisfaction. Compared to other OECD countries, people living in Denmark today have higher educational attainments and longer lives. They also participate more in elections and are less likely to be victims of violent crimes. On the other hand, the long-term unemployment rate and housing expenditures have increased in Denmark. There are relatively small differences in people’s well-being across Danish regions, but much less is known at the smaller scale, such as that of cities and their neighborhoods, which matter most for people’s day-to-day lives.


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