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.



The geography of well-being in Danish cities

This chapter provides an assessment of levels and trends of people’s well-being in the five major Danish cities, namely Copenhagen, Aarhus, Aalborg, Esbjerg and Odense. Cities are defined according to the OECD definition of functional urban areas and are composed of a high-density core and a commuting zone. Indicators cover 11 well-being dimensions, following the OECD Regional Well-being Framework. The different outcomes between core and commuting zone are highlighted and discussed and, when possible, outcomes are compared with those in other cities of the OECD. The chapter also presents levels and trends of income inequality within Danish cities.


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