International Community is based in Aarhus, and most of our events take place in and around this beautiful city. Therefore, we would like to give you a short introduction to our city.
Aarhus, colloquially known as the City of Smiles, is Denmark’s second largest city located on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula. Having a population of more than 300,000, the city center can be reached within an hour by approximately 1,000,000 people. With its rich culture and countless opportunities, Aarhus catches the attention of many tourists as well as internationals who are interested in settling here.
1250 years of city history
Aarhus is also a city with clearly visible roots, founded as it was by the Vikings in the 8th century. The Vikings settled by the mouth of the river – at the very spot where the Cathedral stands today, its steeple soaring more than 90 meters into the sky. The ’Bispetorv’ square was also the center of the town 1250 years ago, and in the Viking Museum in the basement of the Nordea bank you stand right next to the ramparts, which the Vikings built around Aarhus in the 10th century.
Denmark’s youngest city
Aarhus is also Denmark’s youngest city by population. About one in five of its inhabitants is a student at one of the city’s 25 educational and research institutions. This gives the city a youthful vibrancy of its very own – in the city center as well as in and around the University of Aarhus and its characteristic yellow brick buildings.
Something for everybody
Aarhus offers the best of Denmark on a smaller scale than the big city of Copenhagen. In Aarhus you will find everything within walking distance and have the opportunity to experience a great number of both indoor and outdoor sights. The long coast line and the beaches, the forest, museums, theaters, and the Old Town are just some of the many attractions.
A brand new city in the making
Aarhus is currently expanding dramatically. Over the next ten years, the entire inner section of the Aarhus Harbor will be transformed into a new urban area with homes, businesses and educational institutions. In 2015 the new culture and multimedia house Dokk1 opened, which has been awarded the best public library in the world. It is a natural gathering point for people in Aarhus with a wide range of events and a floor especially designed for children. Moreover, around 7-8,000 new residents will move into the new urban area on Aarhus Ø within the next few years.
Meanwhile, the quarter to the north of the city (around Lisbjerg, Elev, etc.) will also be undergoing substantial growth and will be connected with the city center by a new light rail, passing through Denmark’s largest hospital area at Aarhus University Hospital.