Odense is situated on the island of Funen, right in the heart of Denmark, and is the country’s third largest city with 200,000 inhabitants. The city is one of Denmark’s oldest, granted town rights in the year 988, and was originally named Odins Vé, as a place of worship for the Nordic god Odin. It was once the site of a Viking ring fortress on the banks of the Odense River. Due to this rich history, it has for centuries been a favorite destination for visitors. Today, it is first and foremost known as the hometown of the celebrated author Hans Christian Andersen.
For more than a 100 years children of all ages around the world have enjoyed his fairytales like ”The Emperor’s New Clothes”, ”The Little Mermaid”, ”The Nightingale”, ”The Snow Queen”, ”The Ugly Duckling”, ”Thumbelina” and many more. His spirit lives on in Odense where fairytales come to life as you follow H.C. Andersen’s footsteps around the city. This inspiring city invites guests to wander its cobblestone streets with its many shops and rows of cafés. Odense is easy to reach, easy to navigate, and easy to feel at home in. Everything is within comfortable walking distance, creating an intimate infrastructure and feel around your meetings.
Funen is known as the garden of Denmark due to its long agricultural history. This is reflected in Odense’s wide selection of excellent restaurants, ranging from new nordic cuisine with local and seasonal ingredients to international kitchens of the highest standard. The city of Odense is a mix of new environmental-friendly city development and old historic sites, making the best of both worlds.
An ambitious urban development plan is currently reshaping major parts of the city, which are being connected by an environment-friendly tramway. Through this transformation we further consolidate Odense’s position as a centre of innovation, knowledge and education, where strong clusters in the fields of robotics, drones, health technology and IT are booming. Within the next few years the strong profile of Odense as a city for education and science will be further reaffirmed through the establishment of a brand-new university hospital. The university hospital will be linked to the University of Southern Denmark and a new science park.
Read the Guardian report on Odense as one of the most livable cities in Europe here.