The City of Copenhagen is located on the east coast of Denmark by Øresund, the bridge between Denmark and Sweden. Copenhagen is an old port city with a thriving cultural scene and a skyline of towers, churches, and castles. In a city which strives to be carbon neutral by 2025, green mobility is key and more than 44% of commute is on bicycle.
Copenhagen has been named as one of the best cities to live in by several international magazines and organisations. The city constantly aims to adapt itself for its people, designing it in human scale, with a walkable city centre, pocket parks, and pedestrian and cyclist bridges over the many canals and the harbour.
Copenhagen is booming with cultural festivals and institutions and is a filmmaking stronghold. Those include CPH:DOX, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world, and CPH:MIX, now one of the oldest LGBTQ+ festivals in the world and the leading one of its kind in the Nordics.
Copenhagen has a long tradition of actively supporting and protecting human rights and freedom of expression as well as being a safe haven for persecuted writers, artists, and journalists.
The ICORN Cities of Lund and Malmø in Sweden, and Hillerød and Copenhagen in Denmark commenced an Øresund Region network, where ICORN residents and coordinators meet up on a regular basis to foster creativity and teamwork.
The Copenhagen Visitor Service is responsible for hosting the city's ICORN residents in cooperation with International House Copenhagen and other departments of the city, alongside a wide range of cultural institutions and Danish PEN. With Copenhagen's status as film and literature stronghold, there are many creative cooperation options for present and future ICORN artists.
In 2014, the literary festival Cph Reads hosted a large meeting for Nordic ICORN residents with a comprehensive programme of events spread across the city, turning the public's attention to highlight freedom of expression and life in exile.
The City of Copenhagen became a member of ICORN in 2010 and welcomed its first ICORN resident in 2012- the Iraqi political commentator and literary and fine arts critic Suhael Sami Nader. In 2017, Copenhagen welcomed Khalid Albaih, the Sudanese artist and political cartoonist. You can read more aboout Copenhagen's ICORN residents below.
Copenhagen's latest resident, a Bengali writer and filmmaker arrived at the end of 2021. Although the resident remains annonymous for the timebeing, they are hoping to publish their novels and poems, produce more documentaries and short films, and interact with Copenhagen's youth on issues such as freedom of expression, gender equality, and life in exile.