The Danish capital Copenhagen is located on several islands. As a result, space for new housing and business settlements is, as it were, naturally limited. For some time now, the city administration has been experimenting with artificially raised land. For example, a large new area was created near the northern harbor. Now two similar major projects are planned in the city. For example, Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen presented plans for a huge new island under the project name Lynetteholmen. On the one hand, this should protect the city from storm surges and a rising sea level. On the other hand, apartments for up to 35,000 people are also planned for the newly acquired area. This could alleviate the situation on the housing market in the Danish capital.
The islands are to become the motor of growth
But even more spectacular is a second project. Under the slogan "Holmene" (dt "the small islands") are nine artificial islands heaped up. There, however, no new housing is created, but it should create space for new company settlements. Danish employers are already euphoric about the project. For example, Brian Mikkelsen, former Minister of Economic Affairs and current director of the employers' organization, even speaks of a "European Silicon Valley", which is to emerge on the newly acquired land masses. His acting successor as Economics Minister, Rasmus Jarlov, is also pleased with the idea, but does not want to limit the use to startups. He stresses that Copenhagen also lacks space for classic industry. The Danish government therefore hopes that the nine new islands will become a growth engine for the entire region.
The completion is planned for the year 2040
The numbers of the project are impressive. Thus, a total of 3.1 million square meters of land mass will be won, on which up to 380 companies are to be settled. However, it will be several years before the ambitious project is completed. So the groundbreaking ceremony is currently planned for the year 2022. According to these plans, the islands would then be completely finished and usable by the year 2040. It is still not publicly known what costs are estimated for the project. That this can be a decisive factor is shown by the example of Dubai. There, the rulers wanted to pour numerous artificial islands in the form of the world map. However, the project is repeatedly stagnating due to financing difficulties. The planners in Copenhagen have learned at least one thing from this: their islands are purely functional and were not designed as a tourist attraction.
Via: The Local