The liveable city without a place to live

By Barbora Novotna, September 16, 2019, 12:00, Copenhagen

According to the new Global Liveability Index 2019, released by the Economist’s Intelligence Unit, Copenhagen achieved 9th place, therefore takes place in the top 10 as the only European city. The rating is influenced by five aspects – stability, healthcare, culture & environment, educations, and infrastructure. Although Copenhagen has scored very well in all categories, the citizens have been experiencing challenges with housing which makes Copenhagen less liveable that it could seem to be.    

The situation describes Phillip Hjulmand Bovbjerg, 22 years old student, that is about to start his school in Copenhagen: “If I would say that I want to live in Copenhagen right now, I would have to wait 4 years to get an apartment. But I’ve been on the waiting list for six years so I could get an apartment tomorrow if I’d want to. You just have to plan forward.”

No housing for normal people

In the past 30 years, the city has grown by 35 %. In general, the biggest issues experience nonwealthy citizens that cannot keep pace with quickly rising prices of dwellings. “Normal people with normal jobs, like teachers, nurses or policemen, they cannot afford even a small apartment in Copenhagen because it’s so expensive. But it’s Danes who cause the problem. So many rich people buy multiple houses and apartments and then they just rent them out or keep them for their children. So, the prices keep on rising and rising. I think the biggest problem is private properties,” says 22 years old master student Mille Lund-Andersen, resident in Copenhagen.

Help by 25 %

The municipality introduced to the city 25 % rule a few years ago. It gives the municipality the legal right to insist that every forth new flat is public – therefore it can be rent for a reasonable price. The mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen, states for CPH Post: “In the coming years, the 25 percent rule will change things big time, and if it is up to me, over the next 10 years we will see around 10,000 new public housing dwellings in Copenhagen.”

Housing minister Ole Birk Olesen suggests amending housing law that orders new dwellings to be on average 95 square meters. With the alteration of this law, there could Abe more houses built so the demand would draw nearer the supply.

The article could be in any local newspaper around main cities in Europe since this topic relates to most of them. (Newspapers such as CPH Post – )