Aarhus is the fastest growing city in Denmark. In terms of population growth and the creation of jobs, Aarhus, with 319.000 inhabitants, is Denmark's second largest city and the top-ranking growth centre of West Denmark.
Aarhus is an attractive city to live, work and study in. The level of education in Aarhus is twice as high as the national average, and the city boasts one of the highest concentrations of students in Northern Europe. One in seven inhabitants is a student at one of the city's 25 educational and research institutions. There are more than 45,000 students in total in Aarhus, and the city's largest institution of higher education – the University of Aarhus – is among the top 100 universities in the world and the top 30 in Europe.
Local trade and industry benefit from easy access to the latest developments and knowledge and to a highly qualified workforce – on an equal footing with international companies which set up businesses in Aarhus. Aarhus boasts an international-class IT environment. Through networks and multi-sectoral co-operation the IT environment in Aarhus is a constant source of new ideas and knowledge, an enhancement for the large number of events which are held here.
For one thing, partnerships for the purpose of events-based innovation between companies, innovation and research environments, organisations and associations and other parties make Aarhus an attractive location for holding international yacht-racing championships.
The City of Aarhus, Sailing Aarhus, the ACTIVE Institute, the Aarhus School of Architecture, TracTrac and other parties have worked together for several years on developing and testing innovative ways to present yacht-racing. Together they have created a brand new technology platform which makes it possible for spectators to enjoy yacht-racing closer-up in an innovative, spectator-friendly way.
The GPS tracking system was initially developed for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in 2008. Because of the overwhelming positive feedback about the system within the world of yachting it has subsequently undergone further developments, such as for the SAP 505 World Championship in 2010, and it was also used in connection with the most recent Volvo Ocean Race.
The city of Aarhus
Aarhus is the largest shopping centre in West Denmark, and the wide-ranging opportunities for shopping, cultural experiences and dining out in Aarhus attract shoppers from all over West Denmark. In 2010 Aarhus had more than 4,650,000 visitors.
Aarhus is quite unique. The city itself is vibrant and full of life. And encircling it is magnificent natural beauty with woods, lakes, and 20 kilometres of beach stretching from Norsminde to the south and to Studstrup to the north. Aarhus' main sports complex – NRGi Park & Arena – is the venue for a large number of the major sports events held in the city, situated in a beautiful location at the edge of the Marselisborg woods, only two kilometres from the city centre and the motorway.
In the heart of the city centre behind the cathedral lies the 'Latin Quarter', the oldest quarter of Aarhus. The Latin Quarter is the place where the new and the old meet. The beautiful old half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets provide a unique atmosphere all of their own, and the Latin Quarter is also one of the most trend-setting places in Aarhus, especially when it comes to the selection of specialty, fashion and design shops.
Along the re-opened Aarhus river, the cafés lie side by side, and the electrifying buzz which is present here represents the very soul of Aarhus’ city centre. For shoppers Aarhus has more than 1 kilometre of pedestrian streets with more than 150 shops. The pedestrian streets stretch from Bruun's Galleri city-shopping centre behind the Central Station all the way down to the ‘Store Torv’ main square by Aarhus Cathedral.
Aarhus boasts a rich and highly varied cultural life. In the city there are 22 concert and music venues, 16 museums and amusement parks, and more than 400 cafés and restaurants.
The cultural institutions and events below are but a sample of what you can find in Aarhus:
- Sculpture by the sea (more than 600,000 visitors both in 2009 and 2011)
- SPOT Festival (2-day showcase-festival for up-and-coming Danish bands)
- Northside Festival (a new international music festival)
- The Aarhus Jazz Festival
- The Aarhus Festival
- Concert Hall Aarhus
- ARoS Aarhus art museum (featuring the city's new landmark, Your Rainbow Panorama, on the roof of the museum)
- Den Gamle By (The Old Town)
- Moesgård Museum
- Tivoli Friheden amusement park
Getting to and from Aarhus
Getting to Aarhus is quick and easy no matter where you enter from. Frequent national and international train and bus lines, highly developed motorway links, national ferry lines, and two international airports one hour's drive from Aarhus – Aarhus Airport and Billund Airport – all provide easy access to the city.