History in short
Copenhagen dates back to the 800th century, though the official birth year is 1167. It is the relationship to the sea, that has created and shaped the city. It started out as a fishing and ferrying village on the shores of Zeeland. Herring and Salmon were abundant and exported to what is today northern Germany. Later it became an important trading city, and all trade in out of the Baltic Sea passed through copenhagen, which made the city very rich. Now there is no more harbour life, and the harbour is a recreational spot for everybody.
Until 1856 Copenhagen was a fortress city and there was a fortress line around the city, with four city gates. Here all peasents bringing goods into the town had to pass and pay a toll. Outside of the fortress line it was forbidden to build, so it was possible for the army to shot at an approching enemy.
So in the 1870 and 1880´s the working class areas popped up. This is where you today find Nørrebro, Vesterbro and Østerbro.
Today Copenhagen is the Capital of Denmark, crowing with a 1.000 persons a month, and new architecture is rising along the harbour (good and bad) and in The Ørestad. There is a bridge to Malmø, Sweden, and there lives about 2 million in the greater Copenhagen Region. Denmark is a Monarchy, we have a queen, and she is called Margaret II, and lives at the Amalienborg Palace.