Denmark plans on building new island

Built near Copenhagen’s harbour, it aims to create more space for the city’s growing population

Photo: EPA Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen

Denmark is planning on building a new island near Copenhagen's harbour to tackie the problem with city's growing population, Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen announced on Friday. According to him the island is expected to be fully established by 2070, hosting 35,000 people. It is also aimed at protecting the city from rising sea levels.

"The capital is in rapid development, being built as never before. That's good but it also means that Copenhagen will run out of plots eventually, and that's why we want to build a new island," Rasmussen said.

The project, tentatively called Lynetteholm, would demand investment of around 20bn Danish crowns ($3.1bn) including in a harbour tunnel and a metro line, but will be self-financing. It would be a subsidiary of the CPH City & Port Development, a company jointly owned by the City of Copenhagen and the Danish State.

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