High quality of life

High quality of life in Sweden

DestinationLund is located in the Öresund Region, which consists of southern Sweden and eastern Denmark. It is one of the most dynamic regions in Europe – an area that generates a quarter of the combined GDP of Sweden and Denmark. The two sides of the Region are connected by a fixed link between Copenhagen and Malmö, the Oresund Bridge, and also by ferries sailing the route between Helsingborg and Elsinore.

People in Sweden

Copenhagen: the largest city in the area is the most liveable city in the world

In 2013, Copenhagen was the number one city in Monocle’s annual Quality of Life Survey – Gabriel Leigh filmed this report last year. And in 2014, Copenhagen was once again crowned the most liveable city. To watch Monocle’s 2014 Quality of Life film, click here.

Highlights of living in the Öresund Region

1. Highly educated population. The region is home to the largest concentration of highly educated people in Northern Europe. It offers world-class innovative environments and boasts a well-developed working relationship between industry, higher education establishments and the authorities.

2. Accessibility and good infrastructure. Thanks to the centrally located Copenhagen International Airport (Kastrup), the Region is easily accessible from all parts of the globe. Within the Region itself, journey times are short thanks to an excellent public transport networks as well as extensive investments in good infrastructure.

3. Trade co-operation. Here, there have always been strong trade links between eastern Denmark and southern Sweden. While the Region comprises two nations, and therefore has no common governing body, national governments co-operate on several levels to strengthen business in the Region.

Copenhagen: the largest city in the area is the most liveable city in the world

4. Thriving cities and relaxing countryside. The Region features a unique blend of proximity to both big city environments – with their vibrant, cultural diversity – and relaxing countryside with beaches, forests, mountains and open landscapes. The Region is surrounded by the sea and bordered by wonderful sandy beaches, with sweetly scented beech forests and open landscapes right nearby. It also enjoys a temperate climate, allowing its golf courses to remain open all year round – an attraction that no other area of northern Europe can match.

5. Balance of work and private life. The standard of living in the Oresund Region is high, and the welfare system is very well developed. A combination that makes the region an attractive location for businesses, employees, tourists and students alike! More important, Scandinavians priortize a balance of work and private lives of individuals, as evidence by the world’s most generous social welfare and health care systems. For instance,

Schooling is free in Sweden. Computers and the internet are becoming a central part of the educational environment in Sweden

Life expectancy in Sweden is about 83 years for women and 79 for men—highest in the world after Japan

A central part of Swedish family life, parental leave is paid for 480 days, shared between mother and father and amounts to a large portion of your usual salary

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