About Aarhus

Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark with a population of more than 300,000 people. It has the highest percentage of students in Denmark where approximately 16% of the population are students.

Aarhus is known as the City of Smiles (Smilets By)

This slogan was used back in 1938 to promote tourism. The meaning behind the name is up to each individuals' own definition and it has nothing to do with people from Aarhus smiling all the time. One of the reasons for the slogan could be that Aarhus is one of the world's smallest big cities with everything a city needs. Despite the rapid development, Aarhus is a pleasant place to live because of its relaxing and serene environment due to its closeness to the beautiful forests and beaches. It is also a vibrant city with a mix of the old and the new; old because of its status as the second oldest city in Denmark, and new because of the average age of its population. This is one of the reasons why Aarhus manages to attract a lot of students from the rest of Denmark, Europe and outside of Europe.

There is always something to experience in Aarhus

Live music festivals and events are organised throughout the year, a fascinating nightlife, beautiful beaches, amazing forests to explore, and warm cosy restaurants, cafes and pubs to go to if you are feeling hungry or simply just because you want to enjoy your café latte. 


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