Copenhagen to get its first new church for decades

Sydhavn’s expected population increase to fill up the pews

Churches in Denmark have been closing down at an alarming rate in recent years, but soon there will be a fresh set of pews and a new holy water font in what will be the first new church in Copenhagen for nearly three decades.

The new church, which will cost 140 million kroner, will be located in the Teglholmen harbour area in the growing Sydhavn district of the Danish capital.

The church – which will include an organ and the normal artistic effects – is expected to open for services some time in 2018.

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Population increase
In 2013, a total of 14 churches were slated for closure due to dwindling visitor numbers caused both by a historically low membership of the Church of Denmark, Folkekirken, and a thinning population in some areas of Copenhagen.

But the Sydhavn district in Copenhagen is undergoing a significant amount of development and the population is expected to more than triple from about 6,000 today to over 21,000 by 2030.

New churches are also expected to be announced in the city districts of Nordhavn and Ørestad, which are also expected to see a considerable population increase over the next 15 years.