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Copenhagen and Kyiv eye friendship city status

Christian Wenande
January 10th, 2023


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The Danish capital has welcomed the chance of forming a culture and business exchange … and helping to rebuild the Ukrainian capital

City Hall illuminated in blue and yellow in support of Ukraine (photo: Copenhagen Municipality)

Thousands of Ukrainians have arrived in Copenhagen over the past year in wake of the Russian invasion and Denmark has been one of the more vocal defenders of Ukraine in its fight against Russian oppression. 

Now it seems that yet another bond will be forged between the two countries, as Copenhagen and Kyiv are considering a friendship city status.

“I see a co-operation with Kyiv as something that offers immense potential for Copenhagen and Ukraine – from a cultural, human and financial perspective,” said the employment and integration mayor, Jens-Kristian Lütken.

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The Copenhagen city mayor, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, commented that she hoped the link would allow Copenhagen to contribute to rebuilding Kyiv in the future.

Copenhagen doesn’t tend to do friendship agreements with other cities anymore, but when Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko reached out there was little hesitation. 

The plan is for the agreement to initially run for three years, but it must first be approved by the local authorities in Kyiv and Copenhagen before it can become formal.

Currently, Copenhagen maintains friendship city links with six cities: Berlin, Paris, Prague, Reykjavik, Beijing and Marseille.


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