It was good news for three of Denmark tourism kingpins following the publication of TIME magazine’s prestigious World’s Greatest Places list.
The inaugural list included Copenhagen’s legendary Tivoli Gardens, the science centre Experimentarium in Hellerup and the iconic Nordic restaurant Noma.
“When a giant like TIME magazine puts Experimentarium on the world map as one of the most innovative and trendy experiences, it’s like getting three Michelin stars for us. To put it mildly, we are brimming with pride,” said Kim Gladstone Herlev, the head of Experimentarium.
“The goal with the new Experimentarium was to create a world-class science centre – and I think we can safely say we’ve succeeded in doing that.”
The Faroe Islands also had a spot on the list for Koks, the first restaurant on the island to receive a Michelin star. Elsewhere in the Nordic region, Sweden had two places on the list, while Iceland and Finland each had one. Norway had one as well, the formidable cruise ship Norwegian Bliss.
TIME is known for its annually-published list of the world’s most influential people, but this year is the first time the magazine has created a similar list for ‘places’ .
Read more about what TIME wrote about the three Danish places – as well as the other 97 world experiences – by clicking here.
Tibet case leads to dodgy procedural change
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WestMarket on the brink of going south
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Local youths behind fires
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Record parking income for CPH
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