Denmark has a population of nearly 5.5 million people, of whom 0.5 million live in Copenhagen (København) and about 1.2 million in the Greater Copenhagen area. Most Danes speak a pretty good English, so usually it is very easy to get along in Copenhagen. And the laid-back mentality of the Danes and their commitment to human rights have made the country and its capital Copenhagen a relaxed place for gays to live and visit.
Thus, it's not surprising that the official tourism site of Copenhagen promotes the gay life in Copenhagen, too. From one of their Press Releases: ›The National Association for Gays and Lesbians (LBL) was founded in 1948 as its first of its kind. And in 1989, Denmark was the first country in the world to recognise marriage between two persons of the same sex. In 1999, it became possible for married gays to adopt the children of their partners. Copenhagen has long been a tolerant and relaxed capital for both gay Danes and tourists. Centralhjørnet, the first gay bar in Copenhagen, opened over 80 years ago, and is still going strong – along with a wealth of other newer gay bars and cafes.‹
As our Copenhagen Gay Map shows, almost all of the gay bars and clubs are located in the city centre around the famous Strøget shopping street. They are all within walking distance of each other.
Annual gay highlight in Copenhagen is the Gay Pride weekend in August. After the Eurogames in 2003, Copenhagen also hosted the 2nd Gay World Outgames in summer 2009, the largest sports event Copenhagen has ever seen.
Most of the sights in Copenhagen are very close to each other – you don't need a car and usually not even public transport. From May till November you can also borrow a Citybike for free from any of the hundred citybike-racks that are spread all over the city centre.