LOOP CITY has existed since 2009 when the collaboration between the state, region and 10 municipalities began. Efforts in the first years were chiefly focused on realising the vision of a light rail along Ring 3. At the same time, the urban and business development strategies in all of the municipalities’ development zones were also being reviewed. This eventually led to the so-called ‘Finger Plan’ to be amended to accommodate the new opportunities that the light rail paved the way for.

Several joint analyses and research projects have been carried out along the way, such the development of a common knowledge base, and more are planned for the future. LOOP CITY also has a large number of additional projects planned, the results of which will be published on this page as they come.


Network governance-based urban management

The purpose of the project has been to create a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages in the network governance-based strategic urban management method of collaboration and to discuss best practice. The ongoing development of LOOP CITY makes it necessary to continuously adjust and evaluate projects as well as the organisational structures in order to meet the new requirements and objectives. Therefore, an evaluation of LOOP CITY was initiated last year to strengthen the collaboration in the work to come.

The evaluation can be read here (Danish only)

Baseline and evaluation tool

In order to clarify the effects of the initiatives being launched in connection with LOOP CITY, an evaluation tool has been developed, and the first baseline study was carried out in the summer of 2015.

Similar baseline studies will be carried out each year to monitor and demonstrate the development of LOOP CITY.

Baseline (pdf)


Strategic urban management

LOOP CITY’s focus on strategic urban management is strengthened through joint projects and joint fund-raising. The scope of collaboration in LOOP CITY also opens up significant opportunities to apply for external funding from major foundations and the EU, among others.

There is continuous focus on obtaining financing from relevant parties and in 2016, LOOP CITY has intensified efforts to secure funding from the EU.

URBACT     Special allocation funds for bicycle parking

Sustainable urban Development

LOOP CITY’s plans revolve around supporting the light rail project and will help ensure that more passengers use the light rail system. That is why LOOP CITY is drawing up urban development programmes for the entire stretch of the light rail line and carrying out environmental analyses that will support development of the areas around the new stations and along the light rail way, along with several other initiatives.

LOOP CITY will be launching a number of sustainable urban development initiatives in the course of the autumn of 2015 and 2016, and the results will be published on this page as the projects move forward.

Green-Blue strategy    Urban open space programmes


Economic Growth

LOOP CITY has a goal to create growth and development along the light rail, and will therefore be initiating various activities to realise the high economic growth potential that exists along the light rail corridor.

To that end, LOOP CITY has commissioned a common knowledge base which provides suggestions on how to increase the likelihood of successfully realising the urban development potential by matching up current and future trends, market conditions, strategies and plans.

Additionally, LOOP CITY has launched an action plan for joint growth initiatives which is expected to be finalised by the end of 2015. Information about this work will be published on the site.

Common knowledge base


Efficient and environmentally sustainable mobility

LOOP CITY began as the light rail cooperation project, as the light rail was the backbone of the vision of strengthening urban and business development across municipalities. The light rail was meant to increase mobility on the outskirts of Copenhagen by creating a grid that did not require commuters to head into central Copenhagen to change trains.

The light rail is, accordingly, one of the most significant achievements that the cooperation of national, regional and municipal actors, through LOOP CITY, culminated in to date.

LOOP CITY will launch several projects to ensure that the light rail system’s passenger numbers will be as high as possible. The Smart Mobility project, for instance, will run over several years and will be preceded by a number of commuter behavioural studies which will be shared on this page once the results have been published.

Light rail along Ring 3


LOOP CITY regularly hosts conferences to share results and new knowledge gained from the collaborative initiatives to strengthen urban and business development along the light rail through a number of joint projects.

You can read about LOOP CITY’s previous events here:

Light rail – tracks for major investments     The light rail as a driver for economic growth
Political seminars     Best practice: Bicycle parking     Exhibition at the City Planning Meeting


A vision for urban development in LOOP CITY

In 2010, LOOP CITY was granted financial support from the philanthropic organisation Realdania to develop a vision for future urban devleopment in the 10 collaborating municipalities.

The vision was drafted by the architecture firm BIG and revealed at an event for the collaborating partners on December 1st 2010. The vision can be found here.

Moreover, the vision for urban development in LOOP CITY was a part of the Danish contribution to the International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, and for that purpose a short-film was produced.

Political Charter

In 2012, LOOP CITY’s collaborating parties adopted a political charter that set out five strategies for the realisation of their shared vision: 

CONNECT: From 10 municipalities to Loop City and Greater Copenhagen

CONCENTRATE: A single, shared growth opportunity

CONSERVE AND COMPLEMENT: Scenic natural surroundings

COMMUNICATE: It all starts with a message

CONTINUE IN A TRANSPARENT, OPEN PROCESS: From 1 vision and 5 strategies to a number of joint projects involving a variety of actors and stakeholders.

See the political charter here (pdf)


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