Welcome to the Municipality of Roskilde
These pages are for new residents, coming to Roskilde from abroad to live, work or study and for others interested in Roskilde.
We hope you will enjoy Roskilde and find the information you need at the following pages.
See "Life in Denmark", where You can read about "Coming to Denmark", "Living in Denmark", and "Leaving Denmark".
With 80.000 inhabitants Roskilde is one of the largest cities in Zealand. Roskilde has a high level of public services and a great variety of opportunities. Many factors contribute to the fact that Roskilde is a very popular place to live in: It is a city with beautiful green areas, a habour and cultural activities.
Roskilde is a city in itself with culture and a lot of possibilities. At the same time it is close to Copenhagen.
With its current growth and plans for further housing, the Municipality of Roskilde is expecting another 5.000 residents by 2016. Families with children are expected to make up 28 pct of every household.
The new town district Trekroner is a big contributor to the overall growth of the municipality. But, the area west of the city and other areas in this new large municipality are also expanding rapidly.
The Municipality of Roskilde is the largest municipality in Region Sjælland, and the third largest on Zealand.
It is only surpassed in size by Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. It is a municipal ambition to use this position as the centre of growth and connection between the two regions on Zealand; Hovedstadsregionen and Region Sjælland.
The Roskilde Cathedral
The Cathedral on the ridge in the very heart of Roskilde cuts a prominent figure in the town and in the local landscape.
The Cathedral was built down the centuries from 1175, so it represents a variety of architectural styles. In 1995, the Cathedral was added to UNESCO's list of the world's most precious cultural assets.
Close to Nature
Roskilde is surrounded by a very beautiful and varied landscape with short distances from the residential areas to the open lands made up of a mixture of arable land, natural resorts and areas for outdoor life.
This generates amenity value and provides great recreational opportunities for all types of activities; from tranquil walks to staggering sports activities. The result is a connected green and blue landscape that stretches around Roskilde and goes by the name of Den Grønne Ring (The Green Ring).
Regional Business Center
Roskilde is an attractive commercial city with great diversity and variety in stores and shops. With a strong surrounding area, Roskilde holds the position of the regional center for commerce and retail.
Regional centers of today are required to offer attractive opportunities for shopping in a dynamic environment with associated adventures and activities. Whether it is cultural activities, a great urban environment with developed urban spaces offering diverse activities on its streets or whether it is in terms of highly developed traffic accessibility, the Municipality of Roskilde is consciously and constantly working on improving every factor.
In terms of business, Roskilde is an administrative and commercial regional center. The city is characterized by a few internationally competitive companies and a whole range of small and medium-sized companies performing well within their respective markets. This makes a solid basis for commercial development in the years to come. The plan is to make Roskilde the nerve center of knowledge- and leisure companies. In the role of a nerve center, the city makes an attractive setting for entrepreneurs with bright ideas and companies looking to evolve.
Music City Roskilde
"So, you're from Roskilde. Sure, I know Roskilde, everybody knows the Roskilde Festival!" This reaction is heard around the world, when we tell people that we are from Roskilde.
Music has placed Roskilde on the world map. The event and music industry is currently showing the highest growth rate, both locally and globally. It is important to utilize the commercial and developmental potential in music. Based on Roskilde?s new urban area Musicon, the Roskilde area is to evolve into a national- and international center of excellence for music and events in the Oresund Region
Roskilde and Culture
For more than a thousand years, Roskilde has developed a significant cultural identity. The cathedral, the medieval town, its museums, the festival and a rich and varied cultural- and associational life puts Roskilde on the map and makes it a great place to live. Educational institutions, the research environment and companies each leave their personal imprint on the region and with the cultural life of the city they constitute the regions creative capital.