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Copenhagen one of CNN’s ‘healthiest cities’

The American news site tells its readers that the Danish capital is the place to be for work-life balance, green commuting options and high levels of trust.

Study after study has told us how happy we are, and now we can add healthy to our list of international accolades. 
 
CNN has given Copenhagen the number one spot in its list of the world’s ’10 Healthiest Cities’
 
Copenhagen and Sweden’s Jönköping were the only two EU cities on CNN’s list, with Copenhagen earning inclusion for, yep, you guessed it: happiness. 
 
The CNN report highlights Copenhageners’ relatively light work load, its “relaxed atmosphere”, high levels of trust and its cycling culture. 
 
“Men cycle to work in their slim-fit suits, and women don’t shy away from pairing a bike helmet with their sundresses and wedge heels. The city has 249 miles of bike paths, which makes biking an easy and safe option. And people use them: Nearly half of commuters in Copenhagen travel to work or school by bike each day,” the report reads. 
 
In addition to Copenhagen and Jönköping, CNN singled out Monte Carlo, Okinawa, Vancouver, Melbourne, New York, Napa, Havana and Singapore as ‘healthy cities’, writing that each city “shine[s] in one or more areas of good health”. 
 
See the full report here.  

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New Year’s Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark

The number of people treated for fireworks-related injuries on New Year's Eve in Denmark has bounced back to normal levels, with 16 people treated for eye injuries after the celebrations.

New Year's Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark
Fireworks led to 16 eye injuries on New Year's Eve. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

This is up from the unusually low 12 people who were treated for eye injuries during and after the celebrations last year. Two of this year’s injuries are sufficiently severe that the injured are expected to lose their sight completely or partially.

“After a very quiet evening last year, it is back to a normal, average level,” Ulrik Correll Christensen, head doctor at the ophthalmology department at Rigshospitalet, told the country’s Ritzau newswire. “It is a completely extraordinary situation at the eye departments on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all something we see on a daily basis.” 

Christensen has tallied up reports from all of Denmark’s eye units, including the major ones in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Næstved. 

He said that 15 out of the 16 cases had not worn safety goggles, two thirds were between ten and thirty years old. 

“The most important thing is to follow the advice when firing fireworks. Wear safety goggles and keep a good distance,” he said. 

The number of ambulance call outs on New Year’s Eve is also back to normal, with 1,188 emergency vehicles sent out, compared to 875 last year. 

In the Capital Region of Copenhagen, there were 44 call-outs were related to fireworks, of which 16 were for hand injuries and 14 for eye injuries. 

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