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Copenhagen to invest one billion in schools

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Copenhagen to invest one billion in schools
The city will spend 1.27 million kroner on schools. Picture here is Matthæusgade Skole in Vestebro. Photo: Thomas Borberg/Polfoto
19:40 CEST+02:00
Copenhagen politicians approved a city budget for 2015 that focuses on schools, housing and better cycling conditions.
The City of Copenhagen will invest 1.27 billion kroner ($221 million) in public schools, including the construction of one new school and the expansion of others, as part of its 2015 budget that was approved by council members on Thursday. 
 
The new school will serve 840 students in Islands Brygge. 
 
Additionally, the budget calls for the creation of 1,315 new properties for families and youth in an effort to ease Copenhagen’s growing housing crunch. Some 235 million kroner is earmarked for housing. 
 
“Copenhagen should be for everybody. We are investing in strong public schools. We are building properties that regular wage-earners and students can afford,” Mayor Frank Jensen said. 
 
 
Copenhagen will also create 20 additional properties to house the city’s young homeless residents and will build 36 properties for people with disabilities. 
 
The budget also calls for a ‘cycling package’ funded to the tune of 75 million kroner that will go toward new green cycle routes and the creation of wider biking paths. 
 
“The crowds on the city’s bike paths are growing and many Copenhageners have a difficult time getting into the city’s housing market due to steeply rising prices,” the city’s deputy mayor for technical affairs, Morten Kabell of the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten) said. 
 
 
On the culture front, the city’s plan approves a 30.8 million kroner loan to the long-in-the-works creation of an artificial ski slope onto of the rubbish incineration plant Amager Resource Center and calls for the Museum of Copenhagen to be relocated to Stormgade in order to be closer to the city’s other major museums. 
 
In response to recent incidences of heavy rain leading to flooded roads and basements, the city is also investing 36.6 million additional kroner into rain storm preparedness. 
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