All the single ladies… live in Copenhagen

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All the single ladies… live in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, where the streets are filled with single women. Photo: Colourbox

If you’re on the lookout for a female partner, Copenhagen is the place to be. The rest of Denmark, not so much.


According to new research from the University of Roskilde, Danish women have streamed into Denmark’s largest cities over the past 25 years while men have stayed put in more rural areas. 

The phenomenon is seen most clearly in the capital. In the Greater Copenhagen area, there are now 10,000 more single women between the ages of 18-48 than single men in the same age group.

Throughout most of Jutland on the other hand, single men outnumber the women.

“The imbalance is grown sharply so that there are more single women in the big cities at the same time that there has been an increase in the number of single men in the rural areas,” Roskilde University professor Rasmus Ole Rasmussen told Metroxpress.

Rasmussen said that the disparity in the number of single men and women threatens to further drive down Denmark’s sagging birth rates.

“The challenge that comes with more and more people living alone is that we have fewer children if we don’t begin to import women from other countries,” he said.

In Denmark’s two next largest cities, Aarhus and Odense, women outnumber men by 1,760 and 1,260 respectively.

While single women far outnumber men in Denmark’s metropolitan areas, those really looking to play the odds should move to New York City. According to Metroxpress, there are 210,000 more single women than men in the Big Apple. 


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