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European School Copenhagen

Promoting development and educational mobility

Project data

Grant amount
DKK 88 million
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Maj Leth-Espensen
Senior Project Manager, Education and Outreach, Novo Nordisk Foundation

European School Copenhagen is the first school of its kind in Denmark. The three-line primary and lower secondary school and upper secondary school is built on the former Carlsberg Brewery site in Copenhagen and welcomes students attending grades 0 to 12 (N1 to S7).

It is aimed at the children of employees of EU agencies and other international employees and Danes returning from abroad who work for companies and organisations in Greater Copenhagen.

The school offers a high-quality international education emphasizing language, physical activity, and science.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s aim in awarding this grant was to make recruiting international employees easier and to promote development and educational mobility, including supporting the internationalisation of the research environment in Greater Copenhagen.

The Foundation also seeks to support an environment in which children and adolescents can receive an international education emphasizing science at a high level. With the grant, the Foundation is also striving to bolster the research chain by helping to discover and develop talented people within science and technology.

The Foundation’s grant helped to fund the costs of constructing specialised classrooms for science teaching and buildings for English language teaching. The one-off grant was given to commemorate the 90th anniversary of insulin first being produced in Denmark.

The school was first established in 2014, with the new buildings opening in 2018. The construction project was financed by the City of Copenhagen, Realdania, Nordea Foundation, the Danish Industry Foundation, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.


The illustration at the top of the page is a visualisation of the school from the design process: Nord Architects Copenhagen and Vilhelm Lauritzen Arkitekter.