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Frank Jensen Copenhagen
Denmark

“I put great pride in our membership of the Champion Mayors for Inclusive Growth Initiative. My cooperation with mayors from all over the World has strengthened my belief that cities have a crucial role to play in securing liveability and equal opportunities for all. Cities are the frontline when it comes to resolving specific problems, and we mayors are responsible for putting strategy into action. By sharing our best ideas and solutions, we can go from great solutions locally to brilliant advances globally.”
– Lord Mayor Frank Jensen

biography

Mayor Jensen is a Danish politician, Deputy Leader of the Danish Social Democratic party, and has been Lord Mayor of Copenhagen since 1 January 2010.

Frank Jensen got involved in politics from an early age. As a university student the high unemployment rates among young people was at the top of his list of main concerns. Consequently, he initiated a project aimed at advising unemployed youth.

Since 1987, during his twenty years in Parliament, he held positions of both Minister of Research (1994-96) and Minister of Justice (1996-2001) in the Cabinets of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen.

Frank Jensen holds a master’s degree in economics from Aalborg University which he received in 1986.

How is the
Mayor promoting
Inclusive Growth ?
Meeting the demand for affordable housing

Ensuring space for people with ordinary jobs requires good and affordable housing. A high demand for housing calls for initiatives and action to secure a diverse and socially sustainable city. The population of Copenhagen is estimated to grow 15 percent by 2027, which underlines the importance of securing affordable housing for all.

In doing so, the goals are:
– To make 20 % of all new housing to be public housing
– To have public housing in all parts of the city
– To elevate socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods

This will require an increase of 45,000 new homes by 2027, of which 9,000 must be public housing. Public housing in Denmark is organized and administered by self-governing, democratic and non-profit organizations, but also highly regulated by the government. Copenhagen has been able to successfully influence national legislation on affordable housing. This has made it possible for municipalities in Denmark to reserve 25 percent of new residential areas for public housing. Since 2011, the amount of public housing has been increased by 1.100 and funding has been allocated for another 6,000.

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Investment in schools

New schools and school renovations have been of high priority in Copenhagen. The local public school needs to be the obvious choice for all families of Copenhagen across social backgrounds and ethnicities. A strong public school builds the foundation of a strong society.

This has called for historical high investments of 3.8bn DKK (510m EUR) in new schools and 2.4bn DKK (336m EUR) in school renovations since 2010. These investments aim to enhance children’s ability to learn through attractive functional physical environments, e.g. new classrooms, and to develop the potential and enhance the possibilities for all children in Copenhagen.

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