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Aarhus is a dynamic city situated in a green valley surrounded by woods, lakes and beaches on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark.

With a population of about 319,000, Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark and also the fastest growing, attracting about 4,000 newcomers every year.

As a result, new development and construction is booming, creating among other things northern Europe's largest hospital and a new urban harbour area with businesses, education institutions and apartments with room for 7,000 new residents.

Being a university city with a level of education twice as high as the national average, Aarhus is also the youngest in Denmark measured by average age, giving the city a vibrant and youthful atmosphere. At the same time it is a city with clearly visible roots, founded by the Vikings in the 8th century, making it one of Denmark's oldest.

Aarhus boasts a rich and highly varied cultural life with excellent restaurants, a fascinating café environment along the re-opened Aarhus River, and a rich music culture with many concert and music venues.

Other features include a wide range of amusement sites, art and heritage museums, and about one kilometre of pedestrian streets with more than 150 shops (Aarhus has been named best shopping city in northern Europe), stretching from  Bruun's Galleri shopping centre to the main square by Aarhus Cathedral and the trend-setting Latin Quarter.

One of the city's most striking features is the rainbow panorama (picture above) on the roof of the ARoS building. The spectacular artwork has been designed by Danish/Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. Visitors can move the 150 metre long walkable sight and enjoy a 360-degree view of the city.

Aarhus has been appointed European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in 2017.

Visit Aarhus' official website.