A donation of 200 million Danish kroner from the Möller Foundation means that the Copenhagen International School (CIS) now has to raise only another 100 million Danish kroner (about 150,000 euros) before construction begins on a new building.
The new campus, which will be located in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen, will mean it can increase the number of students from the current 800 to 1,200.
The total cost of the construction will be 600 million Danish kroner, most of which will come from the sale of two school buildings in Hellerup and Osterbro.
The condition for Møller Mærsk’s donation is that construction should begin within a year. The Conglomerate of Containers, Shipping and Energy has decided to help pay for the project due to the need to attract international staff and business to Denmark. A report by the Danish Association of Councils, published in May, lacks about 2,000 places for children of international staff in Copenhagen.
The current government has said it will apply to the EU for funding to set up a free European school, and the education minister has proposed setting up international sections in the country’s public schools.