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These finds indicate that Copenhagen's origins as a city go back at least to the 11th century.
Substantial discoveries of flint tools in the area provide evidence of human settlements dating to the Stone Age.
The earliest written mention of the town was in the 12th century when Saxo Grammaticus in Gesta Danorum referred to it as Portus Mercatorum, meaning Merchants' Harbour or, in the Danish of the time, Købmannahavn.
Copenhagen is situated on the eastern coast of the island of Zealand; another small portion of the city is located on Amager, and is separated from Malmö, Sweden, by the strait of Øresund.
Copenhagen is home to the FC København and Brøndby football clubs.
The annual Copenhagen Marathon was established in 1980.
Since the completion of the Øresund Bridge, Copenhagen has become increasingly integrated with the Swedish province of Scania and its largest city, Malmö, forming the Øresund Region.
With a number of bridges connecting the various districts, the cityscape is characterised by parks, promenades and waterfronts.
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Copenhagen's landmarks such as Tivoli Gardens, The Little Mermaid statue, the Amalienborg and Christiansborg palaces, Rosenborg Castle Gardens, Frederik's Church, and many museums, restaurants and nightclubs are significant tourist attractions.