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Denmark's ATP enters rental housing market with $97 mln Copenhagen project

COPENHAGEN, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Danish pension fund ATP has decided to enter the rental housing market with a 600 million Danish crowns ($97 mln) building project in Copenhagen, it said on Thursday.

The fund that handles mandatory pension savings for more than 5 million Danes will build 150 homes, a parking garage, a hotel and a fastfood restaurant in the Orestad neighborhood.

"It's a long-term investment where we can see some clear benefits and possibilities for good, long-term yields," property investments chief Michael Nielsen said in a statement.

Danish pension funds have stepped up so-called alternative investments in recent years in search of better returns at a time of ultra-low interest rates.

ATP holds total assets worth 850 billion crowns, ranking it among the world's top-20 and Europe's top-four pension funds by size, according to British advisory firm Willis Towers Watson.

(1 Danish crown = $0.1610) (Reporting by Teis Jensen, editing by Terje Solsvik)