Aalborg Municipality is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Nordjylland on the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. The municipality straddles the Limfjord, the waterway which connects the North Sea and the Kattegat east-to-west, and which separates the main body of the Jutland peninsula from the island of Vendsyssel-Thy north-to-south. It has a land area of 1,143.99 km2, population 197,426 (2010) and belongs to Region Nordjylland ("North Jutland Region").
|Seat||Aalborg City Hall|
|• Mayor||Thomas Kastrup-Larsen|
|• Total||1,140 km2 (440 sq mi)|
|• Density||190/km2 (490/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC2 (CEST)|
The municipality and the town have chosen to retain the traditional spelling of the name as Aalborg, although the new spelling Ålborg is used in other contexts, such as Ålborg Bight (Ålborg Bugt), the body of water which lies to the east of the Jutland peninsula.
Municipal reform of 2007Edit
As of 1 January 2007 Aalborg municipality joined with the municipalities of Hals, Nibe, and Sejlflod to form a new Aalborg municipality. The former Aalborg municipality, including the island of Egholm, covered an area of 560 km2 (220 sq mi), with a total population of 192,353 (2005). Its last mayor was Henning G. Jensen, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party. The former municipality was bordered by Sejlflod and Hals to the east, Dronninglund and Brønderslev to the north, Aabybro and Nibe to the west, and Støvring and Skørping to the south. It belonged to North Jutland County.
The waters in the Limfjord splitting the municipality are called Langerak to the east and Gjøl Bredning to the west. The island of Egholm is located in Gjøl Bredning, and is connected by ferry to the city of Aalborg at its southern shore.
The area is typical for the north of Jutland. To the west the Limfjord broadens into an irregular lake (salt water), with low, marshy shores and many islands. Northwest is Store Vildmose ("Greater Wild bog"), a swamp where a mirage is sometimes seen in summer. Southeast lies the similar Lille Vildmose ("Lesser Wild bog"). Store Vildmose was drained and farmed in the beginning of the 20th century, and Lille Vildmose is now the largest moor in Denmark.
Urban areas in Aalborg MunicipalityEdit
|Nr||Urban area||Population (2011)|
Aalborg's municipal council consists of 31 members, elected every four years.
Below are the municipal councils elected since the Municipal Reform of 2007.
|2005||15||2||3||2||1||8||31||64.6%||Henning G. Jensen (A)|
|2013||12||2||1||1||1||2||9||3||68.4%||Thomas Kastrup-Larsen (A)|
|Data from Kmdvalg.dk 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017|
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
Aalborg is twinned with 34 cities, more than any other city in Denmark. Every four years Aalborg gathers young people from most of its twin towns for a week of sports, known as Ungdomslegene (Youth Games).
- Almere, Netherlands
- Antibes, France
- Büdelsdorf, Germany
- Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
- Fredrikstad, Norway
- Fuglafjørður, Faroe Islands
- Galway, Ireland
- Gdynia, Poland
- Haifa, Israel
- Hefei, China
- Innsbruck, Austria
- Karlskoga, Sweden
- Lancaster, England
- Lerum, Sweden
- Liperi, Finland
- Norðurþing, Iceland
- Orsa, Sweden
- Orust, Sweden
- Ośno Lubuskie, Poland
- Pushkin, Russia
- Racine, United States
- Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
- Rendalen, Norway
- Rendsburg, Germany
- Riga, Latvia
- Riihimäki, Finland
- Sermersooq, Greenland
- Solvang, United States
- Tulcea, Romania
- Varna, Bulgaria
- Vilnius, Lithuania
- Wismar, Germany
- FOLK1: Population 1 January database from Statistics Denmark
- Aalborg in figures Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine statistics from Aalborg Municipality
- Bridgwater, W. & Beatrice Aldrich. (1966) The Columbia-Viking Desk Encyclopedia. Columbia University. p. 11.
- Danmarks Statistikbank
- "Contact Us Archived 29 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine." North Flying. Retrieved 15 December 2011. "North Flying's headquarters are located in Aalborg Airport." and "North Flying A/S North Flying Terminal Aalborg Airport DK - 9400 Nørresundby Denmark"
- "Venskabsbyer". aalborgevents.dk (in Danish). Aalborg Events. Retrieved 2 April 2021.
- "Ungdomslegene". Aalborg Kommune. Archived from the original on 23 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Aalborg Kommune.|
- (in English)About Aalborg from Nordjyske Medier
- (in English)Aalborg Municipality's official website
- (in English)VisitAalborg (Aalborg Tourist Office)
- (in Danish)Website for Aalborg Municipality's former Municipality Reformation Board
- (in Danish)Public Transport in Aalborg and surroundings
- (in Danish)Searchable map