Glostrup Municipality

Glostrup Kommune is a suburban municipality (Danish kommune) and town in Region Hovedstaden on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) approx. 10 km west of Copenhagen in eastern Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 13.31 km², and has a total population of 23,128 (2020).[1] Its Zip code (Postnummer) is 2600. Its mayor as of 2022 is Kasper Damsgaard, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokratiet) political party. The municipality was established in 1841 following the municipal reforms of the 1840s, ranking as a parish municipality (sognekommune) until 1950 when suburbanisation of Copenhagen inhabited the municipality and the status was changed to town municipality (købstadskommune). From 1947 to 1960 the population in the municipality doubled due to the expanding suburbs of Copenhagen, reaching the municipality in the post-war period. Glostrup was designated as a new suburb along the western Tåstrup-finger of the Copenhagen Finger Plan of 1947.

Glostrup Municipality
Glostrup Kommune
City hall
City hall
Coat of arms of Glostrup Municipality
Map DK Glostrup.PNG
Coordinates: 55°40′00″N 12°24′00″E / 55.666666666667°N 12.4°E / 55.666666666667; 12.4Coordinates: 55°40′00″N 12°24′00″E / 55.666666666667°N 12.4°E / 55.666666666667; 12.4
CountryDenmark
RegionHovedstaden
Established1970
SeatGlostrup
Government
 • MayorKasper Damsgaard (S)
Area
 • Total13.31 km2 (5.14 sq mi)
Population
 (1 January 2020)
 • Total23,128
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Municipal code161
Websitewww.glostrup.dk Edit this at Wikidata

The main town and the site of its municipal council is the town of Glostrup, home to three quarters of the population. Other towns in the municipality are Hvissinge and Ejby. Until 1974 the town of Avedøre also belonged to this municipality. Being an exclave, it was merged into the neighbouring Hvidovre Municipality.

Neighboring municipalities are Rødovre to the east, Herlev and Ballerup to the north, Albertslund to the west, and Brøndby to the south.

Glostrup was not merged with other municipalities on 1 January 2007, as the result of nationwide Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007).

The church of Glostrup originates from the 12th century.

PoliticsEdit

Municipal councilEdit

Glostrup's municipal council consists of 19 members, elected every four years.

Below are the municipal councils elected since the Municipal Reform of 2007.

Election Party Total
seats
Turnout Elected
mayor
A C F G O V Ø
2005 8 1 2 2 4 17 63.7% Søren Enemark (A)
2009 6 2 4 1 3 3 19 60.6% John Engelhart (V)
2013 7 1 3 7 1 66.7%
2017 7 1 1 2 7 1 64.8%
Data from Kmdvalg.dk 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017

SightsEdit

City HallEdit

After af period of administration in a mansion Glostrup municipality decided to build a new City Hall in 1953. After a competition Arne Jacobsen was chosen as architect. The new city hall was inaugurated in 1959.

EconomyEdit

 
The head office of Motorola's Danish subsidiary

The municipality has twice as many employed within its borders compared with its own workforce, relying on both traditional industry, commerce and public institutions.[2]

The largest employer in the municipality is Glostrup Hospital with 2,500 employees.[2] Vestforbrænding in Ejby is Denmark's largest incineration plant. Major companies based in the municipality include Pandora, Kopenhagen Fur. International companies, whose Danish subsidiaries are based out of Glostrup, include Grontmij and Motorola's.

HousingEdit

Most of the municipality's housing stock is built between 1950 and 1975. 42 percent of its dwellings are owned by public housing corporations, primarily Glostrup Boligselskab formed by later mayor Valdemar Hansen in 1943. As a result of the influence of the housing corporation, more than half the housing stock is between 60 and 99 square meters.

As a result of the rising population in the Copenhagen area, Glostrup Municipality adopted a strategy in 2011 aiming on building 2000 new dwellings within the next four years. The dwellings are primarily detached houses and terraced houses planned in former industrial areas.[3]

Parks and open spacesEdit

 
Oxbjerg, an artificial hill in the West Forest

The largest greenspace in Glostrup Municipality is Vestskoven ("The West Forest") that straddles the border with Albertslund where most of its 13 square kilometer are located. The West Rampart follows the eastern boundary of the municipality. Ehby Bog is located in the northeastern corner, on the border with Ballerup.[2]

PopulationEdit

The table show the population in Glostrup Municipality since 1890. Note the drop in population following the transfer of Avedøre to Hvidovre Municipality in 1974.

Year Population Year Population
1890 1,709 1965 26,898
1916 4,948 1970 28,234
1921 3,836 1975 20,596
1925 4,480 1980 19,553
1935 7,034 1985 19,696
1940 8,623 1990 19,747
1945 10,082 1995 20,263
1950 13,025 2000 20,229
1955 15,883 2005 20,785
1960 21,845 2010 21,296

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Glostrup is twinned with:[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Population 1. January". Statistics Denmark - Statbank.
  2. ^ a b c "Glostrup Kommune" (in Danish). AOK. Retrieved 2014-05-29.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-01-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Venskabsbyerne, kontaktpersoner". glostrup.dk (in Danish). Glostrup Kommune. Retrieved 2021-04-15.

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