Gråsten (Danish pronunciation: [kʁɔˈste̝ˀn]; German: Gravenstein) is a town with a population of 4,228 (1 January 2021)[1] on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula in south Denmark by the Nybøl Nor at an inlet of the Flensburg Fjord. It belongs to the Sønderborg municipality in Region of Southern Denmark. The town is located almost exactly at the center of a triangle defined by the towns of Aabenraa, Flensburg and Sønderborg Castle (Sønderborg Slot).

Gråsten
Town
Gråsten is located in Denmark
Gråsten
Gråsten
Gråsten is located in Region of Southern Denmark
Gråsten
Gråsten
Coordinates: 54°55′11″N 9°35′31″E / 54.91972°N 9.59194°E / 54.91972; 9.59194Coordinates: 54°55′11″N 9°35′31″E / 54.91972°N 9.59194°E / 54.91972; 9.59194
CountryDenmark
RegionSouthern Denmark (Syddanmark)
MunicipalitySønderborg
Area
 • Urban
3.42 km2 (1.32 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)
 • Urban
4,228
 • Urban density1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

The Egernsund Bridge, which crosses the Egern Strait, connects Gråsten with the town of Egernsund.

The Gravenstein apple originates from the city.

Gråsten municipalityEdit

Until January 1, 2007, Gråsten was the seat of the former Gråsten municipality (Danish, kommune) in South Jutland County, covering an area of 57 km2, and with a total population of 7,256 (2005). Its last mayor was Bendt Olesen, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party. The municipality was created in 1970 due to a kommunalreform ("Municipality Reform") that combined the following parishes: Gråsten, Kværs, Rinkenæs, and Adsbøl.

Gråsten municipality ceased to exist due to Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It was combined with Augustenborg, Broager, Nordborg, Sundeved, Sydals, and Sønderborg municipalities to form the new Sønderborg municipality. This created a municipality with an area of 499 km2 and a total population of 49,886 (2005).

Famous residents of GråstenEdit

The Danish Royal Family has their summer residence, Gråsten Palace, in the town

Other notable peopleEdit

  • Andreas Hohwü (1803 in Gråsten – 1885) a Danish clockmaker active in Amsterdam

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