Holbæk

Holbæk (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhʌlˀpek]) is a town in Denmark and the seat of Holbæk municipality with a population of 29,226 (1 January 2021).[1] It is located in the northeastern part of Region Sjælland, Denmark.

Holbæk
June 2007 aerial photograph
June 2007 aerial photograph
Official seal of Holbæk
Seal
Coat of arms of Holbæk
Coat of arms
Holbæk is located in Denmark
Holbæk
Holbæk
Location in Denmark
Coordinates: 55°42′56″N 11°43′21″E / 55.71556°N 11.72250°E / 55.71556; 11.72250Coordinates: 55°42′56″N 11°43′21″E / 55.71556°N 11.72250°E / 55.71556; 11.72250
CountryDenmark
RegionZealand (Sjælland)
MunicipalityHolbæk
Area
 • Urban
13.8 km2 (5.3 sq mi)
Elevation
11 m (36 ft)
Population
 (2021)[1]
 • Urban
29,226
 • Urban density2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
 • Gender [2]
14,041 males and 15,185 females
 • Municipality
69,548
Demonym(s)Holbækker
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
4300
Area code(s)(+45) 00
Websitewww.holbaek.dk

Holbæk is located on Zealand, on the banks of Holbæk Fjord, an inlet of the larger Isefjord. Holbæk is a commercial and industrial center for the surrounding area. By rail, Holbæk is served by Danske Statsbaner's line from Roskilde to Kalundborg, which runs through the city. Vestsjællands Lokalbaner connects Holbæk by rail to Nykøbing Sjælland. The city is a major hub for the Movia bus routes. Holbæk has an active commercial seaport that serves as the harbor for the ferry to Orø (island). Near the harbor there is a substantial marina.

HistoryEdit

 
City Seal ca. 1400
 
A street market

Holbæk is first mentioned in official documents in Absalon's letter of 8 June 1199, in which he granted the majority of his estates to Sorø Klosterkirke in Sorø. It was called Holbækgaard, a larger farm belonging to a nobleman, around which the city eventually developed.

Next it appears in Valdemar the Victorious's book of properties (see Kong Valdemars Jordebog on the Danish Wikipedia) in 1231. Valdmar broke ground for Holbæk Slot (Holbæk Castle) in 1236.

Holbæk grew from then on but is not mentioned again until around 1400 when Margaret I came for a court proceeding that granted her territories in Jutland. The event may have triggered the creation of the first city seal, which shows the three trees by the water that are the prominent features of the current seal.

EconomyEdit

Companies headquartered in Holbæk include Sparekassen Sjælland.

CultureEdit

Culturally, Holbæk can be noted for Musikhus Elværket, a converted power station that serves as a concert venue for modern music.

SportEdit

The city is home to the Holbæk B&I football club.

Notable peopleEdit

 
Ludvig Christian de Brinck Seidelin, 1832

Public Service & public thinkingEdit

 
Søren Reiff, 2015

The ArtsEdit

  • Paula Trock (1889–1979) a Danish weaver of curtains in distinguished places
  • Agnete Hoy (1914–2000) British/Danish potter; expertise in glazing and firing
  • Aage Stentoft (1914–1990) composer, film score composer and theatre director[4]
  • Dan Sterup-Hansen (1918–1995) painter and illustrator
  • Niels Bernhart (1946–2008) a Danish pianist, composer and lecturer
  • Inga Nielsen (1946–2008) soprano opera singer[5]
  • Søren Reiff (born 1962) guitarist, producer, composer and author
  • Cutfather (born 1968) stage name of Mich Hedin Hansen, a Danish music producer
  • Jim Lyngvild (born 1978) a Danish designer, writer, fashion columnist and TV personality[6]
  • Mikael Brandrup (born 1984) a Danish visual artist and graphic designer in the USA
 
Mads Mensah Larsen 2016

SportEdit

International relationsEdit

Twin towns – Sister citiesEdit

 
Coat of arms at twin town Celle (Germany), granite artwork below signpost

Holbæk is twinned with:

SourcesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b BY3: Population 1. January by urban areas, area and population density The Mobile StatBank from Statistics Denmark.
  2. ^ BY1: Population 1. January by urban areas, age and sex The Mobile Statbank from Statistics Denmark
  3. ^ Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900, Volume 05, Borgard, Albert retrieved 06 June 2020
  4. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 06 June 2020
  5. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 06 June 2020
  6. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 07 June 2020
  7. ^ "Stadt Celle". celle.de. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk/Services/Twinning/Holbæk

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