Ringkøbing (older spelling Ringkjøbing) is a town in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality in Region Midtjylland on the west coast of the Jutland peninsula in west Denmark. It has a population of 9,975 (1 January 2023).[1]

The town square, Ringkøbing
The town square, Ringkøbing
Coat of arms of Ringkøbing
Ringkøbing is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Ringkøbing is located in Denmark Central Denmark Region
Ringkøbing (Denmark Central Denmark Region)
Coordinates: 56°5′23″N 8°14′18″E / 56.08972°N 8.23833°E / 56.08972; 8.23833
RegionRegion Midtjylland
 • Urban
7.1 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density1,400/km2 (3,600/sq mi)
 • Gender [2]
4,776 males and 5,199 females
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
DK-6950 Ringkøbing

History edit

Archeological finds suggest that the town was founded in the 13th century. At that time it was the only real harbour town along the Danish west coast, being sheltered from the North Sea by the wall of Holmsland Dunes (Holmsland Klit).

In the 17th century, the strait connecting Ringkøbing Fjord to the North Sea began to move south under the influence of wind and tide; soon it was no longer navigable. Ringkøbing was cut off from the sea until the beginning of the 20th century, when a new channel was built at the town of Hvide Sande, in nearby Holmsland municipality.

The name Ringkøbing means "The market town near Rindum". By the 11th century, a church had been built in the small village of Rindum. The village is probably even older. Evidence of settlements dating back as far as the 6th century has been found.

On the 27th of January in 1443, the towns' privilege of "købstad" (Danish for market town) was cemented by the Danish king Christopher of Bavaria by royal charter. The royal privilege is most likely older, dating back to king Valdemar IV Atterdag, as the document cementing the royal privilege of the town mentions the original privilege originating from the reign of "King Valdemar".

At the end of World War II, Ringkøbing was involved in the British testing of captured German V-weapons. British soldiers, including radar experts from the British Artillery Regiment, were stationed there in October 1945 to monitor the accuracy of weapons fired from a base in Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony, Germany. The tests were part of the post-WWII justice process, to establish whether the use of V-weapons constituted indiscriminate killing of civilians. In fact, they proved to be very accurate, and the Nazis escaped this charge.

Main sights edit

Today the centre of Ringkøbing has some quaint old streets, most of which lead towards the water of the fjord.

Ringkøbing Church was built in the early 15th century, and its tower, which is wider on top than on the bottom, was erected ca. 1550. The church houses two organs: the oldest in the west pulpit was built by Demant & Son in 1861 with a baroque facade from 1633; the other from 1974 is by Frobenius & Sons. As the result of a restoration in 1995–1996, the church has a number of modern features, including an altarpiece by Arne Haugen Sørensen and a glass baptismal font.

Economy edit

Ringkjøbing Landbobank is headquartered in Ringkøbing.

Transportation edit

Rail edit

Front facade of Ringkøbing railway station.

Ringkøbing is served by Ringkøbing railway station. It is located on the Esbjerg-Struer railway line and offers regional train services to Skjern and Holstebro with onward connections to the rest of Denmark.[3]

Notable people edit

Niels Trolle, 1650

Sport edit

  • Claus Møller Jakobsen (born 1976 in Ringkøbing) a Danish former professional handballer, sports commentator for TV2
  • Jacob Larsen (1979 in Egvad) a Danish cricketer
  • Hans Henrik Andreasen (born 1979 in Ringkøbing) a retired Danish footballer with over 500 club caps
  • Niels Lodberg (born 1980 in Ringkøbing) is a former Danish footballer with over 350 club caps
  • Jonas Borring (born 1985 in Ringkøbing) is a retired Danish footballer with over 350 club caps

Gallery edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b BY3: Population 1. January by rural and 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. ^ "Ringkøbing Station" (in Danish). DSB. Retrieved 23 July 2023.
  4. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 20 May 2020

External links edit