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Svogerslev is a small satellite town located four kilometres west of Roskilde, Denmark. The original village features a village pond, a Romanesque church, one of the smallest in Denmark, and a number of old farm buildings. The historic centre is surrounded by large developments of single family detached homes. As of 1 January 2015, it had a population of 4,320.[1]

Svogerslev kirke (Roskilde).jpg
Svogerslev is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Coordinates: 55°38′N 12°0′E / 55.633°N 12.000°E / 55.633; 12.000Coordinates: 55°38′N 12°0′E / 55.633°N 12.000°E / 55.633; 12.000
RegionZealand (Sjælland)
 • Total4,320
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)



The village of Svogerslev seen on an old map

The name Svogerslev is mentioned in 1257 as Suauerslef, derived from the old male name Swawar and the suffix -lev.[2] Svogerslev Inn opened some time during the 17th century. In 1727, it became a royal privileged coaching inn. The mail coach paused there to change horses on its way from Roskilde to Hornsherred. The inn was owned by the counts of Ledreborg. Count Holsteinborg closed the inn in 1808.[3] In the 1970s, Svogerslev was expanded with large areas of single family detached homes.


Svogerslev Church dates from the 12th century. The Romanesque nave was expanded with chancel, tower and porch in the Gothic style in about 1450. The church is one of the smallest in Denmark, seating just 60 people. Svogerslev Inn reopened in the 1950s.[4] The thatched buildings trace their history back to the late 17th century. The inn has 18 rooms and a restaurant.

The town has a Netto supermarket, a petrol station and a small shopping centre with a Meny, a bakery, a bar and a hairdresser. A small industrial area is located in the southeastern outskirts.[3]


Svogerslev Lake is located to the southwest of the village. There are also several other smaller lakes in the area.

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  1. ^ BEF44: Population 1.January by urban areas database from Statistics Denmark
  2. ^ "Svogerslev" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Kroens historie" (in Danish). Svogerslev Kro. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Svogerslev Kirke" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Center for vækst og iværksættere" (in Danish). Roskilde Avis. Archived from the original on 2015-12-10. Retrieved 1+ December 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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