Tønder Municipality

Tønder (German: Tondern, North Frisian: Tuner) is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region of Southern Denmark on the Jutland peninsula in south Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 1,278 km2, and has a total population of 37,777 (2018). Its mayor is Henrik Frandsen, a member of the Venstre (Liberal Party) political party[1].

Location of Tønder municipality
An example of a traditional Tønder lace (Tønderknipling)

The main town and the site of its municipal council is the town of Tønder. It consists of six old municipalities, the former Tønder municipality (1970-2006) with 12,706 inhabitants in January 2000 on 184.59 square kilometers among them.

SubdivisionEdit

The municipality was created in 1970 as the result of a kommunalreform ("Municipal Reform") that merged a number of existing parishes:

  • Abild Parish
  • Hostrup Parish
  • Møgeltønder Parish
  • Tønder Parish
  • Ubjerg Parish

LocationsEdit

Tønder 7,500
Løgumkloster 3,500
Toftlund 3,200
Skærbæk 3,100
Bredebro 1,400
Agerskov 1,200
Højer 1,100
Møgeltønder 800
Abild 500
Øster Højst 500
Bedsted 450
Jejsing 450
Brøns 400
Visby 350
Døstrup 350
Arrild 300
Husum-Ballum 300
Branderup 270
Havneby 270
Rejsby 270

HistoryEdit

On 1 January 2007, Tønder municipality was enlarged as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007) when the Bredebro, Højer, Løgumkloster, Nørre-Rangstrup (without Bevtoft Parish), and Skærbæk municipalities were merged into the new Tønder municipality.

PoliticsEdit

Tønder's municipal council consists of 31 members, elected every four years. The municipal council has seven political committees.[2]

Municipal councilEdit

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

Election Party Total
seats
Turnout Elected
mayor
A C F I K L O S V Ø
2005 9 2 1 1 1 1 16 31 73.0% Vagn Terkel Pedersen (V)
2009 9 2 3 2 2 13 68.1% Laurids Rudebeck (V)
2013 7 1 1 1 3 3 14 1 73.3%
2017 6 1 1 1 1 3 2 15 1 72.0% Henrik Frandsen (V)
Data from Kmdvalg.dk 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017

North Schleswig GermansEdit

Tønder Municipality is home to the only officially recognised ethno-linguistic minority of Denmark proper, the North Schleswig Germans. This minority makes up about 6% of the total population of the municipalities of Aabenraa/Apenrade, Haderslev/Hadersleben, Sønderborg/Sonderburg and Tønder/Tondern. In these four municipalities, the German minority enjoys certain linguistic rights in accordance with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

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Coordinates: 54°56′N 8°54′E / 54.933°N 8.900°E / 54.933; 8.900