Thisted is a town in the municipality of Thisted in the North Denmark Region of Denmark. It has a population of 13,484 (1 January 2021)[1] and is located in Thy, in northwestern Jutland.

Main pedestrian street of Thisted.
Main pedestrian street of Thisted.
Coat of arms of Thisted
Thisted is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Thisted is located in North Jutland Region
Thisted (North Jutland Region)
Coordinates: 56°57′25″N 8°41′40″E / 56.95694°N 8.69444°E / 56.95694; 8.69444Coordinates: 56°57′25″N 8°41′40″E / 56.95694°N 8.69444°E / 56.95694; 8.69444
Foundationpre-history (unknown)
Market town1500
 • Urban
8.33 km2 (3.22 sq mi)
 (1 January 2021)
 • Urban
 • Urban density1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (CEST)
The main church of Thisted

The town name derives from the Germanic deity Tyr and could be translated as Tyr's Stead.

Market town status was given to Thisted in 1500.


During the Jutland Peasant rebellion of 1441, Christopher of Bavaria, King of Denmark, approached the rebel camp at Husby Hole near St. Jørgen's Hill in northern Jutland and sent word that anyone who left the camp and went home, would not be punished for rebellion. The men from Thisted, as well as those of Mors, left for which they were afterwards called cowards and traitors.



Thisted is also home of the Brewery Thisted Bryghus known for its high quality organic beer.

Burial moundEdit

Langdos, the largest Bronze Age burial mound in Denmark, is located in Thisted. The burial mound is 175 meters long and was built between 1800 and 1000 BC.

Thisted ChurchEdit

Thisted features a church Gothic-style church, the exterior of which contains a stone with Runic inscriptions.


There are several educational institutions in Thisted. There are three schools, Østre skole, Rolighedskolen, and Tingstrup skole. There's also a gymnasium, Higher Preparatory Examination, Higher Commercial Examination Programme and Higher Technical Examination Programme.

Rail TransportEdit

Platform facade of Thisted station.

Thisted is served by Thisted railway station. It is located on the Thy railway line and offers local train services to Struer.


Thisted has a football team Thisted FC in the Danish 1st Division (2017–2018 season)

Notable peopleEdit

Knud Graah, 1891
JP Jacobsen, c.1879


Frederikke Thøgersen, 2017

Emigrants to the United StatesEdit

  • Hans Ditlev Bendixsen (1842 in Thisted – 1902) (emigrated c.1865) an American shipbuilder, developed the merchant marine industry on the West Coast of the United States
  • Lawrence Waldemar Tonner (1861 in Thisted – 1947) (emigrated 1870) companion and personal secretary of composer and pianist Francis Grierson for more than 40 years

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ BY3: Population 1. January by urban areas, area and population density The Mobile Statbank from Statistics Denmark
  2. ^ "Malte-Brun, Conrad" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 17 (11th ed.). 1911.
  3. ^ "Jacobsen, Jens Peter" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 15 (11th ed.). 1911.