Thisted is a town in the municipality of Thisted in the North Denmark Region of Denmark. It has a population of 13,461 (1 January 2022)[2] 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 2022)
 • Urban
 • Urban density1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
 • Gender [1]
6,622 males and 6,839 females
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (CEST)

Market town status was given to Thisted in 1500.


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


Thisted c. 1900.

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.

In 1882, Thisted was connected with the Danish rail network as the Thy railway line between Thisted and Struer opened.


Thisted is located in northwestern Jutland, in the traditional district of Thy, which forms the western part of the North Jutlandic Island. It is located on the northern shore of Thisted Bredning, a body of water between Thy and the island of Mors, which itself is a part of the Limfjord, a sound separating the North Jutlandic Island from the rest of the Jutland Peninsula. Thisted is located on three ridges, divided by two streams.


Thisted has a population of 13,461, of which 6,622 males and 6,839 females (1 January 2022).[2]


Thisted has a cluster of industries within food production: the Tican Slaughterhouse, Dragsbæk Maltfactory, Dragsbæk Margarinefactory, the brewery Thisted Bryghus, known for its high quality organic beer, and Premier Ice.


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

The main church of Thisted

Thisted features a Gothic-style church, Thisted Church, which replaced a smaller Romanesque-style church around 1490. The exterior of the church contains a stone with Runic inscriptions.



Thisted has a football team Thisted FC in the Danish 2nd Division (2022–2023 season)



Platform facade of Thisted station.

Thisted is served by Thisted railway station (Danish: Thisted Banegård) which opened in 1882. It is the northern terminus of the Thy railway line which connects Thisted with Struer to the south. Thisted station offers frequent local train services to Struer station with onward connections by train from Struer to the rest of Denmark. Until 2019, it also offered direct InterCity services to Copenhagen.[3]


The small Thisted Airport (Danish: Thisted Lufthavn) is owned by Thisted municipality, and is located 15 kilometers from Thisted. The airport opened in 1970, and until 2007 serviced daily flights between Thisted and the Danish capital, Copenhagen. Today, the nearest airport from Thisted with scheduled national and international flights is Aalborg Airport c. 86 kilometres (53 mi) east of Thisted (road distance).


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.

Notable peopleEdit

Knud Graah, 1891
J P 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. ^ BY1: Population 1. January by urban areas, age and sex The Mobile Statbank from Statistics Denmark
  2. ^ a b BY3: Population 1. January by urban areas, area and population density The Mobile Statbank from Statistics Denmark
  3. ^ Smtih, Ida (14 December 2019). "Snart er det slut: Farvel til de direkte tog". Nordjyske Stiftstidende (in Danish). Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Malte-Brun, Conrad" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 17 (11th ed.). 1911. p. 515.
  5. ^ Gosse, Edmund William (1911). "Jacobsen, Jens Peter" . Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 15 (11th ed.). pp. 120–121.