Aalborg Municipality

Aalborg Municipality is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Nordjylland on the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark.[3] The municipality straddles the Limfjord, the waterway which connects the North Sea and the Kattegat east-to-west, and which separates the main body of the Jutland peninsula from the island of Vendsyssel-Thy north-to-south. It has a land area of 1,143.99 km², population 197,426 (2010)[1] and belongs to Region Nordjylland ("North Jutland Region").

Aalborg Municipality

Aalborg Kommune
Municipality
Location of Aalborg Municipality

Coat of arms
Country Denmark
RegionRegion Nordjylland
City Council2007
SeatAalborg City Hall
Government
  MayorThomas Kastrup-Larsen
Area
  Total1,140 km2 (440 sq mi)
Population
 (2010)
  Total197,426
  Density170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC2 (CEST)
Websitewww.aalborgkommune.dk
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It is also the name of the municipality's main city Aalborg and the site of its municipal council, as well as the name of a seaport.

The municipality and the town have chosen to retain the traditional spelling of the name as Aalborg, although the new spelling Ålborg is used in other contexts, such as Ålborg Bight (Ålborg Bugt), the body of water which lies to the east of the Jutland peninsula.

Municipal reform of 2007

As of 1 January 2007 Aalborg municipality joined with the municipalities of Hals, Nibe, and Sejlflod to form a new Aalborg municipality. The former Aalborg municipality, including the island of Egholm, covered an area of 560 km2 (220 sq mi), with a total population of 192,353 (2005). Its last mayor was Henning G. Jensen, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party. The former municipality was bordered by Sejlflod and Hals to the east, Dronninglund and Brønderslev to the north, Aabybro and Nibe to the west, and Støvring and Skørping to the south. It belonged to North Jutland County.

Geography

Surroundings

The waters in the Limfjord splitting the municipality are called Langerak to the east and Gjøl Bredning to the west. The island of Egholm is located in Gjøl Bredning, and is connected by ferry to the city of Aalborg at its southern shore.

The area is typical for the north of Jutland. To the west the Limfjord broadens into an irregular lake (salt water), with low, marshy shores and many islands. Northwest is Store Vildmose ("Greater Wild bog"), a swamp where a mirage is sometimes seen in summer. Southeast lies the similar Lille Vildmose ("Lesser Wild bog"). Store Vildmose was drained and farmed in the beginning of the 20th century, and Lille Vildmose is now the largest moor in Denmark.

Urban areas in Aalborg Municipality

Aalborg City has a total population at 123,432. The metropolitan area is a conurbation of the Aalborg urban area in Himmerland (102,312) and the Nørresundby urban area in Vendsyssel (21,120).

The largest urban areas in Aalborg Municipality[4]
NrUrban areaPopulation (2011)
1Aalborg103,545
2Nørresundby21,376
3Svenstrup6,751
4Nibe4,987
5Vodskov4,399
6Klarup4,182
7Gistrup3,573
8Storvorde3,243
9Vestbjerg2,677
10Frejlev2,579

Economy

North Flying has its head office on the property of Aalborg Airport in Nørresundby, Aalborg Municipality.[5]

Politics

Distribution of the 31 seats in the municipal council.

PartySeats
Social Democrats 12
Venstre 9
Red-Green Alliance 3
Social Liberal Party 2
Danish People's Party 2
Conservative People's Party 1
Social People's Party 1
Liberal Alliance 1

References

  1. FOLK1: Population 1 January database from Statistics Denmark
  2. Aalborg in figures Archived 23 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine statistics from Aalborg Municipality
  3. Bridgwater, W. & Beatrice Aldrich. (1966) The Columbia-Viking Desk Encyclopedia. Columbia University. p. 11.
  4. Danmarks Statistikbank
  5. "Contact Us Archived 29 December 2011 at the Wayback Machine." North Flying. Retrieved on 15 December 2011. "North Flying's headquarters are located in Aalborg Airport." and "North Flying A/S North Flying Terminal Aalborg Airport DK - 9400 Nørresundby Denmark"
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