Frederikssund is a Danish town, seat of the Frederikssund Municipality, in the Region Hovedstaden with a population of 16,268 (1 January 2019). It received the status of market town in 1810. The town is famous for its annual Viking Games as well as for the J.F. Willumsen museum. Since 1935, it has been connected to Hornsherred via the Kronprins Frederik Bridge.
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Location in Denmark
|Coordinates: 55.83330°N 12.06659°E|
|• Mayor||John Schmidt Andersen|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (Central Europe Time)|
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There is evidence of communities dating right back to the stone age with a number of burial sites in the area. It seems probable that there was a small settlement at the present location of Frederikssund in the Middle Ages but the development of the town probably began in the 12th century with the construction of a church at what was then known as Ude Sundby or Sundby Færge (Sundby Ferry). Located at a narrow point on Roskilde Fjord, Sundby Færge became the harbour for the nearby market town of Slangerup.
In 1809-10, the status of market town was transferred from Slangerup to Frederikssund, named after King Frederik III. In 1868, a pontoon bridge linking Frederikssund to Hornsherred was opened. This was replaced by today's Kronprins Frederik Bridge in 1935.
Frederikssund's rapid expansion from a small town at the end of the 19th century is due in large part to the railway connection with Ballerup in 1879 which was upgraded to a frequent suburban service to Copenhagen in 1989.
Frederikssund is located on the east coast of Roskilde Fjord, about 45 km north-west of Copenhagen, 20 km south of Hillerød and 30 km north of Roskilde. It is less than an hour from Copenhagen by either road or rail. S-trains (suburban commuter trains) leave about once every 10 minutes. Copenhagen Airport can be reached by road or rail in about an hour.
The fertile land surrounding Frederikssund is used for mixed farming - with an emphasis on cereals, root crops and pigs.
The recent development of the town center and the old commercial harbour have given Frederikssund a new look which reflects its growing popularity as a residential area with connections to Copenhagen and surroundings. It has all the facilities associated with a modern Danish town: museums, a public library, supermarkets, a hospital and sports and recreation centers. With a location facing west over the Roskilde Fjord, it has many footpaths along the shores and up into the higher ground to the east. The local rail and bus services are well developed.
Cultural attractions include the J.F. Willumsens Museum, the Færgegården local history museum at the far end of the bridge over to Hornsherred, and the annual Viking plays held in a large outdoor theatre.
Activities range from sailing, rowing, cycling, golfing or gliding to simply sitting out on the main pedestrian street (gågade).
- Albert Jensen (1847–1913) a Danish architect
- Georg Achen (1860–1912) a Danish naturalist painter, from the 1890s he specialized in portraits
- Knud Larsen (1865 in Vinderød – 1922) was a Danish painter, becoming a popular portraitist
- Oluf Pedersen (1891 in Lille Rørbæk - 1970) a Danish politician and member of the Folketing 1932-45 and 1950–60
- Povl Søndergaard (1905 — 1986 in Frederikssund) a Danish sculptor of lifelike busts and female figures
- Peter Alsing Nielsen (1907–1985) a Danish painter, using subdued colour and simple yet precise lines
- Regin Prenter (1907–1990) a Danish Lutheran priest, theologian and parish priest of Branderup
- Gunnar Bech (1920 in Græse – 1981) a Danish linguist, studied the German verb
- Annie Birgit Garde (born 1933) a Danish film actress since 1955 appearing in 31 films
- Grethe Ingmann (1938 – 1990 in Frederikssund) a Danish singer.
- Countess Anne Dorte of Rosenborg (1947–2014) a Danish countess and widow of the late Count Christian of Rosenborg (1942–2013), the grandson of King Christian X of Denmark
- Jens Galschiøt (born 1954) a Danish sculptor, best known for the Pillar of Shame
- Morten Messerschmidt (born 1980) a Danish politician and Member of the European Parliament
- Vilhelm Johansen (1898–1993) a Danish sports shooter, competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics
- Morian Hansen (1905–1995) a former motorcycle speedway rider
- Vagn Andersen (1937–2012) a Danish sports shooter, competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics
- Kresten Bjerre (1946 – 2014 in Frederikssund) a Danish footballer, also played in the USA and won 22 caps for Denmark
- Martin Haldbo Hansen (born 1969) a Danish rower.
- Anders Kristiansen (born 1979) a Danish male badminton player
- Mathias Boe (born 1980) a male badminton player
- Mie Skov (born 1986) a retired table tennis player, competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics
Twin towns - sister cities
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