Herning (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhæɐ̯neŋ]) is a Danish city in Region Midtjylland, on the Jutland peninsula. It is the main town and the administrative seat of Herning Municipality. Herning has a population of 50,039 (1 January 2019) including the suburbs of Tjørring, Snejbjerg, Lind, Birk, Hammerum and Gjellerup, making Herning the 11th most populous urban area in Denmark.
Panorama of Herning
Coat of arms
Location in Denmark
|Coordinates: 56°08′19″N 8°59′23″E|
|Region||Mid Jutland (Midtjylland)|
|• Mayor||Lars Krarup|
|• City||1,323.5 km2 (511.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||58 m (190 ft)|
|• Density||38/km2 (98/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (Central Europe Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2|
|Area code(s)||(+45) 9|
Herning was established at the beginning of the 1790s, during the period of heath reclamation, as a commercial centre providing goods and services to the farmers in the area. A textile industry later developed in and around the town. This industry was once Herning's principal economic activity. Today, the town has a more diversified industrial base. Herning became a market town in 1913. Herning has twice been awarded the title of Danish City of the Year.
The city is the site of three buildings designed by the architect Jørn Utzon. One is publicly owned and two are privately owned.
The old Herningsholm Estate in Herning is open to the public for touring. Classensborg Estate, now called Skarrildhus, is located 25 km south of the town, but is closed to the public because it is a private hotel and educational facility. The grounds, however, can be toured and are known for their beautiful rhododendron displays during the spring.
Herning Blue Fox is a Danish professional ice hockey team playing in the top Danish ice hockey league, the Oddset Ligaen. Having won 16 championships and 29 medals in all (following the 2011–2012 season), Herning Blue Fox has accumulated the greatest number of victories in the history of professional ice hockey in Denmark.
FC Midtjylland is a football team playing in the Danish Superliga. It is a merger of Herning Fremad and Ikast FS and won the national championship of Denmark for the first time in 2015 having twice been the runner up. FC Midtjylland play their home matches at MCH Arena, which is situated next to the largest sports and concert venue in Denmark, Jyske Bank Boxen.
Herning also is a centre of Danish cycling. The GP Herning is a professional bicycle race held annually in Herning. The 2012 Giro d'Italia started in Herning. Bjarne Riis, as of 2011 the only Dane to win the Tour de France, was born in Herning. Fourteen years after his win, Riis admitted using illegal performance-enhancing drugs for the competition; however, he retained the Trikot since the statute of limitations had already expired prior to his admission.
Road and rail
Herning is the hub for both road and rail transport in central Jutland. The rail lines crossing the peninsula intersect at Herning with connections to Vejle, Århus, Esbjerg and Holstebro. There are also several daily trains to Copenhagen.
Herning lies at the intersection of three major roads: route 18, that traverses the Jutland Peninsula from southeast to northwest; route 15, that crosses the peninsula from Aarhus in the east to Ringkobing in the west; and route 12, from Esbjerg in the southwest to Viborg to the northeast.
- Anton Marius Jenssen (1879–1967) a Norwegian merchant and politician.
- Professor Gudmund Hatt (1884 in Vildbjerg – 1960) a Danish archaeologist and cultural geographer
- Captain Richard Gustav Borgelin (1887–1966) company commander of the Danish-Baltic Auxiliary Corps
- Børge Møller Grimstrup (1906 in Timring – 1972) a Danish film actor
- Niels Holst-Sørensen (born 1922) former Danish athlete, air force officer and commander-in-chief of the Royal Danish Air Force
- Eva Sørensen (born 1940) a Danish sculptor and ceramist of granite and marble works
- Lars Larsen (born 1948 in Arnborg) a Danish businessman, owner and founder of Jysk (store)
- Helge Sander (born 1950) a national Danish politician and Mayor of Herning
- Kristine Jensen (born 1956) a Danish architect who has specialized in landscape architecture
- Claus Pilgaard (born 1965 in Tjørring) is a Danish musician and entertainer
- Søren Pind (born 1969) a Danish lawyer and Venstre politician
- Ellen Trane Nørby (born 1980) a Danish Venstre politician, Minister of Health
- Rasmus Ankersen (born 1983) author, chairman at FC Midtjylland and a Director of Football at Brentford F.C.
- Otto Jensen (1893–1972) a Danish cyclist, competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics
- Kristen Nygaard (born 1949) a Danish former footballer player, scored 11 goals in 36 games for the Denmark national football team
- Bjarne Riis (born 1964) a Danish former professional road bicycle racer
- Claus Elming (born 1969) a former Danish American football player, TV host on TV 2 Sport
- Jens Risager (born 1971) a Danish former professional footballer, played 222 games with Brøndby IF
- Mogens Christiansen (born 1972) a former Danish cricketer
- Michael Blaudzun (born 1973) a Danish former professional road bicycle racer
- Kenneth Jonassen (born 1974) a badminton player
- Jesper Nøddesbo (born 1980) handball player for FC Barcelona and Denmark
- Håkan Nyblom (born 1981) a retired Greco-Roman wrestler
- Anders Nyblom (born 1981) an amateur Danish Greco-Roman wrestler
- Martin Mortensen (born 1984) a Danish racing cyclist
- Frans Nielsen (born 1984) hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings, the first Danish NHL player
- Michael Pedersen (born 1986) a Danish cricketer and former national team captain
- Jannik Hansen (born 1986 in Rødovre) hockey player in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks
- Peter Regin (born 1986) a Danish hockey player and team captain in the KHL for the Helsinki Jokerit
- Frederik Andersen (born 1989) hockey player in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Nicklas Jensen (born 1993) hockey player in the NHL for the New York Rangers
- Nicklas Porsing (born 1993) a Danish speedway rider
- Oliver Bjorkstrand (born 1995) hockey player in the NHL for the Columbus Blue Jackets
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