Skive, Denmark

Skive is a town in Skive municipality (Danish, Skive Kommune) in Region Midtjylland at the base of Salling Peninsula, a part of the larger Jutland peninsula in northwest Denmark. It is the municipality's main town and the site of its municipal council.


Skive Kommune
Skive church

Coat of arms
Sallings hovedstad
Coordinates: 56°34′N 9°1′E
  Total20,599 (2,019)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)

The town of Skive is located at the mouth of the Karup River (Karup Å) and the Skive Fjord, part of the Limfjord. Skive has a population of 20,599 (1 January 2019).[1]


  • 14th century Spøttrup Castle underwent extensive repairs in the 1940s, and opened as a museum and medicinal herb garden.
  • Skive Art Museum (Skive Kunstmuseum) is housed in a building designed by Danish architect Leopold Teschl, who also designed the Skive Historical Museum. The Art Museum houses a broad collection of modern Danish art, and has a special interest in expressive landscapes and New Realism painting. The collection also has works by local artists, including Christen Dalsgaard, a national romantic painter associated with the Golden Age of Danish Painting.
  • The Museum also has a stuffed polar bear, which was donated to Skive by the friendship city of Scoresbysund in Greenland. As of 2017, the Museum is closed due to renovation and a new building being added.
  • The Fur Museum is on the island of Fur, part of the Skive municipality. It features exhibits relating to the island, particularly fossils.
  • The Four Boxes Gallery is located in the grounds of the Krabbesholm Højskole, with an unusual modern design by Japanese architects Atelier Bow-Wow.
  • The Mønsted Limestone Caves south-west of Skive are run by Denmark's nature-preservation group, Skov- og Naturstyrelse. As well as being a tourist attraction, the caves are used as a place to age cheese, which is then exported to Germany as "cavecheese". In winter, the caves are home to 10,000 bats.
  • In Skive, all the roundabouts have been decorated with pieces of art known as the 11 Stars, designed by the Danish designer Timothy Jacob Jensen.
  • Common amenities, such as supermarkets, shops, a bowling alley and hotels, are all to be found in the town centre.



Skive is served by Skive railway station. It is located on the Langå-Struer railway line and offers direct InterCity services to Copenhagen and Struer and regional train services to Aarhus and Struer.


Skive Airport is a regional private jet airport suitable for a variety of private jets.

International relations

Skive is twinned with:

Notable people



Photographs of Skive


  1. BY3: Population 1 January, by urban areas The Mobile Statbank from Statistics Denmark
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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