Vordingborg is an old ferry town in Vordingborg Municipality in Denmark with around 18.000 inhabitants. Because of three large estates surrounding the town, a coherent urban development has not been possible, which is the reason why three satellite towns (former villages) have emerged around the town. Within the ring of estates, the town has 12,000 inhabitants, and 18.043 inhabitants when including the three satellite towns of Ørslev, Nyråd and Stensved, situated 1, 3 and 5 kilometres, respectively, from the town of Vordingborg. Vordingborg Municipality (Kommune) has a population of 46,000.
August 2004 panoramic view of Vordingborg
Coat of arms
Location in Denmark
|Coordinates: 55.008°N 11.911°E|
|• Mayor||Henrik Holmer|
|• Urban area||12.038|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (Central Europe Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2|
On January 1, 2007 the old Vordingborg municipality was, as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), merged with Langebæk, Møn, and Præstø municipalities to form an enlarged Vordingborg municipality.
Vordingborg is situated 37 km from Nykøbing Falster, roughly 50 km from Gedser, and roughly 100 km from Copenhagen and Odense. The town is situated on the island of Zealand and is linked to the island of Falster with Farø Bridges and Storstrøm Bridge.
Vordingborg Municipality is home to 9,500 jobs. Companies headquartered in Vordingborg include Vordingborg Køkkener, a kitchen manufacturer. Udbetaling Danmark, a public institution under ARP, has one of its five regional centres in the town.
The ruins of Vordingborg Castle, the old royal castle which was built around 1364, is the town's most famous attraction. The only fully remaining part of the castle, the 26 meter tall Goose Tower (Gåsetårnet), is the symbol of the city. It is the largest of King Valdemar Atterdag's nine main castle towers. The name comes from the golden goose perched on top of the tower's spire. Legend has it that Valdemar Atterdag used the symbol to taunt the Hanseatic League. The current goose was put there in 1871. It is not certain what was on top of the tower before 1871 and maybe it was just a weather vane made of gold. The tower was transferred into the national trust on December 24, 1808, and is thus the first, protected historic monument in Denmark.
A historic garden is also located on the site of the ruin.
Vordingborg is the home of the South Zealand Museum (Sydsjællands Museum).
The city holds an annual festival, Vordingborg Fest Week (Vordingborg Festuge) in July.
The Vordingborg Transmitter is one of the tallest towers in Denmark.
The Danish Army operates a barracks facility on the edge of town, known as Vordingborg Kaserne.
- Margaret I of Denmark (1352 in Søborg Castle – 1412) monarch
- Anne Lykke (1595 in Vordingborg Castle – 1641) a Danish noblewoman and royal mistress of Christian, Prince Elect of Denmark
- Jacob Baden (1735–1804) a Danish philologist, pedagogue, critic and professor of rhetoric and the Latin language at University of Copenhagen
- Peter Andreas Heiberg (1758-1841) a Danish author and philologist
- N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783 in Udby – 1872) a Danish pastor, author, poet, philosopher, historian and politician.
- Carl Christoffer Georg Andræ (1812 in Hjertebjerg – 1893) a Danish politician and mathematician
- Meïr Aron Goldschmidt (1819–1887) a Danish publisher, journalist and novelist
- Julius Lange (1838–1896) a Danish art historian and critic
- Astrid Stampe Feddersen (1852 in Christinelund – 1930) a Danish women's rights activist
- Niels Nielsen (1865 in Ørslev – 1931) a Danish mathematician, specialized in mathematical analysis
- Jacob Ellehammer (1871 in Bakkebølle – 1946) a Danish watchmaker, inventor and contributor to powered flight
- Johannes Friis-Skotte (1874–1946) a Danish politician and minister
- Jesper Juul (born 1948) a Danish family therapist and author of several books on parenting
- Cecilie Thomsen (born 1974), actress and model
- Trentemøller ( born 1974) a Danish electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist
- Vagn Ingerslev (1885–1952) a Danish tennis player, competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics
- Morten Olsen (born 1949) footballer and coach of the Danish national football team from 2000 until 2015
- Birger Pedersen (born 1950) a Danish former association footballer, played 14 matches for the Denmark national football team
- Steven Lustü (born 1971) a Danish former football player, played nine games for the Danish national team.
- Thomas Raun (born 1984) a former Danish football midfielder with Silkeborg IF
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