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Svendborg coat of arms
Svendborg (Denmark)
Basic data
State : DenmarkDenmark Denmark
Region : Syddanmark
(since 2007) :
Coordinates : 55 ° 4 ′  N , 10 ° 36 ′  E Coordinates: 55 ° 4 ′  N , 10 ° 36 ′  E
Founded: 1253
Population :
Area : 172.8 km²
Population density : 157 inhabitants per km²
Height : 2 m ö.h.
Postal code : 5700
Sister cities : GermanyGermany Stralsund
Kattesundet-Straße, in the background Vor Frue Kirke
Kattesundet Street, Vor Frue Kirke in the background

The Danish port city of Svendborg (German Schwenburg ) is the second largest city on Funen after Odense and belongs to the region of Syddanmark (region of southern Denmark). It is the seat of Svendborg Municipality .


The city is located on Svendborgsund in the south of the Danish island of Funen.


Anne Hvides Gaard (built in 1560), oldest surviving house,
today Svendborg City Museum
City map from 1899

Svendborg was first mentioned in 1229, when King Waldemar II gave the city to his sister-in-law. The name Svendborg is derived from the words pigs and castle and it is believed that the name refers to porpoises that frolicked in the sound.

The oldest house in Svendborg that still exists today is Anne Hvides Gaard , which was built in 1560.

Svendborg was a seafaring town in the 19th century. Shipbuilding was carried out here.

J. Ring-Andersen Skibsværft , founded in 1867, has developed into a well-known shipyard for wooden shipbuilding, which still today attracts traditional ships from Denmark and some from Germany for the maintenance work required every year on the berths at Frederiksø, across from the old fishing port .

In 1907, the Ring Andersens Staalskibsværft (steel shipyard ) emerged from the shipyard , which operated under the name A / S Svendborg Skibsværft from 1916 and built the Thetis class for the Danish Navy in 1991/1992; 2001 had to close the Svendborg Skibsværft after financial difficulties; repairs are only occasionally carried out there today.

A well-known boatyard is Walsted Baadeværft , which specializes in building and refitting classic sailing yachts.

The largest shipping company in the world, AP Møller-Mærsk , was founded in Svendborg in 1904 and 1912 respectively. The parent house, the “Villa Anna” of the Maersk-McKinney Möller family, is still in “Høje Bøge Vej” today.

Svendborg belonged to the old, 172.8  km² large municipality of Svendborg . In the course of the Danish administrative reform, the new Svendborg Municipality with 417 km² was formed from the old municipality Svendborg and the old municipalities Egebjerg and Gudme on January 1, 2007 .

Economy and media

In addition to shipbuilding, tourism is playing an increasingly important role. In particular, sailors from the countries bordering the Baltic Sea use the many marinas in the summer months. The city is also the main editorial office of the regional Danish daily newspaper Fyns Amts Avis . With a circulation of around 13,000 (April 2011), it reaches every second household in its core area, the south and east of Funen.


Svendborg is the Danish training center for maritime education. There is also a business school, a nursing school and training centers for teachers. One of Denmark's largest grammar schools is also in Svendborg, with nearly 1000 students and over 100 teachers.

Culture and sights

Svendborg Museum Harbor

The city has several museums , including a cultural and historical museum, a prehistoric collection, the Naturama zoological museum and a private toy museum. The Romanesque Nicolaikirche dates from 1220.

Danmarks Forsorgsmuseum presents the social history of poor houses in Denmark .


Svendborg is the terminus of the Odense – Svendborg railway line . From there, railcars of the DSB MQ series run at least every hour to Odense via Kværndrup andringen . Thus the city is connected to the Danish railway system.

A road leads over several bridges from here via Tåsinge to Langeland . The city also has a marina.

Furthermore, the motorway section of Route 9 begins in Svendborg. The four-lane motorway leads to Odense via Kværndrup andringen .


The airfield Funen ( Danish Sydfyns Flyveplads ; ICAO code EKST ) is located on the island of Tåsinge , about 5.5 kilometers southwest of Svendborg and has a 900-meter-long runway of grass. The runway is equipped with runway lighting. The airfield is operated by Svendborg Municipality and is open 365 days a year around the clock.

Town twinning

Svendborg has signed a town partnership with Stralsund in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania .


sons and daughters of the town

With a relationship to the city

  • Nicolaus Heldvader (1564–1634), astronomer and calendariographer, lived in the city from 1612 to 1615 after his escape, where he established relationships with King Christian IV.
  • Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956), German poet and playwright, lived in a house on Svendborg's Skovsbo ​​beach during his Danish exile from 1933 to 1939. Here he wrote some of his most important pieces: “ The Guns of Mrs. Carrar ”, “ Mother Courage and Her Children ” and “The Life of Galileo ”. The poetry collection " Svendborger Gedichte " was created here. After renovation in the early 1990s, the house is now available to artists and scientists for project-related stays.
  • Margarete Steffin (1908–1941), German writer closely related to Bertolt Brecht, lived in Svendborg.


Marina in the old fishing port
Museum harbor

Web links

Commons : Svendborg  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Statistics banks -> Befolkning og valg -> BY1: Folketal January 1st efter byområde, alder og køn (Danish)
  2. a b History of South Funen. In: December 3, 2012, accessed January 29, 2019 .