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Vejle coat of arms
Vejle (Denmark)
Basic data
State : DenmarkDenmark Denmark
Region : Syddanmark
(since 2007) :
Coordinates : 55 ° 43 '  N , 9 ° 32'  E Coordinates: 55 ° 43 '  N , 9 ° 32'  E
Population :
Area : 144 km²
Population density : 400 inhabitants per km²
Postal code : 7100 Vejle
St. Nicolai Church in Vejle
St. Nicolai Church in Vejle
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Vejle [ ˈʋɑi̯lə ] is the center of Vejle Municipality and the administrative seat of the Danish region of Southern Denmark ( Region Syddanmark ). It extends over an area of ​​144  km² and has 57,655 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2020). The place is located in the city triangle Trekantområdet .


West of the city, Harald Blauzahn built the 700 m long and 5 m wide Ravninge Bro over a swamp. The oldest bridge in the country was built to ensure north-south traffic on the Heerweg. Vejle, like Kolding , Horsens , Randers , Mariager and Aalborg, is one of the older sea trading towns on the east coast of Jutland . For centuries, however, it was only of regional importance. On March 8, 1864, the battle near Vejle took place here. After Denmark lost the Duchy of Schleswig in 1864 , the importance of these cities grew, as important trading centers such as Aabenraa , Flensburg and Hadersleben were south of the new border.

The city grew continuously into a medium-sized town, but did not develop as rapidly as the cathedral city of Aarhus . The construction of the bridges over the Little Belt near Fredericia increased the importance of the city, especially since the most important north-south connections in Jutland run through Vejle. The construction of the motorway over the Vejlefjord then relieved the Vejle bottleneck considerably.

In 1970 Vejle became a large municipality and at the same time the seat of the newly created administrative municipality Vejle . Vejle has been the seat of the Syddanmark region since 2007 , but is right on its northern border. Since 2007, the new municipality consists of the former municipalities of Børkop , Give , Jelling , Vejle and Egtved (except for the parish of Vester Nebel) and the parish of Grejs from the Tørring-Uldum municipality . It covers 1066.32 km² and had 115,748 inhabitants on January 1st, 2020. This makes it the sixth largest municipality in Denmark after Esbjerg municipality .

Population development
year 1787 1850 1900 1930 1960 1990 2000 2010
Residents 843 3,300 14.308 22,943 31,362 45,545 47,930 50,832


Bølgen , new landmark at the harbor (July 2011)

The landmark of historic Vejle is the windmill that can be seen from afar, while the undulating residential complex Bølgen next to the harbor is a new landmark. The core of the town church of Sanct Nicolai dates from the 13th century, but it has been rebuilt many times and appears today as a building from around 1900. In 1835 a bog body was found near Haraldskær , which was initially believed to be the Viking Queen Gunnhild . However, it was a woman who lived around the year 490 BC. Was executed. Her bog body can be seen in St. Nicolai Church in Vejle. The old town of Vejle is one of the worst preserved in Jutland thanks to modernization in the spirit of the 20th century and adaptation to road traffic . On the other hand, the location of the city at the end of the fjord between mostly wooded and sometimes unusually steep hills for Denmark is extremely beautiful.

In the surrounding area


The city is home to the textile and machine industries . As part of the so-called triangle Fredericia - Kolding -Vejle, the transportation center of western Denmark, the city is projected to favorable economic development. Vejle is also home to the internationally renowned dinghy and keelboat boatyard Børresens Bådebyggeri ( Drachen , Soling , Yngling , Optimist , 49er dinghy ).

Vejlefjordbroen motorway
bridge from 1980


Vejle is on the DSB - Fredericia – Aarhus railway line . Furthermore, the Sønderjyske Motorvej , which goes along with the E 45 , runs past the town to the east. The “ South Jutian Motorway” runs over Vejlefjordbroen from 1980, a symbol of the city that can be seen from afar and one of the longest and highest bridges in Denmark .

Town twinning

Vejle's twin cities are:

  • SwedenSweden Borås in Sweden
  • FinlandFinland Mikkeli in Finland
  • Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Jablanica in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

sons and daughters of the town

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Statistics Banks -> Befolkning og valg -> BY1: Folketal January 1st efter byområde, alder og køn (Danish)
  2. Website of the city ( Memento of the original from June 7, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

Web links

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