Ærø Municipality

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Ærø municipality (Ærø Kommune)
Municipalities of Denmark
Country Denmark
Region Region of Southern Denmark
Seat Marstal
Area 91 km2 (35 sq mi)
Population 6,322 (2014)
Density 69.47 / km2 (180 / sq mi)
Mayor Jørgen Otto Jørgensen (Social Democrats (Denmark))
Timezone CET (UTC1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC2)

Ærø Municipality is a municipality (Danish, kommune) occupying the island of Ærø in southern Denmark. The municipality belongs to Region of Southern Denmark.

The first mayor of Ærø is Jørgen Otto Jørgensen, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party, until 2005 mayor of Ærøskøbing Municipality. The main town and seat of the municipal council is Ærøskøbing.

The municipality was created as a result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007) on 1 January 2006, as a union of Marstal and Ærøskøbing municipalities. The Danish municipal reform was implemented on 1 January 2007, but politicians on Ærø were given the go-ahead to unify the island one year ahead of the rest of the reform. The result is a municipality with an area of 91 km² and a population today of 6,322 (1 July 2014). The new municipality belonged to Funen County in 2006 and is part of the new Region of Southern Denmark from 1 January 2007.

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Coordinates: 54°53′00″N 10°20′00″E / 54.8833°N 10.3333°E / 54.8833; 10.3333