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A thatched building in Birkerød

Birkerød (Danish pronunciation: [ˈbiɐ̯ɡəʀøːˀð]) is a town and was a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Fredensborg County on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. The municipality covered an area of 34 km², and had a total population of 21,930 (2005).

History of Birkerød[edit]

Originally Birkerød consisted of eight individual villages (Birkerød, Kajerød, Bistrup, Ravnsnæs, Isterød, Høsterkøb, Sandbjerg and Ubberød) and did so until the 1940s when the construction of villa neighborhoods slowly erased the village borders and formed one town.
Despite being individual villages, they shared the same church, Birkerød Kirke (Birkerød Church), since the 12th century. This made Birkerød the "capital" of the parish and it was also here the railroad station, Birkerød station, was constructed in 1868. history

In 1963 Bistrup Parish was established as an independent parish and the new Bistrup Kirke (Bistrup Church) was inaugurated i 1967.

Birkerød is rich on nature and part of the great belt of forests and lakes, stretching from Buresø near Slangerup in the west, over Ganløse and Farum, past Birkerød and down to the sea in Øresund in the east. From Jægersborg Dyrehave in the south to Tisvilde Hegn on the north coast. To the south of Birkerød itself is one of the largest lakes in Denmark, Furesøen and to the east another large lake, Sjælsø.

In 2010, the NGO Global Medical Aid was established in Birkeød. [1]

As of 2011, a Model UN; at Birkerød Gymnasium, has been attracting several hundreds of high-school students from around Europe. [2]

Birkerød Municipality[edit]

On January 1, 2007 Birkerød municipality ceased to exist as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It merged with Søllerød Municipality to form the new Rudersdal municipality. This created a municipality with an area of 73 km² and a total population of 53,621 (2005). The new municipality belongs to the new Region Hovedstaden ("Capital Region"). Its last mayor before the reform was Ove C. Alminde, a member of the Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti) political party. The main town and the site of its municipal council was the town of Birkerød.

Neighboring municipalities were Søllerød to the southeast, Hørsholm to the north, and Allerød and Farum to the west.

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Coordinates: 55°50′N 12°26′E / 55.833°N 12.433°E / 55.833; 12.433