Dragør

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This article is about the town. For the municipality, see Dragør Municipality. For other uses, see Dragor (disambiguation).
Dragør
Dragør Strandhotel
Dragør Strandhotel
Map DK Dragør.PNG
Coordinates: 55°35′N 12°40′E / 55.583°N 12.667°E / 55.583; 12.667
Country Denmark
Region Capital (Hovedstaden)
Municipality Dragør
Government
 • Mayor Allan Holst
Population (2014)
 • Total 11,951
Time zone Central Europe Time (UTC+1)

Dragør is the main town and the seat of the municipal council of Dragør Municipality, (Denmark), which includes the village of Store Magleby.

Geography[edit]

Dragør, on the southeastern coast of the island of Amager, is located only 12 km from central Copenhagen, but the town is not a part of the urban area of Copenhagen. Together with the neighbouring village of Store Magleby, it forms a separate urban area with a population of 11,951 (1 January 2014).[1]

Dragør has many well preserved historical buildings. The old part of the town is a cozy, picturesque maze of alleys with yellow-painted houses, red roofs, and cobblestone streets built in the traditional Danish style. Many of these buildings are hundreds of years old.

Dragør was a prosperous seafaring town in the latter half of the 19th century, and its charming harbour front is still in use.

History[edit]

Dragør was founded in the 12th century, and grew quickly as a fishing port. In 1370, the Hanseatic League was granted some trade privileges in the town. Dragør continued to grow - as the home of one of the largest fishing fleets in the country and as a base for salting and processing fish.

The first part of the name, Drag-, refers to drawing (dragging) boats ashore. The ending -ør is common in Scandinavian placenames and means a beach covered in sand or gravel.

The area has a Dutch ancestry that is still much in evidence. In the early 16th century, King Christian II invited a group of farmers from the Netherlands — at the time a more agriculturally advanced nation than Denmark — to settle in the area and produce food for the royal household. Twenty-four families arrived. They and their descendants settled in the village of Store Magleby. Tensions between the Dutch farmers of the inland and the Danish fishermen and sailors at the coast are still detectable now, with a certain rivalry between citizens of Store Magleby and Dragør. The Dutch peasants delivered vegetables to the Amagertorv market in Copenhagen. Among their many other achievements they were responsible for introducing the carrot to Denmark. Dutch and Low German were still spoken on Amager until the 19th century.

Attractions[edit]

  • The Amager Museum, an open-air recreation of life in old rural Amager.
  • Dragør Museum, a seafaring museum located at Dragør harbour.
  • The Kastrupgaard Collection (Kastrupgårdsamlingen) in nearby Kastrup. An art museum on the premises of an estate from the 18th century.
  • Mølsted Museum, in the heart of old Dragør in the artist's studio, an art museum dedicated to the works of seascape painter Christian Mølsted (1862–1930).
  • Dragør is the sister city of Kodiak, Alaska.[2]

Economy[edit]

Prior to its dissolution, Maersk Air had its headquarters in Dragør.[3] When it existed, Sterling Airlines had its head office at Copenhagen Airport South in Dragør.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas" database from Statistics Denmark
  2. ^ http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tt/2cca2/
  3. ^ "Maersk Air Headquarters." Maersk Air. 2 April 2003. Retrieved on 9 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Contact." Sterling Airlines. Retrieved on 13 February 2011. "Head office Sterling Airlines A/S Copenhagen Airport South 2791 Dragoer Denmark."

External links[edit]

Media related to Dragør at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 55°35′N 12°40′E / 55.583°N 12.667°E / 55.583; 12.667