Panorama of Herning
|Region||Central Denmark (Midtjylland)|
|• Mayor||Lars Krarup|
|• City||1,323.5 km2 (511.0 sq mi)|
|Elevation||58 m (190 ft)|
|• Density||36/km2 (93/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Central Europe Time (UTC+1)|
|Area code(s)||(+45) 9|
Herning is a Danish city in Region Midtjylland, on the Jutland peninsula. It is the main town and the administrative seat of Herning Municipality. Herning has a population of 47,765 (1 January 2014) including the suburbs of Tjørring, Snejbjerg, Lind, Birk, Hammerum, and Gjellerup, making Herning the 11th most populous urban area in Denmark.
Herning was established at the beginning of the 1800s during the period of heath reclamation. This period of time resulted in a growing population, and a demand for products and services to the new farmers in the area. Herning came into existence as a center of commerce for the area.
Later on, Herning became known for the textile-weaving industry that developed in and around the town. This industry was once Herning's principal economic activity: today, the town enjoys a diversified industrial base.
Herning became a market town in 1913.
Herning has twice, in 1965 and 2003, been awarded the title of Danish City of the Year.
The city hosts 3 buildings recognizably designed by the architect Jørn Utzon. One is publicly owned and two are privately owned.
The old Herningsholm Estate in Herning is open to the public for touring. Classensborg Estate, now called Skarrildhus, is located 25 km south of the town, but is closed to the public because it is a private hotel and educational facility. The grounds, however, can be toured and are known for their beautiful rhododendron displays during the spring.
Herning Blue Fox is a Danish professional ice hockey team playing in the top Danish ice hockey league Oddset Ligaen. FC Midtjylland is a football team playing in the Danish "superligaen". It is a fusion of Herning Fremad and Ikast FS.
Herning also is a centre of Danish cycling. The GP Herning is a professional bicycle race held annually in Herning. The 2012 Giro d'Italia started in Herning. Bjarne Riis, as of 2011[update] the only Dane to win the Tour de France, was born in Herning. Bjarne Riis has in the year. 14 years following his win Bjarne Riis reluctantly admitted use of illegal drugs to enhance performance and win Tour de France victory. He however still holds the Trikot since his wrongdoings at that point had exceeded the statute of limitation.
Road and rail
As for both road and rail Herning is the transport hub of central Jutland. The rail lines crossing the peninsula intersect in Herning and there are connections towards Vejle, Århus, Esbjerg and Holstebro as well as several daily trains to Copenhagen. Roadwise, Herning lies at the junction of route 18 that traverses the Jutland Peninsula from southeast to northwest, route 15 that crosses the peninsula from Aarhus in the east to Ringkobing in the west and route 12 from Esbjerg in the south west to Viborg to the northeast.
Herning is served by Karup Airport situated 25 km (16 mi) to the northeast of the city. There are several flights a day connecting it to Copenhagen Airport. It also has a few international connections of its own.
Famous residents of the municipality
- 1950 – Helge Sander, politician
- 1964 – Bjarne Riis, cyclist winning Tour de France in 1996
- 1969 – Claus Elming, TV-sports journalist
- 1972 – Mogens Christiansen, cricketer
- 1973 – Michael Blaudzun, professional cyclist
- 1974 – Kenneth Jonassen, badminton player (winner of All England)
- 1980 – Jesper Nøddesbo, handball player (for FC Barcelona and Denmark)
- 1984 – Frans Nielsen, hockey player for the New York Islanders (the first NHL-player of Danish origin)
- 1986 – Peter Regin, hockey player in the NHL (for the Chicago Blackhawks)
- 1986 – Michael Pedersen, cricketer
- 1986 - Jannik Hansen, hockey player in the NHL (for the Vancouver Canucks)
- 1989 - Frederik Andersen, hockey player in the NHL (for the Anaheim Ducks)
- 1993 - Nicklas Jensen, hockey player in the NHL (for the Vancouver Canucks)
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