|• Mayor||Helle Moesgaard Adelborg (S)|
|• Total||24.85 km2 (9.59 sq mi)|
|Population (1 January 2013)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Hvidovre Kommune is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Hovedstaden near Copenhagen on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 22 km², and has a total population of 51,270 (1 October 2012). Its mayor is Helle Moesgaard Adelborg, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party.
Neighboring municipalities are Copenhagen to the east, Rødovre to the north, and Brøndby to the west. Part of its eastern border are the waters of Kalveboderne, and to the south is Køge Bay (Køge Bugt). The southern-most section of the municipality, known as Avedøre Holme, juts out into Køge Bay and forms part of the entryway into Kalveboderne, the waters of which separate the island of Zealand from neighboring Amager. Avedøre Holm houses two harbours.
The municipality was created in 1970 due to a kommunalreform ("Municipal Reform") that combined a number of existing parishes:
- Avedøre Parish
- Hvidovre Parish
- Risbjerg Parish
- Strandmark Parish
Hvidovre municipality was not merged with other municipalities by January 1, 2007 as the result of nationwide Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007).
In 1929, a 3,500-year-old sword from the Bronze Age was excavated in Hvidovre.
The town of Hvidovre
The town is a suburb to Copenhagen, located ca. 10 km. southwest of the capital's center. It got its name from the fact that a white church could be seen in Hvidovre— hvid means "white" in Danish. This same naming principle also applies to neighboring Rødovre municipality where a red church could be seen— rød means "red" in Danish.
The city is well known for its football team, Hvidovre IF, where famous Danish football players such as Peter Schmeichel, Kenneth Brylle, and Michael Manniche have played.Stephan Andersen with a past in Charlton, have played for the club too. It is also the birthplace of young Liverpool defender Daniel Agger and Thomas Kahlenberg.
Twin towns — sister cities
- "Hvidovre Kommune - Venskabsbyer". Hvidovre.dk. 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Municipal statistics: NetBorger Kommunefakta, delivered from KMD aka Kommunedata (Municipal Data)
- Municipal mergers and neighbors: Eniro new municipalities map