Kópavogur

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Kópavogur
City and Municipality
Skyline of Kópavogur
Official seal of Kópavogur
Seal
Motto: Það er gott að búa í Kópavogi.
It's good to live in Kópavogur. (unofficial)
Location of the Municipality of Kópavogur
Location of the Municipality of Kópavogur
Kópavogur is located in Iceland
Kópavogur
Kópavogur
Location of Kópavogur town in Iceland
Coordinates: 64°06′40″N 21°54′20″W / 64.11111°N 21.90556°W / 64.11111; -21.90556
Country  Iceland
Constituency Suðvesturkjördæmi
Region Höfuðborgarsvæði
County Kjósarsýsla
Municipality Kópavogur
Government
 • Mayor Ármann Kr. Ólafsson
Area
 • Total 83.72 km2 (32.32 sq mi)
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2014)
 • Total 32,308
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Post number 200-203
Website Official website

Kópavogur (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈkʰoːupavɔɣʏr̥]) is a city and Iceland's second largest municipality, with a population of 30,779.

It lies immediately south of Reykjavík and is part of the Greater Reykjavík Area. The name literally means seal pup bay. The town seal contains the profile of the church Kópavogskirkja with a seal pup underneath.

Kópavogur is largely made up of residential areas, but has commercial areas and much industrial activity as well. The tallest building in Iceland, the Smáratorg tower, is located in central Kópavogur.[1]

History[edit]

Kópavogur is historically significant as the site of the 1662 Kópavogur meeting.[2] This event marked the total incorporation of Iceland into Denmark-Norway when, on behalf of the Icelandic people, Bishop Brynjólfur Sveinsson and Árni Oddsson, a lawyer, signed a document confirming that the introduction of absolute monarchy by the King also applied to Iceland.

Kópavogur is also one of Iceland's most prominent sites for Icelandic urban legends about the huldufólk;[3] it also features in this capacity in the 2010 film Sumarlandið, where the stone Grásteinn is portrayed as an elf-house in the Kópavogur municipality.

An independent township, Kópavogur is adjacent to Reykjavík.

Sports[edit]

Kópavogur's main sports clubs are Gerpla,[4] Breiðablik UBK and HK. In 2010 Breiðablik clinched their first Icelandic league title in football and in 2012 HK won their first Icelandic league title in team handball.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Iceland: Iceland. Dorling Kindersley Limited. 1 June 2010. p. 42. ISBN 978-1-4053-5665-7. 
  2. ^ Lacy, Terry G. (2000). Ring of Seasons: Iceland--Its Culture and History. University of Michigan Press. p. 210. ISBN 0-472-08661-8. 
  3. ^ Valdimar Tr. Hafstein, 'The Elves' Point of View: Cultural Identity in Contemporary Icelandic Elf-Tradition', <i>Fabula: Zeitschrift für Erzählsforschung/Journal of Folklore Studies/Revue d'Etudes sur le Conte Populaire</i>, 41 (2000), 87-104 (pp. 91-93).
  4. ^ "Vorönn - upplýsingar" (in Icelandic). Gerpla.is. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

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