Nærum is a suburban district in Rudersdal Municipality in the north outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark. Quartered by the Helsingør Motorway running north-south and Skodsborgvej running east-west, Nærum is bounded by Jægersborg Hegn on the south and east, Geel's Forest on the west, open fields on the north and the Søllerød district on the northwest. 5230 people live in the parish of Nærum, most of them in low-rise concrete blocks or single-family houses.
A village has been there at least since the Iron Age, but the name Nærum is first recorded in 1186 when Bishop Absalon gave all his holdings, including Nærum, to Roskilde. It is believed that the name refers to his home Nóatún, the home of the god Njörðr, a Norse god associated with sea, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth, and crop fertility.
The estate Nærumgård was founded by Frederik Ludvigh Lemwigh, who was manager of the royal estates Frederiksdal and Dronninggård. A later owner, Peter Borre, brought more land under the estate and built a new main building between 177?? and 1781. Christian Colbiørnsen, who owned Nærumgård from 1781 to 1806, increased the estate further. In 1888 it was converted into an orphanage and the land was sold off to the municipality in 1906.
Nærum was not disjoined from the parish of Søllerød until 1932.
Nærumvænge Torv is a shopping centre built between 1951 and 1958 to a design by Palle Suenson.