|Odense municipality (Odense Kommune)|
|Municipalities of Denmark|
|Region||Region of Southern Denmark|
|- elevation||123 m (404 ft)|
|Area||305.70 km2 (118 sq mi)|
|Density||633.44 / km2 (1,641 / sq mi)|
|- City charter||1355|
|- Current municipality||April 1, 1970|
|Mayor||Anker Boye (Social Democrats)|
|- summer (DST)||CEST (UTC2)|
Odense Municipality, (Danish: Odense Kommune) is a Danish municipality (kommune) in Region of Southern Denmark on the island of Funen in central Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 305.70 km2 (118 sq mi), and has a total population of 193,641 (1 July 2013). It is the most populated municipality in Region of Southern Denmark.
The main town and the site of its municipal council is the city of Odense. Including the social sector, 17,000 people are employed by the municipality. The municipal budget is 6,881 million DKK (2006). The municipality runs 37 schools. Odense is also the home of 13 private schools.
The municipality is connected with all points on the island with an extensive system of roads, including the major E20 Funish Motorway (Fynske Motorvej) which runs across the island through the town of Odense and connect the island on the east to the island of Zealand over the Great Belt Bridge and on the west to the Danish mainland, Jutland over the Little Belt Bridge. A motorway built 2006-2009 connects Odense to the island's second-largest city, Svendborg, which also has a railroad connection (Svendborgbanen). The town of Odense is also a major stop on the national railroad system lines.
Odense municipality is located near the Odense Fjord. The Odense Canal (Odense Kanal) flows out from the fjord and forms three ports in the city's industrial area. The Odense River (Odense Å) also flows out from the fjord and meanders through the municipality, including Odense town center where Sankt Jørgens Park and Munke Mose are located on its banks. The river springs from Lake Arreskov (Arreskov Sø) in Faaborg-Midtfyn municipality.
The highest point in the municipality is Dyred Banke (123 m or 404 ft above sea-level).
The municipality, a former "Provincial municipality" was re-created 1 April 1970 as Odense municipality as the result of a kommunalreform ("Municipal Reform") that merged a number of existing Provincial- Parish- and Village- municipalities: Allerup-Davinde, Allese-Næsbyhoved, Broby, Brændekilde, Bellinge, Dalum, Fraugde, Korup-Ubberud, Lumby, Odense, Paarup, Sanderum, Stenløse-Fangel, the "coalition-municipality" of Fjordager (which had been created in 1966 by merging Agedrup and Seden-Åsum municipalities), and Højby parish.
Odense municipality was not merged with other municipalities by 1 January 2007 as the result of the nationwide Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007). Before this reform, the list of neighboring municipalities were Langeskov to the east, Munkebo to the northeast, Otterup to the north, Søndersø, Vissenbjerg, and Tommerup to the west, and Broby and Årslev to the south. Odense belonged to Funen County 1970-2006 and before this to Odense County.
Danish city council members are elected for four-year terms. Last election took place in 2009 and councillors assumed office on 1 January 2010. The 2009 election was a victory for the left wing as the Social Democrats ousted conservative Jan Boye after his one term as mayor. That was, however, the outcome of a good election result for the Socialist People's Party.
18 November 2009 municipal election
|Party name||Party votes||Vote percentage||Total Seats||Seat percentage|
|Social Democrats (A)||29,090||30.1% (-2.5)||10 (-0)||34,5%|
|Conservative People's Party (C)||23,396||24.2% (-11.4)||7 (-4)||24%|
|Socialist People's Party (F)||19,774||20.5% (+11.8)||6 (+4)||20.7%|
|Liberal Party (V)||9,921||10.3% (+3.5)||3 (+1)||10.3%|
|Danish People's Party (O)||6,373||6.6% (+2.1)||2 (+1)||6.9%|
|Red-Green Alliance (Ø)||4,690||4.8% (-1.8)||1 (-1)||3.5%|
|Social Liberals (B)||2,739||2.8% (-1.1)||0 (-1)||0.0%|
|Invalid Ballots and Blank Votes||1,372||-%||0||0.0%|
|Total Valid Votes||96,575||99.9%||29||100.0%|
For more detailed results, see: http://www.kmdvalg.dk/kv/2009/k84733461.htm
The city of Odense
Odense is the third largest city in Denmark, and one of country's oldest settlements. The first record of its existence dates from 988 and the town celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in 1988. The name refers to Odin in Norse mythology— Odins Vi ("Odin's Sanctuary"). The shrine of Canute the Saint was a great resort of pilgrims throughout the Middle Ages. His relics are still preserved in Saint Canute's Cathedral. In the 16th century the town was the meeting-place of several parliaments, and down to 1805 it was the seat of the provincial assembly of Funen.
Denmark's famous author and poet Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense on 2 April 1805. Museums honouring him have been created both in a house in the old part of Odense with a large collection of his works and belongings, and his childhood home, which is also located in the city.
Odense also has a museum honouring the classical composer Carl Nielsen, who was born in Nr. Lynelse near Odense.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Odense is twinned with:
- Municipality's official website
- Odense tourism bureau
- (Danish) List of twin cities and towns
- (Danish) Krak searchable/printable map(outline of municipality does not print out!)
- Municipal statistics: NetBorger Kommunefakta, delivered from KMD aka Kommunedata (Municipal Data) and Danmarks Statistik - statistikbanken.dk The Danish Census Bureau
- Municipal mergers and neighbors: Eniro map with named municipalities