Sorø Municipality

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Sorø Municipality
Sorø Kommune
Municipality
Coat of arms of Sorø Municipality
Coat of arms
Map DK Sorø.PNG
Country Denmark
Region Region Zealand
Seat Sorø
Government
 • Mayor Ivan Hansen (S)
Area
 • Total 311.05 km2 (120.10 sq mi)
Population (1 January 1, 2012)
 • Total 29,400
 • Density 95/km2 (240/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Island Zealand
Municipal code 320
Website www.soroe.dk
Drawing of the courtyard at Sorø Academy, Denmark by Ole Jørgen Rawert. August 1820.

Sorø Municipality is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Sjælland on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in east Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 317 km2 (122 sq mi), and has a total population of 29,180 (2008). Its mayor is Ivan Hansen, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party.

The main town and the site of its municipal council is the town of Sorø. Other towns in the municipality are Dianalund, Stenlille, and Ruds-Vedby.

On 1 January 2007 Sorø municipality was, as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), merged with existing Dianalund and Stenlille municipalities to form the new Sorø municipality.

Urban areas[edit]

The ten largest urban areas in the municipality are:

# Locality Population
1 Sorø 7,805
2 Dianalund 3,925
3 Frederiksberg 3,410
4 Stenlille 2,023
5 Ruds Vedby 1.740
6 Fjenneslev 817
7 Nyrup 452
8 Munke Bjergby 336
9 Vedde 294
10 Tersløse 230

The city of Sorø[edit]

Main article: Sorø

The city of Sorø has a population is 7.535 (2008), and is the site of both the municipal council and the county council. It is scheduled to be regional seat for Region Sjælland, one of the five new regions to be implantated in Denmark 1 January 2007.

While by no means the biggest city in Denmark, it has great historical value. It was founded in 1161 by Bishop Absalon, later the founder of Copenhagen, and is the site of Sorø Academy (Danish Sorø Akademi) and Sorø Klosterkirke, the church where Absalon is buried, along with other notable Danes, including royalty. Queen Margaret I of Denmark was buried at this church until moved to Roskilde Cathedral in Roskilde.

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Coordinates: 55°26′00″N 11°34′00″E / 55.4333°N 11.5667°E / 55.4333; 11.5667