Tårnby

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Tårnby
Tårnby Stadion Opvisningsbanen
Tårnby Stadion Opvisningsbanen
Map DK Tårnby.PNG
Coordinates: 55°38′N 12°36′E / 55.633°N 12.600°E / 55.633; 12.600
Country Denmark
Region Capital (Hovedstaden)
Municipality Tårnby
Government
 • Mayor Henrik Zimino (A)
Area
 • Total 64.95 km2 (25.08 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 41,992
 • Density 646/km2 (1,670/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website www.taarnby.dk

Tårnby is a Danish town, and seat of the Tårnby Municipality, in the Region Hovedstaden.

History[edit]

While there's no clear date for the founding of Tårnby, archeological expeditions prior to the building of the Øresund Bridge suggests that the first traces of Tårnby have originated around the 12th century, around a farm from which the village grew.[1]

In the 15th century the Danish King Christian the 2nd invited Dutch settlers to Amager. Because of this, Tårnby, like the neighbouring city Dragør, also has small traces of Dutch history and culture.[2]

In 1970, Tårnby also became the administrative division of the adjacent city of Kastrup, as part of a larger reform of the Danish counties.[3]

Geography[edit]

The town is situated in the island of Amager, close to Dragør, in the southern suburbs of Copenhagen and is part of the capital's urban area. The terrain is quite flat and doesn't rise more than 8 meters (appr. 26 feet) above sealevel. Tårnby also incorporates the islands of Saltholm and Peberholm, natural and artificial respectively, both situated in the Øresund Strait.

While Tårnby has a history of farming, it has been almost completely urbanised, leaving only small traces of farmland in the southernmost parts.[4] The westernmost part of the municipality, contains Amager Fælled, a protected wildlife and recreational area. As such, the area is primarily used for birdwatching and various recreational activities. However in recent years urban development have limited the area significantly.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Tårnby at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 55°38′N 12°36′E / 55.633°N 12.600°E / 55.633; 12.600