Gentofte Municipality

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Gentofte Municipality
Municipality
Gentofte Sø (Denmark).jpg
Coat of arms of Gentofte Municipality
Coat of arms
Map DK Gentofte.PNG
Country Denmark
Region Capital Region
Seat Charlottenlund
Government
 • Mayor Hans Toft (C)
Area
 • Total 25.54 km2 (9.86 sq mi)
Population (1 April 2014)
 • Total 74,548
 • Density 2,900/km2 (7,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Municipal code 157
Website www.gentofte.dk

Gentofte Kommune is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in the Capital Region of Denmark (Region Hovedstaden) on the east coast of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. It covers an area of 25.54 km2 (9.86 sq mi), and has a total population of 74,548 (1 April 2014). Since 1993, its mayor has been Hans Toft, a member of the Conservative People's Party (Det Konservative Folkeparti).

The municipality is an amalgamation of three formerly independent towns, and several other local settlements, all close to one another. The site of its municipal council is in Charlottenlund. The three original towns were Gentofte, Vangede and Ordrup. It later included Tuborg, Skovshoved, Dyssegård, Hellerup, Jægersborg, and Klampenborg.

Neighboring municipalities are Lyngby-Taarbæk to the north, Gladsaxe to the west, and Copenhagen to the south. The Øresund, the strait that separates Zealand from Sweden, is to the east.

Gentofte municipality was not merged with other municipalities in the 1 January 2007 nationwide Kommunalreformen.


Demography[edit]

Population of Gentofte:

  • 15 January 1769: 1,056
  • 1/7/1787: 1,526
  • 1801: 1,962
  • 1840: 2,750
  • 1850: 3,072
  • 1860: 3,660
  • 1870: 4,158
  • 1880: 5,106
  • 1890: 7,449
  • 1901: 14,470
  • 1911: 24,691
  • 1921: 34,451
  • 5/11/1930: 47,848
  • 5/11/1940: 76,457
  • 7/11/1950: 87,803
  • 26 September 1960: 88,308
  • 9/11/1970: 77,744
  • 1971: 77,683
  • 1972: 76,365
  • 1973: 74,673
  • 1974: 72,694
  • 1975: 71,634
  • 1976: 70,253
  • 1977: 68,873
  • 1978: 68,223
  • 1979: 67,667
  • 1980: 67,300
  • 1981: 66,782
  • 1982: 66,564
  • 1983: 66,902
  • 1984: 67,112
  • 1985: 66,767
  • 1986: 66,283
  • 1987: 66,011
  • 1988: 65,467
  • 1989: 65,032
  • 1990: 65,303
  • 1991: 65,696
  • 1992: 66,077
  • 1993: 65,986
  • 1994: 66,251
  • 1995: 66,508
  • 1996: 66,706
  • 1997: 66,986
  • 1998: 67,402
  • 1999: 67,709
  • 2000: 67,957
  • 2001: 68,094
  • 2002: 68,213
  • 2003: 68,314
  • 2004: 68,704
  • 2005: 68,991
  • 2006: 68,623
  • 2007: 68,672
  • 2008: 68,913
  • 2009: 70,000

Attractions[edit]

Education[edit]

Gentofte Municipality is home to four public upper secondary schools: Øregård and Gammel Hellerup in Hellerup, Aurehøj in Gentofte and Ordrup Gymnasium in Ordrup. Gentofte Municipality is also home to the private Rygaards International School and Copenhagen International School, although the latter are going to relocate to new premises that are under construction in the Nordhavn district of Copenhagen. Gentofte Studenterkursus offers a 2-year programme.

Parks and open spaces[edit]

View over Gentofte Lake

The most important parks are Charlottenlund Beach Park, Hellerup Beach Park, Bernstorff Park.

Natural habitats are found at Gentofte Sø, a huge lake with lots of birds on it, Ermelunden in Jægersborg and Gammelmose in Vangede, Øregård Park (or Øregård Museum's Garden) with a beautiful lake, benches and also a playground. A small section of Jægersborg Dyrehave also extends into the municipality, while the rest, including the Dyrehavsbakken fun fair, is in Lyngby-Taarbæk.

Notable people[edit]

  • Arne Jacobsen (1902–1971), architect and furniture designer, who built extensively in Gentofte and lived on Strandvejen.
  • Shipping tycoon Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller (b. 1913, d. 2012) also had his residence in the municipality.
  • Composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932) was born in Gentofte.
  • Writer Dan Turèll (b. 1946–1993) lived in the Vangede part of Gentofte from 1955–1964 and again from 1966 – 1969. He documented these years in his 1975 book "Vangede billeder" ("Vangede pictures").
  • Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich (b. 1963). He moved to Los Angeles in 1980.
  • Singer an songwriter Agnes Obel (b. 1980) was born in Gentofte. She moved to Berlin in 2005.
  • Musician Alex Vargas (b. 1988) was born in Gentofte. He moved to London at 17.
  • Ballet dancer Erik Bruhn (b. 1928, d. 1986)

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 55°45′02″N 12°33′07″E / 55.750472°N 12.552073°E / 55.750472; 12.552073