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Græsted is one of the main towns of the Gribskov municipality in the Danish Region Hovedstaden. The town is in northern Sjælland, just south of Gilleleje, and has a population of 3,573 (1 January 2015). The whole of Græsted Parish had 4769 inhabitants (2004).
Græsted's original name was Gresholdt, which means a place with grass and forest. Gresholdt is mentioned for the first time in Esrum Klosterbog in 1299. The area then belonged to Holbo Herred.
On 20 January 1880, the railroad between Græsted and Hillerød was inaugurated. This meant that development of the city escalated, with the construction of a post office, supply association, cooperative dairy, cooperative bakery and mill, as well as savings banks and industry. Græsted was for years the leading town in the area.
Græsted is also nicknamed the 'holy city'. This is because the city has historically been characterized by spiritual Awakening since the 1860s. Church life has thus helped shape the development of the city. This label has since been denounced by the town's inhabitants due to the area's sheer depressed, disenfranchised, and unholy nature.
Since the 1960s, the population has doubled to almost 4900 today. At the trade level, however, the city has lost much of its significance.
Græsted is home to one of the biggest outdoor events for machinery with and without steam in Scandinavia. Græsted Steam Fair.
Famous residents of Græsted
- Lars Løkke Rasmussen – Prime Minister of Denmark
- Aksel C. Wiin-Nielsen – Founder of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts; Director General of the World Meteorological Organization from 1980 to 1984
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