|Seat||Rådhuspladsen 1, 3300 Frederiksværk|
|• Mayor||Steen Hasselriis (V)|
|• Total||122.15 km2 (47.16 sq mi)|
|Population (1 April 2014)|
|• Density||250/km2 (650/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Halsnæs Kommune is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region Hovedstaden ("Capital Region"). The municipality covers an area of 122.15 km² (2013), according to Municipal Key Figures (De Kommunale Nøgletal (www.noegletal.dk)), and has a total population of 30,644 (1 April 2014). Its name comes from Halsnæs, the peninsula that forms the western part of the municipality.
The municipality was created on January 1, 2007 as a merger of the former municipalities of Frederiksværk and Hundested. At first the merged municipality wore the hyphenated name Frederiksværk-Hundested, but it was changed to Halsnæs on January 1, 2008. Its mayor as of 1 January 2014 is Steen Hasselriis, a member of the Venstre political party.
Lake Arresø, the largest lake in Denmark, has its western part in the municipality. Originally a fjord connected to Kattegat, it was landlocked when the land northwest of the lake rose by 5 meters in the last ice age. In 1717, by royal order a canal was built (finished in 1719) to connect the lake with Roskilde fjord. The construction of the canal was necessary because the natural stream (Danish:å) from the lake to the fjord was filling up with sand. The water in the newly built canal was harnessed by a watermill, and the town of Frederiksværk basically was created through industrialization.
The ten largest urban areas in the municipality are:
- Arresødal Castle, completed in 1788, now serves as a private hospital.
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