Municipalities of Denmark
Hjørring - Springvandspladsen
|• Mayor||Arne Boelt|
|• Total||929.58 km2 (358.91 sq mi)|
|• Density||72/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC2 (CEST)|
Hjørring Municipality is a municipality (Danish: kommune) in North Jutland Region on the west coast of the island of Vendsyssel-Thy at the top of the Jutland peninsula in northern Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 929.58 km2 (358.91 sq mi), making it the largest in Vendsyssel, and it has a total population of 67,121 (2008). Its current mayor is Arne Boelt, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party.
The main town and the site of its municipal council is the town of Hjørring. Other towns in the municipality includes the harbour town of Hirtshals to the north, sea side resorts Løkken and Lønstrup to the west, Tårs and Vrå to the south and Sindal and Bindslev to the East.
On January 1, 2007 Hjørring municipality was, as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), merged with existing Hirtshals, Løkken-Vrå, and Sindal municipalities to form an enlarged Hjørring municipality.
The town of Hjørring
The town of Hjørring is the largest town in Vendsyssel and has a population of 24,789 (2004). It is one of Denmark's oldest towns, and it celebrated its 750-year anniversary as a market town in 1993.
Archaeological discoveries show that the area was already populated 10,000 years ago.
A major fire burned down much of the town in 1819.
There are good educational opportunities in the town including a gymnasium (the Danish equivalent of a high school/pre college), a business gymnasium and a nursing school.