June 2007 aerial photograph
|• Urban||13.8 km2 (5.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|• Urban density||2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||(+45) 00|
Holbæk (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhʌlˀpek]) is a town in Denmark and the seat of Holbæk municipality with a population of 28,833 (1 January 2020). It is located in the northeastern part of Region Sjælland, Denmark.
Holbæk is located on Zealand, on the banks of Holbæk Fjord, an inlet of the larger Isefjord. Holbæk is a commercial and industrial center for the surrounding area. By rail, Holbæk is served by Danske Statsbaner's line from Roskilde to Kalundborg, which runs through the city. Vestsjællands Lokalbaner connects Holbæk by rail to Nykøbing Sjælland. The city is a major hub for the Movia bus routes. Holbæk has an active commercial seaport that serves as the harbor for the ferry to Orø (island). Near the harbor there is a substantial marina.
Holbæk is first mentioned in official documents in Absalon's letter of 8 June 1199, in which he granted the majority of his estates to Sorø Klosterkirke in Sorø. It was called Holbækgaard, a larger farm belonging to a nobleman, around which the city eventually developed.
Holbæk grew from then on but is not mentioned again until around 1400 when Margaret I came for a court proceeding that granted her territories in Jutland. The event may have triggered the creation of the first city seal, which shows the three trees by the water that are the prominent features of the current seal.
Companies headquartered in Holbæk include Sparekassen Sjælland.
The city is home to the Holbæk B&I football club.
Public Service & public thinking
- Søren Nielsen May (died 1679 in Holbæk) parish priest and provost in Holbæk
- Albert Borgard (1659–1751) a Danish artillery and engineer officer 
- Michael Bille (1680 - 1756 in Holbæk) a Danish Admiral
- Christen Friis Rottbøll (1727 at Hørbygård – 1797) a Danish physician and botanist
- Ole Johansen Winstrup (1782 in Winstrup - 1867) a self-taught Danish engineer and inventor
- Ludvig Christian Brinck-Seidelin (1787 in Eriksholm - 1865) a Danish civil servant, landowner and politician.
- Ludwig A. Colding (1815–1888) a Danish civil engineer and physicist
- Edvard Jünger (1823–1899) precision mechanic and instrument maker
- Ellen Nielsen (1871-1960) a Danish-born teacher and missionary in Manchuria
- Mads Tofte (born 1959) a Danish computer scientist, brought up in Holbæk
- Claus Bjørn Larsen (born 1963) award-winning Danish press photographer
- Paula Trock (1889–1979) a Danish weaver of curtains in distinguished places
- Agnete Hoy (1914–2000) British/Danish potter; expertise in glazing and firing
- Aage Stentoft (1914–1990) composer, film score composer and theatre director 
- Dan Sterup-Hansen (1918–1995) painter and illustrator
- Niels Bernhart (1946–2008) a Danish pianist, composer and lecturer
- Inga Nielsen (1946–2008) soprano opera singer 
- Søren Reiff (born 1962) guitarist, producer, composer and author
- Cutfather (born 1968) stage name of Mich Hedin Hansen, a Danish music producer
- Jim Lyngvild (born 1978) a Danish designer, writer, fashion columnist and TV personality 
- Mikael Brandrup (born 1984) a Danish visual artist and graphic designer in the USA
- Niels Tune-Hansen (born 1953) footballer, 220 club caps and 15 for Denmark
- Susanne Augustesen (born 1956) a Danish former international footballer
- Christian Poulsen (born 1981) footballer, over 452 club caps and 92 for Denmark
- Mads Pieler Kolding (born 1988) male badminton player who specializes in doubles
- Mads Mensah Larsen (born 1991) handball player
- Simone Boye Sørensen (born 1992) a Danish footballer, plays for Bayern Munich
- Frederik Colberg (born 1993) a Danish badminton player
- Nick Sörensen (born 1994) a Danish-born Swedish professional ice hockey player
- John Axelsen (born 1998) a Danish amateur golfer
Twin towns – Sister cities
Holbæk is twinned with:
- Celle, Germany
- Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom. resulted from a shared interest in community plays. Groups of actors from the two towns each took part in the other's community play in the early 1990s and this resulted in the formal twinning in 1992.
- Botevgrad, Bulgaria
Coat of arms at twin town Celle (Germany), granite artwork below signpost
- City History (in Danish)
- NetBorger.dk[permanent dead link] Statistics (in Danish)
- Statistikbanken Statistics (in Danish)
- BY3: Population 1. January by urban areas The Mobile StatBank from Statistics Denmark.
- Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 05, Borgard, Albert retrieved 06 June 2020
- IMDb Database retrieved 06 June 2020
- IMDb Database retrieved 06 June 2020
- IMDb Database retrieved 07 June 2020
- "Stadt Celle". celle.de. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
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- Holbæk travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Official website of Holbæk municipality (in Danish)
- Holbæk area tourism website (in Danish)