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June 2007 aerial photograph
June 2007 aerial photograph
Official seal of Holbæk
Coat of arms of Holbæk
Holbæk is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Holbæk is located in Denmark Region Zealand
Holbæk (Denmark Region Zealand)
Coordinates: 55°42′56″N 11°43′21″E / 55.71556°N 11.72250°E / 55.71556; 11.72250Coordinates: 55°42′56″N 11°43′21″E / 55.71556°N 11.72250°E / 55.71556; 11.72250
RegionZealand (Sjælland)
 • Urban
13.8 km2 (5.3 sq mi)
11 m (36 ft)
 • Urban
 • Urban density2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
 • Gender [2]
14,041 males and 15,185 females
 • Municipality
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code(s)(+45) 00

Holbæk (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhʌlˀpek]) is a town in Denmark and the seat of Holbæk municipality with a population of 29,226 (1 January 2021).[1] 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.


City Seal ca. 1400
A street market

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.

Next it appears in Valdemar the Victorious's book of properties (see Kong Valdemars Jordebog on the Danish Wikipedia) in 1231. Valdmar broke ground for Holbæk Slot (Holbæk Castle) in 1236.

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.


Culturally, Holbæk can be noted for Musikhus Elværket, a converted power station that serves as a concert venue for modern music.


The city is home to the Holbæk B&I football club.

Notable people[edit]

Ludvig Christian de Brinck Seidelin, 1832

Public Service & public thinking[edit]

Søren Reiff, 2015

The Arts[edit]

  • 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[4]
  • 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[5]
  • 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[6]
  • Mikael Brandrup (born 1984) a Danish visual artist and graphic designer in the USA
Mads Mensah Larsen 2016


International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Coat of arms at twin town Celle (Germany), granite artwork below signpost

Holbæk is twinned with:



  1. ^ a b BY3: Population 1. January by urban areas, area and population density The Mobile StatBank from Statistics Denmark.
  2. ^ BY1: Population 1. January by urban areas, age and sex The Mobile Statbank from Statistics Denmark
  3. ^ Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900, Volume 05, Borgard, Albert retrieved 06 June 2020
  4. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 06 June 2020
  5. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 06 June 2020
  6. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 07 June 2020
  7. ^ "Stadt Celle". celle.de. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.dorchester-tc.gov.uk/Services/Twinning/Holbæk

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