Coordinates: 56°8′N 9°9′E / 56.133°N 9.150°E / 56.133; 9.150
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Ikast Church
Ikast Church
Ikast is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Ikast is located in Denmark Central Denmark Region
Ikast (Denmark Central Denmark Region)
Coordinates: 56°08′N 09°09′E / 56.133°N 9.150°E / 56.133; 9.150
RegionCentral Denmark (Midtjylland)
 • MayorIb Lauritsen
 • Urban
11.4 km2 (4.4 sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
 • Gender[2]
8,146 males and 8,069 females
Time zoneUTC+1 (Central Europe Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2

Ikast is a Danish town in Central Denmark Region (Region Midtjylland). It is the seat of Ikast-Brande Municipality since 2007. It was the seat of the former Ikast Municipality.


The town is situated in the middle of Jutland. The town is situated 5 km from Hammerum, which is the Eastern outskirts of Herning Municipality. Ikast is situated 28 km from Silkeborg, and 69 km away from Aarhus.


As of 1 January 2023, the population of the town is 16,215.[1]


Up until late in the nineteenth century, Ikast was nothing more than a few buildings surrounding the church. During industrialization, Ikast established a strong presence in Denmark as one of the main towns for the textile industry, which was the main industry in the area until the start of globalization, where production jobs were outsourced.

The opening of the railway line in the 1850s led to an increase in population, as the existing part of town surrounding the church, and the new part of town, built around the railway station, grew into each other.[3]

The church was originally a Romanesque church, built in the 13th century. The old church burned down in 1904, and was rebuilt into the new church, which was finished in 1907. The church was expanded several times, with the latest expansion happening in 2005.[4]

Notable people[edit]

Pernille Harder, 2017
  • Emilie Andersen (1895 in Grødde, Ikast – 1970) a Danish historian and archivist.
  • Bo Skovhus (born 1962 in Ikast) a Danish baritone opera singer[5]
  • Kurt Aust (born 1955 in Ikast) pen name of Kurt Østergaard, an author and freelance writer



  1. ^ a b BY3: Population 1st 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. ^ "Ikast | Gyldendal - Den Store Danske". denstoredanske.dk. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Kirkerne". ikast-kirke.dk. Archived from the original on 10 May 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  5. ^ IMDb Database retrieved 23 May 2020

External links[edit]

Media related to Ikast at Wikimedia Commons

56°8′N 9°9′E / 56.133°N 9.150°E / 56.133; 9.150