Køge Torv with its statue of Frederick VII
|City charter||13th century|
|• Mayor||Marie Stærke|
|• Total||255.47 km2 (98.64 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|• Density||150/km2 (380/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (CEST)|
|Area code(s)||(+45) 56|
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Køge (Danish pronunciation: [ˈkʰøː(ɪ̯)ə], older spelling Kjøge, Swedish: Köge) is a seaport on the coast of Køge Bugt (Bay of Køge) 39 km southwest of Copenhagen. It is the principal town and seat of Køge Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark. In 2019, the urban area had a population of 37,557.
Køge is located in the Copenhagen metropolitan area and is connected to downtown Copenhagen by the E line of the S-train commuter rail system. Køge is also on a new rail line under construction between Copenhagen and Ringsted, and due for completion in 2018 (inauguration May 2019). The new line will make Køge a central hub in Denmark's transport system.
Like most Danish cities, the origins of Køge precede written history. Køge was first recognized as an official market town in 1288, as a contrast to the ecclesiastical center at that time – Roskilde, and was an important merchant town during the late Middle Ages.
During the local witchhunt, called Køge Huskors (1608–1615), at least 15 people were convicted of witchcraft and burned at the stake. Køge suffered during the wars between Denmark and Sweden (1643–1720). In 1807, the town and surrounding area was the scene of the Battle of Køge between British and Danish troops. Køge remained a small town until the late 19th century, when industrial development and population growth began. Today, Køge is the main part of the 18th largest urban area in Denmark.
Køge is located at the back of Bay of Køge, demarcated by Copenhagen to the north and the Stevns Peninsula to the south, where Køge Å (Køge Creek) meets the sea.
The port is directly connected with the Scandinavian Transport Centre, a large business park on the northwestern outskirts of Køge, where – among others – the headquarters and the Danish distribution centre of the multinational, Danish-founded, discount supermarket chain Netto is located.
Køge Museum is located at 4 Nørregade in a preserved former merchant's house from the year 1619. Further down the street, in No. 29, lies KØS Museum of art in public spaces. It is the only art museum in Denmark dedicated specifically to sketches and models for art works in the public realm. Among its holdings is the original model for The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.
The historical architecture of the town centre is one of the major attractions of Køge. The oldest dated half-timbered house in Denmark, which is also the oldest dated non-nobility and non-religious building of the nordic countries, can be found in Køge. It was built in 1527. Originally a section of a row of hovels, it is now a part of the public library. Pictures can be found in the gallery. The Third largest Viking Ring Fortress was found near the city of Køge, Denmark.
Near the house is Sankt Nicolai Church. The tower of the church contains a lighthouse, the first to be built in Denmark.
Køge's town hall dates from 1552 and is the oldest town hall in Denmark still in use as such.
Køge Torv, the market square, is, with an area of almost 1 hectare (2.5 acres), the largest town square in Denmark outside Copenhagen and the largest and best-preserved medieval town square in Denmark. There are fair days on the square Wednesday and Saturday.
Kjøge Miniby  (Kjøge Mini-Town) is a historically correct model of the town from the year 1865 – built to a scale of 1:10.
The football club HB Køge was created through a merger of professional football between Herfølge Boldklub and Køge Boldklub in 2009. It currently plays in the Danish 1st Division. Their home ground is named Herfølge Stadion. It is used and serves as the primary training fields and facilities of the professional club, besides the now amateur mother club of Herfølge BK. The Facilities is situated in the suburb of Herfølge, about 5 kilometres south of central Køge.
Køge station is the principal railway station of the town. Copenhagen S-train has a line which begins here. Regional trains to Roskilde and Næstved and local trains to Stevns. There are also an S-train station in the northern part of Ølby Lyng and a local train station in the southern suburb of Herfølge.
Port of Køge
The Port of Køge  is one of the oldest ports in Denmark but has been modernised over the last few years. Since 2002, there has been a ferry connection to Rønne on the Baltic island of Bornholm, operated by BornholmerFærgen.
- Jesper Brochmand (1585 in Køge - 1652) a Danish Lutheran clergyman, theologian and Bishop of the Diocese of Zealand
- Carl Christian Amussen (1825 in Køge – 1902) was Utah's first jeweler, emigrated to New Zealand, 1857, then to Utah, 1868
- Emmy Drachmann (1854 in Køge – 1928) a Danish writer and the wife of Holger Drachmann
- Harald Bergstedt (1877 in Køge - 1965) a Danish writer, novelist, playwright and poet
- Frede Christoffersen (1919 in Borup – 1987) a Danish painter and illustrator
- Michael Falch (born in Køge, 1956) a Danish singer, guitarist, author and actor
- Doggie (artist) (born 1966 in Køge) a Danish hip-hop artist, based in Copenhagen and Istanbul.
- Kim Sæther (born 1975 at Lille Skensved), better known as DJ Noize is a Danish hip-hop-DJ
- Michael Qureshi (born 1976 in Køge) a Danish journalist, used fake sources
- Ove Frederiksen (1884 in Køge – 1966) a tennis player, competed at the 1912 Summer Olympics
- Hans Pedersen (1887 in Højelse – 1943) a gymnast, competed in the 1912 and 1920 Summer Olympics
- Henry Larsen (1916 in Køge – 2002) a rower who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics
- Børge Raahauge Nielsen (1920 in Køge – 2010) a rower who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics
- Erik Larsen (1928 in Herfølge – 1952) a rower who competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics
- Kim Daugaard (born 1974 in Køge) a football coach and former professional football player for Brøndby IF (336 caps) currently works as assistant coach for HB Køge
- Casper Ankergren (born 1979 in Køge) a former professional football goalkeeper, 319 club caps
- Klaus Nielsen (born 1980 in Køge) a professional mountain biker, competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- Søren Larsen (born 1981 in Køge) a retired professional football striker, 229 club caps and 20 for Denmark
- Lena Grebak (born 1991 in Køge) a female badminton player, bronze medallist at the 2015 European Games
- Sebastian Lander (born 1991 in Køge) a professional road bicycle racer, won the Danish national road race championship in 2012
- Køge Stadion
- Gammel Køgegård
- Nearby towns: Greve Strand, Roskilde, Ringsted and Haslev.
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