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Rågeleje is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Coordinates: 56°05′58″N 12°09′44″E / 56.09944°N 12.16222°E / 56.09944; 12.16222
RegionCapital (Hovedstaden)
Population (2013)
 • Total809
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Rågeleje is a former fishing village and popular tourist resort on the north coast of Zealand, midway between Gilleleje and Tisvildeleje, some 50 km north of Copenhagen, Denmark. As of 2013, it had a population of 809.


The name Rågeleje was first mentioned in 1582 in the form Raageleie, meaning the harbour of Råge (1211 Roka), a no longer existing settlement.[1] Rågeleje remained a quiet fishing community where the families supplemented their income with a bit of sheep herding until the late 19th century.[2]

The first tourists began to arrive at the turn of the 20th century. A beach hotel soon opened and many wealthy people form Copenhagen built large holiday homes in the area. The slope towards the beach was listed by the conservation authorities on the initiative of the lot owners in 1940.

In the late 1940s and 1950s, Rågeleje's inn was a popular hangout for jazz musicians, artists and actors. The inn was later destroyed in a fire.[2]


Dorthea's House from 1752 is the oldest house remaining in Rågeleje. At the far end of Anders Nielsensvej stands a monument commemorating Anders Nielsens, a farmer who owned most of the land in the area until he sold it off in lots to new residents. His farm, Damgården, is still seen on the left side where the road makes a bend and continues to Unnerup.[2]

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  1. ^ "Gasværket". AOK. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  2. ^ a b c "Historie" (in Danish). taageleje.dk. Retrieved 2013-08-14.

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