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Skævinge is a town with a population of 2,559 (1 January 2015) and a former municipality (Danish, kommune) in Hillerød municipality in Region Sjælland in the northern part of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark. The former Skævinge municipality covered an area of 68 km², and had a total population of 6,046 (2005).
On January 1, 2007 Skævinge municipality ceased to exist as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It was merged into existing Hillerød municipality. This created a municipality with an area of 191 km² and a total population of ca. 43,337.
Strø Bjerge, North Zealand's largest esker, is located a few kilometres to the west of Skævinge. The area includes Vibjerg and Lundebakke. Arresø, Denmark's largest lake, is located 4.5 kilometres to the north.
The name is first documented in 1211-14 as Skeping. The first part of the name may be derived from Old Danish skap , meaning "something excavated'. The suffix -inge is frequently seen in Danish toponyms.
Skævinge was a village of considerable size in the Middle Ages but later shrunk and the parishes of Skævinge and Gørløse were therefore merged. The civil parish of Skævinge-Gørlse was formed in the 1840s. The opening of the Hillerød-Frederiksvværk Railway in 1897 brought new development to the town and by the 1940s Skævinge was by far the largest village in the area between Hillerød, Frederiksværk and Frederikssund.
Sjævinge Church dates from the 12th century. It is known for its large 16th-century mural of Ogier the Dane. Skævinge Rectory is from 1846–52. It consists of four detached wings with timber framing and thatched roofs and was listed in 1971. Another old village church, Strø Church, is situated about 1 kilometer to the south of Skævinge. Øllingegaard, an organic farm dairy, is located on the southeast side of town.
Skævinge station is located on the Frederiksværk Railway between Hillerød and Hundested
Health Care for Older People
The Skaevinge Municipality set up an Integrated Home Care project in 1984. It was evaluated by the Danish Institute of Health Care in 1997. The project had two main features:
- Health care was made available to all citizens in institutions and in their own homes.
- Prevention and support to maintain and strengthen the citizens' own health and quality of life were prioritised.
Citizens were jointly involved in decision-making with staff who were given more autonomy working in small teams.
In 1997 40.8% of older people in the town assessed their own health as good in comparison with 28.9% people of the same age in 1985. The number of days people over 67 spent in hospital fell by 30%. The nursing home was closed and became a hub for community support services which included a senior center, day care, rehabilitation, 24-hour home care, and assisted living organised in three geographical teams. Nursing home staff were guaranteed jobs in the new set up. This integrated approach, pioneered in Skævinge, was widely adopted in Denmark. Nursing homes and home care organizations were no longer staffed separately. Between 1985 and 1997 the number of nursing home beds in Denmark was reduced by 30%.
- Ogier the Dane a legendary knight of Charlemagne, appears on a mural in Skævinge church from the 16th century
- Jens Peter Berthelsen (1854 in Skævinge – 1934) a Danish fencer, competed in the individual foil masters event at the 1900 Summer Olympics
- Tina Lund (born 1981 in Dallas, Texas) a Danish professional equestrian (show jumper) lives in Skævinge
- BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas database from Statistics Denmark
- "Skævinge" (in Danish). Gyldendal. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Skævinges historie — kort fortalt" (in Danish). Skævinges Lokalråd. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Sag: Skævinge Præstegård" (in Danish). Kulturstyrelsen. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- Wagner, Lis (2001). "Integrated Health Care for Older People in Denmark -Evaluation of The Skaevinge Project "Ten years on"" (PDF). Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Stuart, Mary; Weinrich, Michael (1 August 2001). "Home- and Community-Based Long-Term Care: Lessons From Denmark". Gerontologist. 41 (4): 474–480. doi:10.1093/geront/41.4.474. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Municipal statistics: NetBorger Kommunefakta, delivered from KMD aka Kommunedata (Municipal Data)
- Municipal mergers and neighbors: Eniro new municipalities map
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