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Church of Saint Michael
Church of Saint Michael
Official seal of Slagelse
Coat of arms of Slagelse
Slagelse is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Slagelse is located in Denmark Region Zealand
Slagelse (Denmark Region Zealand)
Coordinates: 55°24′17.5″N 11°21′11″E / 55.404861°N 11.35306°E / 55.404861; 11.35306Coordinates: 55°24′17.5″N 11°21′11″E / 55.404861°N 11.35306°E / 55.404861; 11.35306
RegionRegion Zealand
 • Urban
16.2 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Urban density2,100/km2 (5,500/sq mi)
 • Gender [2]
16,691 males and 17,427 females
Demonym(s)Slagelsebo, Slagelseaner
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Calling code(+45) 58

Slagelse (Danish pronunciation: [ˈslɛːjl̩sə]) is a town on Zealand, Denmark. The town is the seat of Slagelse Municipality, and is the biggest town of the municipality. It is located 15 km east of Korsør, 16 km north-east of Skælskør, 33 km south-east of Kalundborg and 14 km west of Sorø.


Slagelse has been inhabited since at least the Viking Age, where it was a Pagan site. Trelleborg, a ring castle, was built near the current location of Slagelse in 980, which made the location strategically important. A church was built at Slagelse's current location in the 1000s. Around this time, coins were minted in Slagelse.[3]

Antvorskov was built in the 1100s by Valdemar I, who had recently acquired Zealand. He built the monastery in an attempt to gain control and favor with the locals. The monastery was used by the Knights Hospitaller. [4]

Slagelse was granted the status of a market town in 1288 by Eric V. This gave the town a series of privileges, though eventually put it in competition with the neighboring market towns of Korsør and Skælskør. In the 1780s a road from Copenhagen to Korsør was built, and this road ran through Slagelse.[5]


Slagelse Park (Danish: Slagelse Lystanlæg) is a park located centrally in Slagelse. It is a green recreational area, with lakes, playgrounds and a maze.[6]

Slagelse Museum

Slagelse Museum is located centrally in Slagelse. The museum focuses mainly on trade and artisanry. It includes a reconstruction of a shop from the 1940-1950s, as well as sections on local history. A part of the museum is dedicated to H. C. Andersen, who went to school in Slagelse.[7]


The Antvorskov Monastery Ruins are located in southern Slagelse. They are the ruins of Antvorskov Monastery, a monastery built in 1164 by Valdemar I. It was the first Knights Hospitaller monastery in Denmark, and was used as monastery until 1536 when the crown took over ownership and turned into a castle. Frederik II used the castle between 1580-1584. After that it was used by fief lords until 1717, when it became a ryttergods - a location for the Danish cavalry. It was sold in 1774 and most of the castle was torn down in 1816.[8][9]

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  1. ^ 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. ^ "Historien om Slagelse, Korsør og Skælskør" Retrieved 26 August 2020
  4. ^ "Antvorskov og historiens luner (del 1)" Retrieved 26 August 2020
  5. ^ "Slagelse" Retrieved 26 August 2020
  6. ^ "Lystanlægget i Slagelse" Retrieved 23 August 2020
  7. ^ "Slagelse Museum" Retrieved 23 August 2020
  8. ^ "Antvorskov" Retrieved 23 August 2020
  9. ^ "Antvorskov Klosterruin" Retrieved 23 August 2020