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Country  Denmark
Municipality  Holbæk
Time zone  CET (UTC+1)
Area  578.7 km²
Local time  Monday 10:54 AM
Region  Zealand (Sjælland)
Elevation  11 m (36 ft)
Postal code  4300
Population  26,961 (2015)
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Weather  5°C, Wind S at 16 km/h, 71% Humidity
Clubs and Teams  Nordvest FC, Tuse Næs Boldklub
Points of interest  Andelslandsbyen Nyvang, Æglageret, Naturskolen ved Orøstrand, Holbæk Klatrepark, Holbæk Naturskole

Holbæk is a town in Denmark and the seat of Holbæk municipality with a population of 26,961 (1 January 2015). The city is located in the northeastern part of Region Sjælland, Denmark.


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Holbæk is on Zealand, on the banks of Holbæk Fjord, an inlet of the larger Isefjord. Holbæk is a commercial and industrial center for the surrounding area. By rail, Holbæk is served by Danske Statsbaner's line from Roskilde to Kalundborg, which runs through the city. Vestsjællands Lokalbaner connects Holbæk by rail to Nykøbing Sjælland. The city serves as a major hub for the Movia bus routes. Holbæk has an active commercial seaport that serves as the harbor for the ferry to Orø (island). Near the harbor there is a substantial marina.


Holbæk is first mentioned in official documents in Absalon's letter of June 8, 1199, in which he granted the majority of his estates to Sorø Klosterkirke in Sorø. It was called Holbækgaard, a larger farm belonging to a nobleman, around which the city would eventually develop.

Next it appears in Valdemar the Victorious' book of properties (see Kong Valdemars Jordebog on the Danish Wikipedia) in 1231. Valdmar broke ground for Holbæk Slot (Holbæk Castle) in 1236.

Holbæk clearly grew from then on but is not mentioned again until around 1400 when Margaret I came for a court proceeding that granted her territories in Jutland. The event may have triggered the creation of the first city seal which shows the three trees by the water that are the prominent features of the current seal.


Companies headquartered in Holbæk include Sparekassen Sjælland.


Culturally, Holbæk can be noted for Musikhus Elværket, a converted power station that serves as a concert venue for modern music.


The city is home to Holbæk B&I the local football club.

Famous people

  • Agnete Hoy, potter
  • Mads Mensah Larsen, handballer
  • Inga Nielsen, opera singer
  • Christian Poulsen, footballer
  • Stefan Schmidt, footballer
  • Aage Stentoft, composer
  • Twin towns — Sister cities

    Holbæk is twinned with:

  • Celle, Germany
  • Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom. resulted from a shared interest in community plays. Groups of actors from the two towns each took part in the other's community play in the early 1990s and this resulted in the formal twinning in 1992.
  • Botevgrad, Bulgaria
  • References

    Holbæk Wikipedia