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Holstebro is the main town in Holstebro Municipalitymarker, Denmarkmarker. The town, lying on both sides of Storåen ("The Large Creek"), has a population of 34,062 (1st January 2009).


The town arose at a fort by the creek, and later a bridge was erected. The name probably derives from holdested ved broen (lit, "a resting place by the bridge").

Hostebro was first mentioned in a letter from Bishop Thyge of Ribemarker in 1274. A large fire in 1552 destroyed many of the town's old buildings.


The town is a trading, industrial and cultural center in western Jutland. It has a large network of pedestrian walkways (gågader) in the inner town that support a varied shopping environment beautifully enhanced by outdoor sculptures and picturesque buildings. The first sculpture purchased by Holstebro Municipality, and the cornerstone in their efforts to further cultural development in the town, is Alberto Giacometti's sculpture "Woman on the Cart" purchased in 1966.

The town has a rich and varied cultural life, with the internationally recognized ballet company Peter Schaufuss Ballet and the performance art theater Odin Teatretmarker. Several museums, including the Holstebro Art Museum with its collection of Danish and international comtemporay art and the Holstebro Museum, can be found in the town.

The Holstebro Hall, rebuilt in 1966, houses a music theatre, the Holstebro Convention and Culture Center (1991) and provides space for theatre presentations, concerts, exhibitions and conventions. More than 100 cultural events occur here every year, and the hall is visited by more than 100,000 people annually. Holstebro Hall was recently renovated.

The town holds an annual culture festival, the Holstebro Festive Week, in late summer.

The town also has diversified industries, including the manufacture of processed food, iron and machinery, wood and furniture, textiles and chemicals.

The Jutland Dragoon Regiment (Jydske Dragonregiment), which can trace its history back to 1679 in the times of King Christian V, has made Holstebro its home since 1953. The regiment is Holstebro's largest place of work with more than 1,800 employees.

Canoeing and kayaking on the nearly 100 km long Storåen is popular during the summer and early autumn; it is allowed between June 15-October 31.

International relations

Twin towns - Sister cities

Holstebro is a founding member of the Douzelage, a town twinning association of 23 towns across the European Union. This active town twinning began in 1991 and there are regular events, such as a produce market from each of the other countries and festivals.


  1. BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areasdatabase from Statistics Denmark

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