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[[Image:Hjejlen.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Hjejlen ("The Golden Plover") is an historic steamboat that sails from Silkeborg to Himmelbjergetmarker. In the background can be seen the city's former Paper Mills, now home to the Radisson-SAS hotel and shops.]]

Silkeborg ( ) is a city in central Denmarkmarker, located in Silkeborg municipalitymarker in Jutland, with a population of 41 979 (1st January 2009) . The development of Silkeborg as a modern city may be traced to the foundation of the paper mill by Michael Drewsen on the Gudenaamarker in 1844. The city is divided north and south by the lake, the Silkeborg Langsø, which at the eastern side of the city, resolves into the Guden River (Gudenaamarker).

Silkeborg municipalitymarker has a population of 88,016 (2009).The municipality is also a part of the East Jutland metropolitan area with 1.2 million inhabitants.

The city is notable for the large number of car dealerships located there, and the economically significant presence of the headquarters of Jyske Bank A/S, Denmark's third largest bank.

At the end of June each year, the city is home to the Riverboat Jazz festival.

The city is home of the Tollund man which resides in the Silkeborg Museum.

In 1944, the priest and playwright Kaj Munk was shot by the Gestapomarker nearby.

The Germans had their headquarters in Jutland during World War II at Silkeborg Bad, the city's former sanatorium known for its curative spring waters. It is now a municipal art centre, where it is possible to visit the wartime bunkers in the grounds.

Silkeborg was the home city of COBRA painter Asger Jorn, and has in addition to the above mentioned Silkeborg Bad art centre another art museum, the Silkeborg Kunst Museum with its large Asger Jorn collection.

Inspired by an Asger Jorn print in a band member's home in Dublin, Ireland, Silkeborg is now also the name of an Irish band [22204]

Silkeborg has a ski resort, with a nylon track so that one can enjoy going down the slopes all year round, and there is natural snow in winter.


Since 1899 Silkeborg has been hosting an event called "Ildfestregatta", which means "fire party regatta". Currently this event is held every third year, where the last event was held on August 13-16, 2008.

At this event the streets are closed at night during the 4 days it lasts in mid-august. There is then held live music along with laser shows, an amusement park and more...

Every night at 11:15 p.m. there will be held an amazing show of fireworks. Every night the fireworks are sponsored by a different fireworks manufacturer, which is then competing against the other companies to have the prettiest show. This show is what the event "Ildfestregatta" is about.

The event's homepage (in Danish):


Silkeborg is located in mid-eastern Jutland. The surrounding locations of Silkeborg are regarded among the most beautiful places in Denmark. The landscape is dominated by big lakes, forests and some of the highest points in Denmark, including Himmelbjergetmarker. It is also one of the most expensive areas to live in, and the neighbouring towns Sejs is known for its mansions and villas at the lakeside.

Celebrities from Silkeborg

Friendship cities

External links


  1. Ny byopgørelse
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  3. Skiing in Denmark, Skiurlaub-Infos, accessed on October 11, 2008.

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