Roskilde

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Roskilde
Town
Roskilde Cathedral
Official seal of Roskilde
Seal
Coat of arms of Roskilde
Coat of arms
Roskilde is located in Zealand
Roskilde
Roskilde
Location in Denmark
Roskilde is located in Denmark
Roskilde
Roskilde
Roskilde (Denmark)
Coordinates: 55°39′N 12°05′E / 55.650°N 12.083°E / 55.650; 12.083Coordinates: 55°39′N 12°05′E / 55.650°N 12.083°E / 55.650; 12.083
CountryDenmark
RegionZealand (Sjælland)
MunicipalityRoskilde
Established980s
Government
 • MayorThomas Bredam (S)
Area
 • Total211.99 km2 (81.85 sq mi)
Population
 (1 January 2016)[1]
 • Total50,046
 • Density240/km2 (610/sq mi)
 (Urban area)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Websitewww.roskilde.dk

Roskilde (Danish pronunciation: [ˈʁʌskilə]) was the capital of Denmark until 1443. Since then, Copenhagen has been the capital.

The most important church in Denmark is in Roskilde. It is where the dead Danish kings are buried. The city also have a yearly music festival called Roskilde Festival. The festival is one of two biggest in Europe.

Roskilde has a population of about 54,000. An important economic activity is tourism.

References[change | change source]

  1. "BY1: Population 1. January by urban areas, age and sex". statbank.dk. Statistics Denmark. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.