Copenhagen Municipality


Copenhagen Municipality
Copenhagen municipality (Københavns Kommune)
Municipality
Country Denmark
Region Region Hovedstaden
Seat Copenhagen City Hall
 - coordinates 55°40′31″N 12°34′13″E / 55.67528°N 12.57028°E / 55.67528; 12.57028
Area 88.25 km2 (34 sq mi)
Population 539,542 (2011)
Density 6,114 / km2 (15,835 / sq mi)
Lord Mayor Frank Jensen (Social Democrats)
Timezone CET (UTC1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC2)
Location in Denmark
Website: www.kk.dk

Copenhagen Municipality (Danish: Københavns Kommune) is the largest of the municipalities making up the city of Copenhagen. It lies at the center of Copenhagen and contains the old historic city.

The municipality covers 91.3 km² (88.25km² of which is land), and has a population of 539,542 (2011). The Lord Mayor of Copenhagen as of 2010 is Frank Jensen, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party, who is head of the Finance Committee. Other mayors are Bo Asmus Kjeldgaard (Technics and Environment Committee), Pia Allerslev (Cultural and Recreational Committee), Anne Vang (Children and Youth Committee), Ninna Thomsen (Health and Care Committee), Mikkel Warming (Social Committee) and Klaus Bondam (Employment and Integration Committee).

The municipal seat of government is the Copenhagen City Hall (Danish: Københavns Rådhus).

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Overview

Copenhagen municipality was one of the three last Danish municipalities not belonging to a county — the others being Frederiksberg (the municipality with the smallest area and an enclave within Copenhagen municipality itself) and Bornholm. On 1 January 2007, the municipality lost its county privileges and became part of Region Hovedstaden (i.e. the Copenhagen Capital Region).

Neighboring municipalities are Gentofte, Gladsaxe and Herlev to the north, Rødovre and Hvidovre to the west, and Tårnby to the south. Frederiksberg is located as an enclave within the municipality, and is thus surrounded by Copenhagen.

Copenhagen municipality was not merged with other municipalities on 1 January 2007 as the result of nationwide Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007).

Districts

The districts of Copenhagen municipality:
A: Indre By ("Copenhagen Center")
B: Christianshavn
C: Indre Østerbro ("Inner Østerbro")
D: Ydre Østerbro ("Outer Østerbro")
E: Indre Nørrebro ("Inner Nørrebro")
F: Ydre Nørrebro ("Outer Nørrebro")
G: Bispebjerg
H: Vanløse
I: Brønshøj-Husum
J: Vesterbro
K: Kongens Enghave
L: Valby
M: Vestamager
N: Sundbyvester
O: Sundbyøster

The municipality is divided into 15 administrative, statistical and tax districts (bydele):

Demography

Historic population. The two figures for 1 February 1901 are before and after the municipality annexed some nearby parishes. The apparent decline since the mid-1900s are due to the figures not including the urban areas outside Copenhagen municipality.

Date Year Population
1450 est. 4–5,000
1500 est. 10,000
1650 est. 30,000
1700 est. 65,000
15 January 1769 80,000
1 July 1787 90,032
1 February 1801 100,975
1 February 1840 120,819
1 February 1850 129,695
1 February 1860 155,143
1 February 1870 181,291
1 February 1880 234,850
1 February 1890 312,859
1 February (before annexation) 1901 360,787
1 February (following annexation) 1901 400,575
1 February 1911 462,161
1 February 1921 561,344
5 November 1930 617,069
5 November 1940 700,465
7 November 1950 768,105
26 September 1960 721,381
9 November 1970 622,773
Year Population
1971 625,671
1972 610,985
1973 595,751
1974 576,030
1975 562,405
1976 545,350
1977 529,154
1978 515,594
1979 505,974
1980 498,850
1981 493,771
1982 490,597
1983 486,593
1984 482,937
1985 478,615
1986 473,000
1987 469,706
1988 468,704
1989 467,850
1990 466,723
1991 464,773
1992 464,566
Year Population
1993 466,129
1994 467,253
1995 471,300
1996 476,751
1997 483,658
1998 487,969
1999 491,082
2000 495,699
2001 499,148
2002 500,531
2003 501,285
2004 501,664
2005 502,362
2006 501,158
2007 503,699
2008 509,861
2009 518,574

Politics and government

Municipality of Copenhagen logo

The Copenhagen municipality is governed by Copenhagen's municipal council (Danish: Borgerrepræsentation). Council elections are held the third Tuesday of November every four years, the next time in 2013.

Following the 2009 municipal elections, the 55 seats are divided in the following way:

The political leader/mayor of the Copenhagen municipality has since 1903 been a Social democrat.

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