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Horsens, Denmark

Horsens is a Danish city in east Jutland. It is the site of the council of Horsens municipality. The city itself has 51,670 inhabitants and the Horsens municipality has 80,102 (2008).

Horsens lies at the end of Horsens Fjord in eastern Jutland. The city is surrounded by typical moraine landscape with low hills and valleys created by glaciers during the last ice ages. Situated 50 km (31 miles) south of Aarhus and 30 km (19 mi) north of Vejle with approximately 200 km (125 miles) to Copenhagen. The city is currently undergoing a positive development with new industry moving to Horsens, or expanding their activities already in Horsens. A lot of electronics and graphical companies are based here. Horsens also has Denmark's only Industrial Museum. The city is also home to VIA University College.

One of the largest cultural events in Denmark is the annual European Medieval Festival on the last Friday and Saturday in August. The town centre of Horsens is transformed into the largest medieval market town in Northern Europe with activities and entertainment for families and children of all ages.

History

Vitus Bering (1681-1741), the famed navigator for whom the Bering Strait is named, was born in Randers.