Twin City Frederikshavn

Bremerhaven and Frederikshavn have enjoyed warm and close relations with each other for many years. On the initiative of the Marienkirche (St.Mary’s Church) in Bremerhaven and the Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (German War Grave Commission), young German people visited Frederikshavn as early as in the 1960s to restore German war graves. The initiative also launched a programme of exchange visits of young people from Bremerhaven and Frederikshavn. This friendship reached its first high point on 16th June, 1979, when a friendship agreement was signed between the two towns.

Over the years, relations have become ever closer. They include sporting events, cooperation between grammar schools and mutual visits – not forgetting participation in large sporting events such as football, handball and ice hockey tournaments.

The District of Frederikshavn lies at the tip of Jutland approx. 700 km from Bremerhaven. It features a coastline stretching for 105 km.

The Frederikshavn District has a total of approx. 60,377 (2015) inhabitants and includes three larger towns: Sæby, Frederikshavn and Skagen, as well as 17 smaller towns and villages.

Its development hinges on four distinct drivers of growth: Maritime activities, energy, food, and leisure as well as tourism industries.

Maritime activities: With three active port towns, the district has a very close relationship with the surrounding seas. Growth is firmly anchored in the two large commercial ports of Frederikshavn and Skagen. The maritime cluster is on a growth trajectory and currently consists of approx. 130 enterprises of maritime orientation involved in repairs and maintenance, clean tech and green shipping, conventional port operations, conversion and refitting of ships and marine vessels, as well as construction of fishing trawlers and service boats for the offshore industry.

Energy: The district of Frederikshavn pursues the vision of 100 % sustainable energy generation by 2030. To achieve this, it is working toward CO2-neutral energy generation. What makes this possible is the location on the coast, a large agricultural sector, and partly also the ports of Frederikshavn and Skagen, which have a strong focus on energy optimization and ship renovation. They can expand on their current production of green energy in the form of offshore wind, biogas and solar energy. Companies here produce quality equipment for the energy industry, and they have developed impressive expertise in energy-saving renovation of existing buildings as well as low-energy new construction.

Food: There are many companies in the District of Frederikshavn involved in food production as well as processing and refining raw foods. Food production is above all based on agriculture and fishing, and linked to these are refining and processing companies spread around the District.

Leisure and tourism: "We love visitors!" There is a long tradition in Frederikshavn of welcoming the world. Tourists come to experience the unique natural surroundings, endless bathing beaches, town-based ports and spectacular events such as the Tordenskiold Days, the winter bathing festival, and various sports tournaments as well as music festivals..

Frederikshavn - Town, beach and beautiful landscape

Cultural events, urban life and attractive shopping possibilities characterise the busy port town with its proud maritime traditions.

Visitors to Frederikshavn, which has an international flair thanks to its direct ferry links to Norway and Sweden, can enjoy cultural and commercial activities that far exceed what you would expect from a town of its size.

All this adds up to a mini-city complete with its own museum of arts, attractive pedestrian zone and inviting cafés and restaurants.

Just north of Frederikshavn is the Palmenstrand (palm beach), a nearby beach offering beach volleyball, a barbecue area and activities for young and old. Close to the beach there is furthermore, a picturesque yacht harbour, a golf course and a fishing park. When the weather is cooler, visitors can choose from indoor swimming pools and fun baths, or Caribbean-themed attraction The Reef.

On the southern outskirts, tourists can visit the idyllic stately home of Bangsbo, which boasts a museum, botanical garden and game park. Also on show there is a well-preserved Viking ship, the Ellingå. The museum includes a fascinating exhibition on the Second World War – a good starting point for a subsequent visit to the cannon stations in the Bangsbo Fort Shelter Museum on the imposing hills high above the Kattegat. The Bangsbo botanical garden and game park with fallow deer and herds of red deer are also ideal for a visit with the whole family.

Throughout the year, Frederikshavn hosts a wealth of cultural events such as open-air rock concerts, historical games themed on the maritime hero Tordenskiold from the Great Nordic War of the 18th century, and a programme of shows and concerts on the premises of the Arena North and Det Musiske Hus.

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Skagen - Art, nature and atmosphere

At the end of the world, where two seas meet, lies a small fishing village - shaped by wind and sand, given character by its special light and its artists.

600 years ago, Skagen was the region's main small town, although it had neither roads nor a marketplace. But what it did have was fishing and seafaring, which brought in riches. Then, floods and sand dune formation over the next few centuries almost wiped Skagen out. However, things started to pick up again in the mid-19th century. At the end of the century, painters discovered the special light in Skagen and the stark contrasts in nature and among the town's people.

Most people who know the town have formed their own personal link to Skagen. Maybe it's a certain spot that characterises Skagen for them, or a season or event such as the theatre festival, music festival or classic motor cycle races. You too will surely find your own special piece of Skagen that draws you back to its charms. That's the way it is with Skagen – a place people fall in love with.

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Sæby - Quiet seaside town

Family-friendly bathing beaches, good hotels and campsites as well as historic and maritime flair make Sæby a precious experience.

You have to see Sæby – it's as simple as that. The old cultural town on the mouth of a small river with its abbey, Renaissance castle and medieval town centre weaves its very own magic. Sæby has been attracting tourists for generations – including spa visitors, artists, and free spirits.

Even today, Sæby remains a popular holiday destination and home to numerous artists and artisans who bring life and soul to the beautiful little old town all year round. Trade and commerce flourish in a large number of excellent specialist shops, restaurants and a port that offers all you could wish for in fish and seafood. You often hear music in the streets, coming from small courtyards and on the marketplace. However, the absolute highlight is the "Jazz & Fisk" jazz festival taking place at Whitsun.

 The holiday cottages in Sæby are right next to the beach on the long promenade that links the port and the town with the beach. There are more holiday cottages to the south in the lovely dunes bordering the broad, family-friendly beaches of Lyngså, with endless space for playing as well as simply relaxing.

A little to the west of the town in the beautiful woods of Sæbygaard Skov lies the stately home,the Sæbygaard Museum. In the past, it has been home to many historical figures such as the bishop Stygge Krumpen as well as three Danish admirals. In summer, children and adults can come to hunt the ghosts that haunt the house.

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Frederikshavn has further city partnerships to

Larvik in Norway
Tranås in Sweden
Borlänge in Sweden
Qeqqata in Westgreenland
Qingdao in China

Special relations with

Wakayama Prefecture Japan:


Frederikshavn Kommune
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