Aalborg, Denmark Mayor: Mr. Henning G. Jensen
There are 54,000 families in Aalborg, and a total of 160,000 inhabitants.
Brief historic review of the city
Aalborg was founded by the Vikings and developed in the narrowest and easiest crossing of Lim Fjord. The city has a history of over 1,000 years. During the Middle Ages, Aalborg was among the largest cities in Denmark, particularly due to the extensive commerce in bulls, salted fish and grain crops. In 1342 Aalborg received an urban charter from King Valdemer. In 1516 Aalborg received a monopoly from the king over trade in herring fish, together with the City of Longstore. The civil war during the following years caused a general regression; however, Aalborg overcame this crisis rapidly. In the 19th century, the first bridge over the Fjord was built, and in 1933 was built the existing bridge, connecting both sides of the Fjord.
General information and unique characteristics
Aalborg is the fourth largest city in Denmark and the district capital of North Jutland. In fact, these are two cities belonging to one authority, located on both sides of the Lim Fjord canal and connected by a bridge and a canal. The southern city is called Aalborg and the northern city Norre Sundby.
Aalborg’s urban landscape is characterized by a combination of ancient buildings, which have been preserved for hundreds of years as natural components in the city’s architecture, including the Aalborg Estate from 1539; the Yanse Beng Mansion, a five-story 17th century Renaissance-style building; and the “Bodolphy Cathedral” From the 15th century. The largest Viking burial location in Scandinavia lies at the northern part of Lim Fjord, next to the city.
Aalborg is known worldwide as the manufacturer of “Schnapps,” which has been distilled in the city since the 19th century. In addition, it houses the international IT Communication and Electronics Center There are several business development initiatives such as NorCom, a business cluster of 20 partners, and Mindwork, an alliance between the district of North Jutland, the municipality of Aalborg and key IT companies. An additional business initiative in the field of medical technology is “Science and Innovation for Life,” in which the University of Aalborg and several companies cooperate. In addition, the city has a prosperous internationally renowned steel industry.
Aalborg has several museums, many art galleries and theaters. The city has many amusement parks and one of the largest zoos in the Danish districts, as well as a thriving nightlife. Each year in May, the city holds a carnival, the largest of its kind in Northern Europe, with over 30,000 participants. Furthermore, the city hosts the Opera Festival, and during the summer it holds open-air concerts as well as August's “Blue Festival” for jazz and blues fans.
The Haifa-Aalborg Twin City Alliance was signed on January 10, 1973