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Trip Planner Europe  /  Denmark  /  Jutland  /  East Jutland  /  Horsens
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Horsens is a Danish city in east Jutland. It is the site of the council of Horsens Municipality. The city's population is 55,884 and the municipality's population is 85,662 (1 January 2014).The municipality is also a part of the East Jutland metropolitan area, which has 1.2 million inhabitants.GeographyHorsens 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. Horsens is 50km south of Aarhus and 30km north of Vejle, and approximately 200km from Copenhagen.HistoryIt is believed the name Horsens derives from the old Danish words hors (horse) and næs (headland). From the 12th century the name Horsenes is known.The earliest traces of a city are remains of a pagan burial site and houses dating back to the 10th century. In the 12th century, the kings Sweyn III and Valdemar I issued coins in the city. In the 13th century the city got its own legal code.Excavations have shown that the city was expanded around 1300, with a moat going around the city and its harbour. Industrialization started from the middle of the 19th century. The population rose dramatically when people from the countryside moved to the city to work in the factories. The first Danish iron foundry outside of Copenhagen was opened as well as tobacco and textile factories.
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