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Ebeltoft

Ebeltoft
Town
The former town hall.
Photo: Hans Jørn Storgaard Andersen.
Coat of arms
Country Denmark
Region Central Denmark (Midtjylland)
Municipality Syddjurs
Coordinates
Population 7,468 (2014)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8400
The location of Ebeltoft in Denmark

Ebeltoft is a town with a population of 7,468 (1 January 2014)[1] on the central east coast of Denmark, located in Syddjurs municipality in Region Midtjylland on the Danish peninsula of Jutland.

Ebeltoft is one of the tourist centres of Denmark, due to the natural beauty of the area, its old town center with cobble-stoned streets and centuries-old half-timbered houses, and - not least - many beaches. Also, Ebeltoft is home to one of the world's first glass museums and to the Fregatten Jylland, the longest wooden warship in the world.

The frigate Jylland
Photo: Morten Dam Jørgensen

In spite of its relatively small size, Ebeltoft is quite lively, especially in the summer season. The population soars in June, July, and August - but all year round, there are many more people staying here than the official number of inhabitants suggests. This is due to the Danish phenomenon of 'summer houses' (holiday homes): most are wooden but quite luxurious, and there are several thousand in this area.

Ebeltoft is also the home of the internationally acclaimed European Film College, which offers short and long courses in film making, especially for young people.

The tourism, the old traditions of trade in this harbour town, and the international schools in the area probably explain why most people in this small town are open-minded and friendly towards foreigners. The town is, generally speaking, also well-to-do. Quite a few people work in the city of Århus, which is only 50 km away and so within commuting distance.

Ebeltoft itself offers fewer and fewer opportunities for employment. Several large companies that used to employ unskilled labour are now closed; traditional trades, such as fishing and farming are diminishing rapidly; and the ferry line, Mols-linien, has moved quite a few of its employees to the ferry port of Århus.

Street view

However, the town is popular with artisans, such as: glass workers, potters, painters, and jewelry designers. The Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, which shows contemporary glass art from all over the world, was established in 1985 by Ebeltoft glass artists Finn Lynggaard and his wife, Tchai Munch. The many general stores and supermarkets - as well as hotels, restaurants, and bars - offer opportunities to make a living here. Around Ebeltoft lies small towns such as Fuglsø and Knebel on the Mols Peninsula.

Some local attractions

References

  1. ^ "BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas" database from Statistics Denmark

External links

  • Official municipality website
  • Glass museum website
  • Fregatten Jylland website
  • Ebeltoft By Homepage
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