Sønderborg Municipality

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Sønderborg
Municipality
Coat of arms of Sønderborg
Coat of arms
Sønderborg Municipality in Denmark
Sønderborg Municipality in Denmark
Coordinates: 54°55′0″N 9°47′0″E / 54.91667°N 9.78333°E / 54.91667; 9.78333Coordinates: 54°55′0″N 9°47′0″E / 54.91667°N 9.78333°E / 54.91667; 9.78333
CountryDenmark
RegionSouthern Denmark
Municipalitysince January 2007
Area
 • Total496 km2 (192 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
 • Total75,264
 • Density150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Sønderborg Municipality (German: Sonderburg), is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region of Southern Denmark partially on the Jutland peninsula and partially on the island of Als in south Denmark, at the border with Germany. The municipality covers an area of 495.86 km2 (191.45 sq mi), and has a population of 75,264 (as of 2014). Its mayor 2010-13 was Aase Nyegaard from the local list/party Fælleslisten Sønderborg, she was mayor of Augustenborg Municipality 2002-07. Its mayor as of 1 January 2014 is Erik Lauritzen, a member of the Social Democratic party.

Geography[edit]

The municipality is split into two sections separated by Alssund, the waterway which separates the island of Als from the Jutland mainland.

Politics[edit]

Sønderborg's municipal council consists of 31 members, elected every four years; the municipal council has nine political committees. [1]

Municipal council[edit]

Below are the municipal councils elected since the Municipal Reform of 2007.

Election Party Total
seats
Turnout Elected
mayor
A C F L O S V Ø
2005 15 1 6 1 1 7 31 76.2% Jan Prokopek Jensen (A)
2009 12 1 2 8 2 1 5 69.3% Aase Nyegaard (L)
2013 12 1 2 3 3 9 1 74.1% Erik Lauritzen (A)
2017 15 1 3 5 7 74.5%
Data from Kmdvalg.dk 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017

2007 administrative reform[edit]

On January 1, 2007, due to Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), the former Sønderborg municipality was combined with Augustenborg, Broager, Gråsten, Nordborg, Sydals, and Sundeved municipalities to form a new Sønderborg municipality. The municipality shares the number one position with Lolland Municipality of being formed through the merger of most former municipalities in the reform of 2007:seven (7); the former Sønderborg municipality covered an area of 54 km2 (21 sq mi), and had a population of 30,555 (2005). Its last mayor was Arne Peder Hansen, a member of the Venstre (Liberal Party) political party.

The city of Sønderborg[edit]

The site of its municipal council is the town of Sønderborg.

Economy[edit]

The municipality is home to two of the major industrial companies in Denmark Danfoss and Linak.

North Schleswig Germans[edit]

Sønderborg Municipality is home to the only officially recognised ethno-linguistic minority of Denmark proper, the North Schleswig Germans; this minority makes up about 6% of the total population of the municipalities of Aabenraa/Apenrade, Haderslev/Hadersleben, Sønderborg/Sonderburg and Tønder/Tondern. In these four municipalities, the German minority enjoys certain linguistic rights in accordance with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Sønderborg is twinned with:

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