Struer, Denmark

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The old water tower in Struer
The old water tower in Struer
Coat of arms of Struer
Coat of arms
Struer is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Coordinates: 56°29′8″N 08°35′23″E / 56.48556°N 8.58972°E / 56.48556; 8.58972Coordinates: 56°29′8″N 08°35′23″E / 56.48556°N 8.58972°E / 56.48556; 8.58972
Country Denmark
Region Central Jutland (Midtjylland)
Municipality Struer
Settled 17th century
Incorporated (city) 1917
Population (1 January 2014)
 • Total 10,261[1]
Time zone Central European Time (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) European Summer Time (UTC+2)
Postal code 7600
Website Struer Municipality

Struer is the main town of the kommune of Struer, Region Midtjylland, Denmark with a population of 10,261 (1 January 2014).[2]

The town of Struer owes its growth to the railroad, which arrived in 1865 with Jutland's first railroad line from Århus/Randers over Viborg to Skive and Struer. Before its arrival Struer was a little town, that primarily functioned as a harbour for the residents of Holstebro; but after its arrival the town grew explosively into a big town, and eventually became one of Denmark's most important railway connection points. Although the station has been expanded several times, the central part of the wellmaintained building is one of Denmark's oldest stations. One of the oldest station buildings now house the administration and science labs of Struer statsgymnasium, one of the few Danish schools that offer the International Baccalaureate program.

Struer received privileged status as a merchant town in 1917.

Until the end of the 1960s Struer station served as the headquarters for the central West Jutland administration of DSB, Danske Statsbaner ("Danish State Railways"). More than 300 DSB employees still work in Struer today.

Bang & Olufsen, Denmark's only radio/TV manufacturer today, is the town's most important business, and they employ almost a third of the town's population. The business started in 1925 in Svend Olufsen's old family farm, Quistrup, just south of the town, at the Struer Museum, there is a new large exhibition, where old and new B&O products are displayed together with many pieces of famous Danish design furniture.