Silkeborg (Danish pronunciation: [ˈselɡəˌbɒːˀ]) is a city in central Denmark. Located in Silkeborg municipality in Jutland, the city has a population of 42,396 (1 January 2010) . The development of Silkeborg as a modern city may be traced to the foundation of the paper mill by Michael Drewsen on the Gudenaa in 1844. The city is divided north and south by a lake, the Silkeborg Langsø, which at the eastern side of the city, resolves into the Guden River (Gudenaa).
Silkeborg municipality has a population of 88,481 (2010). The municipality is also a part of the East Jutland metropolitan area with 1.2 million inhabitants. 
The city is notable for the large number of car dealerships located there, and the economically significant presence of the headquarters of Jyske Bank A/S, Denmark's third largest bank.
At the end of June each year, the city is home to the Riverboat Jazz festival.
The city is home of the Tollund man which resides in the Silkeborg Museum.
In 1944, the priest and playwright Kaj Munk was shot by the Gestapo nearby.
The Germans had their headquarters in Jutland during World War II at Silkeborg Bad, the city's former sanatorium known for its curative spring waters. It is now a municipal art centre, where it is possible to visit the wartime bunkers in the grounds.
Silkeborg was the home city of COBRA painter Asger Jorn, and has in addition to the above mentioned Silkeborg Bad art centre another art museum, the Museum Jorn, Silkeborg with its large Asger Jorn collection.
Inspired by an Asger Jorn print in a band member's home in Dublin, Ireland, Silkeborg is now also the name of an Irish band 
Silkeborg has a ski resort, with a nylon track so that one can enjoy going down the slopes all year round, and there is natural snow in winter.
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