Hjørring

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Hjørring is the main town and the administrative seat of Hjørring Municipality, Region Nordjylland, Denmark. The population amounts to 24,892 inhabitants (1 January 2010).[1] It is one of Denmark's oldest towns, and it celebrated its 750-year anniversary as a market town in 1993.

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Overview

Archaeological discoveries show that the area was already populated 10,000 years ago.

A major fire burned down much of the town in 1819.

There are good educational opportunities in the town including a gymnasium (the Danish equivalent of a high school or pre-college), a business and technical college and a nursing school.

Hjørring also has a large hospital.

Attractions

Dana Cup, one of the world's largest football tournaments, takes place in Hjørring at the end of July, with 17,000 footballers from all around the world. The tournament celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006.

The town was also the home for the Hjørring Revue (Hjørring revyen), a summer revue that has been a part of Hjørring's entertainment life since the 1920s. However, in recent years, the revue has not been playing and does not seem to be coming back, but there is one more revue, the Lundergaard Revue (Lundergaard Revyen). The revue celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. The revue has about 5000 guests a summer over.

Hjørring has been growing in recent years, with new shops and franchises opening. The most recent addition to Hjørring is the new city shopping centre, Metropol, which has led to a change in the city centre as one of Hjørring's main streets, Østergade, has been closed to vehicular traffic and is now open only for pedestrians and bicycles. Metropol, inaugurated in March 2008, is located on Østergade.

Education

One of the two branches of Profession School University College North Jutland (Danish: Professionshøjskolen University College Nordjylland) can be found in Hjørring.

Sister cities

Hjørring is twinned with:[2]

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