Svendborg

 

 

Svendborg is a Danish port and shipping town on southern Funen. With 27,068 inhabitants (2020), it is Funen's second largest city after Odense. Svendborg is the capital of Svendborg Municipality and belongs to the Region of Southern Denmark. Svendborg is an old market town and has even in modern times preserved its older city center with narrow streets, squares and courtyards. The city was founded in the 13th century and in 2003 celebrated its 750th birthday.

Svendborg is located on a hillside by the waters of Svendborgsund. The town is connected to Tåsinge via the Svendborgsund bridge and to Thurø via the Thurø dam. Svendborg is also the terminus for the railway line, the Svendborg line, which goes to Odense via Ringe. From Svendborg Harbor there are ferries to Ærø, Drejø, Skarø and Hjortø.

Svendborg has always been characterized by shipping. The town's golden age was in the 19th century, when the location by Svendborgsund at a relatively short distance from the western Baltic cities' other port towns meant a flourishing in trade and shipbuilding. Even today, Svendborg is enterprising in shipping - with many shipyards, resident ships and shipping companies.

Svendborg is a commercial, educational and cultural center for South Funen. The city has several educational institutions and a rich city and nightlife. In 2008, Svendborg was included in the international collaboration of cittaslow cities, which among other things focus on sustainability and the use of local food.

City life, nature and access to the South Funen Archipelago have meant that tourism is today an important part of the city's business life.