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Kolding History, Denmark

A Danish harbor, Kolding can be found in the Syddanmark Region in Denmark. The city is the 7th biggest in Denmark and is a center for transport, manufacture and commerce. Kolding History began in 1231 when the Cadaster of King Valdemar first mentioned the town Kolding. However, it is unknown how long the town existed before the Cadaster.

Kolding History – Middle Ages to Renaissance

Kolding became a very important town during The Middle Ages. The King of Denmark and his staff often stayed in Kolding and some important concessions were made here.

During the mid-16th century and the start of the 17th century, the Sovereign of Denmark esteemed the town of Kolding. When King Christian III reigned Denmark, he expanded Kolding’s territory and ordered the construction of St. George’s Hospital. His son had ordered the building of a big deer forest north of Koldinghus. In around the 1600, King Christian IV constructed the huge tower of the castle along with a new bigger palace church.

Kolding History – Mid 17th Century to 19th Century

With the wars against Germany and Sweden taking place, Kolding’s affluence came to an end. Add to this, a plague had struck the city leading to a waning in population.

In the 1800s, distillery, farming and trade were the most significant forms of commerce in Kolding. During this time, the city improved once more and gradually regained its lost affluence.

On April 23, 1849, the wars in Kolding brought about a partial depression to the city. However after 1850, the economy of city once again rose up. New industries were instituted in Kolding such as foundries, an organization of furniture makers and brickworks.

Railways connecting Kolding to other towns and cities in Denmark were built opening the city to further progress. Add to this, municipal gasworks, power stations and waterworks were constructed. With all the industries being established in the city, many people took the opportunity of moving to Kolding to work. The result of this was a rise in the number of the city’s population.

Kolding History – 20th Century

The Germans occupied Kolding from 1940-1945. A large number of soldiers were posted in the city. After the Second World War, a large number of old commercial businesses closed down and many new ones were constructed. Industries on food and stainless steel were some of the new form of commerce built in Kolding. Apart from this, the city had become the center of education in South Jutland.

Kolding focused on the economy while developing its education, culture, and art. Through this, the city is able to protect its history and identity.

The facts in Kolding History shows how much the city strived hard to become one of Denmark’s most sought-after places. It continues to flourish like other places in Europe. If you want to learn more about the country, read Copenhagen Travel Guide and Esbjerg History.

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