Bornholm ( Danish: [bɒːnhʌlˀm] ; Old Norse : Burgundaholmr ) is a Danish island in the Baltic Sea , to the east of the rest of Denmark , south of Sweden , northeast of Germany and north of the westernmost part of Poland . The main industries on the island include, dairy farming , and arts and crafts such as glass production and pottery using locally worked clay . Tourism is important during the summer. There is an especially large number of Denmark’sround churches on the island. The total area according to (Municipal and Regional Key Figures) was 588.36 square kilometers (227.17 sq mi) (January 2016). Population was 39,627 (1 October 2017).

The island s’intitule solskinsøen ( Sunshine Island ) Because of weather and icts klippeøen ( Rock Island ) Because of ict geology , qui Consists of granite , except along the southern coast. The heat from the summer is stored in the rock formations and the weather is quite warm until October. As a result of the climate, a local variety of the common fig , Known As Bornholm’s Diamond , can grow locally on the island. The island’s topography Consists of dramatic rock formations in the north (Unlike the rest of Denmark , qui est mostly gentle rolling hills) sloping down Towards pine and deciduousforests (greatly affected by the storms in the 1950s), farmland in the middle and sandy beaches in the south. [1]

Strategically located in the Baltic Sea , Bornholm has been fought over for centuries. It has usually been ruled by Denmark, but also by Lübeck and Sweden . The ruin of Hammershus, at the northwestern tip of the island, is the largest medieval fortress in northern Europe , testament to the importance of its location.

Bornholm Regional Municipality , established January 2003 by the merger of Bornholm County with 5 municipalities , covers the entire island. Bornholm Was one of the three last Danish Municipalities ( Danish : (singular) kommune; kommuner (plural) ) not Belonging to a county – the others Were Copenhagen and Frederiksberg . On 1 January 2007, the municipality lost its short-lived (2003 until 2006) county status and became part of the Capital Region of Denmark . The municipality’s educational needs are served by the Bornholms Erhvervsskole , the main educational institute on the island.

The island is situated between 54 ° 59’11 “and 55 ° 17’30” northern latitude and 14 ° 45 ‘and 15 ° 11’ eastern longitude.

Directly west of Bornholm across the Baltic Sea mostly on the island of Sjælland are several municipalities of Region Sjælland : Stevns , Faxe , Næstved (the part that used to be the municipality of Fladså ) and Vordingborg , including Møn , which is around 135 km ( 84 miles) across the Baltic Sea .

It typically takes 3 hours for passengers and freight ( ferry : 2 hours; driving: 1 hour) to travel between Rønne and Copenhagen via Ystad in Sweden . There is a ferry departure reserved mostly for freight of goods entre Ronne and Koge . If there is capacity on a departure, “normal” passengers can come aboard. There are also ferry routes to Sassnitz and Świnoujście . Between Bornholm Airport and Copenhagen Airport by airplane it is 25 minutes.

The Ertholmene archipelago is located 18 kilometers (11 miles) to the northeast of Bornholm. These islands, which are not part of a municipality or region, are administered by the Danish Ministry of Defense .


Main article: Bornholmsk dialect

Many speak the Bornholmsk dialect , which is officially a dialect of Danish . [2] Bornholmsk retains three grammatical genders , like Icelandic and most dialects of Norwegian , but unlike standard Danish . Its phonology includes archaisms (unstressed [a] and internal [d̥, ɡ̊] , where other dialects have [ə] and [ð̞, ʊ / ɪ] ) and innovations ( [tɕ, dʝ] for [kʰ, ɡ̊]before and after front-tongue vowels). This makes the dialect difficult to understand Danish speakers. However, Swedish speakers often consider Bornholmian to be easier to understand than Danish standard. The intonation Resembles the Scanian dialect spoken in nearby Scania , the southernmost province of Sweden .


Result of referendum May 29, 2001 on merger of municipalities with the county
Municipality Yes No.
votes Percent votes Percent
Allinge-Gudhjem 3590 74 1287 26
Hasle 2886 70 1219 30
Nexø 3218 59 2252 41
Ronne 7754 85 1366 15
Aakirkeby 3131 74 1118 26
Total: 27821 20579 74 7242 26
Bornholm and Christiansøhundreds and 5 municipalities (1970-2002) in green color and 22 municipalities before 1 April, 1970
Parishes numbered
Unofficial flag of Bornholm ( the tourist flag ).
Unofficial flag of Bornholm. Dannebrog is clearly visible with the green cross inserted in the white cross.
Old coat of arms of Bornholm. [3]

Bornholm Regional Municipality is the local authority ( Danish , kommune ) covering the entire island. It is the result of a (5 April 1970 until 2002) municipalities on the island ( Allinge-Gudhjem , Hasle , Nexø , Rønne and Aakirkeby ) and the former Bornholm County . Bornholm Regional Municipality was also a county in its own right during the first four years of January 2003 until 31 December 2006. From 1 January 2007 all counties were abolished, and Bornholm became part of Region Hovedstadenwhose main responsibility is the health service. The municipality still retains its name Bornholm Regional Municipality. The island had 22 municipalities until March 1970, of which 6 were market towns and 16 parishes. In addition to supervising parish municipalities, which was the responsibility of the counties in all of Denmark, the market town of Bornholm was supervised by Bornholm County as well as by the Interior Ministry in Denmark. The seat of the municipal council is the island’s main town, Rønne. May 29, 2001, effective January 1, 2003. On the nerdwas written the question, “Do you want the six municipal entities of Bornholm to be joined to form one municipal entity as of January 1, 2003?” 73.9% of those voting ticked off the box “Ja” (English, Yes ) on the ballot. The best percentage for the merger was in Nexø municipality, with mayor, Annelise Molin, a Social Democrat, spoke out against the merger. It was required that each municipality had more “Yes” votes than “No” votes. Otherwise the merger would have to be abandoned altogether. The six municipal entities had 122 councillors (from which county clls were 15) and the new regional municipality would have 27 councillors from the start. They will be reduced to 23 from 1 January 2018 ( November 2017 election ).Folketing 19 March 2002, transferring the tasks of the abolished county and old municipalities to the new Bornholm Regional Municipality . The first regional mayor was Thomas Thors, a member of the Social Democrats and former mayor of Rønne Municipality. Bjarne Kristiansen, representing the local Borgerlisten political party, served as mayor from January 1, 2006 until 2009. Winni Grosbøll, a high school teacher and a member of the Social Democrats ( Socialdemokratiet ) political party .

Ferry services connect Rønne to Świnoujście ( Poland ), Sassnitz ( Germany ), Køge , 45 km (28 miles) by road (34 km or 21 miles to the crow flies) south of Copenhagen, Denmark ; the destination to Køge replaced the nighttime road directly to and from Copenhagen (for both cargo and passengers) from 1 October 2004; and catamaran services to Ystad ( Sweden). Simrishamn ( Sweden ) has a ferry connection during the summer. There are also regular catamaran services between Nexøand the Polish ports of Kołobrzeg , Łeba and Ustka . There are direct bus connections Ystad-Copenhagen, coordinated with the catamaran. There are aussi Flights from Bornholm Airport to Copenhagen and other locations.

Bornholm Regional Municipality was not merged with other municipalities on 1 January 2007 in the Municipal Municipal Reform of 2007 .

Towns and villages

The larger towns on the island are located on the coast and have harbors. There is however one exception, centrally placed Aakirkeby , which was also the name of the municipality from 1970 until 2002, which also included the harbor, Boderne , 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) to the south. The largest town is Rønne , the seat, in the southwest. The other main towns (clockwise round the island) are Hasle , Allinge-Sandvig , Gudhjem , Svaneke and Nexø . Monday morning 22 September 2014 it was published by Folkeregistretin the municipality that the number of people living in the municipality that day were 39,922, the lowest number in over 100 years. [4]

As of 2017 , the Danish statistic office gave the population as follows: [5]

Ronne 12.887
Nexø 3,654
Aakirkeby 2,112
Hasle 1,665
Allinge-Sandvig 1,517
Svaneke 1,044
Tejn 899
Gudhjem 701
Snogebæk 701
Nyker 707
Klemensker 629
Sorthat-Muleby 533
Østermarie 480
Aarsdale 389
Lobbæk 356
Østerlars 243
Balka 216
Vestermarie 253
Pedersker 245
Nylars 225
Listed 210

The town of Rønne after the merger of the island January 1, 2003 reached a low point of 13568 inhabitants January 1, 2014. 15957 people in 1965 (date unknown; number not registerbased) lived in the two parishes that would become Rønne municipality April 1970. In the table, numbers for Rønne are for the parish of Rønne, Rønne Sogn , alone. Year unknown. It does not include Knudsker Sogn , which was also part of Rønne Municipality. Other localities (with approximate populations, not updated) include Aarsballe (86), Arnager (151), Olsker (67), Rutsker (64), Rø (181), Stenseby(?) and Vang (92).


Hammershus Ruin.

In Old Norse the island Was Known As Borgundarholm , and in ancient Danish Especially the island’s Name Was Borghand gold Borghund ; These names were related to Old Norse borg “height” and bjarg / berg “mountain, rock”, as it is an island that rises high from the sea. [6] Other names known for the island include Burgendaland (9th century), Hulmo / Holmus ( Gesta Hammaburgensis ecclesiae pontificum ), Burgundehulm (1145), and Borghandæholm (14th century). [7]The Old English translation of Orosius uses the form Burgenda land . [8] Some scholars [9] believe that the Burgundians are named after Bornholm; the Burgundians were Germanic peoples who moved west when the Western Roman Empire collapsed and occupied and named Burgundy in France .

Windmill in Gudhjem, Bornholm

Bornholm formed part of the historical Lands of Denmark when the nation united of a series of petty chiefdoms. It was originally administratively part of the province of Scania and was administered by the Scanian Law after being codified in the 13th century. Control over the island evolved into a long-raging dispute between the See of Lund and the Danish crown culminating in several battles. The first fortress on the island was Gamleborg which was replaced by Lilleborg , built by the king in 1150. In 1149, the king accepted the transfer of three of the island’s four herreder(districts) to the archbishop. In 1250, the archbishop constructed his own fortress, Hammershus . A campaign launched from 1259 conquered the remaining part of the island of Lilleborg. The island’s status remains a matter of dispute for an additional 200 years.

Bornholm was pawned to Lübeck for 50 years starting in 1525. Its first militia, Bornholms Milits , was formed in 1624.

Year 1877 [10] windmill at Årsdale

Swedish forces conquered the island in 1645, but returned to the island of Denmark in the following peace settlement. After the war in 1658, Denmark under the Treaty of Roskilde along with the rest of the Skåneland , Bohuslän and Trøndelag , and it was occupied by Swedish forces.

A revolt broke out the same year, culminating in Villum Clausen’s shooting of the Swedish Johan Printzensköld on 8 December 1658. [10] Following the revolt, a deputation of islanders presented the island as a gift to King Frederick III on the condition that the island would never be ceded again. This status was confirmed in the Treaty of Copenhagen in 1660.

Swedes , especially from Småland and Scania, emigrated to the island during the 19th century, seeking work and better conditions. Most of the migrants did not remain.

Rønne , Bornholm.

Bornholm also attracted many famous artists at the beginning of the 20th century, Bornholm School of Painters . In addition to Oluf Høst , they include Karl Isaksson (1878-1922), from Sweden, and the Danes Edvard Weie (1879-1943), Olaf Rude (1886-1957), Niels Lergaard (1893-1982), and Kræsten Iversen ( 1886-1955). [11]

German Occupation (1940-1945)

Bornholm, as a part of Denmark, was captured by Germany on April 10, 1940, and served as a post and listening station during the war, as part of the Eastern Front . The island’s perfect central position in the Baltic Sea meant that it was an important “natural fortress” between Germany and Sweden, effectively keeping submarines and destroyers away from Nazi-occupied waters. Several concrete coastal installations were built during the war, and several coastal batteries had tremendous range. However, none of them have ever been used, and only have been tested during the occupation. These remnants of Nazi rule have since fallen into disrepair and are widely regarded today as historical curiosities. Many tourists visit the ruins each year, however, providing additional income to the tourist industry.

On 22 August 1943 a V-1 flying bomb (numbered V83, probably launched from a Heinkel He 111 ) crashed on Bornholm during a test – the warhead was a dummy made of concrete. This was photographed or sketched by the Danish Naval Officer-in-Charge on Bornholm, Lieutenant Commander Hasager Christiansen. This was the first sign British Intelligence saw of Germany’s aspirations to develop flying bombs and rockets which were to be known as V-1 and V-2 . quote needed ]

Soviet occupation (1945-1946)

Bornholm was heavily bombarded by the Soviet Air Force in May 1945. German garrison commander, German Navy Captain Gerhard von Kamptz (1902-1998), refused to surrender to the Soviets, as his orders were to surrender to the Western Allies. The Germans felt several telegrams to Copenhagen requesting that the British should be transferred to Bornholm, so that the Germans could surrender to the western allied forces instead of the Soviets. When von Kamptz failed to Provide a written capitulation as Demanded by the Soviet commanders, Soviet aircraft relentlessly bombed and destroyed more than 800 civilian houses in Rønne and Nexø and gravement damaged Roughly 3,000 more on 7-8 May 1945.

During the Soviet bombing of the two main cities on 7 and 8 May, Danish radio was not allowed to broadcast because it was thought it would spoil the liberation festivities in Denmark. [12] On the island, the German Garrison (about 12,000 strong [13] ) surrendered. [14] Soviet forces left the island on April 5, 1946.

In the mid 1940s Donald (descendant of Ben Sayers ) and Mavis Sayers arrived in Bornholm on a boat from Copenhagen. On their arrival they were greeted by a band and were paraded in the town center. They were celebrated by the locals as the first English people to visit Bornholm since the end of the war and were treated like royalty during their stay. Following their stay they were frequently invited back as they were seen as a symbol of the restoration of Bornholm.

After the evacuation of their forces from Bornholm, the Soviets took the position that the stationing of foreign troops on Bornholm would be considered a declaration of war against the Soviet Union, and that Denmark should foreign aggression. This policy remains in force after NATO has been formed, with Denmark as a founding member. The Soviets accepted the stationing of the troops, which were part of the NATO alliance, but they were strongly opposed to the presence of other NATO troops in the United States. [15]

Sights and landmarks


On the surface of Bornholm, the oldest geological formations can be seen in the rest of Denmark. Stubbeløkken – which is still operating (Danish i drift ) – and Klippeløkken granite quarries in Knudsker parish just east of central Rønne – and statistically a part of the town – are among the few remaining parts of the world. The island’s varied geography and seascapes attract visitors to its many beauty spots from the Hammeren promontory in the northwest to the Almindingen forest in the center and the Dueoddebeaches in the southeast. Of special interest are the rocky sea cliffs at Jons Kapel and Helligdomsklipperne , the varied topography of Paradisbakkerne and rift valleys Such As Ekkodalenand Døndalen . [16] Bornholm’s numerous windmills include the post mill of Egeby and the well-kept Dutch mill at Aarsdale . The lighthouse at Dueodde is Denmark’s tallest, while Hammeren Lighthouse stands at a height of 85 meters (279 ft) above sea level and Rønne Lighthouserises over the waterfront. [17]

Examples of roads that have (a) steep climbs and descents are: (inland) Simplegårdsvej in Klemensker , which begins with Klemens Kro , and Slamrebjergvej just outside Nexø extending northward from the main road from Rønne . Along the coast there are several steep roads, which is also the case in some parts of Denmark as a whole, for instance in and around Vejle . [18]

The island hosts examples of 19th- and early-20th-century architecture, and about 300 wooden houses in Rønne and Nexø , donated by Sweden after War II , when the island was repairing caused by the war. The island is home to 15 medieval churches , four of qui are round churches with single artwork and architecture. The ancient site of Rispebjerg has survived from Neolithic and earthworks from the Iron Age . [19]

There are 14 European bison near Åkirkeby , attracting 100,000 visitors a year. [20] [21]

Famous people

Kristian Zahrtmann
Michael Ancher, self portrait 1902
Vilhelm Herold as Lohengrin
Tulla Blomberg Ranslet
Pia Ranslet
Magnus Cort

pre 1900

  • Peder Olsen Walløe (1716 – 1793) Dano-Norwegian Arctic explorer, explored the train Norse settlements on Greenland
  • Peter Schousboe (1766 in Rønne – 1832) botanist and Danish consul general in Tangier
  • Peter Ludvig Panum (1820 in Rønne – 1885) physiologist and pathologist
  • Johan Peter Andreas Anker (1838 in Knudsker Sogn – 1876) military officer.
  • Peder Henrik Kristian Zahrtmann (1843 in Rønne – 1917) painter, favoured naturalism and realism
  • Michael Ancher (1849 in Rutsker – 1927) realist artist, painted fishermen in Skagen
  • Mathias Bidstrup (1852 in Rønne – 1929) Bornholm, schools, churches (including Gudhjem Church), urban and rural stations in Rønne
  • Janus Laurentius Ridter (1854 in Aakirkeby ) – 1921) painter and illustrator of topographical watercolors
  • MP Möller (1854 in Østermarie – 1937), a pipe-organ builder and manufacturer, moved to the USA in 1872. [22]
  • Vilhelm Herold (1865 in Hasle – 1937) operatic tenor, voice teacher, and theater director
  • Martin Andersen Nexø (1869 – 1954) Socialist Writer, moved to the island 8 and took his last name after the city of Nexø
  • Vilhelm Grønbech (1873 in Allinge – 1948) cultural historian and professor of the history of religion at the University of Copenhagen
  • Oluf Høst (1884 in Svaneke – 1966) Expressionist painter, the only native member of the Bornholm school of painters

post 1900

  • Else Højgaard (1906-1979), ballerina and an actress of stage and screen, noted for her fiery temperament and edgy intensity
  • Gustaf Munch-Petersen (1912 – 1938) writer and painter. He moved to Bornholm in 1935
  • Gertrud Vasegaard (1913-2007), a ceramist remembered for her stoneware , in 1933 she moved to Bornholm, whence her family originated and opened a studio in Gudhjem . [23]
  • Dr. Lilli Nielsen (1926 in Rønne – 2013) Psychologist, taught blind children with multiple disabilities
  • Mogens Glistrup (1926 – 2008) controversial politician, lawyer and tax protest
  • Tulla Blomberg Ranslet (born 1928) Norwegian painter, moved to Bornholm in 1955
  • Flemming Kofod-Svendsen (born 1944 in Aakirkeby ) an ordained minister in the Lutheran Church and a politician
  • Ursula Munch-Petersen (born 1937 in Rønne ) ceramist
  • Bente Hammer (born 1950) textile artist and fashion designer, moved to Bornholm in 1987, opened a workshop and boutique
  • Pia Ranslet (born 1956 in Allinge ) painter and sculptor.
  • Klaus Bondam (born 1963 in Aakirkeby ) actor and politician
  • Sofie Stougaard (born 1966 in Svaneke ) actress
  • Engelina Andrina Larsen (born 1978) singer and songwriter
  • Nicolai Nørregaard (born 1979 in Svaneke ), chef and restaurateur
  • Aura Dione (born 1985) pop singer and songwriter


  • Hans Colberg (1921 in Klemensker – 2007) football player, over 200 pro appearances
  • Julie Houmann (born in Rønne 1979) badminton player
  • Lisbet Jakobsen (born 1987 in Nexø ) rower
  • Magnus Cort Nielsen (born 1993) professional road bicycle racer
  • Mathias Christiansen (born 1994) badminton player
  • Amir Hadžiahmetović (born 1997 in Nexø ) professional footballer

Electricity supply

Bornholm is connected to the Swedish electricity grid by a submarine 60 kV AC cable, which is among the longest AC cables in Europe. This cable is capable of delivering the electrical energy consumed on Bornholm. However Bornholm also has its own electricity at small thermal power plants and especially wind turbines .

Bornholm is also one of the world’s largest providers of renewable energy and renewable energy technologies. 50% of the project is EU-funded, with the remainder coming mainly from large corporations. See for more.


Historical population
year Pop. ±%
1850 27.927
1901 40.677 + 45.7%
1916 43.445 + 6.8%
1925 45.550 + 4.8%
1935 45.819 + 0.6%
1945 47.185 + 3.0%
1955 48.475 + 2.7%
1965 48.620 + 0.3%
1976 47.242 -2.8%
nineteen eighty one 47.370 + 0.3%
1986 46.919 -1.0%
1990 45.784 -2.4%
1995 44.823 -2.1%
2000 44.238 -1.3%
2005 43.347 -2.0%
2010 41.802 -3.6%
2015 39.842 -4.7%
Source: statistikbanken.dkStatistical Yearbook 2009: Area and population. Regions and inhabited islands
Østerlars Church , one of Bornholm’s four round churches
Ruins of Hammershus , a medieval fortress

22 September 2014 population numbers over 40,000 inhabitants on the island in over 100 years. The Folkeregister in the municipality could 39,922 inhabitants in the municipality on that date. [24]


Bornholm has an oceanic climate relatively similar to southern Sweden and mainland Denmark, which has been heavily moderated by its maritime and isolated position. Even though heat is rare, the climate is sunny during summers and rainfall for a climate of this type. The winter (November-December) 2010 – (January-April) 2011 was exceptionally extreme with reaching depth at least 146 cm , 2 inches short of 5 feet ( snowdrifts 6 meters , almost 20 feet) the highest in Northern Europe. Military had to assist. The DMI is worth the 100 million ton. 2013 was a cold year, with only June, July, and August being warm.

[ hide ]Climate data for Bornholm (1971-2000)
month Jan Feb Mar Apr may Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec year
Record high ° C (° F) 8.9
Average high ° C (° F) 2.7
Daily mean ° C (° F) 0.9
Average low ° C (° F) -1.1
Record low ° C (° F) -15.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 40.2
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 16.5 12.9 13.7 11.2 10.0 11.0 10.6 10.8 13.2 14.5 16.7 16.1 157.3
Average snowy days 5.6 5.3 4.0 0.9 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 3.4 21.2
Mean monthly sunshine hours 35 53 112 190 284 266 276 252 155 102 46 31 1,809
Source: Danish Meteorological Institute [25]


Bornholm’s geography has an island and moderate climate makes Bornholm an ideal location for sailing and other water-based sports.

Bornholm has also become an internationally recognized event for ‘racing racing’, a sailing sport where two identical (or one design) supplied racing yachts are raced in one-on-one dogfights on the water. The Danish Open event was held in Bornholm in September 2010 at the port town of Rønne on the Western coast of Bornholm. The racing yachts used for the Danish Open event are Danish-designed DS37 racing yachts. These highly manoeuvrable and versatile boats are also used in the Sweden Cup event.

The five-day Danish Open is a key event in the World Match Racing Tour calendar which is one of only 3 events awarded special status by the International Sailing Federation . The Tour is the world’s leading professional ‘match racing’ series and features a nine-event calendar which has three continents during the series.

Increased points during the World Championship Match Racing Tour with the winner of the season finale at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia claiming the ultimate ISAF World Match Racing Champion title match.

Unlike other sailing sports, match racing is suitable for locations like Bornholm, because it takes place in the near vicinity of the shore, which provides spectacular heat-of-the-action viewing for the on-shore audience.

There are two small stadiums: Nexø Stadion , in Nexø , where NB Bornholm association football club play; Slightly larger and the multi-use stadium Rønne Stadion Nord in Ronne , qui reserves the national football team Bornholm , multi-section club MOST Well Known for athletics IK Viking , and local football Several clubs. The DBU Bornholm is the local branch governing football on the island.


Various Christian denominations have become established on the island, most during the 19th century.

  • Folkekirken (State church) (1536)
  • Baptist church (1843)
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) (1850)
  • Methodist church (1895)
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses (1897)
  • Roman Catholic Church (ca 1150)

Cultural references

  • The Academy Award -winning 1987 Bille August movie Shovel the Conqueror , an adaptation of Martin Andersen Nexo’s novel volume by the same name, is set and was shot on the island.
  • A considerable part of the Second World War spy thriller Hornet Flight by Ken Follett takes place on Bornholm, depicting the island under German occupation.
  • The metalhead teen themed Megaheavy by the Danish filmmaker Fenar Ahmad is set on Bornholm in the 1980s. It won the Grand Prix at the 2010 Odense Film Festival.

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