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Former sign of Jelling Municipality
Former sign of Jelling Municipality
Jelling is located in Denmark
Location in Denmark
Jelling is located in Region of Southern Denmark
Jelling (Region of Southern Denmark)
Coordinates: 55°45′13″N 09°24′54″E / 55.75361°N 9.41500°E / 55.75361; 9.41500Coordinates: 55°45′13″N 09°24′54″E / 55.75361°N 9.41500°E / 55.75361; 9.41500
RegionSouthern Denmark (Syddanmark)
 • Urban
1.07 sq mi (2.76 km2)
344 ft (105 m)
 • Urban
 • Urban density3,400/sq mi (1,300/km2)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Jelling is a railway town in Denmark with a population of 3,607 (1 January 2021),[1] located in Jelling Parish, approximately 10 km northwest of Vejle. The town lies 105 metres above sea level.


Jelling is located in Vejle municipality and Region of Southern Denmark. The town is mainly famous for the Jelling stones, national monuments. Until the Municipal Reform of 2007 on 1 January 2007, Jelling was the capital of Jelling municipality. Jelling was also the only town in the former Vejle County headquarters for a bank – Jelling Sparekasse, which had its headquarters in the town until 2007 when it merged with Den Jyske Sparekasse [da], headquartered in Grindsted. Jelling Sparekasse's slogan was: "If king Gorm was alive today ... we would probably be the country's National Bank." One source at least claims that Jelling was the capital of an ancient kingdom of Denmark that was known as Jellund.


From Jelling it is 56 km to Herning and Silkeborg, 80 km to Aarhus and 10 km to the regional capital Vejle. Jelling is close to the Østjyske Motorvej – (E45) and Midtjyske Motorvej – (Primary Route 18). The railroad track HerningVejle goes through Jelling.

In 2003 Jelling municipality was the first municipality in Denmark to offer its residents wireless Internet connection, up to 4 Mbit broadband, at a distance of up to 10 km from Jelling.[2]

Town centre[edit]

Vejle municipality has executed a reconstruction project in the village centre. The main road Gormsgade was closed and a new circumfering road constructed leaving place for the monument area of Jelling.[3]

The plan was estimated to cost in the neighbourhood of 250 million DKK (33,5 million €) which included financing described by The State of Denmark, Vejle municipality, Haderslev Diocese and other private foundations, among them "AP Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation for General Purposes" – which has donated 70 million DKK (10 million €) for the project.

A new culture house and city square was built as additions to the modern village life, while houses were demolished elsewhere to make space for the monument area. Some houses of historical value were preserved in the museum of Den Gamle By in Aarhus.


Jelling is an old and important historical town in the history of Denmark. In the Viking Age it served as the royal seat of the first Monarchs of the Kingdom of Denmark. Jelling is the site of a large stone ship and two large burial mounds, the Jelling stones and Jelling Church which are an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. In the North Mound, built between 958 and 959 CE (possibly for King Gorm of Denmark), an empty burial chamber was found. The South Mound was built around 970 and contains no burial. Beneath the two mounds is a large stone ship from around the end of the 9th century. Between the two mounds stand two rune stones, the Jelling stones. Near the stones, Gorm's son King Harald Bluetooth built a wooden church (965), and beneath it re-interred (965–966) the remains of his father.

Local culture[edit]

The Jelling Music Festival is held annually and is currently Denmark's third largest festival. Bredagerskolen (situated in Jelling) is the largest school in Vejle municipality. The school currently has 810 students[4] (2009) divided into 0–9 classes over 2–5 traces. The village houses the CVU Lillebælt, which trains teachers and educators. There are three grocery stores in Jelling, two gas stations, three garages, two banks, two breweries, and some other stores. The newly opened town house is to house Borgerservice, a library, a cinema, a café, and one of the two breweries.

Notable people[edit]

  • Gorm the Old (900-958) ruler of Denmark, reigning from c.936 to his death c.958; he ruled from Jelling, and made the oldest of the Jelling Stones
  • Nielsine Paget (1858 in Jelling – 1932) a New Zealand homemaker and community worker


  1. ^ BY3: Population 1st January by urban areas, area and population density The Mobile Statbank from Statistics Denmark
  2. ^ Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine =
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]

  • Jelling travel guide from Wikivoyage


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