The Danish seaport Svendborg ( dt: Svendborg ) is to Odense, the second largest city on Funen and belongs to Region Syddanmark ( Region of Southern Denmark ). It is the seat of the Municipality of Svendborg.


The city lies at Svendborg in the south of the Danish island of Funen.


The first mention of Svendborg dating back to 1229, when King Waldemar II gave the city of his sister in law. The name Svendborg is derived from the words pig and castle.

The oldest still preserved residential house Svendborg is the Anne Hvides Gaard, built in 1560.

In the 19th century Svendborg was a seafaring town. Also shipbuilding was operated here. Founded in 1867 J. Ring Andersen Skibsværft developed into a renowned shipyard for wooden shipbuilding, today every winter especially traditional ships from Denmark and some of them from Germany for the maintenance work each year necessary to the moorings of Frederiksø, opposite the old fishing port, attracts. 1907 went out of the yard the Ring Andersen Staalskibsværft ( Steel Shipyard ) produced, which operated from 1916 under the name A / S Svendborg Skibsværft and among others 1991/1992 built the Thetis class for the Danish Navy; 2001, however, was forced to close after financial difficulties, the Svendborg Skibsværft; Today repairs are carried out there only occasionally. Perhaps the most famous shipyard of the town is Walsted Baadeværft, which specializes in the construction and refitting classic sailing yachts.

The largest shipping company in the world, AP Møller Mærsk -, ​​was founded in 1904 or 1912 in Svendborg. The parent company, the "Villa Anna " family Maersk McKinney Moller, still stands today in the " Hoje Bøge Vej ".

Svendborg belonged to the old, 172.8 km ² large municipality of Svendborg. As part of the Danish administrative reform, the new Svendborg municipality was formed 417 km ² of the old municipality of Svendborg, the old municipalities Egebjerg and Gudme January 1, 2007.

Business and Media

Beside shipbuilding, tourism plays an increasingly important role. Especially sailors from the Baltic countries, the many marinas in the summer months. The city is also the main editorial office of the regional Danish newspaper Funen Office Avis. With a circulation of around 13,000 copies (April 2011) they reached in their core area, the south and east of Funen, every second household.


Svendborg is the Danish education center for maritime training. Furthermore, there is a trade school, a nursing school and training centers for teachers. One of Denmark's largest high schools is also located in Svendborg, with approximately 1000 students and over 100 teachers.

Culture and sights

The city has several museums, a cultural history museum, a prehistoric collection, zoological museum Naturama and a private toy museum. The Romanesque Nicolai church dates from the year 1220.


Svendborg is the terminus of the railway line from Odense. A road leads over several bridges from here on Taasinge to Langeland. In addition, the city has a marina.


Svendborg is twinned with Stralsund in Mecklenburg- Vorpommern closed.


Sons and daughters of the town

  • Johannes Jørgensen (1866-1956), poet
  • Henry Rasmussen (1877-1959), German boatbuilder, yacht designer and shipyard owner
  • Kai Nielsen (1882-1924)
  • Annette Vilhelmsen (* 1959), politician
  • Thomas Augustinussen ( b. 1981 ), football player
  • Kasper Tom Christiansen ( born 1981 ), jazz drummer
  • Christian Holst ( born 1981 ), Faroese soccer player
  • Kasper Jebjerg ( born 1985 ), cyclist
  • Johan Koch ( * 1990), handball players

With relationship to the city

  • Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), German poet and dramatist who lived during his exile Danish 1933 to 1939 in a house at Svendborg Skovsbo ​​beach. Here he wrote some of his most important pieces, "The Guns of women Carrar ", " Mother Courage and Her Children " and " Life of Galileo ". Also, the collection of poems " Svendborg Poems " is created here. The house stands after redevelopment in the early 1990s today artists and scientists for project-related stays.
  • Margarete Steffin (1908-1941), German writer closely related to Bertolt Brecht, was living in Svendborg.