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  • Skagen, is Denmark's northernmost town and the area surrounding it

Skagen facts

  • Occasionally known in English as The Scaw, it is situated on the east coast of the Skagen Odde peninsula in the far north of Jutland, it is part of Frederikshavn Municipality in Region Nordjylland
  • It is located 41 kilometres (25 mi) north of Frederikshavn and 108 kilometres (67 mi) northeast of Aalborg
  • With its well-developed harbour, Skagen is Denmark's main fishing port and also has a thriving tourist industry, attracting some 2 million people annually
  • Originally the name was applied to the peninsula but it now usually refers to the town itself
  • The settlement began in the Middle Ages as a fishing village, renowned for its herring industry
  • Thanks to its seascapes, fishermen and evening light, towards the end of the 19th century it became popular with a group of Impressionist artists now known as the Skagen Painters
  • In 1879, the Skagen Fisherman's Association was established with the purpose of facilitating the local fishing industry through the Skagensbanen railway, which opened as a narrow-gauged railway in 1890
  • The modern port of Skagen opened on 20 November 1907, and with the railway connections to Frederikshavn and the rest of Denmark, tourism began to develop
  • In the early 1910s, Christian X and Queen Alexandrine often visited Skagen and brought friends from other European monarchies
  • They built the summer residence Klitgården, completed in 1914

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