air in Svaneke, all the year round!
is the easternmost and smallest market town in Denmark.
The first time the name of the town is mentioned was in
1410 - and was called Swencke, but the community
i far older. It was originally a fishing village. In year
1491 the name Swanicke appears. Chr. III mentions
in 1555 the town as Svaniche af Boringholm and
assigns the town its market town privilege and now there
is a possibility for establishing functions like mayor,
councillors plus other common functions. In 1584 the town
gets its own seal which represent a standing swan with
a ring in the beak, but noone today knows why this motive
Today, Svaneke is one of the most beatyful and
characteristic market towns. From the midle of the 19th
century Svaneke rested. For instance did the railway not
come to Svaneke, which has meant that the old town structure
and the old houses were preserved. This is one of the
reason why Svaneke is a unique image of a true and harmonious
market town, situated on the steep rocks around the harbour
with coloured clusters of houses, mutually connected by
The town rises from the harbour up to the fields, that
surround the town. There is a daily ferry service from
the harbour to Christian's Island and all shops are on
the market place. In 1975 the town was awarded the European
Gold medal for town preservation.
The trades and industries in Svaneke are arts and
crafts, agriculture, fishing, export production, education,
and has a post house, a library, a bank, a baker, a super
market, a flower shop, a cinema, a doctor, a dentist,
a glasshouse, and a brewery. It is possible to go and
get your daily fish on the harbour. Turism is served by
a hotel, a camping site, a youth hostel, private holiday
apartments and houses, many different restaurants and
a pub on the market place.
The population in Svaneke is doing fine. Besides
daily jobs, there are many different leisure-time activities
and clubs, - and the cohesiveness in the town is great.
The town has about "250 mayors" who during the
month meet up at the local pub, from here the world is
conducted. The population is devided into about "50
% newcomers" from many different parts of the country
and about "50 % natives", this gives a humorous
mixture of different cultures, which is an enrichment
to the town. In 1890, the citizens established a amateur
theathre, which today is a competent private theatre.
The theatre gives performance in the winther.
Well, this was var a long story - You will find out the
rest when you´re on the island.
We will look forward to welcoming you on Bornholm.
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