Helsingør, Capital Region, Denmark

🇩🇰 Helsingør, classically known in English as Elsinore, is a city in eastern Denmark. Helsingør and Helsingborg in Sweden together form the northern reaches of the Øresund Region, centered on Copenhagen and Malmö. The HH Ferry route connects Helsingør with 🇸🇪 Helsingborg, 4 km across the Øresund.

After the end of the industrial era, the town of Helsingør had to redefine itself, and came up with an ambitious project: Kulturhavn Kronborg, literally "Culture-harbour of Kronborg". It officially opened on 26 May 2013, intended to appeal to tourists with an interest in culture. The main attraction of Kulturhavn Kronborg is Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides the historical attractions of the site, William Shakespeare's play Hamlet has been performed annually in its courtyard since 1937. There is a longstanding tradition of performing the play in English, and notable actors in the title role have included Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer, Derek Jacobi, and in 2009 Jude Law. At the heart of Kulturhavn Kronborg lies kulturværftet or The Culture Yard, a new cultural centre and a public library located in the old dockyard. It opened in 2010. The former dry dock now houses the Danish Maritime Museum.

In the centre of the harbour basin stands the polished steel sculpture Han (He) by artist duo Elmgreen and Dragset, commissioned by the City of Helsingør in 2012. It was inaugurated by then Minister of culture, Uffe Elbæk, in June 2012. It is seen as the counterpart (and even little brother) to Edvard Eriksen's world-famous The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, and has caused both praise and protests among locals.

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Helsingør has a population of over 47,483 people. Helsingør also forms the centre of the wider Helsingør Municipality which has a population of over 62,686 people. Helsingør is situated 4 km west of Helsingborg.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities Helsingør is twinned with: 🇳🇴 Harstad, Norway; 🇫🇷 Rueil-Malmaison, France; 🇮🇹 Sanremo, Italy; 🇸🇪 Umeå, Sweden; 🇬🇱 Uummannaq, Greenland; 🇫🇮 Vaasa, Finland.

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