Birkerød (ˈbiɐ̯ɡəʀøːˀð) is a town and was a municipality (Danish
Danish language
Danish is a North Germanic language spoken by around six million people, principally in the country of Denmark. It is also spoken by 50,000 Germans of Danish ethnicity in the northern parts of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, where it holds the status of minority language...

, kommune) in Frederiksborg County
Frederiksborg County
Frederiksborg Amt is a former county in the north of the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. Effective January 1, 2007, the county was abolished and merged into Region Hovedstaden ....

 on the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

. The municipality covered an area of 34 km², and had a total population of 21,930 (2005).

History of Birkerød

Originally Birkerød consisted of eight individual villages (Birkerød, Kajerød, Bistrup, Ravnsnæs, Isterød, Høsterkøb, Sandbjerg and Ubberød) and did so until the 1940s when the construction of villa neighborhoods slowly erased the village borders and formed one town.
Despite being individual villages, they shared the same church, Birkerød Kirke (Birkerød church), since the 12th century. This made Birkerød the "capital" of the parish
A parish is a territorial unit historically under the pastoral care and clerical jurisdiction of one parish priest, who might be assisted in his pastoral duties by a curate or curates - also priests but not the parish priest - from a more or less central parish church with its associated organization...

 and it was also here the railroad station, Birkerød station
Birkerød station
Birkerød station is the railway station in Birkerød north of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is served by S-trains on the Hillerød radial.The railway station was built in 1864 and the first S-trains were used in 1968....

, was constructed in 1868. Birkerød's history

To the south is one of the largest lakes in Denmark, Furesøen.

Birkerød Municipality

On January 1, 2007 Birkerød municipality ceased to exist as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It merged with Søllerød Municipality to form the new Rudersdal municipality
Rudersdal municipality
Rudersdal Kommune is a municipality in Region Hovedstaden in Denmark. It is situated approximately 20 kilometers north of Copenhagen...

. This created a municipality with an area of 73 km² and a total population of 53,621 (2005). The new municipality belongs to the new Region Hovedstaden
Region Hovedstaden
The Capital Region of Denmark is an administrative region of Denmark established on January 1, 2007 as part of the 2007 Danish Municipal Reform, which replaced the traditional counties with five larger regions. At the same time, smaller municipalities were merged into larger units, cutting the...

 ("Capital Region").
Its last mayor before the reform was Ove C. Alminde, a member of the Conservative People's Party
Conservative People's Party (Denmark)
The Conservative People's Party , also known as Conservatives is a Danish political party.-History:The party was founded 1915 based mostly on its predecessor, Højre , but also on the Free Conservatives and a moderate faction of Venstre , the liberals.The party has participated in several coalition...

 (Det Konservative Folkeparti) political party
Politics of Denmark
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. The main town and the site of its municipal council was the town of Birkerød.

Neighboring municipalities were Søllerød
Until January 1, 2007, Søllerød was a municipality in Copenhagen County on the east coast of the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. The municipality covered an area of 39.77 km², and had a total population of 31,920...

 to the southeast, Hørsholm
Hørsholm Kommune is a municipality in the Copenhagen Capital Region in the northern part of the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 31 km², and has a total population of 24,197...

 to the north, and Allerød
Allerød municipality
Allerød Kommune is a municipality on the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. The municipality covers an area of 67 km², and has a total population of 23,493...

 and Farum
Farum municipality
Farum municipality was a municipality in the northeast of the island of Zealand in eastern Denmark. On January 1, 2007 it merged with Værløse municipality to form the new Furesø municipality as a consequence of Denmark's Municipal Reform....

to the west.

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