Flakfortet is a sea fortress located on the artificially built island, Saltholmreb, in Øresund between Copenhagen
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. The island and fort are simply known as Flakfortet, the name of the island, Saltholmreb, is seldom used.
The fort was built in the years 1910–1915 as part of Copenhagen's sea-fortifications. Until 2001 the island was owned by the Danish Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence (Denmark)
The Ministry of Defence of Denmark is a ministry in the Danish government. It is charged with overall planning, development, and strategic guidance of the entire area of responsibility of the Danish Defence minister, including the armed forces and the emergency management sector...
, who had not used it actively since 1968. It was put up for sale in 1999 under the guidance of Statens Ejendomssalg (commonly known as Freja) which is the department under the Danish Ministry of Finance
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responsible for selling state-owned property that is not used by the State anymore.
In June 2001 it was sold to the Swedish company Malmökranen, but since the fort is a Danish designated protected area the new owners must maintain the area and make it publicly available. The sale also had to be approved by the Danish Skov- og Naturstyrelsen which is the organization responsible for such areas in Denmark.
In 2008, the new owners, together with the Swedish conductor, Kristofer Wåhlander
Kristofer Wåhlander is a Swedish conductor, born 12th November 1974 in Loddekopinge in southern Sweden. Founded the St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra in Russia in 2001 and recorded Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony on the La Forza label with the same orchestra .Served as artistic director for the Nordic...
arranged the fort's first ever classical music festival, Music at the fort, with audience shipped from both Sweden
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