|Area||60.18 km² (2005)|
Greve Municipality is a municipality (Danish
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, kommune) about 21 km south-west of Copenhagen
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in Region Sjælland
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on the east coast of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in eastern Denmark
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. The municipality covers an area of 60 km², and has a total population of 47,773 (2008). Its mayor is Hans Barlach, a member of the De Konservative
Conservative People's Party (Denmark)
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(The Conservative Party) political party
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The site of its municipal council is the town of Greve Strand
Greve Strand is a Danish town, seat of the Greve Municipality, in the Region Sjælland. Its population is 40,877 .-History:...
Greve Municipality was formed in 1970, as part of the kommunalreform ("Municipal Reform") of that year. It was established by combining the following parish
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- Karlslunde Strand
Greve municipality was one of the municipalities that was not merged with any others on 1 January 2007 in the nationwide Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007).
HistoryUntil the 1960s the area was primarily agricultural, and most businesses in town were concentrated along the coastal road "Strandvejen". With numerous holiday cottages near the coast of Køge Bugt (Køge Bay), this was also the destination for many inhabitants of Copenhagen on holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
During the late 1960s and into the 1970s, many people moved permanently out of Copenhagen and into new homes in places like Greve. What was formerly farmers' fields quickly turned into districts of detached houses, whilst most of the shops and similar businesses near the coastal road moved into central shopping mall
A shopping mall, shopping centre, shopping arcade, shopping precinct or simply mall is one or more buildings forming a complex of shops representing merchandisers, with interconnecting walkways enabling visitors to easily walk from unit to unit, along with a parking area — a modern, indoor version...
s such as Hundige Storcenter
Waves is a shopping mall in Hundige located in the Greve Municipality. The mall houses the largest Bilka in the world and has more than 135 stores and restaurants. The mall has 3200 free parking lots as shopping in the mall is mainly car based.The mall employs more than 1500 people making it the...
and Greve Midtby Center. Around 1980 the S-train
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railroad network was expanded towards Køge
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, and the stations Greve
Greve station is on the Køge radial of the S-train network in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is the middle of three stations in the urbanized coastal end of Greve municipality, and serves the mainly residential areas Greve and Mosede....
Hundige station is a station on the Køge radial of the S-train network in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is situated close to the 'Hundige Center' Shopping center....
were placed adjacent to the shopping malls.
Today, it serves primarily as a residential municipality, functioning as a suburb
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for the larger Copenhagen area.