Until January 1, 2007, Holmegaard was a municipality (Danish
Danish language
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, kommune) in Storstrøm County
Storstrøm County
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 in the southern part of the island of Zealand (Sjælland) in south Denmark
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. The municipality covered an area of 66 km², and had a total population of 7,442 (2005). Its last mayor was Søren Dysted, a member of the Social Democrats
Social Democrats (Denmark)
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 (Socialdemokraterne) political party
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. The main town and the site of its municipal council was the town of Fensmark.

The municipality was created in 1966 when the following parish
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es were combined: Fensmark-Rislev Parish and Holme-Olstrup Parish. As the result of kommunalreform ("Municipality Reform") in 1970, Toksværd Parish was incorporated into Holmegaard municipality, and Rislev Parish was incorporated into Næstved municipality.

Holmegaard municipality ceased to exist as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It was merged with existing Fladså
Fladså was a municipality in Storstrøm County in south Denmark. The municipality covered an area of 133 km², and had a total population of 7,581 . Its last mayor was Hans R...

, Fuglebjerg
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, Næstved, and Suså
Until January 1, 2007 Suså was a municipality in the former Storstrøm County in the southern part of the island of Zealand in south Denmark. The municipality covered an area of 145 km², and had a total population of 8,529 . Its last mayor was Poul Erik Sørensen, a member of the Social Democrats ...

 municipalities to form the new Næstved municipality. This created a municipality with an area of 681 km² and a total population of 78,446 (2005). The new municipality belongs to Region Sjælland
Region Sjælland
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 ("Zealand Region").

Holmegaard Glassworks

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Holmegaard Glass Factory
Holmegaard Glass Factory, or "Holmegaards Glasværk" as it is called in Danish, is a world famous glass company located in the village of Holmegaard just outside of Næstved. During the last couple of years a lot of new initiatives have been launched at Holmegaard Glasværk, and it is now a place for...


The home of famous Holmegaard Glassworks products is located in Fensmark. The company got its start in 1823 when Count Christian Danneskjold-Samsøe petitioned the Danish king for permission to build a glassworks at Holmegaard Mose ("Holmegaard Bog"). Today the company is known for its high-quality products of Danish design
Danish design
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