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Albertslund

Albertslund is a young community that places a great deal of emphasis on providing good conditions for children and teenagers as well as all round cultural and recreational events. Albertslund is also active in  environmental protection. Albertslund lies some 630 km. away from Borken.

Within the past few decades Albertslund has grown from a small village community of 3.000 inhabitants to a town with a population of some 30.000. The town is made up of  low density settlements dotted around open fields, which have a thorough separation of traffic and pedestrians. Albertslund is 14 km west of Copenhagen and has established its own identity as a modern, fully developed town.

The town's origins lie with the original villages of Herstedøster, Vridsløselille and Risby, once independent communities in their own right, whose main income lay in agriculture and horticulture (symbolised today with a cockerel on the coat of arms). Today, in these picturesque villages, the main area of activity is centred around the community centres and the church.

The building of over 1.500 terrace and courtyard houses in South Albertslund at the beginning of the 1960s, paved the way for social housing and migration towards Albertslund.

Almost 30 large and small housing complexes are scattered around the community, consisting of over 6.000 state owned homes and around a further 6.000 privately owned homes. Hyldespjældet has some 400, one, two and three story dwellings.

In the mid 1970s, Albertslund had ten schools with approximately 6.700 students. In 1988, the number of school students dropped to around 4.500. This changed both the economic landscape and capacity of the town's school system. Adult education became increasingly prominent in schools and other, more modern requirements could also be met, such as the creation of lesson specific classrooms.

Day care for all that want it, was and is one of Albertslund's goals. Consequently, 80 day care centres sprang up within only a few years. These provide day care for children up to the age of 18. Recently this number has dropped in relationship to the  declining number of children. Since 1972, all nurseries, play schools, activity centres and clubs have been in the hands of the community.

There are roughly 1.200 big and small businesses in Albertslund, most of them being concentrated in the industrial centre of Herstedøster.

Two thirds of the land area in Albertslund is man-made parkland. The largest of such areas is Vestskoven (west wood) with 1.500 hectares. Since 1967 the wood has been continually replanted and is therefore still young, however it has been used by both people and animals for a long time.

The Albertslund Centre is the towns largest commercial centre and houses a shopping centre, the Town Hall and the culture house "Albertslundhuset" with its library and cinemas as well as its multi-purpose theatre, concert and conference hall with a visitor capacity of 1.200. This is the only such centre in Denmark that is owned by the local community.

Cyclists and pedestrian can move freely, anywhere in Albertslund without ever coming into contact with road traffic. The community has exactly the same amount  of  car-free paths as it has roads, namely 65km. Back when Albertslund still lay on the drawing board, the total separation of pedestrians and cyclists from motorised traffic was quite uncommon. However figures for the number of accidents clearly show   just what sort of  advantages such a system has to offer.