Kolding is a Danish seaport located at the head of Kolding Fjord in the Region of Southern Denmark. It is the seat of Kolding Municipality. It is a transportation, commercial, and manufacturing centre, and has numerous industrial companies, principally geared towards shipbuilding. The manufacturing of machinery and textiles and livestock export are other economically significant activities.

The Kolding municipality is the seventh largest in Denmark. The city itself is also the seventh largest city in Denmark.

The city is part of the Triangle Region, which includes the neighbouring cities of Fredericia and Vejle.

RegionSouthern Denmark (Syddanmark)
First documented1231
 • MayorJørn Pedersen
 • Urban37.9 km  (14.6 sq mi)
Elevation50 m (160 ft)
Population (2020)
 • Urban61,121
 • Urban density1,600/km  (4,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code6000
Area code(s)(+45) 7

Main sights

The municipal museum, the Museet på Koldinghus, is located in the castle and former royal palace. It has a collection of Danish art from the late Middle Ages to the 1940s, miscellaneous artefacts of local interest, and an extensive collection of items in gold and silver.

The Trapholt art museum features many pieces from mainly Danish artists, along with a large collection of chairs.

Also Kolding houses the Danish Museum of Nurses (Danish: Dansk Sygeplejemuseum) which is situated in the former reception building of the former tuberculosis sanatorium for children. The exhibition also include this past of the buildings. The main part of the sanatorium is now a hotel, situated in a minor forest and overlooking the water. The building itself is very beautiful and built to resemble a palace.


A branch of University College South (Danish: University College Syd) can be found in Kolding.

A branch campus of University of Southern Denmark is located in the former hospital which was closed in 1975. Further, the new Campus Kolding opened downtown in 2014. The city is also home to Design School Kolding (Designskolen Kolding), established in 1967 and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the areas of fashion, graphic design and textiles.

The new building of University of Southern Denmark will be built further to the east at Grønborggrunden in central Kolding.

Citizen service opening hours

  • Monday:10:00 – 14:00
  • Tuesday:10.00 – 14:00
  • Wednesday:10.00 – 14:00
  • Thursday:10.00 – 18.00
  • Friday:10.00 – 14.00


Municipality of Kolding
Akseltorv 1 6000 Kolding
79 79 79 79