With a population of some 91,000, Frederiksberg is the fifth largest local authority in Denmark. Frederiksberg’s area is no more than 8.7 sq. km, and with a density of about 10,000 inhabitants per sq. km it is both the smallest and the most densely populated local authority in the country.
First and foremost, Frederiksberg is a residential area with all the service provision which that involves, but with it’s many parks and leisure facilities it also provides the capital with a green oasis characterised by a special, historic charm.
Frederiksberg’s history dates back to 1651 when Frederik III gave 20 peasants of Dutch origin from Amager the right to settle in "New Holland Town" and cultivate the previously royal land. King Frederik IV built Frederiksberg Castle between 1700 and 1703 as a country residence for the royal family. At the same time the town at the foot of the castle hill became known as Frederiksberg. Frederiksberg was given its local selfgovernment in 1857, and it rapidly began to grow in population. From 1919 onwards, the Frederiksberg authority appointed its own mayor and municipal corporation.