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Roskilde (Danish pronunciation: [ˈʁʌskilə]), located 30 km (19 mi) west of Copenhagen on the Danish island of Zealand, is the main city in Roskilde Municipality. With a population of 50,046 (as of 1 January 2016), the city is a business and educational centre for the region and the 10th largest city in Denmark. Roskilde is governed by the administrative council of Roskilde Municipality. Roskilde has a long history, dating from the pre-Christian Viking Age. Its UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral, now housing 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs, was completed in 1275, becoming a focus of religious influence until the Reformation.With the development of the rail network in the 19th century, Roskilde became an important hub for traffic with Copenhagen, and by the end of the century, there were tobacco factories, iron foundries and machine shops. Among the largest private sector employers today are the IT firm BEC (Bankernes EDB Central) and GPI (Glim Plastic Industri), specializing in plastics. The Risø research facility is also becoming a major employer, extending interest in sustainable energy to the clean technology sphere. The local university, founded in 1972, the historic Cathedral School, and the Danish Meat Trade College, established in 1964, are educational institutions of note. Roskilde has a large local hospital which has been expanded and modernized since it was opened in 1855. It is now increasingly active in the research sphere. The Sankt Hans psychiatric hospital serves the Capital Region with specialized facilities for forensic psychiatry. The cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum, which contains the well-preserved remains of five 11th-century ships, attract more than 100,000 visitors annually. In addition to its internationally recognized tourist attractions and its annual rock festival, Roskilde is popular with shoppers thanks to its two centrally located pedestrian streets complete with restaurants, cafés, and a variety of shops. The city is home to the FC Roskilde football club which play in the Danish 1st Division, the Roskilde Vikings RK rugby club, and the rowing club, Roskilde Roklub. In the 1970s, the city benefited from the opening of the university and from the completion of the Holbæk Motorway connecting it to Copenhagen. Roskilde has the oldest operational railway station in Denmark, with connections across Zealand as well as with Falster, Lolland, and Jutland. The local airport opened in 1973, mainly serving light aircraft for business use and flight instruction. Among the city's notable citizens are Absalon, the bishop who founded Copenhagen in the 12th century, L. A. Ring, the symbolist painter who gained fame in the 1880s, the writer Lise Nørgaard who wrote the popular Danish TV series Matador in 1978 and the rower Thomas Ebert who became an Olympic gold medallist in 2004.

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Facts and Stats for Roskilde*

  • Pollution Statistics in Roskilde

    Know the pollution level of Roskilde before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 20.67 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 19.77 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 27.91 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30.32 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 16.3 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 14.29 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.86 (Very Low)
  • Roskilde: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Roskilde for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Roskilde.

    • Burglary and Theft 19.27 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 17.15 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 17.69 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 16.61 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 13.73 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 21.41 (Low)
    • Attacks 18.43 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.61 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 76.1 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 19.59 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 15 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Roskilde - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Roskilde is 173.84 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 79.2 (High)
    • Climate Index 83.84 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 23.4 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.9 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 94.09 (High)
    • Health Care Index 72.95 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.4 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 88.45 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Roskilde

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Roskilde

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 15.78 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 43.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 117.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 112.98 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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