About Herning

Herning is a young city that, over the last 150 years, has grown from a farming community and crossroads in the middle of Jutland’s heathland into a centre for development, education, trade fairs, culture, and major sporting and music events.

In recent years, Herning has been singled out in several surveys as the most business-friendly municipality in Denmark. The city has also made its mark as an event city hosting world-class international sporting events and concerts.

The people of Herning and the surrounding area have geared themselves towards receiving large numbers of visitors in terms of infrastructure, planning and service. Cooperation is key. Local businesses, cultural institutions and volunteers make an enormous contribution to creating the best possible basis for Herning as an event city.


  • The city of Herning has a population of 47,000, while the Municipality of Herning is home to 86,700 inhabitants.
  • The Municipality of Herning is Denmark’s third largest in terms of area.
  • Historically, Herning – and all of Central Jutland – was influenced by the textile industry. Today Herning is the driving force behind development in Central and Western Jutland, with a wide range of educational institutions and businesses.
  • Sport and culture are very important in Herning, which has 42 sports facilities spread across the municipality, the Herning Football Exploratorium special training facility, elite classes in both sport and singing, its own regional theatre – Team Theatre, the Fermaten concert venue and two internationally renowned museums of modern art – HEART and Carl-Henning Pedersen & Else Alfelts Museum.
  • Every year, Herning’s leading events company – MCH – attracts about a million visitors to the city for trade fairs, exhibitions, theatre performances, concerts and sporting events.
  • Herning is close to most of Jutland’s many attractions – from the North Sea, to Legoland, and Denmark's second largest city, Aarhus. It can be reached by motorway and rail, and is just 45 minutes from Billund Airport if flying is preferred.