Both empty into Vejle Fjord, which connects Vejle by water through the Little Belt strait to the Baltic Sea, and through the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits to the Atlantic Ocean.
Many of Vejle's neighbourhoods began as separate towns or villages that merged with the city as it grew.
) is a town in Denmark, in the southeast of the Jutland Peninsula at the head of Vejle Fjord, where the Vejle River and Grejs River and their valleys converge.
It is the site of the councils of Vejle Municipality (kommune) and the Region of Southern Denmark.
During Viking times, the wetlands around Vejle had to be crossed at the Ravning Bridge, a nearly half-mile wooden boardwalk.In 1796, though, Vejle was made the seat of the newly founded Vejle County, and the town expanded throughout the 19th century, benefiting from improvements such as a new harbour on the fjord, a railroad station, and modern utilities.From the mid-19th century into the 20th century, Vejle developed from a provincial market town into a busy industrial centre, eventually becoming known as the "Manchester of Denmark" for its many cotton mills.Ever since Social Democrat Christian Jacobsen became Vejle's first elected mayor in 1919, the town has been a stronghold for the Social Democrats and trade unions.The longest serving Social Democratic mayor was Willy Sørensen, a union leader who joined the city council in 1937 and held the mayor's post for 31 years, from 1946 until his death in 1978.
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During the Middle Ages, Vejle was important as a market town, and developed along those lines up to the mid-17th century, trading with cities such as Lübeck and Flensburg, in what is now Germany.In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Vejle's population was diminished as a consequence of plague and war.In 1993, the Social Democratic dynasty was broken, when a candidate from a coalition of opposition parties, Flemming Christiansen, became mayor.In 2009, the Social Democrats were out of power again when Liberal candidate Arne Sigtenbjerggaard won the elections.For a country where the highest natural elevation is only about 170 m (558 ft) above sea level, Vejle is known for the forested hills that rise to the north and south of the town and fjord.
The two valleys that converge at Vejle are both unique in Denmark: Vejle River Valley (Vejle Ådal) is the longest tunnel valley in Denmark, and the Grejs Valley (Grejsdalen) is the largest ravine in Denmark.The Tulip slaughterhouses were also an important employer in the city.Today, Tulip has closed its factory at the harbour, but still maintains production in northern Vejle.Despite the decline in the industry in Denmark, the last cotton mill in Vejle remained open until 1993.Today, many of the old mill buildings are used for art studios, office space, and, more recently, apartments. The city is home to one of the largest chewing gum factories in the world, producing Stimorol brand chewing gum.