Horbelev Church, Falster

Location on Falster

Coordinates: 54°49′22″N 12°03′21″E / 54.82278°N 12.05583°E / 54.82278; 12.05583Coordinates: 54°49′22″N 12°03′21″E / 54.82278°N 12.05583°E / 54.82278; 12.05583
Country Denmark
Region Zealand (Sjælland)
Municipality Guldborgsund
Population (2015)
  Total 583
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Horbelev is a village some 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northeast of Nykøbing on the Danish island of Falster. Horbelev Church, one of Falster's oldest, dates from the beginning of the 13th century. In January 2015 Horbelev had a population of 583.[1]


In the 13th century the name was Horbærlef from the man's name Hornbori coupled with lev meaning inherited land or property.[2]


Horbelev Church, dating from c. 1200, is one of Falster's oldest. Horbelev once had a station on the Stubberkøbing–Nykøbing railway which operated from 1911 to 1966. It became an important agricultural service centre for the fertile surroundings.[2] The stones around the tree at the corner of Lillegade and Stengårdsvej mark the location of the former moot, a place where administrative meetings were held.[3]

The village today

The village has a food store, a "village centre", a sports hall with cafeteria, a motel and a day nursery. Associations include an active sports club and an amateur drama group. The Landbyscenter or village centre in the premises of a former school serves as a venue for activities undertaken by the people of northeast Falster as well as for meetings of local clubs. It also houses a second hand store, a flower shop and a massage parlor. The recently inaugurated New Horbelev Festival is an annual event with theatrical presentations, a market day and an arts and crafts exhibition in the village centre.[4]


  1. BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas: database from Statistics Denmark
  2. 1 2 "Horbelev", Den Store Danske. (Danish) Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  3. "Bysævnepladsen i Horbelev", Historisk Atlas. (Danish) Retrieved 17 November 2012.
  4. "Horbelev", Guldborgsund Kommune. (Danish) Retrieved 17 November 2012.
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