Kerteminde Municipality is a municipality (Danish, kommune) in Region of Southern Denmark on the northeast coast of the island of Funen in central Denmark. The municipality includes the island of Romsø, and it covers an area of 203 km². It has a total population of 23,630 (2008). Its mayor is Sonja Rasmussen, a former member of the Social Democratic Party (Socialdemokraterne). Just after the 2009 local election, Rasmussen became an Independent and was elected as the new mayor with the support of the right-wing parties. The main town and the site of its municipal council is the town of Kerteminde.
The municipality is located on a peninsula, and is therefore surrounded by water on three sides:
- The Great Belt (Storebælt), the strait which separates Funen from the island of Zealand, to the east
- The Kattegat to the north
- The Kattegat and Odense Fjord to the west.
The Kerteminde Fjord flows through Kerteminde town and divides the easternmost part of the municipality into two segments. In the west, an isthmus near Munkebo connects the two areas. The fjord is a segment of the Great Belt.
Ferry service connects the municipality to the island of Romsø from the harbour in the town of Kerteminde.
The municipality was created in 1970 as the result of a kommunalreform ("Municipal Reform") that merged a number of existing parishes:
- Dalby Parish
- Drigstrup Parish
- Kerteminde Parish
- Kølstrup Parish
- Mesinge Parish
- Revninge Parish
- Rynkeby Parish
- Stubberup Parish
- Viby Parish
On 1 January 2007 Kerteminde Municipality was, as the result of Kommunalreformen ("The Municipal Reform" of 2007), merged with existing Munkebo and Langeskov municipalities to form an enlarged Kerteminde municipality.
The largest towns in Kerteminde Municipality are:
Other towns and villages (ordered by population):
Rynkeby – 601 inhabitants (2009)
Birkende – 568 inhabitants (2009)
Dalby – 324 inhabitants (2009)
- Municipal statistics: NetBorger Kommunefakta, delivered from KMD aka Kommunedata (Municipal Data)
- Municipal mergers and neighbors: Eniro new municipalities map