Country Denmark
Region Southern Denmark (Syddanmark)
Municipality Sønderborg
Coordinates DK 54°55′11″N 9°35′31″E / 54.91972°N 9.59194°E / 54.91972; 9.59194Coordinates: DK 54°55′11″N 9°35′31″E / 54.91972°N 9.59194°E / 54.91972; 9.59194
Population 4,234 (2014)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Gråsten (German: Gravenstein), stress on last syllable) is a town with a population of 4,234 (1 January 2014)[1] on the east coast of the Jutland peninsula in south Denmark by the Nybøl Nor at an inlet of the Flensburg Fjord. It belongs to the Sønderborg municipality in Region of Southern Denmark. The town is located almost exactly at the center of a triangle defined by the towns of Aabenraa, Flensburg and Sønderborg Castle (Sønderborg Slot).

The Egernsund Bridge, which crosses the Egern Strait, connects Gråsten with the town of Egernsund.

The Gravenstein apple originates from the city.

Gråsten municipality

Until January 1, 2007, Gråsten was also a municipality (Danish, kommune) in South Jutland County, covering an area of 57 km², and with a total population of 7,256 (2005). Its last mayor was Bendt Olesen, a member of the Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterne) political party. The municipality was created in 1970 due to a kommunalreform ("Municipality Reform") that combined the following parishes: Gråsten, Kværs, Rinkenæs, and Adsbøl.

Gråsten municipality ceased to exist due to Kommunalreformen ("The Municipality Reform" of 2007). It was combined with Augustenborg, Broager, Nordborg, Sundeved, Sydals, and Sønderborg municipalities to form the new Sønderborg municipality. This created a municipality with an area of 499 km² and a total population of 49,886 (2005).

Famous residents of Gråsten

The Danish Royal Family has their summer residence, Gråsten Palace, in the town.


  1. BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas database from Statistics Denmark
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