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Roskilde (Danish pronunciation: [ˈʁʌskilə]) was the capital of Denmark until 1443. Since then, Copenhagen has been the capital.

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Country Denmark
Region Zealand (Sjælland)
Municipality Roskilde
Coordinates 55°39′N 12°05′E / 55.650°N 12.083°E / 55.650; 12.083
Population 47,828 (2012)
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal codes 4000
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Roskilde Cathedral

The most important church in Denmark is in Roskilde. It is where the dead Danish kings are buried. The city also have a yearly music festival called Roskilde Festival. The festival is one of two biggest in Europe.

Roskilde has a population of about 54,000. An important economic activity is tourism.

Roskilde lies on Roskilde Fjord. After the Roskilde Festival in 1978, the fjord was so polluted, that fish started to float to the surface. This, in turn, meant that ships were unable to sail in the waters near the city, which lead to an economic collapse. The city became so poor that animals became common replacements for fuel. Finally, in 1979, the government cleared the waters, and the city began to flurish again.