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After the first Little Belt Bridge was completed in 1935 Middelfart became an important hub for traffic between Jutland and Funen.
The population grew from 2,345 in 1880 to 11,056 in 1950 but in the second half of the 20th century the rate of growth declined.
Horsens is best known for its culture and entertainment events.
Horsens New Theatre is a cultural centre which holds over 200 events annually.
In the winter of 1854–55, 1742 whales were caught, but a normal winter's catch would be half that or even less.
In 1970 a motorway bridge to Jutland was opened and in 2007 Middelfart became the seat of an expanded municipality, which included the former communes of Ejby and Nørre Aaby.
From the Middle Ages until the end of the 19th century the local fishermen were also whale hunters in winter.
It is believed the name Horsens derives from the old Danish words hors (horse) and næs (naze, headland). The earliest traces of a city are remains of a pagan burial site and houses dating back to the 10th century.
In the 12th century, the kings Sweyn III and Valdemar I issued coins in the city.