In the south-west corner of Billund municipality lies the village of Stenderup-Krogager. We won’t go into the details of how it got its double-barrelled name – we’ll leave it to you, the visitor, to ask a local.
If you receive the same answer twice, then you’ll be doing a lot better than us Danes!
Whatever the answer, we can tell you that the parish has been named Stenderup since the 13th century, but it was only when the railway arrived that problems arose.
You see Stenderup is a very popular place name in Denmark – there are ten others dotted around the country! – and the Danish State Railway refused to allow them to use the name when a station was built in town. Whether that was the reason for the double-barrelled name change is unclear, but it certainly proved useful.
The village’s double identity is also appropriate considering it’s heritage: a mix of traditional cooperative farming and railway based development. The town and country met – and co-existed – in one place.
However, that is not the end of the duality. There are two schools in town: Stenderup School, a state-run school, and Hestkær Friskole, a private school based on Gruntvigian principles.
And even the church leads a bit of a double life, being a satellite of Ansager Church, as well as being built by renowned Danish architect and fellow double-bareller Aage Lønborg-Jensen.
Today the village has all the facilities you would expect from a cosy village – a supermarket for supplies, hairdresser, fish farm and even a disco! So why not come and visit the town with the dual name and dual history – you might just find it double the fun!