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Ebeltoft is one of the tourist centres of Denmark, due to the natural beauty of the area, its old town center with cobble stoned streets and half timbered houses centuries old and, not least, a large amount of beaches. Also, it is home to one of the world's first glass museums and the Fregatten Jylland , the longest wooden warship in the World.
In spite of its relatively small size it is quite lively, especially in the summer season. The size of the population soars in June, July and August, but all year around there are many more people staying here than the official number of inhabitants suggests. This is due to the Danish phenomenon of 'summer houses', holiday homes, most of them wooden but quite luxurious, of which there are several thousands in this area. Ebeltoft is also the home of the internationally acclaimed European Film College which offers both short and long courses in film making, especially for young people. The tourism, the old traditions of trade in this harbour town and the international schools in the area are probably the reason why most people in this small town are open-minded and friendly towards foreigners. The town is, generally speaking, also well-to-do. Quite a few people work in the city of Århus, which is only 50 kilometres away and so within commuting distance.
Ebeltoft itself offers fewer and fewer opportunities for employment. Several large companies that used to employ unskilled labour are now closed, traditional trades such as fishing and farming are diminishing rapidly and the ferry line, Mols-linien , to Ebeltoft has moved quite a few of its employees to the ferry port of Århus. However, the town is very popular with artisans such as glass workers, potters, painters and jewelry designers. A large amount of general stores and supermarkets as well as hotels, restaurants and bars are other possibilities to make a living here.
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