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Established in 1895 by nine local dairies, the butter-packaging factory, Dansk Andels Smørpakkeri, employed some 150 workers until 1920, packing and dispatching butter for the London market.It was later extended to include egg marketing under the name Dansk Andels Ægeksport.In order to cope with enormous future increases in Danish offshore wind power, 12 companies, including DONG Energy and Bluewater Energy Services are already planning the establishment of a Green Offshore Centre in Esbjerg.Historically, in addition to its success as a fishing port, Esbjerg established its position as one of the country's major export centres.With an urban population of 71,618 (as of 1 January 2016 it is the fifth-largest city in Denmark, and the largest in west Jutland.Before a decision was made to establish a harbour (now the second largest in Denmark) at Esbjerg in 1868, the area consisted of only a few farms.
The town holds an annual music festival spanning two weekends (nine days) in mid-August.
Once Denmark's principal fishing port, the Port of Esbjerg is still a driving force for the town's economy.
While it has a long history of ferry services to England, the town is by no means a tourist destination.
More recently, it has become a centre for shipping offshore wind turbines.
In addition to handling 65 percent of all Danish wind turbines, which supply 3 gigawatts (4,000,000 hp) of offshore wind power, components have been shipped to various British wind farms.