Danish Wadden Sea Islands

The Danish Wadden Sea Islands ( Denmark : Danske Vadehavsøer ) are a group of islands on the western coast of Jutland , Denmark . They have belonged to the region of Southern Denmark since January 1, 2007. Previously they belonged to the counties of South Jutland and Ribe . [1]

The Danish islands Differ from the German North Frisian Islands Because no Frisians live on the Danish islands. [2]

The islands

Fanø is located just off Esbjerg to which it is connected by a ferry. The main towns on Fanø are Nordby and Sønderho. Other towns include Fanø Vesterhavsbad and Rindby. The island is 16 kilometers (9.9 miles) long and 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) wide, and has an area of ​​56 square kilometers (22 square miles). As of 2005, about 3,169 people live there. [3] A variety of environments is to be found on Fanø. Not surprisingly, a very common one is sand. The island of the West is made up of beaches, and the sea is also home to the “Søren-Jessens-Sand”, a vast sandbank . Fanø also has a heath and a small pine wood.

Mandø is a smaller island farther south, a bit farther from the mainland. It is Denmark’s only Hallig , being much like the islands bearing that description among the German islands. A dike on Mandø keeps the sea at bay. [3] Much of the islanders’ history involves efforts to reclaim their island from the sea.

Rømø is currently the southernmost of Denmark’s Wadden Sea Islands (a small uninhabited one called Jordsand was farther south, but sank in 1999, leaving behind only a sandbank). Rømø is linked to the Danish mainland by a road running across a causeway, and the island also lies only about 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from its German neighbor Sylt , to which it is connected by ferry. [3] Kongsmark, Østerby, Lakolk, and Sønderstrand.

There is also a small island in the archipelago called Langli , which is to be found in the Ho Bugt north of Esbjerg. It is the northernmost island in the whole group. It was once part of a peninsula when landward stretch was washed away in a storm centuries ago. Since then, another spit has formed to the west and now shields Langli from some of the sea’s more destructive tendencies. Langli is nowadays home to a natural science station, housed in a villa built in the 20th century. Langli HAS year area of about 8 square kilometers (3.1 square miles) and can be atteint from the mainland over year ebbevej (watershed) That is 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) long.

Jordsand and Koresand are two sandbanks in the Danish Wadden Sea . Jordsand is a hallig form.

See also

  • List of islands of Denmark


  1. Jump up^ Den Store Danske Amt
  2. Jump up^ Nordfriisk Institute: Map of North Frisian settlement and language area
  3. ^ Jump up to:c “Cultural Entities (Denmark) Danish Wadden Sea Islands” . Lancewad Plan. Retrieved 9 December 2010.

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