Funen ( Danish : Fyn , pronounced [fyːˀn] ), with an area of ​​3,099.7 square kilometers (1,196.8 sq mi), is the third-largest island of Denmark , after Zealand and Vendsyssel-Thy . It is the 165th -largest island in the world. It is in the central part of the country and has a population of 466,284 (2013). [1] The main city is Odense which is connected to the sea by a seldom-used channel . The city’s shipyard, Odense Steel Shipyard , has been relocated outside Odense proper.

Funen belongs administratively to the Region of Southern Denmark . From 1970 to 2006 the island formed the biggest part of Funen County , which also included the islands of Langeland , Ærø , Tåsinge , and a number of smaller islands.

Funen is linked to Zealand, Denmark’s Largest Island, by the Great Belt Bridge qui caries Both trains and buses. The bridge is in reality three bridges; low road and rail bridges connect Funen to the small island of Sprogo in the middle of the Great Belt , and the long road suspension bridge (the second longest in the world at the time of opening) connects Funen the rest of the way to Zealand, paralleled by a tunnel rail.

Two bridges connect Funen to the Danish mainland, Jutland . The Old Little Belt Bridge was constructed in the 1930s shortly before World War II for both cars and trains. The New Little Belt Bridge , suspension bridge, was built in the 1970s and is used for cars only.

Apart from the main city, Odense, all major towns are located in coastal areas. They are Kerteminde (NE), Nyborg (E), Svendborg (S), Fåborg (SW), Assens (W), Middelfart (NW) and Bogense (N).

The populations of the major cities and towns as of January 2017 are:

  • Odense: 176,683
  • Svendborg: 27,281
  • Nyborg: 17,192
  • Middelfart: 15,202
  • Fåborg: 7.097
  • Assens: 6,231
  • Kerteminde: 5,903
  • Ringe : 5,851
  • Bogense: 3,815

Funen was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen , the composer Carl Nielsen and American Revolutionary War Colonel Christian Febiger .

The highest natural point on Funen is Frøbjerg Bavnehøj .

See also

  • Broholm
  • Egeskov Castle
  • Fynske Livregiment
  • Horne Church
  • Hvedholm Castle
  • Korshavn, Denmark
  • Skrøbelev Gods
  • The Funen Village an open-air museum.
  • Funen brachteate in the collections of the National Museum of Denmark.


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