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Zealand (Denmark)

For other uses, see Zealand (disambiguation).
Native name: Sjælland
Location Baltic Sea

55°30′N 11°45′E / 55.500°N 11.750°E / 55.500; 11.750Coordinates: 55°30′N 11°45′E / 55.500°N 11.750°E / 55.500; 11.750

Area 7,031 km2 (2,714.7 sq mi)
Region Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand
Largest city Copenhagen (pop. 1,181,239)
Population 2,491,090
Density 354.3 /km2 (917.6 /sq mi)
Not to be confused with New Zealand, Zeeland, Seeland, or Sealand.

Zealand, also Seeland (Danish: Sjælland; pronounced [ˈɕɛˌlænˀ]) is the largest (7,031 km²) and most populated island in Denmark with a population just under 2.5 million, as-well as (the 96th-largest island in the world and the 35th most populous). It is connected to Funen by the Great Belt Bridge, to Lolland, Falster (and Germany from 2021)[1] by the Storstrøm Bridge and the Farø Bridges, and to Sweden over Amager and the Øresund Bridge.

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is located partly on the eastern shore of Zealand and partly on Amager. Other cities on the island include Roskilde, Næstved and Elsinore.

Mythological origins

In Norse mythology as told in the story of Gylfaginning, the island was created by the goddess Gefjun after she tricked Gylfi, the king of Sweden. She removed a piece of land and transported it to Denmark, and it became Zealand. The vacant area was filled with water and became Mälaren.[2] However, since modern maps show a similarity between Zealand and the Swedish lake Vänern, it is sometimes identified as the hole left by Gefjun.


Zealand is the most populous Danish island (pop. 2012 est. 2,491,090).[3] It is joined to Funen by the Great Belt bridge and to Scania in Sweden by the Oresund bridge. It is irregularly shaped, and is north of the islands of Lolland, Falster, and Møn.

On June 5, 2007, the regional subsidiary of national broadcaster DR reported that Kobanke hill in the south east, near the town Rønnede in Faxe municipality, with a height of 122.9 m (403.21 feet), was the highest natural point on Zealand. Gyldenløveshøj, south of the city Roskilde, has a height of 126 m (413.4 feet), but that is due to a man-made hill from the 17th century and its highest natural point is only 121.3 m (397.96 feet).

Cities and towns

Urban areas with +10,000 inhabitants:

# Urban area Municipality Population
1 Copenhagen Multiple 1,213,822
2 Roskilde Roskilde Municipality 47,828
3 Helsingør Helsingør Municipality 46,368
4 Hørsholm Multiple 45,865
5 Næstved Næstved Municipality 41,857
6 Køge Køge Municipality 35,295
7 Taastrup Høje-Taastrup Municipality 32,719
8 Slagelse Slagelse Municipality 32,133
9 Hillerød Hillerød Municipality 30,570
10 Holbæk Holbæk Municipality 27,195
11 Ringsted Ringsted Municipality 21,412
12 Ølstykke-Stenløse Egedal Municipality 20,984
13 Birkerød Rudersdal Municipality 19,919
14 Måløv-Smørumnedre Multiple 19,143
15 Farum Furesø Municipality 18,422
16 Kalundborg Kalundborg Municipality 16,303
17 Lillerød Allerød Municipality 15,795
18 Frederikssund Frederikssund Municipality 15,602
19 Solrød Strand Solrød Municipality 15,159
20 Korsør Slagelse Municipality 14,538
21 Værløse Furesø Municipality 12,842
22 Frederiksværk Halsnæs Municipality 12,191
23 Dragør Dragør Municipality 11,683
24 Vordingborg Vordingborg Municipality 11,643
25 Hedehusene-Fløng Høje-Taastrup Municipality 11,345
26 Haslev Faxe Municipality 11,201

See also


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