The island of Funen

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Odense - City Hall © Kåre Thor Olsen

Odense – City Hall © Kåre Thor Olsen

Funen with a size of 2,984 km² (1152 sq. miles), is the third-largest island of Denmark following Zealand and Vendsyssel-Thy, and the 163rd largest island of the world. Funen is located in the central part of the country and has a population of 454,358 inhabitants. The main city is Odense, connected to the sea by canal, though this canal is now seldom used. The city’s shipyard Odense Steel Shipyard has been relocated outside of Odense proper. Funen belongs administratively to Region of Southern Denmark. From 1970–2006, the island formed the biggest part of Funen County, which also included the islands of Langeland, Ærø and Tåsinge, as well as a number of smaller islands.

Funen is linked to Zealand, Denmark’s largest island, by the Great Belt Bridge carrying both trains and cars. The Great Belt Bridge is in reality two bridges; a low bridge connecting Funen to the small island of Sprogø in the middle of the Great Belt and a long suspension bridge the rest of the way to Zealand. The suspension bridge was the second longest in the world at the time of opening. From Funen to Sprogø, trains use a separate bridge parallel to the low bridge and constructed in a similar way. A tunnel connects Sprogø with Zealand, forming the other half of the railway connection.

Svendborg © Erik Christensen Svendborg Harbour © Erik Christensen Odense - Hans Christian Andersen's childhood home © Kåre Thor Olsen Odense - Dalum Cloister © Kåre Thor Olsen Odense - City Museum Moentergaarden © Kåre Thor Olsen Nyborg © Mads Lerches Gaard Town Museum © Kåre Thor Olsen Middelfart - Sankt Nikolai Church © Erik Bachmann Kerteminde - Old houses © Kåre Thor Olsen Egeskov Castle © Malene Thyssen Ærøskøbing © Erik Christensen Aerial view of Bogense Harbour © DaWiki2Commo Odense - City Hall © Kåre Thor Olsen
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Odense - Hans Christian Andersen's childhood home © Kåre Thor Olsen
Apart from the main city, Odense, all major towns are located in coastal areas. Beginning in the northeast of the island and moving clockwise, the list is as follows: Kerteminde, Nyborg, Svendborg, Fåborg, Assens, Middelfart and Bogense.

Funen was the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen, the composer Carl Nielsen and American Revolutionary War hero Col. Christian Febiger. The highest natural point on Funen is Frøbjerg Bavnehøj.

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