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    (Wikipedia) - Zealand For other uses, see Zealand (disambiguation). Zealand Native name: Sjælland Geography Location Coordinates Area Country Region Largest city Demographics Population Density
    The Cliffs of Stevns south of Copenhagen
    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
    7,031 km2 (2,715 sq mi)
    Capital Region of Denmark, Region Zealand
    Copenhagen (pop. 1,181,239)
    354.3 /km2 (917.6 /sq mi)
    Not to be confused with New Zealand, Zeeland, Seeland, or Sealand.

    Zealand, also Seeland (Danish: Sjælland; pronounced ), is the largest (7,031 km²) and most populated island in Denmark with a population just under 2.5 million representing about 45% of the country''s total population.

    It is the 96th-largest island in the world by area and the 35th most populous. It is connected to Funen by the Great Belt Bridge, to Lolland, Falster (and Germany from 2021) 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.

    The island is not connected historically to the Pacific nation of New Zealand, which is named after the Dutch province of Zeeland.


    Mythological originsGefion carving Zealand from Sweden.

    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. 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). 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 Greve Greve Municipality 47,980
    3 Roskilde Roskilde Municipality 47,828
    4 Helsingør Helsingør Municipality 46,368
    5 Hørsholm Multiple 45,865
    6 Næstved Næstved Municipality 41,857
    7 Køge Køge Municipality 35,295
    8 Taastrup Høje-Taastrup Municipality 32,719
    9 Slagelse Slagelse Municipality 32,133
    10 Hillerød Hillerød Municipality 30,570
    11 Holbæk Holbæk Municipality 27,195
    12 Ringsted Ringsted Municipality 21,412
    13 Ølstykke-Stenløse Egedal Municipality 20,984
    14 Birkerød Rudersdal Municipality 19,919
    15 Måløv-Smørumnedre Multiple 19,143
    16 Farum Furesø Municipality 18,422
    17 Kalundborg Kalundborg Municipality 16,303
    18 Lillerød Allerød Municipality 15,795
    19 Frederikssund Frederikssund Municipality 15,602
    20 Solrød Strand Solrød Municipality 15,159
    21 Korsør Slagelse Municipality 14,538
    22 Værløse Furesø Municipality 12,842
    23 Frederiksværk Halsnæs Municipality 12,191
    24 Dragør Dragør Municipality 11,683
    25 Vordingborg Vordingborg Municipality 11,643
    26 Hedehusene-Fløng Høje-Taastrup Municipality 11,345
    27 Haslev Faxe Municipality 11,201

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