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AMAGER ( or, especially among older speakers, ) in the Øresund
Øresund
is Denmark
Denmark
's most densely populated island with almost 200,000 inhabitants on the small appendix to Zealand.

The Danish capital, Copenhagen
Copenhagen
, is partly situated on Amager, which is connected to the much larger island of Zealand
Zealand
by eight bridges and a metro tunnel. Amager
Amager
also has a connection across the Øresund
Øresund
to Sweden, the Øresund
Øresund
Bridge . Its western part begins with a tunnel from Amager
Amager
to another Danish island, Peberholm
Peberholm
. Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Airport is located on the island, around 7 km (4 mi) from Copenhagen
Copenhagen
city centre.

Amager
Amager
is the largest island in the Øresund, and the only one with a large population. As of 2017 , 196,045 people live on the island, including its northern tip, Christianshavn
Christianshavn
. The northern part is included in the Copenhagen
Copenhagen
municipality. The middle part comprises Tårnby
Tårnby
municipality, and Dragør municipality is located on the southeast part of the island.

Most of the western part is land that was reclaimed from the sea from the 1930s-1950s. This enlargement, from the shallow sound towards Zealand
Zealand
, is known as Kalveboderne. The enlargement has never been built-up and its soil isn't suitable for agricultural use. However the area between Dragør town and the airport is cultivated land of high quality. Amager
Amager
has in the past been referred to as the "kitchen of Copenhagen". At the border of the enlargement there is an old beech forest, Kongelunden (The King's Grove).

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Amenities * 3 Communities * 4 Transport * 5 Notable people * 6 See also * 7 External links

HISTORY

Amager
Amager
has long been populated, and well used, thanks to its rich soil and proximity to Copenhagen. In 1521, Christian II
Christian II
invited some Dutch farmers to move to Amager
Amager
and grow vegetables to supply the Danish Court and Copenhagen. It was only in the late 19th century that Copenhagen
Copenhagen
began to expand onto the island (Sundbyerne), and in 1902 these built-up areas were incorporated into Copenhagen.

During the Second World War, high unemployment in Copenhagen
Copenhagen
led authorities to drain a large part of the sea, west of the island, and build a dam to hold out the water, effectively adding one half of Amager's previous area to the island.

The reclaimed area is currently known as Kalvebod Fælled
Kalvebod Fælled
, and was originally a military area, but today it is part of a major construction area called the Ørestad
Ørestad
, being thought of as an extension to central Copenhagen
Copenhagen
. The area houses such major facilities as the Bella Center
Bella Center
, a convention and exposition center , and Field\'s , the second-largest shopping center in Scandinavia
Scandinavia
. This project was initiated by the Danish government.

The beach area to the east of the island, known as Amager
Amager
Strandpark ( Amager
Amager
Beach Park), which had fallen into disrepair since its inception in the 1930s, was extensively redeveloped between May 2004 and August 2005. A 2-km-long artificial island, was constructed just off the mainland from which it is separated by a small lagoon.

Until the 1970s, Amager
Amager
was used as a place to dump litter ; this led to a slang term for the island 'Lorteøen' (Shit Island). See Renholdningsselskabet af 1898 .

AMENITIES

Large parts of Kalvebod Fælled
Kalvebod Fælled
are rich in nature and have many grazing cows and horses. This area allows the citizens of Copenhagen to experience nature, without travelling far from the city.

Amager
Amager
is also home to the Amager
Amager
Bio , a cinema, concert and cultural venue. Top bands from the last 40 years have played there, both those of international origin (Prince , Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann
, Uriah Heep , King Crimson
King Crimson
, Cradle of Filth
Cradle of Filth
, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers , Jethro Tull , The Moody Blues
The Moody Blues
, MGMT
MGMT
, Nas
Nas
, Andrew Bird
Andrew Bird
) and from Denmark
Denmark
(D.A.D , Dodo and the Dodos
Dodo and the Dodos
, Johnny Deluxe , Big Fat Snake ).

COMMUNITIES

Various communities are located on Amager, including Islands Brygge
Islands Brygge
, and the towns of Dragør , Kastrup
Kastrup
, and Tårnby
Tårnby
.

TRANSPORT

Amager
Amager
is connected by tunnel to the artificial island Peberholm
Peberholm
from which Øresund
Øresund
Bridge connects Denmark
Denmark
to Sweden
Sweden
. The construction of the bridge has had a significant impact on the physical geography of the island, largely due to the construction of new highways.

The Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Metro connects Amager
Amager
to central Copenhagen. The metro line from Vanløse to Amager
Amager
divides into M1 and M2 lines at Christianshavn
Christianshavn
and then continue to Vestamager and Lufthavnen ( Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Airport).

Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Airport is in the eastern part of Amager. It is linked by train, metro and bus services.

NOTABLE PEOPLE

* Frank Arnesen * Martin Bernburg * Brian Holm * Sonny Fredie Pedersen
Sonny Fredie Pedersen
* Peter Frödin * Mikkel Kessler
Mikkel Kessler
* Linse Kessler * Stephanie Kessler * Klaus Rifbjerg * Joey Moe * Christopher (singer) * Nicklas Bendtner

SEE ALSO

* List of islands of Denmark
Denmark

EXTERNAL

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