Amager ([ˈɑmɑːˀ] or, especially among older speakers,
[ˈɑmæjˀɐ]) in the
Øresund is Denmark's most densely populated
island, with almost 200,000 inhabitants on the small appendix to
Zealand. The protected natural area of Naturpark
Kalvebod Fælled) makes up more than one-third of the island's total
area of 96 km2.
The Danish capital, Copenhagen, is partly situated on Amager, which is
connected to the much larger island of
Zealand by eight bridges and a
Amager also has a connection across the
Øresund Bridge. Its western part begins with a tunnel
Amager to another Danish island, Peberholm.
Copenhagen Airport is
located on the island, around 7 km (4 mi) from Copenhagen
Amager is the largest island in the Øresund, and the only one with a
large population. As of 2017[update], 196,045 people lived on the
island, including its northern tip, Christianshavn. The northern part
is included in the
Copenhagen municipality. The middle part comprises
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, is known as Kalveboderne. The enlargement has never been
built-up and its soil isn't suitable for agricultural use. However the
Dragør town and the airport is cultivated land of high
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).
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Amager island (right center) is east of
Zealand island, south of
central Copenhagen, west of Sweden.
Amager has long been populated, and well used, thanks to its rich soil
and proximity to Copenhagen. In 1521,
Christian II invited some Dutch
farmers to move to
Amager and grow vegetables to supply the Danish
Court and Copenhagen. It was only in the late 19th century that
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
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, and was
originally a military area, but today it is part of a major
construction area called the Ørestad, being thought of as an
extension to central Copenhagen. The area houses major facilities such
Bella Center, a convention and exposition center
Field's, the second-largest shopping center in Scandinavia
Royal Arena, a multi-use indoor arena
This project was initiated by the Danish government.
The beach area to the east of the island, known as
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 was used as a place to dump litter; this led
to a slang term for the island 'Lorteøen' (Shit Island). See
Renholdningsselskabet af 1898.
Large parts of
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 is also home to the
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, Uriah Heep, King Crimson,
Cradle of Filth, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Jethro Tull, The
Moody Blues, MGMT, Nas, Andrew Bird) and from
Denmark (D.A.D, Dodo and
the Dodos, Johnny Deluxe, Big Fat Snake).
Various communities are located on Amager, including Islands Brygge,
and the towns of Dragør, Kastrup, and Tårnby.
Amager is connected by tunnel to the artificial island
Øresund Bridge connects
Denmark to 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.
Copenhagen Metro connects
Amager to central Copenhagen. The metro
line from Vanløse to
Amager divides into M1 and M2 lines at
Christianshavn and then continue to Vestamager and Lufthavnen
Copenhagen Airport is in the eastern part of Amager. It is linked by
train, metro and bus services.
Sonny Fredie Pedersen
List of islands of Denmark
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Amager.
Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Amager.
Amager Beach Park
Paintings from Amager
Copenhagen Municipality (
Streets and squares
Parks and open spaces
Culture & attractions
Blue Planet Aquarium
Holmbladsgade Cultural Centre
Copenhagen Concert Hall
Mogens Dahl Concert Hall
Hans Tausen's Church
St. Anne's Church
Simon Peter's Church
Store Magleby Church
Bella Sky Hotel
Amager Strand Station
Bella Center Station
DR Byen Station
Islands Brygge Station
Lauritz Peter Holmblad
Islands of Denmark
North Jutlandic Island
Eskilsø (Roskilde Fjord)
Vigelsø (Odense Fjord)
Fjendø (Nissum Fjord)
Tornø (Odense Fjord)
Coordinates: 55°37′N 12°37′E / 55.617°N 12.617°E /