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Amager
Amager
([ˈɑmɑːˀ] or, especially among older speakers, [ˈɑmæjˀɐ]) in the Øresund
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 Amager
Amager
(including Kalvebod Fælled) makes up more than one-third of the island's total area of 96 km2.[1] The Danish capital, 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. Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Airport is located on the island, around 7 km (4 mi) from Copenhagen city centre. Amager
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
Copenhagen
municipality. The middle part comprises Tårnby
Tårnby
municipality, and Dragør
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 area between Dragør
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 References 7 See also 8 External links

History[edit]

Amager
Amager
island (right center) is east of Zealand
Zealand
island, south of central Copenhagen, west of Sweden.

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, 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 as:

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
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[edit] 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, Uriah Heep, King Crimson, Cradle of Filth, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Jethro Tull, The Moody Blues, MGMT, Nas, Andrew Bird) and from Denmark
Denmark
(D.A.D, Dodo and the Dodos, Johnny Deluxe, Big Fat Snake). Communities[edit] Various communities are located on Amager, including Islands Brygge, and the towns of Dragør, Kastrup, and Tårnby. Transport[edit] Amager
Amager
is connected by tunnel to the artificial island Peberholm
Peberholm
from which Øresund
Øresund
Bridge connects Denmark
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. 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[edit]

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

References[edit]

^ http://naturstyrelsen.dk/naturbeskyttelse/naturprojekter/naturpark-amager/

See also[edit]

List of islands of Denmark

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Amager.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Amager.

Amager
Amager
Beach Park Amager
Amager
Bio Paintings from Amager

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Amager, Copenhagen

Administrative subdivisions

Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Municipality ( Amager
Amager
East, Amager
Amager
West) Dragør
Dragør
Municipality Tårnby
Tårnby
Municipality

Districts

Amagerbro Christianshavn Holmen Islands Brygge Kastrup Ørestad Refshaleøen Store Magleby Sundby Tårnby

Localities

Bella Center Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Airport DR Byen Eberts Villaby Nokken Prøvestenen Refshaleøen Scanport Søndre Campus

Streets and squares

Amagerbrogade Holmbladsgade

Parks and open spaces

Amager
Amager
Strandpark Havneparken Kalvebod Fælled Kastrup
Kastrup
Strandpark Kløvermarken

Culture & attractions

Amager
Amager
Museum Blue Planet Aquarium Holmbladsgade
Holmbladsgade
Cultural Centre Copenhagen
Copenhagen
Concert Hall Dragør
Dragør
Museum Kastrupgård Mogens Dahl Concert Hall

Churches

Dragør
Dragør
Church Hans Tausen's Church Nathanael's Church Philip's Church St. Anne's Church Simon Peter's Church Store Magleby Church Sundby Church

Other landmarks

8 House Amager
Amager
Center Bella Sky Hotel Field's Gemini Residence Kastrup
Kastrup
Værk Mountain Dwellings Tietgenkollegiet

Stations

Amager
Amager
Strand Station Amagerbro
Amagerbro
Station Bella Center
Bella Center
Station Christianshavn
Christianshavn
Station DR Byen
DR Byen
Station Femøren Station Islands Brygge
Islands Brygge
Station Kastrup
Kastrup
Station Lergravsparken Station Lufthavnen Station Ørestad
Ørestad
Station Øresund
Øresund
Station Sundby Station Tårnby
Tårnby
Station

History

Jacob Fortling Jacob Holm Lauritz Peter Holmblad

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Islands of Denmark

Baltic Sea

Zealand Funen Bornholm Christiansø (Ertholmene)

Sydhavsøerne

Lolland Falster Møn Fejø Bogø Femø Glænø Nyord Enø Askø Tærø Masnedø Vejrø Dybsø Langø Skalø Enehøje Farø Lilleø Rågø Vejlø Kalvø Slotø Barneholm

Kattegat

North Jutlandic Island Samsø Læsø Anholt Endelave Sejerø Tunø Hjarnø Nekselø Æbelø Hesselø Hjelm Græsholm Hirsholmene Ejlinge Draget

South Funen
Funen
Archipelago

Ærø Tåsinge Thurø Lyø Avernakø Strynø Omø Drejø Agerø Skærø Bjørnø Siø Hjortø Birkholm Store Egholm Store Svelmø Hjælmshoved Strynø Kalv Illumø Vigø

Limfjorden

Mors Jegindø Venø Egholm Livø Fur

Øresund

Amager Saltholm Peberholm Slotsholmen Middelgrundsfortet Trekroner Fort Flakfortet

Great Belt

Langeland Agersø Gavnø Sprogø Romsø

Little Belt

Als Bågø Årø Fænø Barsø Brandsø Kalbø

Wadden Sea

Rømø Fanø Mandø Langli

Other islands

Orø
Orø
(Isefjorden) Eskilsø (Roskilde Fjord) Vigelsø
Vigelsø
(Odense Fjord) Fjendø (Nissum Fjord) Møgelø (Julsø) Tornø
Tornø
(Odense Fjord)

Coordinates: 55°37′N 12°37′E / 55.617°N 12.617°E / 55

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